Because we like things, we refused to let the cold deter us from going to DStv’s Delicious Festival on Saturday, 6 June. I had an exam in the next week, but there was no way I was going to miss watching musical icon Chaka Khan performing live. It was an experience like no other.
There were a number of the things in particular that I wish I could have changed on the day and wish for in 2016 when I go to the festival again.
- Better weather
This is one thing that unfortunately no one has control over. It was freezing cold on the day and not even a few rounds of brown liquor could warm us up sufficiently. Luckily it did not rain otherwise that would have been a disaster of epidemic proportions.
- More knowledge of performances
It is both the responsibility of the organiser and the artist’s publicity teams to make sure that we know that they are performing at an event. There was so much noise about Chaka Khan but none whatsoever about the other acts like legendary Vusi Mahlasela and Unathi Msengana who also performed on the night. I wish that next year’s full line-up makes enough noise. I don’t want to have to google who is performing and when.
- Better sound
I barely noticed how bad the sound was for the other acts until Chaka Khan came onto the stage. When she came on the sound was suddenly more crisp and the volume was perfect. It was a huge contrast from when the others were performing. Is that one of the advantages of being the headliner? Is there a clause that the others sign to say that they are okay with bad sound?
- Charging stations
I remember there being charging stations the other time that I was at the Delicious festival. This year I didn’t see a spot where people could charge their phones. In this day and age where people always want to be connected, this would have been a nice touch.
- Responsible parents
We saw two young kids wandering on their own at night and were concerned so we called them and asked where their parents were and they had lost their mom somewhere. The one was now in tears so we called their mom who eventually showed up. When she showed up she said “you’re such a performer” to her daughter. I never wanted to slap someone so bad. I hope that this can be avoided next year somehow. I know DStv can’t teach parents to be responsible, but maybe they can help somehow. Nivea had this safety campaign in Brazil where they created bracelets that make it easy for parents to locate their kids at the beach. Maybe DStv can consider this next year?
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- Free tickets :-)
All-in-all it was a great day and night out and the organisers did an amazing job especially considering that they had to change venues at such short notice.