Tafel Lager Namrock showcased Namibia’s biggest rock festival for the 12th annual year. The two-day event took place from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 March.
The Tafel Lager Namrock festival started off with six bands in a vacant restaurant building in Windhoek’s Northern Industrial area in 2004. The aim, since inception, was to promote local artists and local music. Since then, the festival moved to Zoo Park, Blitzkrieg Bunker Bar, Windhoek Showgrounds, West Nest Lodge near Gobabis, back to Windhoek at Vintage Pub and Grill and this year to Warehouse Theatre, which is Windhoek’s cultural hub of entertainment.
Occupying the entire Warehouse Theatre, rock lovers had it in their favour looming in every corner as they grooved and unified as rock music enthusiasts. According to event organizer Mike Ott, close to 1000 people attended the event this year over the two days. “Compared to 2015 (there was no Namrock Festival in 2016) we almost doubled attendance figures,” he said.
The event was composed of three stages and 20 local musicians. The acoustic stage was graced by vocalists such as Solasphera – the trio that combines African rhythms with progressive rock.
Jeff A.D gave the crowd African contemporary soul sounds and singer/guitarist and actor Romulus kept the crowd entertained with his classical versatility.
Namibian heavy weights such as the award winning Big Ben electrified the stage and drew the crowd closer with his OvaHerero tribal chants while Lize Ehlers wowed the audience with her conscious music infused with reggae rap, pop and afro jazz.
What made the two-day festival unique were the live performances of original musical pieces by local bands such as the Savannah Afros and The Fate of MISS H. The event had another exciting twist as they infused a DJ stage and house fans enjoyed the deep, funky and soulful sounds of DJ Cello, DJ Ambizzy and DJ Stiga.
The festival is aimed to display and celebrate the great musical talents that the country has to offer.
It was a night filled with 100% Namibian sounds with a variety of genres all under one roof. All three stages were fully equipped with the state of the art equipment and the DJ stage had disco lights of all different colour on it which gave the illusion being on a faraway island on the coast of Europe.
Upcoming rockers were given a platform to get on stage and show event organiser Mike Ott what they are made of and thus one band was given the opportunity to play three songs. Filled with prizes and giveaways the event gave one social media attendee and five friends the opportunity to have a VIP experience in The Loft Chill Zone.
If anyone came with a roar in the stomach burgers, hotdogs and some kapana were readily available to buy at an affordable price. Namrock brought together music lovers from all walks of life, specifically those who love to rock and roll. People came as far as Germany and Finland to witness the rock event. On behalf of Namrock Mike thanked Tafel Lager, as the main sponsor of the Namrock festival, as well as Red Heart Rum, Olmeca Tequila, 99fm, Hitradio, Kleiner Keiler, DB Audio, Nica Creative and Red Bull for their continued support of this 100% local festival, as well as all local artists and attendees of the event.
“We are still busy wrapping up this year’s festival and will discuss a possible strategy for 2018 with our sponsors. The idea is to eventually take the festival outdoors again but it needs to be seen if we will do so already in 2018,” said Mike Ott. So if you missed this year’s Namrock event be sure to be part of the event next year. Be on the lookout for next date that the rock festival is scheduled for.