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Pioneers and Pop-Ups: This Weekend’s Highlights


Pioneers and Pop-Ups: This Weekend’s Highlights

I’m starting to feel like a hamster in a wheel – very bored. It’s a continuous drum roll of RedBull, Braamfontein, pizza, tech house, red lips and white AllStars. Someone crash the symbol!

There’s nothing that’s really new on the news in my corner of the city. Braamfontein is still as we left it: the cyclists are still annoyingly trying to take to these Joburg streets; there’s still a queue at Great Dane; Kitchener’s one fan is still insufficient; and the hipsters are still sceptical about Anti. We’re all still pretty bored of this routine. So what’s new, you ask?

Spring has sprung! Some of us are turning over a new leaf, some of us are getting dumped in the big spring clean (boo to you!) – It’s out with the old and in with the new. I guess that means we’re embracing the new, slightly darker complexion Great Dane has taken over the passed few months. We’re also embracing the fact that climate change is a probably a real thing after the breezy weather in September, right?


Let’s cut to the new news: pop-ups and festivals.

Pioneer Nation is a festival, offering a day-time programme where 40 pioneers share their stories in 15-minute presentations ( very TED-esque , we like) with the likes of Black Coffee and Vusi Kunene, I’m hoping that it’s true that you are who you hang with (even momentarily). If you’re more about the bass in your face, Kitcheners, Great Dane and Platform (at Neighbourgoods Market) will be offering new beats and crispy sounds from SA’s finest.




After you’re done absorbing all that awesomeness, make sure you pop into Barcade – a new bar/arcade, as the name suggests, that opens in the Alex Theatre on Friday. It’s the realest throwback for the kids that grew up on Nintendo Game Boys and socialised at the Magic Company. What are these Mortal Kombat things? The hipsters must be happy. Here’s the lame part, you have to RSVP to join the nostalgia, otherwise it’s 50 bucks for walk-ins. They’ll be around for three months and are open from Thursday to Saturday, because you can get too much of a good thing.




Considering our love for all things novel and short life span of everything, comparable with our equally short attention spans, this weekend’s highlights are sure to provide some relief to those that share my sentiments.

So in the spirit of positivity – because that’s all the rage these days – I’m taking to the streets, single and sober, looking for a cure to my bourgeois worries. First stop, Pioneer Nation Festival.

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