Seize The City took over Andclub in Newtown with its strongest lineup yet: FAKA, Lelowhatsgood, Boity and Siobhan Bell, among others
If you ask anyone who knows anything about drinking alcohol, that person probably has a handful of bad stories to tell directly related to tequila. That may explain why the world’s No. 1 tequila, Jose Cuervo, started the Seize The City parties.
Seize The City is a series of underground parties which take place in what may, on face value, appear to be the dingiest of areas Johannesburg has to offer. The first (and last) one I attended was at the Old Park Station structure just off Mandela Bridge. It was grungy, it was dirty and it was a lot of fun. But I don’t have much else to offer from my memory.
Fast forward to Sunday, 14 October at Andclub and it felt like being introduced to the party for the very first time. Consider this outstanding lineup: Lelowhatsgood to open with his cuntiest set yet, FAKA to follow with a show that felt like the gay agenda sermon delivered from a pulpit in a ghetto fabulous tavern, and the UK’s own DJ Siobhan Bell transforming the building into a mosh pit and then surprising everyone with a special guest performance “Wuz Dat” by Boity.
It’s almost as though this edition of Seize The City aimed for quality over quantity and hit the mark. The intimate Andclub space was graced with important names including Nao Serati, Thebe Magugu, Rich Mnisi, Trevor Stuurman, Ben Moyo, DJ Bigger Nzuza and Dr Sivuyile Madikana.
I spent most of my evening with one of the aforementioned guests (in the interest of not forcing an unapproved public endorsement of the event on then, I won’t disclose which one) who made sure to tell me, more than once, that this was the most important event in Johannesburg. Thinking about it on the night and writing this piece out right now confirms it. Name one party with so many important people and so many remarkable performers? Forget this influencer gigs–these are the nights that matter.
In case you missed it or are in the mood to relive it, peep FAKA, Lelowhatsgood, Boity and Siobhan Bell’s performances below.