Pretoria, Joburg and Potch’s Van Coke Kartel shows are done and dusted, but the memories will live on forever…

On the 17th of July Van Coke Kartel’s show in Mystic Boer, Potch sailed swiftly and smoothly as the place became chock-a-block with excited faces.

The evening launched with some indie pop rock sounds from The Sweet Resistance, all the way from Cape Town, which floated the crowds’ boat and psyched them up even more right before the iconic band, Van Coke Kartel’s last show. The Sweet Resistance is a fantastic upcoming band and people should definitely keep their eyes on them in the future.

The crowd came pouring into the building like a tidal wave moments before 11pm, ready to let Wynand Myburgh, Francois van Coke and Jedd Kossew steer us into the morning hours with our most cherished Van Coke Kartel songs on their guitars. Not forgetting Jason Oosthuizen, who spent the most time with the band as their drummer that killed it in the back of the room on the drums!

As they started playing “Niemand is meer heilig nie”, the room grew tumultuous and uncontrollable, with flashing lights that hinted a storm is about to hit. Some of the more cautious fans jumped ship because of the motion of the mosh pit ocean that got too heavy for them. The braver and more fearless “sailors” endured the intense current, some losing their shoes and others losing their faces along the way. Francois attempted to crowd surf, but from afar he looked like a boat on storm-tossed seas.

The ”mosh-phere” only grew heavier every time Francois yelled “Hier gaat ons!”. At some point he had to gently shove fans off of the stage, but the moshing wave of people already got to him. He was left bleeding after his shirt was ripped (as seen on the cover photo) from his body. Nevertheless, the band did not give up. They were more energetic and courageous than ever, giving their fans the ultimate voyage of the past 10 legendary years of Van Coke Kartel.

Knowing that this is the end of a fantastic, yet intense era, brought up a flood of emotions in each and every person in that room that evening. I can’t describe it better than the lyrics of “Môregloed” do:

“Almal gekneus, almal beseer
Begin loop en begin leer
Niemand weet enige iets nie
Met jou getoor, jou brein beheer
Hart deurboor en hart verskeur
Maar dit is nie net ek nie
Daar waar die hemel en die hel bymekaar uitkom
Niemand uitgesluit nie
Daar is biljoene oor
Daar waar die hemel en die hel bymekaar uitkom
Ek is nie alleen nie
Die massa opgesweep
Sê dankie vir niks nie”

Behalwe dat ons baie dankie sê. Thank you Van Coke Kartel for being “rof en onbeskof” over the past decade, you guys meant a lot to a lot of people.

Cape Town and Stellenbosch make sure you have your ticket ready to climb on board; it’s going to be a wild ride!

All photos by Wayde Flowerday Photography and don’t forget to #IBlameWayde.