The 5FM Music Festival in collaboration with the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay was scheduled to kick off on Friday the 13th of July at Mentorskraal. But Friday's outdoor performances were cancelled due to heavy rain falls and safety concerns. The cancelled acts included Ard Matthews, Prime Circle, Machineri, Taxi Violence, Shadowclub, The Rescue and The Ice Project.
At 9pm, when the rain cleared momentarily, Ard Matthews went on stage to try to rescue the show for the 20 or so people that remained outside, only to play two songs before heavy rainfall started up again and forced the organisers to shut down the stage permanently. 5FM's DJ acts, which included Milkshake, Poppy, Euphonic, Nicole and C-Live, continued on the indoor marquee stage.
On Saturday the organisers had set up a band stage in the indoor marquee area where the DJ's, that included Ministry of Sound DJ, Patrick Hagenaar, were scheduled to play. The acts that got to perform included Classy Menace, PH Phat, Chiano Sky, Toya Delazy, British Indie rockers Hard-Fi, Jack Parow and Flash Republic. Despite the weather warnings and previous night's cancelation a crowd of nearly 2000 still attended the Saturday's line-up at the festival.
Jack Parow, who was a crowd favourite, clearly became aggravated during his performance because of sound problems. The situation got worse when his performance was cut short by the organisers and sound engineers due to the fact that he had played over his allotted time. Parow apologised to the crowd for the sound problems and cursed at the sound engineers. The sound engineers responded by putting delay and echo effects on his vocal microphone every time he cursed. Parow then left the stage with the crowd chanting his name.
The festival continued on the Sunday in front of a thinning crowd with scheduled acts Gangs of Ballet, Southern Gypsy Queen with Albert Frost, Neil Taylor, South Paw, Plush, 3rd World Spectator, Wrestlerish, Crash Car Burn and Micasa. Southern Gypsy Queen with Albert Frost (a.k.a. Queens of the Frost Age) stood out as a crowd favourite when they delivered a powerful rock and blues set.
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