The MK Awards Chronicles 2013March 26, 2013
How’s my totally undescriptive headline that I can just keep recycling every year we go to rub shoulders with South Africa’s skinniest jeans and most creative musos? Good? Okay, let’s continue.
Another year, another bunch of rockstar outfits and cool awards that Van Coke Kartel dominated. I really enjoyed the 2013 MK Awards – perhaps because we didn’t get there about 2 hours early this year, but also because everyone seemed more sure of themselves on the State Theatre stage in Pretoria.
The indubitably coolest aspects were:
- Black Cat Bone winning best live act when their presence on radio is still so minimal. I’m pretty sure they went backstage and had a massive amount of shots, and then came out and gave a really crazy closing performance. Plus, I’m pretty sure we were sitting next to the parents of one of the band members because this old couple nearly had another baby when the award was announced. It was very cute.
- Sitting right behind Matthew Mole. I was indie geeking out big time. Although it’s sad he wasn’t nominated this year – holding thumbs for 2014!
- ISO’s performance. Wow. We didn’t even recognise them when they arose from the stage-riser-up-thingy and then they just wiped the floor with every other band of the night with their slick new light-show-rock-show vibe. Plus, Alex was playing his keyboard like a guitar. Not a keytar – he had the entire keyboard on a strap over his shoulders. It was fantastic.
- Having an award for Best Festival. Fests are gaining ground and popularity in SA and a lot of those bands wouldn’t be there without them.
The things I’d like to see done differently next year:
- Guys, perhaps it’s time to bar Van Coke Kartel from being nominated. We all know they’re freaking good and SA loves them. Give someone else a chance now, yo? They’ve cleaned up the two award ceremonies I’ve been to, and I expect the same will happen next year.
- Bring back the award for best radio station! Not only because I want to be there when Tuks FM wins it, but surely MK – the music tv – and the festivals, and the radio stations are the holy trinity of an SA band’s success? So all of them should be recognised?
But if MK keeps going at this rate, next year’s award ceremony will be awesome.
And I think they should make Shane Durrant of Desmond & The Tutus host the whole thing. Best presenter voice ever!
Until next year.Tags: awards, live music, mk, south african