I can’t believe it’s been FIVE YEARS since we saw Goldie live at Fabric! Since then we’ve seen him 2 more times, including in South Africa. Clubbing while on holiday can really be such an awesome experience, particularly for the music that you’re unable to see in your home country. Just another way traveling is the gift that keeps on giving!
A Brief History With Goldie
I’ll be honest, I just thought Goldie was a character actor! The first time I saw him was in Snatch.
It was only once meeting Mr John did I learn about Goldies’ formidable music career. Over the years I have come to learn and love his music, not because I have the world’s greatest DnB knowledge, but because his music is just beautiful. We actually ended up using a remake of Inner City Life as our first dance song for our wedding.
Having learnt classical music through my childhood years and with my brother being a jazz musician, Goldie embodies the roots of these two genres of many of his songs.
Club Fabric in 2014
While visiting London, there was no question whether we’d be going to Fabric for the MetalHeadz night (Goldie’s label). So I geared up with my favourite (awful, but awesome) British alco-pop, WKD and hit the night bus. It basically tastes like blue Energade and Vodka – now you get why I say awful and awesome!
We headed to the famed London night club Fabric (before they tried to close it) and arrived early to ensure we got in. While we were the oldies in the club, we were also oh-so poor! It’s £4.50 for a cider (R82.00) and £4.50 for a tequila (R82.00) – that’s R164 for 1 round for 1 person!
Apart from getting extremely strange looks every time I ordered a shot, it was awesome to be in the club seeing all the MetalHeadz logo’s live in action. I tried to take as many photographs as possible but the bouncer wasn’t keen on that. While I never try to be disrespectful to artists who are performing, I’m secretly chuffed that I caught one or two!
Goldie Live at Fabric
One of the best experiences, AS RANDOM as this is, was seeing his gold teeth! He has such a distinct image, it’s a delight when things are – as you hoped they would be. Sounds weird, but often things don’t live up to your expectation and it leaves you disappointed. Not this time!
Drum n Bass has grown and blown up in the Mother City over the last 2 decades. With the biggest acts coming like Pendulum and Adam F, support for the sub genre has been on the decline since Ultra and all the cheesy stuff has started to dominate popular culture. Unfortunately, our monthly party was off for 2 years (now back) and the weekly dnb party that has been running for 11 years also no longer has a weekly home.
So these people dnb moments will always be cherished in our family. Below, Goldie on the left and AJ having a ‘full circle’ moment on the right.
Goldie Live at CTEMF in Cape Town
Fast forward 3 years later and the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival had booked Goldie in Cape Town. Not only were we able to see him live again, but we were able to attend a lectureattend a lecture of his and meet him! From a random night clubbing to in the flesh in Cape Town, how cool?
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