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A look inside the Corona sunset festival after a 2-year hiatus

Zakes Bantwini, Photographed by Kyle Kingsley
Zakes Bantwini, Photographed by Kyle Kingsley

Making its return after a 2-year hiatus, thousands of festival lovers attended the Corona Sunsets Festival the past weekend at the Oval Field in Clifton. Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by a reminiscent feel of what a festival was pre-Covid 19.

As the crowd chased the sunset, Gina Jeanz kicked off the festival with an infectious sound that set the tone for artists such as Sun-El Musician and Msaki to grace the crowd with the acoustic version of their hit, “Ubomi”. German DJs and producers such as Claptone, Grammy-nominated Elderbrook and “super house” DJ Andhim got the crowd pumping while Goodluck and Bantwanas kept the crowd entertained.

Photographed by Kyle Kingsley

Zakes Bantwini closed off the show with his smash hit, “Osama” and it felt like pre-Covid all over again.

Guests enjoyed the fruity taste of either the sunrise or sunset cocktail, personally, I stuck to the classic taste of Corona with a slice of lime of course. The festival also included craft food vendors with a variety of delicious food to select from.

As for the fashion, guests pulled out all the stops sporting tribal tattoos, and see-through 2-piece mesh pieces - just like something you would see straight out of a Coachella inspired Instagram post.

Photographed by Kyle Kingsley

“Overall, the vibe was very energetic, it was nice attending a festival again, and enjoying music around other people,” said Jennifer Schwaighofer.

While Covid-19 protocols were executed in an orderly manner, the approach of the Uber voucher was also a brilliant idea to ensure that guests were not drinking and driving. Making sure that everyone could reach their final destination safely.

Planning for the next Corona Sunsets Festival, as well as the next Chasing Sunsets summer series, meanwhile, is already well underway and we can’t wait.

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