Thursday, 29 March 2012

Thursday Night Vibes

BeFRIKTE mense Listen Up!! Here is whats happening in your area TONIGHT!!
Start your Thursday night off at Tings an' Times in Waterglen with The Oppikoppi Campus Invasion Graphic Design Finals it starts at 17:00. After you have enjoyed a drink and looked at the batch of hot designs in this year's final, head on over to Arcade Empire for Forget About Friday. This Thursday it's a very special edition of forget about Friday...  aKing is going to jam! R30 bucks gets you in before 21:00 after that it will be R40. Read more about the event and specials here.

It you are in the Joburg area, be sure to check out "Our House" a "Living Installation" Exhibition at Satellite Spaces - The Untitled Gallery in Braamfontein featuring some awesome inspirational artist like Frikkie Cool Creative Maaike Bakker, Jo Paine and Dokter & Misses. It starts at 6:30pm.

Go out! Enjoy! Be safe! Be AWESOME!!! BOOM!!!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • 2⅛ Cups Flour  
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda 
  • 125g Butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 1  Large Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Essence
  • 200g Milk Chocolate
  • 100g Smarties (optional)

- Preheat the oven to 180'C. Grease a baking pan, place a baking sheet over and grease that as well.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl. The flour, salt and baking soda.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and the sugar until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk and the vanilla and mix well.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until combined.
- Chop the milk chocolate into pieces to create your own chocolate chips or alternatively use two cups of chocolate chips.
- Fold in the chocolate chips until combined. Add the Smarties and do the same.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan.
- Smooth the top of the mixture with the back of a spoon.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Lift out the baking paper and transfer it to a cutting board.
- Cut into squares and smash them in your FACE!!! YUMMO!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Weekend Vibes

Whats a happening P-toria?!?! So if you are lame and STILL don't know what to do this weekend, then this post is for YOU!!

So to start the weekend off, why not head down to Arcade Empire for the MK Ondergrond Live event. This is one NOT to be missed, and features the like of The Narrow, Not my Dog, Sesling and Only When it Rains!!! 50 bucks before 9 and 60 bucks after... Get down there for some sweet drinks specials and GREAAAAT vibes!!! If you are keen to stay home tonight, switch your TV over to channel 324 for the live broadcast of the MK Awards, get some popcorn, cold beer and a comfy couch and sit back and enjoy the cream of South African music right in the comfort of your own home!!! BOOM!!!

Saturday is gonna be an epic day in the history of the Snor-City! the MK Awards After Party is being hosted by Arcade Empire and features an EPIC line up!! Get there at 15:00 and prepare yourself for Die Heuwels Fantasties, Mr Cat and the Jackal, Bittereinder, Shadowclub, Gazelle and Jack Parow!! AWE!!!! entrance is R150, but through TicketBreak you can get away with a ticket for a mere R100!!! DO NOT MISS THIS!!!
 For your end of weekend recovery, why not head over to the Voortrekker Monument for Park Acoustics. This Sundays line up, which starts off at 11h00, includes Mr Cat and the Jackal, Fulka, Float Parade and 3rd World Spectator! Tickets are R65 at the door and R55 on TicketBreak!!! What more do you need for a chilled laid back Sunday??

If you are a resident of Joy-Burg, or a Snorcity local with enough petrol in your car, head on over to Marks Park in Emmarentia at 11h00 for Large on the Lawn. This Sunday will feature the likes of Arno Carstens and Albert Frost, Watershed, The Black Hotels, Ramblin' bones, Laurie Levine and Cameron Bruce. Tickets are a bit pricey at R250, but it should be worth every penny with that sort of line up!!

So get off your lazy-4-day-week-asses, and go and support the local talent... You will NOT be disappointed!!! POW!!!!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Tomorrow is St Patrick's day right?!?! So we thought we'd fill you in on some interesting "St Paddys" facts! This was put together by our good friend, Ruan van der Merwe... So sit back, and consume the facts!!!

Surprise guys and girls, all forms of alcohol was banned in Ireland when St Patrick’s Day was first started! O, and another thing it’s a religious holiday for the Irish. But just as can expected by them, they made the religious day into a drinking day.

If the Irish can do it, we can do it!
All of you day walking Irish (A synonym for alcoholism based on the stereotype that the Irish are genetically predisposed to being alcoholics.) get out your green hat and grow your ginger beard and let’s get our day drink on! Here are a few things that you should look out for on this wonderful day.

1. Irish AA
An organization that will consume huge amounts of beer and whiskey, they are able to do this because the only drink on New Year’s and St Patrick's.

2. The Irish Aerobics groups.
These groups drink large amounts of Guinness, Tullamore Dew or other Irish whiskeys and then go and tear up the dance floor.

3. Irish Alzimers
This will happen when you mix your Guinness, Jameson and Baileys (they act like a date rape drug) … You have no memory of what happened the previous evening.

4. Irish bath
Ladies this is for you... Those Irish men are very sneaky. They mask their offensive body odour by spraying themselves heavily with cologne or perfume, due to lack of time to take a proper shower or bath.

5. Irish Binoculars
This one is for the Gents, ever had beer goggles? Well Irish Binoculars is the same concept, but you will sleep with anyone or anything.

6. Irish car bomb
A mixed drink consisting of half a pint of Guinness, with a shot glass, half full of Jameson and half full Bailey's shot dropped in.  

7Irish closing time
The Act of Finding EVERY Drink in the Bar and consuming it before:
A: The bar closes. B: Someone throws you out. C: You pass out. (This includes stealing other drinks as well.)

8.  Irish Condom
When “push comes to shove” and you do not have a condom, do it the Irish way. Eat a Bar One for energy and use its wrapper for safety.

9. Irish Courage
In S.A we call it Drunk Rage.

10. Irish Boxing (goes along with Irish Courage)
A fighting style developed by the Irish. The style requires a minimum Blood Alcohol Content of 0.12. This is an “anything goes” fighting style. So feel free to use an Irish Knife (Broken bear bottle), Pool Cue, The Law and Order of an Irish man (his fists) or any kind of weapon  that will cause maximum pain!

11. Irish Handcuffs
You will find yourself in these most of the evening. It is when you have a beer in each hand and the only way you can get them off is if they are both finished.

12. Irish Virus
This is something that most Irish men suffer from. If you have too much fun this St Patrick’s and you make every other day St Patrick’s Day, it becomes a Virus, but Medical Doctors have termed it Alcoholism.
By keeping the above mentioned in mind, there is very little that can go wrong this St Patrick’s. Cheers to you all or like our Irish friends would say Slainte!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Fokus Met Frik: RAMfest 2012-Joburg

So... A good friend of Frikkie Awesome, Juan Venter, offered his creative writing skills to us and offered us his review of RAMfest which took place this past weekend in Joy-Burg.. We hope to get more sweet reviews like this in the future from Mr Juan... So keep a look out. BUT in the meantime, have a read what the vibe was like at RAMfest!!
"These reviews will not be your run of the mill, beating around the bush reviews. I am here to share MY OPINION with you and will definitely not cry myself to sleep in a cold shower if you do not share these views. I am a passionate music enthusiast and I'm really looking forward to sharing my experiences with you BEFRIKTE guys and gals.

So let’s get into this…..RAMfest – Johannesburg 10/03/2012.
The day starts 11:20 am at Aandklas (Hatfield), waiting for Henk van der Schyf and the hotbox express to take 60 fans to the Riversand Farm in Fourways to witness the culmination of 5 months worth of excitement and expectation. Little did we know that the traffic would not play its part as we ended up missing Newtown Knife Gang, Shadowclub and Chromium – thus these three bands are not up for review.
It was 14:45 and we had (finally) arrived – the cooler box packed for the bus was empty. Parched, we headed for the bar. It’s here where I had my first festival moment (situations that will only occur at a festival), when I sold my friends soul for 100 bucks, to an inebriated, fellow festival-goer.
Captain Morgan was the drink of choice for the day- as it is nutritious and provides energy. We were ready to set sail and explore our first band for the day – Fokofpolisiekar.
When I heard they were going to be on the line-up, the word predictable, came straight to mind, but boy was I wrong. One of the heaviest sets I have ever heard the Belville-rockers jam out. It felt like the addition of Jedd Kossew (Van Coke Kartel guitarist), gave them the raw energy that was lacking in the past four years. These guys have etched their names into South African rock & roll history and deservedly so – Frikkie rating 8/10.
Next up was Awolnation – and I am going to be honest, before Saturday I have never  heard of the gents from the US. WHAT A SURPRISE!!! I heard the song Sail on TUKS FM ( and would lie if I said I was impressed), but they had my fist in the air for 45min. They were definitely the surprise of the day for me and kicked some serious ass. Frikkie rating - 7/10.

A quick Captain run and it was time for the thirteen year veterans, Pestroy to destroy. In my opinion the most under-rated metal band in South Africa. Truly the “Kings of the underground”. Pestroy did not disappoint , as they proceeded to rip Johannesburg a new asshole. Heavy riffs and an amazingly skilled mix of growling, screaming and clean vocals. The only critique I have is the static stage presence at times, which can cause people to lose interest, but other than that top stuff, from a top outfit – Frikkie rating 8/10.

There is only a few events I have witnessed in my life that I can remember every single detail of…and The Narrow gigs makes up about 75% of those events. Once again no one was left wondering who the premier hard rock band in South Africa is. Hanu de Jong demands the crowd’s attention with powerful vocals and showmanship that naturally oozes out of him. Emile de Jong (Rhythm Guitar), Jow Feldtman (Bass Guitar), Deon Kruger (Lead Guitar) and Lias De Lange (Drums) gels so well, so much so that it’s impossible to imagine The Narrow without one of these guys. Their set started with Shoot the DJ, the crowd only stopped bouncing when The Narrow stepped off stage. I can, for the life of me, not understand why these guys are not world famous. Amazing show, amazing energy and uncompromising quality. Frikkie rating – 9/10.
I bought my ticket for RAMfest – Johannesburg, in October 2011. I was so amped that In Flames were coming, the last 5 months felt like a year. I was not disappointed. At times I was left speechless. Guitar riffs and sounds that will tear open your chest and start a mosh pit on your thorax. Something needs to be said for the sound engineers in this regard, they did an amazing job and it was truly impressive – well at least from where I was standing. In Flames truly surpassed every expectation that I had. They had the crowd at the tip of their fingers, obeying their every command. Demanding the audiences' attention every split second, but what do you expect from a top class metal act? When In Flames finished, the old cliché – “I can die now”- felt so applicable and almost immediately post-In Flames blues infiltrated my being. Why it took music promoters so long to get them to South Africa is a mystery…Hopefully Anders Fridéns, In Flames vocalist, promise will ring true….”This is our first time in your beautiful country, but it will definitely not be the last”. Frikkie rating -10/10.
I don’t like to call a spade a garden fork or any other form of gardening equipment, so I won’t. I have heard and listened to Infected Mushroom before, but to be honest it is not my style. I love that people’s taste in, well everything, differs. That’s what makes life interesting. I was not ready for the Infected Mushroom that enveloped me with something so different, I could not help but to sit up straight and take notice. It felt like playing Mortal Combat on Nintendo Wii or Xbox kinect, with an Infected, trippy-electronic-trans-rave Mushroom as a backtrack and the crowds arms, hands and bodies going berserk. The synergy created between the electric drums, the synthesizer and the electric guitar was mind blowing. To top it off, their visual display was by far the best of the evening, adding to the experience. All over a solid, professional and well rounded performance. Still not my cup of tea, but dang I was blown away!!! Frikkie rating – 8/10.

It was time to head back home, although it felt like we had just arrived. I would like to give a massive shout out to the RAMfest organizers: You did an exceptional job. The  sound, the concession stands, two stages, the ablution and of course the most balls to the wall, in your face, stick it to the man, more metal than your ma’s kettle, line-up of bands. I only hope other festivals can follow suit, then South Africa is in for a treat. What an amazing time. With amazing people.  Amazing memories. After all was said and done and the dust settled…it is safe to say that RAMfest – Johannesburg 2012 left me IN Flames…"
Words: Juan Venter
Photography: Xander vand der Merwe

Friday, 9 March 2012

Weekend Vibes!

So.. For those of you who aren't really in the know!! Heres some of the gigs planned for this weekend...

Starting off this afternoon just to gets you into the weekend mooood.. Head down to Karoo Lifestyle opening event. Be sure to check out Lafenis deli!! Its a must!!!

Once you're done stuffing yourself and your face, you can catch Fulka, Wrestlerish and Shortstraw at Arcade Empire. 40 bucks gets you in and there is also some sweet drinks specials.. So CHECK. IT. OUT!!!

If you're in the mood for something a bit louder tonight, head on over to Cafe Barcelona in Elarduspark, where you can catch Shadowclub, Southern Gypsy Queen,
The Black Cat Bones and My/Epic/Vice. Entrance is a bit steep at R80 before 20:00 and  R100 thereafter. But this is surely one of those shows that can't be missed!!

Then the big one tomorrow, is obviously RAMfest which is happening this year at Riversands Farm in Fourways. The BIG ones to look out for are of course In Flames, Infected Mushroom, The Narrow and Fokofpolisiekar. If you haven't got a ticket... GET ONE!!! This is going to be epic!!!

Whatever you do this weekend... Be Good... And if not. Take photos!! BOOM!!!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Frikkie Befrikte Vinnige Aandetes:

 Tannie Epic's Epic Mince Bake
This is a quick, SUUUPER easy and very tasty recipe, perfect for a bit of comfort food with this cloudy weather we have been having. You don't have to follow the mince recipe perfectly, if you have your own way of making  mince, then use it or if you don't have the specific ingredients you can put in whatever you think will work, but for the pasta bit, use the recipe below.  
What you need:

For the Mince:
  •  500g Mince
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Can Chopped Tomatoes
  • ½ Packet Brown Onion soup
  • ½ Tablespoon Vegetable Stock powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Herbs
  • A few Squirts Worcestershire Sauce
  • A Whole lot of Chutney
  • A Swing of White Wine
  • A Dollop of Tomato Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
For the pasta:
  • 250g Macaroni or Squiggly Pasta
  • 1 Cup grated Cheese, and a bit extra for topping.
  • 250ml Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

How to make it:

- Preheat the oven to 220'C and grease a ovenproof dish.
- Start with the mince, fry the onion in a little bit of olive oil.
- Add the mince and fry till brown.
- Add the can chopped tomatoes and brown onion soup and mix well.
- Add all the rest of the ingredients one at a time.
- Simmer for 10 minutes while you make the pasta.
- Make the pasta as per packet instructions.
- While the pasta is cooking, mix the cheese, evaporated milk and the eggs in a large mixing bowl.
- When the pasta is cooked, drain the water and add to the evaporated milk mixture, salt and pepper to taste.
- Now for the assembling: spoon the mince into the greased dish.
- Pour the pasta mixture over, top with a little extra grated cheese.
- Place uncovered into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until pasta mixture has set.
- And there you have it, dinner on the table before the clock strikes 7! BOOM!!

Monday, 5 March 2012

This is the life!

So who checked out Two Door Cinema Club on Friday night in Joburg?? Well if you weren't one of the lucky ticket winners then reeeeally unlucky for you!!! BECAUSE... It was an epic epic show!!
The event was put together by 5 Gum and besides the headlining act of Two Door Cinema Club, the show included performances by Isochronous and Desmond and the Tutus, both of whom were AWESOME to say the least!! The venue was FRIKKIE AWESOME! It was held at the NASREC show grounds, the place the Rand Easter Show is always held, and the whole hanger/warehouse vibe suited the whole event!! A big THANK YOU and a bigger WELL DONE must definitely be given to 5 Gum on putting all of it together. We are definitely looking forward to seeing more events like this from them in the future!! In the words of Two Door Cinema Club "Something good can work". It did. And we LOVED it!