You find us ready to post the next in our instalments of bite sized reflections, soaking up yet more of the scorching South African sunshine and relaxing in the tranquillity of the gorgeous guest house, Villa Costa Rose in Cape Town’s Seapoint district. However, such has been the hectic schedule we have been keeping, this comes to you a little later than planned but with our enthralling experiences of this Mother City Magnificence, especially both Cape Town Pride and then Crew Bar/Club, which we took in on Saturday (5th March), still fresh in our mind, but time against us, we thought we would combine the two and then bring you a further one on the scene & the scenery later this week.
Cape Town Pride
On yet another clear blue sky day we arose to the excitement of our very first Pride parade & party in this most breathtaking city which had captivated us so much on many a visit before and was doing the same on this very special celebration day. A liaison with a be-friended boy made the day more enticing than we could have imagined and joining the parade which had all the lure of London, the magic of Madrid & the rapture of Rio, bit in a small & neat package was the real highlight of a full-on day. Best float had to go to “Beefcake”, the burger bar come restaurant that is the hottest ticket in gay De-Waterkant town, so following them around the whole route ended up a must. Then, with a backdrop of Table Mountain, framed by the magnificent Greenpoint football stadium, the setting couldn’t have been more stunning, a whole succession of stage showings keeping the entertainment factor fulsome, while our company kept us captivated, not least the effervescent Eric, another Cape Town conquest, who fired up our emotions beyond belief. Yet, admitting that this was a small scale affair compared to other gay celebrations around the world, the 3500 strong supporters a drop in the ocean in other cities, but a really positive turnout for Cape Town meant the presence of Pride was as strong as anywhere, so with much more to tell, its “ready stead go for the review” (DISCO MATT)
Crew Bar Pride
Having ventured out on the Cape Town circuit scene for a few nights already, the familiarity of Crew Bar, one of the latest kids on the block since our time of South African residence, meant we eased into post Pride partying with consummate ease, especially as an initial jaunt into rival venue Bronx found us bumping into London based Brazilian boy wonder Giovanni, the realisation that we were not anonymous an initial shock, but the result quite satisfying. So, with our masterful man grabbing us by the hand and taking us down to Crew and his crew of lovable Londoners, we were quickly into the zone, especially with some extracurricular assistance that soon found us in the newly discovered upstairs club space and getting down to some major music motions, a mix of popular tunes making it big in South Africa, along with some familiar sounds from the London dancefloors too. With Giovanni in the zone we soon found ourselves “Doing The Disco Matt” and showing the way for others to follow right up till the 4 a.m. finish, spinning on our spot by the D.J. booth deliriously to the delight of the all around. So, with much more to report on rapturously, it’s “ready stead go for the review” (DISCO MATT)