Johannesburg, South Africa: after a single visit to the country in 2015 to appear at the legendary WitchFest, “Pirate Metal” band Alestorm is promised to return in 2019. Alestorm will spearhead South Africa’s first bona fide Pirate Fest. Pirate Fest 2019 is being marketed as “one of the largest themed music and alcohol festivals in the Southern Hemisphere” by promoter, The Kraken is Alive.
To the uninitiated, Alestorm can be largely summarized by the following video:
Crude, rude and lewd! From humble beginnings playing shows to farm animals in a field somewhere in Eastern Scotland, Alestorm has evolved into an international party machine hellbent on conquering album charts and festival stages throughout the world; harnessing its infectious brand of “Pirate Metal” and members’ dashing good looks. Somehow, they’ve managed to convince hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe that it’s cool to wear a pirate hat and sing stupid songs about getting drunk and stealing ships. Aye, there be no better band to fulfill the task at hand for Pirate Fest 2019.
Alestorm was a definite crowd pleaser at WitchFest; a festival aimed towards extreme metal enthusiasts in 2015. Demonstrating the band’s versatility, Alestorm is back at the head of an unfolding line-up of diversity across sub-cultures sharing two common threads: a love for fun, and; a love for alcohol!
Quest to Pirate Fest Tour
The Kraken is Alive embarked on a promotional tour around the province this weekend with a launch show at Sundowners in Alberton. Another show is scheduled for 30 March at Rumours Rock City in Cresta, featuring a slew of fun-and-booze-loving local entertainers.
The culmination of events will be at Pirate Fest 2019, hosted on 7 September at the outdoor Mark’s Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg. At this time, Alestorm is the only band announced. Wording inside the official event description suggests that more international entertainers might be a possibility; although nothing suggests that the event will be limited to heavy metal music – nor even live music – but rather represents a celebration of alcohol-oriented sub-culture.