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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

December 21, 2010 – 23:35 by Samantha Dawe

When was the last time you drank a cappuccino at a gig instead of alcohol? For me it was last night at “I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas”, a carol service with an awesome twist. Sponsored by Hruki, this Christmas event saw nine of Durban’s local bands taking to a stage at Colombo Coffee in Gale Street to sing their own remakes of popular Christmas carols.

Each band got to sing two Christmas carols, doing acoustic sets. It was really fun to see how each band interpreted the songs and made them their own. One of the bands, Fruit and Veggies, really got into the spirit of things by even making up their own Christmas carol.

The acts for the night were Fire Through The Window, Fruit and Veggies, City Bowl Mizers, Thomas Krane, Car Boot Vendors, Aiden Cornhill, Smithsmall, Jasper Lepak and Sven The Bear.  All of these guys were great, the whole atmosphere of the event was friendly, chilled and of course filled with Christmas spirit. I mean, there were even Christmas pizzas on sale. I really like Christmas time, so I really enjoyed this gig. Even in between sets Christmas carols were played over the sound system. It was great. And did I mention the cappuccino? The organisers managed to make the event feel as comfy as being at home, as families were welcome with lots of little kids running around. I think it may have spoiled me for clubs and their meagre offerings of just alcohol….

On top of all that, the event was actually held in aid of the Oasis Community Church in eManzimtoti. How much closer to Christmas spirit can you get? A great time, Christmassy goodies on sale, and all the proceeds went towards helping others in need. Such a great idea, I hope it becomes an annual thing.