This past weekend at the Cape Town Ostrich Farm, greasers and gals gathered in their throngs to celebrate all things rockabilly at the Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells 1940’s & 1950’s Rockabilly Lifestyle Festival.
Now in its 3rd year, the event had more than 2000 festival goers attending. With the City of Cape Town as a sponsor the Rockabilly enthusiasts had the opportunity to indulge in their love for Hot Rods, custom bikes and burlesque while enjoying the sights and sounds that defined the 50’s.
At the entrance, festival goers were greeted by SA Hotrod Magazine stand with vintage cars and bikes on show, with many arriving in full 50’s attire. What’s more, MAC cosmetics and Scar were also on hand for free transformations for gals; turning ordinary Jills into rockin bombshells. For the guys there were barber shops to give you a quick trim.
Petrolheads had the rare opportunity to see Hot Rods agitate the gravel at the DRTB Dirt Track in a dust filled heaven. Crowds were left speechless as drivers revved up dirt to the pleasure of their spectators. Red Bull Studios sound truck kept the tunes playing for those on the grand stand.
A new addition to the festival programme was the Miss Bombshell Betty Pin-up Pageant, South Africa’s first pin up pageant. Dolled-up Miss Bombshell Betty contestants, with extravagant stage names, were pin-up dreams straight out of a 50’s era. During the festival, Marilyn Deathrow was crowned Miss Bombshell Betty, with Genny Genocide and Miss Bird walking away as first and second princess respectively.
On winning, the newly-crowned Miss Bombshell Betty said : “It is an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life and will always be a reminder for me of what can be accomplished if I decide to believe in myself”. “None of this would have been possible if we did not have this amazing festival that celebrates diversity in such a beautifully vivacious and colourful way, and I will always be thankful to Maria &Zigi for pursuing their dreams for the Dusty Rebels & The Bombshells festival, Miss Bombshell Betty pageant in collaboration with The Blue Haired Betty and the rockabilly/pinup culture in South Africa, “ she added.
Also generating further excitement to the day was the Cape Town Rollergirls who demonstrated how truly badass they are with a roller derby exhibition match that had many a jaw drop on the Harley-Davidson Tyger Valley floor. Headline acts at this year’s festival included Le Femme Fatales, who belted out some retro tunes as the opening act for the Miss Bombshell Betty pageant.
Then The Ratrod Cats, infamous rockabilly band kept the crowd going and later, Joburg Psychobilly band, Martin Rocka and the Sick Shop. Other bands include Mr.Cat and The Jackal, Them Tornados, Medicine Boy, The Taros, The Dixie Pricks and Dan Valley and The Countrymen. While parents enjoyed the festival, a kiddies play area that was managed by professional child minders entertained the kids. The fun fair featuring the Ferris wheel was great for everyone.
Nobody went hungry with the best food trucks CT has to offer and the Jack Daniel’s main bar was a great space to hang out while the Sailor Jerry bar was great for sipping some refreshments. There were lots of other vendors offering great products from surf boards, clothing, accessories, helmets and more.
At the end, the event saw both young and old thoroughly entertained with an extensive array of fun-filled activities throughout the day. With the philosophy of “Inspiring Uniqueness, Self- Expression and Creativity”, the festival organisers, Maria Vasco and ZigiStrydom, once again outdid themselves on another spectacular event.