In Summary
  • The food section, for me, was lacking – but I guess you can't have it all in a concert.
  • It can be a really good concert with not so great food, or drink.
  • The lines at the bars, of course, were way too long.
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Everyone who's anyone and their mother was at Blankets & Wine this weekend for the celebration of their 10-year anniversary.

If you enjoy Kenyan music, that is, if you don't, you were perfectly warranted to sit at home and enjoy the sunny Sunday afternoon. Can you believe it's been 10 years?

The line-up was brilliant and the performances shone – of course, Sauti Sol brought the house down with their two-hour set (it's been 10 years since Sauti Sol released their first album. I wonder if they're going to do a 10-year commemoration too?).

Muthoni the Drummer Queen was fire, from the dancing to the amazing futuristic costume, to the laying of that bass. I also loved Nyashinski – it's a weakness from having grown up in the time when Kleptomaniacs was Kleptomaniacs. And of course, Blinky Bill – I mean, it was Blinky Bill. And Just A Band reunited briefly on stage. What more could a fan ask for?

The screen during Blinky Bill's performance.

The screen during artiste Blinky Bill's performance. If you were far from the stage, you could still watch the performance. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

AMBIENCE

The venue was beautiful and well organised as well. I've been to concerts at Ngong Racecourse before and let's just say I was not impressed. But Blankets & Wine managed to partition sections of the field into functional circles that did not interfere with each other.

The stage and the people in front of it were in one section, then a different DJ and a couple of bars behind them, then the food section to the side that had a separate eating and seating area, separate music and a family zone for people who come to late night concerts with their children for reasons that are beyond me. But hey, I don't have children...

The food section, for me, was lacking – but I guess you can't have it all in a concert. It can be a really good concert with not so great food, or drink.

The lines at the bars, of course, were way too long, to the point that I was being that Kenyan who just gets wine from her friend's bottle, her friend who came much better prepared than she did.

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