The inaugural TOPS at SPAR Whiskey Wine Jazz Festival was a hit with Nelson Mandela Bay residents, as more than 1 500 people turned out for the event on Saturday night.
Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton was transformed into an upmarket urban jazz lounge, with stylishly dressed visitors enjoying the musical line-up and sampling some of the finest wines, whiskeys and finger foods from 60 of the retailer’s biggest suppliers.
SPAR Eastern Cape managing director Conrad Isaac said he was delighted at the success of the debut festival and promised that it would return to the Port Elizabeth township next year.
“Nobody worries about bringing this kind of event to the townships. From a SPAR and TOPS point of view, we were the first into these areas, the first to recognise their potential, while others simply tried to follow suit.”
With 86 outlets across the province, the TOPS at SPAR brand is now the biggest retail liquor group in the Eastern Cape.
“Today is about giving back to the community by bringing some quality wines and whiskeys and giving them the chance to enjoy some top local and national jazz.”
And enjoy the music they did, with PE bands Take Note and Ricochet getting the crowd on their feet with original compositions and reggae and RB-influenced cover versions respectively.
But the highlight of the evening was when Umhlobo Wenene’s master of ceremonies, DJ Pastor, introduced Johannesburg-based act The Muffinz.
The metro gig was the group’s first