Everyone can do with a bit of hip-hop, house and RNB on a Friday evening after work, right? Throw in a vibey venue in Woodstock with delicious food, craft drinks and sterling DJ’s and you have the perfect equation for a killer night. This year’s Let it Flow party, hosted at Cape Town’s The Mash Tun Craft Bar and Eatery, was certainly an event not to be missed. And guess who danced all night long…
I was super excited when I was asked to attend the second Let it Flow house, hiphop and RNB party and immediately my mind raced through the options for my partner in crime for the night. My interest was piqued by the venue and the promise of good food, tunes and drinks. Sounds like a pretty awesome Friday night to me!
The inaugural Let It Flow party, held in October 2017, was such a success that organiser, Meagan Karsten, had no hesitation in setting up a second one (and she has more planned for 2018, we hear).
The idea behind the Let it Flow event stems from a wish to create a space where people who really love the genres of music to get together and have a good time. It is also a roaming party, so every year a different venue will be showcased. DJ’s for this year’s event included Kia Johnson (Radio & TV personality), Mario Rodriques (Legendary DJ and part of Twisted Soul House Parties) and Branny Draai (Shimmy Beach).
The whole experience
Located in the heart of trendy Woodstock, The Mash Tun provides a wonderful space to kick back, relax, listen to some great tunes, enjoy wholesome food and great beverages and chill with friends and family.
We arrived to a shot of tequila and hearty welcomes by Meagan and her team. The DJ’s were warming up their decks and there were groups of people mingling in the large open area and outside terraces. The bar was pumping even this early in the evening, and the staff exuded confidence and happiness.
I immediately fell in love with the rustic-meet-warehouse vibes of The Mash Tun, with pallet tables, upcycled wood panelling on the walls and waterfalls of fairy lights, adding to the already relaxed urban-chic atmosphere. Their bar area is pretty impressive, with several craft beers on tap and a selection of artisanal gins and wines to suit every possible taste.
We decided, whilst we waited for people to arrive, to have some food. We ordered a salami and jalapeno pizza as well as a bacon and avo pizza. Now, I don’t take the title of ‘master pizza connoisseur’ lightly. In fact, I pride myself on this well-deserved title I earned. But these pizzas were out of this world. Lovely, crispy bases without being too thin to chew on and deliciously fresh toppings that leave you lusting after yet another slice long after your hunger has been satiated. Pair that with a craft gin and tonic cocktail and I was in my personal piece of heaven.
By now, The Mash Tun was filling up and the music was almost pumping at full volume. The bar was a hive of activity and the bar staff seemed to take it in their stride, whilst nodding along to the music. I myself could feel my feet starting to tap as the DJ’s unearthed classic club anthems from my student days.
Sooner rather than later, I found myself on my feet and dancing with a mass of happy hip-hoppers, all gathered under one roof for the love of good music. It was quite a spectacular feeling; pumping music, happy crowds and too many awesome vibes to be fully contained by the space.
I’m signing up now already for the next Let it Flow party. All in all, great fun, very well organised and an awesome team of people behind the scenes. It’s obvious that a lot of planning and thought went into executing the event, which in turn ensured that it was a raging success. I reluctantly left in the wee morning hours, feeling absolutely elated with a tap in my toes and a tune in my head that stayed with me long after I got home.