D Rail Parties go back a long way, with the first party held in 1999 on a train complete with DJ’s, loads of sound and the people. Unfortunately I never attended any of the original parties and feel somewhat cheated because, having spoken to the partygoers that had attended, these were among the best events they had ever experienced. Well one can only figure that a party on a train, music pumping, lights flashing, DJ’s mixing and people dancing can only be a recipe for success.
In fact, I only heard about the event once invited by a close friend of mine, I was in two minds about going, but my choice was made for me when a ticket was bought and I was told I was going and that was that. And then the pre party excitement started rolling in as more details were revealed.
The event was to be held at Randlords on the 22nd floor of the South Point Towers in Braamfontein in the heart of Johannesburg. No trains for the Reunion but the venue did overlook Park Station where trains either remained stationary or moved lazily in and out of the yards far below us. The party was also to be held from 12 in the afternoon until 12 in the evening. This was going to be interesting.
Come Saturday morning we were ready to shake our tail feathers and headed to the City of Gold. The venue, high above the streets of Johannesburg, was easy to spot with Bedouin Stretch Tents on the venues balconies. We found the venue entrance leading us into an underground parking lot where we were spoilt for choice on parking options.
The event organisers were very thorough with event details and there was always a visible presence of security that were more than helpful in guiding everyone to where they needed to be. After travelling up a floor we were greeted by more friendly staff that gave us our entry bands and complimentary energy drinks for being early birds. A twenty two floor elevator ride took us to the top of the building and opened up onto and into the decadence of Randlords.
One could not help but be swept away by the beauty of the venue. With minimal but high end décor, plush furniture and the occasional swing(including one in the ladies bathroom). Roof to floor windows overlooked Johannesburg city in all it’s sleepy Saturday glory. The uninterrupted views from the roof of the building were nothing short of spectacular, even the icy wind couldn’t stop party goers from spending more than a couple of minutes absorbing the architectural beauty of Johannesburg.
The service from the bar and waitrons was impeccable. The bathrooms were always clean and staff made every effort to clean out ashtrays and remove empty bottles from tables and bar counters quickly.
The DJ’s kept us dancing from the afternoon straight into the evening with great beats and base. I took a great effort to be pulled away from the dancefloor. One such time was to see the beauty of the sun setting over the Johannesburg skyline creating a warm burnished glow against high rise buildings facing the sun as it lowered out of sight.
And as the sun set the city started awakening below us. Lights started burning in an array of colours as the DJ’s picked up the beat on the floor. A true highlight of the evening was listening to the incredible tunes that a truly talented DJ gave to us…Anton Nathrass…who was nothing short of Legendary.
But above the beauty of the venue and the first class DJ’s there was one last element that pulled the event together, that truly made it a success. The people.
The people made the party. Positive vibes were the order of the day, where everyone had left their ego’s behind and joined together to all dance to the same beat. Other than the dear people that I knew there I met many more fantastic people that only spread the awesome vibe. The music fed the people and the people fed the music creating a special space for all that were there.
The D Rail Reunion truly took my breathe away in every sense of the word. Not only that but being able to see Johannesburg from a new perspective, I have fallen in love with this city that for too long has taken a bad rap from the general public. Johannesburg is being revived and there are so many places where one can enjoy the splendour and vibe of our city. It is time to start looking at it from a higher angle. To see all the light instead of the dark.
Some awesome links :
Anton Nathrass – http://www.antonnathrass.net/
Randlords – http://www.randlords.co.za/
D Rail – http://drailreunion.com/