The Overthrust Winter Mania Fest is taking place between 29 – 31 May, 2015 at Ghanzi Community Hall, Ghanzi, Botswana from 10 AM UTC+02
Overthrust – Ghanzi, Botswana,
Ras Jesus-Gantsi, Botswana.
Barren Barrel-Maun, Botswana.
Kamp 13 – Gaborone, Botswana.
Brian and Manaiwa Crew-Letlhakane, Botswana.
Kirottuaaani – Finland,
Demogoroth Satanum -Soweto, RSA
Remuda – Maun, Botswana,
Dust N Fire – Letlhakane, Botswana,
Bankrupt Souls – Francistown, Botswana
HISTORY OF OVERTHRUST WINTER METAL MANIA FEST
The event “OVERTHRUST WINTER METAL MANIA FEST” was started by Overthrust Rock Band in May 2010.It was first started as an ordinary annual rock festival, its main purpose was to bring all followers of rock music in
one place to associate, unite and re-unite and have all local rock bands performing. The festival first was “Kgalagadi Desert Festival” in 2010 but upon realizing that the name sounded like other people’s brand it was changed in 2011 to “Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest” meaning a huge massive winter rock festival organized by Overthrust Death Metal Band. This festival is an annual National big charity Rock Music Festival held in winter either in end of May or first week of June every year. It usually attracts various Rock Music Bands from all corners of Botswana and recently bands from outside are taking part in it e.g. Within Madness from Windhoek-Namibia, Bleeding Spawn South Africa.
The theme of Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest is “Ride and March against Poverty”, “Rocking against AlcoholAbuse” and “Healthy body benefits”.
In June, 2012 “Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest” was incorporated in to a charity event to help people in need in the community BUT specializing in gathering and giving donations to orphan children and disabled children and needy children, we give them clothes, food and other necessary materials. The title: OVERTHRUST WINTER METAL MANIA FESTIVAL, remained in force. We work with the S & CD Department and the community to help us find those in need either registered with them or not.
Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest is developing into a bigger event each year;
2010, we had number of people attending of about less than 80 people
2011, about 100 people attended
2012, about 150 people attended
2013, about 200 people attended
2014, about 250 people attended
We are expecting an increase in the number of people attending it this year May, 2015.
The following bands have supported this event: Remuda, Vitrified,Disciplinary, Skeletal Saints, Dust N Fire, High Voltage, Stane, Wrust, Crackdust, Within Madness-Namibia, Bleeding Spawn-South Africa, Amok, PMMA, Ras Jesus, Stepping Razor.
This festival has now turned into some sort of Rockers or Rock Music Followers Holiday. So far majority of people start to prepare themselves beginning of every year for this festival, in winter Gantsi is a place to be. This is when Rockers meet their old friends from all corners of Botswana, this is when different nations all over the world meet in one roof interacting, uniting as one, cultural exchange and speaking the same language and that’s Rock “N” Roll.
During this festivals we have people coming from Southern Africa, Sweden, Finland, Asia, Americas and Europeans mainly Journalists, videographers and fans and we highly appreciate their support and love.
HANDING OVER OF DONATIONS
After this event a nearer date is set for handing over of donations to the beneficiary or the handing over is done during the festival, we invite the custodians, village authorities’ or elders, media and other people to witness the handing over.
In June, 2012 we donated clothes, toiletry and blankets all worth P2000
In 2013 we had children clothes worth P1700 to give.
In 2014 we donated clothes including blankets all worth P1500
NB: This event is becoming popular and big each year but we have no sponsors, we dig from our pockets and give to finance the activities of this event, we ask for sponsors each year but to know avail, however that will not stop us from reaching our mission to help the needy children and orphan in the community.
The following activities usually take place during this event:
Official opening of the event
BANDS MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
FOOD AND DRINKS FOR SALE
LIVE METAL BANDS
MARCH AND RIDE AGAINST POVERTY
More details to follow on AudioInferno as we get it.