PHFAT exclusive: Rapper talks live lockdown gigs and SA’s first pod party

PHFAT will perform at South Africa’s first socially distanced pod festival, A New Day Out, at the end of November.

The event is set to take place at Montecasino’s outdoor event area, in Johannesburg, with live music performances from a host of top South African artists, including Prime Circle, GoodLuck and Majozi, on 28 and 29 November.

Socially distanced pods

Music fans will be given the opportunity to enjoy A New Day Out from the comfort of their very own socially distanced pod, which will also consist of seats for four friends and/or family. Event-goers will be able to order food and beverages, which will be delivered directly to their pod.

The South African caught up with PHFAT to get the talented rapper’s take on playing live gigs during lockdown and his upcoming performance at A New Day Out.


PHFAT, aka Mike Zietsman, is a Cape Town-based producer and musician known for his versatile music — from hard-hitting electronic hip-hop to over-the-top pop songs. 

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From no gigs taking place when the nationwide hard lockdown was enforced at the end of March to gigs resuming on the 21 September, there’s been a lot of uncertainty in the music industry following COVID-19 transmission scares.

At the live shows he his done so far, PHFAT has taken all the right precautions.

“I don’t want to be involved with putting anyone’s grandparents at risk,” he said. 

With the pandemic impacting the number of live gigs many artists can play, PHFAT named financial sustainability as a looming concern.

“I would like to be able to work and feed myself. Live performance is a huge part of my ability to do that. I suspect the solution lies in performing at events that adhere to all the safety precautions,” said PHFAT.


A New Day Out will be the first attempt in South Africa, to uniquely have fans watch their favourite artists live from socially distanced pods in an effort to maximise safety for festival-goers.

Keen to perform, PHFAT embraced the innovative approach of the organisers to hold the festival safely.

“I’m stoked”, he proclaimed. It’s exactly the sort of event I’m looking to play. Safe, fun, different.”


A return to normality is what fans and musicians hope to experience with festivals such as A New Day Out

According to PHFAT, the festival will help to further re-open the industry, apart from lockdown live streams and intimate shows at small venues.

“I think with events like this the whole industry is looking to build a model that works. We can safely return to socialising in the current climate”


Known for his dark complex vibe to his gushing serenades and explosive performances, PHFAT promises to stand and deliver just that on the day. 

PHFAT built up anticipation when describing what fans can expect:

“Everything from over-the-top gushy pop love songs, to existential crisis-inducing dark hip-hop songs.”

‘A New Day Out’ line-up

Saturday 28 November

  • Majozi
  • Veranda Panda
  • Shortstraw
  • Prime Circle

Doors open at 14:00 and close at 21:30

Sunday 29 November

  • Majozi
  • Veranda Panda
  • GoodLuck
  • Prime Circle

Doors open at 11:00 and close at 18:00.

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