It’s party time as Durban July’s famed tent town begins to rise

2014-07-02 00:00

CHANDELIERS, flower beds and red carpets emerged from a landscape of plastic and scaffolding at Greyville racecourse yesterday, as the Durban July’s famed tent town began its annual rise.

Durban interior designer Disco Conco was among the first to deck out a marquee in bold fabrics, four days from the city’s premier event.

Conco — a designer with Function Decor — said he had been turning empty tents into stylish reception venues for 10 years, but had only been to the event itself three times. “It’s very fancy and it’s really nice to see how the people dress here but when I do have a ticket I buy a new jeans and a T-shirt,” he said.

Security guard Chris Fourie has been working at the VIP tents for the past 14 years. He said he was not fazed by the hive of activity surrounding the event. “I’m an old man, I don’t come to party, I come to work,” he said.

Famous party tents like the Jack Daniels Boom Town marquee, which will host a line-up of SA’s leading acts, have already begun to take shape with drapings and carpeting already being installed.

— Witness Reporter.

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