Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Calling for the Crazy

 The Ballistics debut album giveaway! 


The Ballistics is a young and energetic four-piece blues-rock band that started out late 2009 as an old-school rock band, but soon underwent a natural progression into the blues. The band has been on the local music scene for a couple of years now, but prominently made their mark in 2013 with a Gauteng Tour and the release of their first EP. Band highlights include playing at renowned festivals such as Up The Creek, Oppikoppi, RAMfest and Synergy, as well as co-winning Rolling Stone SA’s Rockstarter band competition. The Ballistics has also performed at most major venues in the Western Cape.

The year 2014 sees the band's name change from Ballistic Blues to The Ballistics, the music video of ‘No Harm’ and the recording of their debut full-length album “Calling for the Crazy”.
 

WIN one of 3 “Calling for the Crazy” albums!

We have 3 of these awesome albums to give away and to WIN one is sooo simple!

Simply give us a shout on Twitter (@dirty_pink_city) or facebook (HERE) and let us know if you're a fan of The Ballistics!

Also, don't forget to give some love to these awesome guys @TheBallistics_ on twitter and 
facebook  HERE



Support Local! #callingforthecrazy
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Double Week Pass to Assembly

 You can win a double WEEK pass to 
Assembly this week


We have 3 double week passes to give away to a few awesome people!

Here's what's happening at Cape Town's best live music venue, The Assembly - 
and if you win you can go to all events! 

Wednesday See You Next Wednesday x Hyphen, Mao & Daddy Warbucks. EVENT HERE
Thursday The Rock 'n Rollercoaster Presents: Arno Carstens Music brought to you by Sailor Jerry / EVENT HERE
Friday Honda Presents: Pre-Block Party Warm-Up ft. Jamie Saint, DJ Va-Va, DDE, Pixel Pop & Half Life / EVENT HERE
Saturday ROCK NIGHT ft. Ashtray Electric, Grassy Spark, The Liminals & YNDIAN MYNAH / EVENT HERE

Come spread the word with us and win:

Tweet to us (@dirty_pink_city) and mention (@Assembly_ct) and tell us YOU WANT TO GO to these awesome events!

Also add to your chances to win by commenting on our facebook page www.facebook.com/DirtyPinkCity

Go go go!
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Waiting Room Giveaway

Ticket Giveaway to WAITING ROOM PRESENTS: Diamond Thug, Paint Club and The Coast


We have 2 double tickets to give away to TWO lucky winners at 
the Waiting Room on Tuesday 26 August 2014!

Simply tweet to us (@dirty_pink_city) and tell us you want to go! 
OR
leave a comment on our Facebook page HERE

Join the event here: HERE

More Info:

Entrance: R30
Doors Open: 19:30

Check out the acts:

Diamond Thug:
- indie-electronic-rock -
https://soundcloud.com/diamond-thug

Paint Club:
- pop-beats -
https://soundcloud.com/paint-club

The Coast:
- indie-rock-pop -
https://soundcloud.com/thecoastmusicsa

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Oppikoppi Odyssey

Oppikoppi 20 years on...


I was raised knowing Oppikoppi as the Shangri-la. The beginning and end of all local music and the heart of everything weird and wonderful. Oppikoppi is almost as old as I am and this year they turned a mighty 20 years old. What started out with a few local artists on a farm somewhere in Limpopo, boomed its way to become what is known today as South Africa's biggest live music festival.

Normally I have a very smooth journey to music festivals. I pack, get into the car and drive into the sunset towards my little weekend utopia. Not with Oppikoppi. Seeing that we stay in Cape Town and only had Friday available to travel, we had to fly the morning, hire a car on Lanseria and drive the 2/3 odd hours to get to Oppikoppi. It wasn't a joke. We almost missed our flight and once we arrived at Lanseria, the car hiring company told us that they never received our deposit payment! Our road to Oppikoppi did not start as a smooth one, but eventually after a lot of admin we were on the road to dustville.

But with all great, memorable trips this one had a lot of wrong turns and judgements. Somewhere along the road both our phones died, we had no map and we were on the supreme highway towards Sun City. The sun was setting and we were getting more morbid as we realised that somewhere over a hill there was a big big party that we were missing more and more of. Eventually we decided to turn around. We found some “people that looked like they were on their way to Oppikoppi” and followed them. At last we arrived at the gates of Oppikoppi. It was late and we had no intention to set up camp in the dark (like we normally do at festivals). We parked the car in Boom Straat and opened our first beer. Standing there in the middle of nowhere with the sounds of some band playing in the distance felt kind of surreal. We were there. We arrived.

It all started at the gates that mark the entrance to the entertainment area of Oppikoppi and the beginning of our journey. We were as sober as two saints with two cans of beer in our hands when all of a sudden the crowd swallowed us in, made us stumble over a thorn bush and pushed us right in front of the mighty Wesley Dome Stage. Joh, how beautiful. We were in Oppikoppi's belly.

It was already 21h00 when we looked on our schedule and realised we missed half our planned gigs for the afternoon already and Gert Vlok Nel was about to play at the Rayban Top Bar Stage. Once there we made our way to the middle of the crowd. An older man with dusty feet in a pair of even dustier flip flops greeted us with “Do you guys actually like Gert's music”. We nodded. “What are you guys, like eighteen?” We laughed. THIS is what Oppikoppi is about, what I dreamt about: Old and young, eccentric and sane enjoying the same music. Dancing under the same stars. 

After a few of Gert's songs, we made a moerse trek up the other side of the koppi to the Red Bull Stage. We had no idea where we were going, but half-way up we realised that Taxi Violence was playing on the James Phillips Stage. We stopped and watched the rest of their set with a perfect view and great sound from where we were sitting on the koppi slopes. Front man George was giving his best. I felt proud watching the guys playing on Oppikoppi's 20th birthday stage, while they are celebrating their 10 years in the local music scene.

We never made it to the other side of the hill, as leading SA rockers Van Coke Kartel was busy setting up on the towering main stage. Unwritten rule number 10: Never miss Van Coke Kartel. The rockers gave the performance I hoped for, with frontman Francois giving the crowd all his energy and lead guitarist Jedd Kossew showing why he is one of SA's best. They are probably one of the few bands I would want to see 20 years on at Oppikoppi.

After Van Coke we were starting to feel a little jaded and went on a food hunt. Oppikoppi wins the prize for best festival food without a doubt. Seriously, I saw pizza's and biltong and panini's with jam and cheese and samoosa's and burgers and boerewors rolls like they were planning for the apocalypse! We each got something warm to push the alcohol a step back and moved along where Springbok Nude Girls were busy doing their thing in dresses on the James Phillips Stage. We kept an eye on them through taking bites of our festival food finds. I grew up with their music playing in our house, so I enjoyed this spectacle. They were an Oppikoppi favourite and drew a mix of old and young.

PHfat probably drew the biggest crowd on the Friday night. I was amazed at how all of a sudden they got everyone to jump, jump, jump – old ballies, hippies, jocks in onesies and everyone else. After a few songs we planned once again to go over the koppi to the Red Bull Stage, but the lights streaming over the steep hill just looked a little too far and the promise of a cold beer at the campsite seemed a little more attractive. So eventually we called it a night. And what a night it was...

Saturday miraculously brought no headaches, no painful backs, sore throats, upset stomachs or blurry memories. We got up with bodies as fresh as any flower and cracked open our first beers (like you do at festivals). We had a planned expedition up to the Ray Ban Top Bar Stage where Gary Herselman were to play at around 11am, but we missed that and instead made friends with the people next to us. After about an hour of campsite partying, we all decided to go see what Bandeleros was all about. We got ourselves a spot in the sun right in front of the James Phillips Stage and marvelled at this musical spectacle. They had everyone in a good mood – even the highly hungover dude with one plakkie peeked out from under his cap next to us. Thanks Bandeleros you guys get a big hats off for the coolest artist collaborations out of the whole weekend and for curing a lot of hangovers. 

During Bandeleros' set we got a bit dag dronk in the sun and decided to go get a dose of chilled music at the Rayban Top Bar Stage. Flint Meets Spark was on and they almost made me crash so chilled were their music, I even tried to entertain myself by playing with the masks that promoters handed to us to stop me from getting restless. At last the twosome lifted my spirit when they played a cool Florence and the Machine's cover and I could dance a little. Up next we had to stay for Miss Lucy Kruger and her band. Beautiful is she, the band and her music and bless them form playing at Oppikoppi for the first time, but we only stayed for half the set as drinks and stomachs were getting emptier. 


After some energy drink and a snack we eventually trekked to the Red Bull Stage where an apparent Apple Sawc was playing some beats. Now, I have to say this first: I can take a lot. I can sit in the sun and listen to deep house all day or mosh in the rain at a metal gig, but when you make an entire song about ass crack, I will never ever go watch your set again. Sorry, nice beats, but seriously brother...

Hugh Masekela was up at the James Phillips Stage and we planned to quickly take the camera back to the car before the performance, but like all “I'm just going to the tent” stories, we ended up having a few beers at the campsite, danced in the dust like true prawns and made some new, joburg friends. A few people stumbled passed and reminded us that we were actually there for the music and we decided to go back to the entertainment area.

Back to the music, Shortstraw drew a massive crowd and got everyone to dance a little. Personally I'm not a fan, but I know that Shortstraw's sound is very signature to a Saturday afternoon sunset at a festival and thereby reminding everyone that a major night is still lying in front of us.

It started with Aloe Blacc. "I'm the man..." He IS the man. Even though it is a little out of my music taste, this was one of my favourite performances of Oppikoppi. Excellent sound, lighting, talent from the whole band and Aloe's stage presence. We planned to go watch other bands, but then stayed for Aloe's whole performance.

Later aKing played a mixture of old and new material and the crowd loved it. They are festival veterans and I can hardly timagine how a big festival would be without these guys playing on Saturday afternoon/evening. After Francois van Coke did one song with front man Laudo and Snake's drum stick hit me solidly in the face (baha), we were ready to just sit for awhile. The sitting at Oom Sampie se winkel didn't last long, for Champions of the Sonarverse had started on the Bruilof Stage and we went closer to check it out. Their performance was quite entertaining and they had a medium sized crowd dancing to their almost animated performance. After a while, though, their visuals became a bit too much for me. The thought of Rival Sons on the James Phillips Stage sounded a lot better. And they did. Even though I stood right at the back, Jay Buchanan's vocals sounded as energetic as I hoped and of course those guitars... It's what I came here for...

After Rival Sons we waited for our second Wolfmother show in 2 days (they played at One Night in Cape Town on Thursday). It was the last of the last, but we were about to give our best since we had waited for that moment for months. And so it happened that I was so tired that for the first time I had to sit on my knees in the middle of the crowd during the middle of an international set, since my legs could not carry me anymore. It was well worth it, though. Frontman Andrew Stockdale and the rest of the band made their second show in South Africa even better, probably one of the most energetic performances of the whole Oppikoppi and staying (to get up) for Joker and a Thief eventually felt like the whole point of doing this, ending everything on a high note. 

So, Sunday morning Oppikoppi spat us out at the wrong side of the gates, tired, dirty and hungry, only to swallow us again next year. We packed up the memories we made and went home with heavy hearts. 

Thank you to Oppikoppi's organisers for making this the most comfortable festival regarding admin and media facilities. Thank you to the bands who gave us everything and more. Thank you to all the prawns who danced in the dark with smiles on their faces and love in their hearts. I salute you! Thank you, thank you.

A few more words on Oppikoppi:

Oppikoppi is a super abnormal weekend that will quite possibly change your life. You CAN survive Oppikoppi. Never hesitate to go: JUST DO IT!


In dust we trust...”
Amen.


*Photos of Wolfmother taken by Aidan Tobias:  http://www.aidantobias.com/
Other photos by Dirty Pink City: http://www.facebook.com/DirtyPinkCity
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Friday, 15 August 2014

HOLI JOBURG



Holi Festival of Colours World Tour 2014
Johannesburg 

Since it first launched in Germany in 2012, the acclaimed Holi Festival of Colours has become synonymous with unity, celebration, and, of course, colour. This year, the festival comes to South Africa, with a much-anticipated event taking stage in the heart of Johannesburg. 

South African festival-goers will have the chance to participate in one of the world’s largest, most colourful events. Taking place at Bidvest Wanderers Cricket Stadium, the Holi Festival of Colours fuses some of the top electronic dance music with a positive message of hope and inspiration.

Taking place on the day of the full moon of the Phaluga month, Holi is one of India’s most famous festivals. This Hindu event celebrates the start of spring; the triumph of good over bad and the unifying of people across all races, genders and ages. The western Holi Festival of Colours aims to bring the same message of hope, positivity and equality to millions of partygoers, with global events taking place across the world.

The 2014 Holi Festival of Colours World Tour takes place across many countries world-wide, including South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Accolades from previous event-goers range from euphemisms such as “indescribable”, to “peaceful”, “exalted” and “goose bumps”.

The South African event is expected to draw a huge following, as revellers prepare to unite under a cloud of multi-coloured paint powder from noon until late. Local and international music acts, a host of special features, top-of-the-line event planning, security, food and drink stalls and many other event highlights will also be par for the course over the duration of this full-day event.

Tickets start at R255. Packages and VIP tickets are also available, which include powder bags and other inclusive highlights.

For more information on the Holi Festival of Colour in Johannesburg, visit HERE.


TICKET GIVEAWAY!

We at DPC have 2 double tickets to giveaway to HOLI Festival of Colours Johannesburg!! Simply follow these steps:

1) Follow us on twitter @dirty_pink_city and like our facebook page (facebook.com/dirtypinkcity)

2) Tell us as much as you like on these two platforms why you want to go to HOLI! 

Winners to be announced on Sunday at 17h00.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Cape Town's One Night

Every year there's a lot of unhappy people in Cape Town. People that save money and plan road trips, but are eventually left with shattered dreams of what could have been an Oppikoppi weekend. They stay in icy Cape Town and dream of the sun, the beautiful people and the music... ahhh the music. Every year around this time, the guys from Hilltop Live bring a few international acts to Oppikoppi. And luckily they are so awesome that they put a little smile in our cold Capetonian hearts and give us One Night in Cape Town. A night where the international acts at Oppikoppi come to play right here on our doorstep.

I was very excited when I learned that One Night in Cape Town will be held at the Good Hope Centre this year. I couldn't remember what it looked like inside, since I haven't been there since I was like 4 years old. I knew that it was a bit of an odd venue to hold a rock concert in, but I was curious to see what it would look and sound like. The place was built in the 70's and after I entered the doors, I realised; quite possibly the ugliest venue in Cape Town. The inside reminded me a bit of my high school - large yellowish, cold hallways that echo when you speak and an even bigger hall with a grotesque ceiling that look a lot like a space ship. Nevertheless, I was still excited to see the night unfold in this awkward conference hall.

We arrived in the middle of Tatran's set. We stood against the barriers with no more than a few hundred people. No one seemed very interested. I have unfortunately never heard their music before and hoped that they would draw me in with their live set. But they left me a bit unimpressed. I left for the bar a few songs later. We stood at the smaller bar and could still hear the front-man loud and clear...

And that brings me to the next point: The sound. Ahh, so you attended a rock concert and it was a bit too loud. Mmmm I struggle to understand this. Okay maybe you were right infront of the monitors in the golden circle and this...tingled your ears a bit, but for the love of music, why did you not move back? We were against the barriers, just behind the golden circle and maybe my ears can take more noise than yours, but it all seemed fine. I was there for the bands - loud and in my face. Maybe we should ask ourselves; would the sound not have been better, were the venue actually full (just a thought Cape Town).





Shadowclub was up next and the venue filled up a bit. Now this band were really up there with the internationals! Yes, they are still our local band, but how clear is it now to all that we have talent of international standard? Bring on the the bookings for South African bands at international festivals and venues.

After Shadowclub we accidentally found the main bar and walked into some familiar faces. We had a drink or two and then rushed back for English post-punk band, The Editors. I'm not too sure what to think of this trio. I know they have big fans, but to me they are a bit monotonous. If I can't listen to them in my car and they don't impress me much with their live show, then there's not much left now, is there? Nonetheless, I stayed and listened for awhile. I appreciated the fans - some knew every word. But nah, there's something about a band with an 80's sound...





Then it was time for Australian rock outfit Wolfmother. It looked like 80% of the people were there for this trio. From where I stood, I could only see vocalist Andrew Stockdale's hair bouncing around on stage, but they sounded just like I hoped they would - Loud and raw with a certain old soul rock n' roll feel. The crowd loved them and as I looked around me, everyone seemed to just take in the music. Obviously well-known songs like Woman and Joker and a Thief were big crowd favourites, fans jumped and screamed and I felt content that Hilltop Live got this one right.




There was much talk after the event about the choice of venue. When it comes to international acts, I always find it hard to complain and find fault around events, because I am so focused on these great names that visit our country, but I do agree that the Good Hope Centre is possibly one of the worst venues in Cape Town to hold a live music event. BUT it is also one of the ONLY venues in Cape Town open to these events. Remember a few things: 1) It's Winter (and my goodness was it cold that night) 2) it was a big crowd (so count any club venues out), but also not big enough for a place like the Bellville Velodrome.

Despite the venue and the sound and whatever else people were unhappy about, the promotors gave the crowd a night filled with talent and a lot of rock n' roll. I mean at just R250 a ticket and 4 bands, we should be grateful we have people out there that do this for the fans. On the other hand, people will always find something to hate on...

Thanks Hilltop Live and One Night in Cape Town for giving me an interesting night, introducing me to 3 international bands and one awesome local act. I look forward to next year!

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

DPC Interview Series

 
"People can expect the same experience they get with a live show.
Our music is raw and real..."

The Ballistics is a young and energetic four-piece blues-rock band that started out late 2009 as an old-school rock band, but soon underwent a natural progression into the blues. The band has been on the local music scene for a couple of years now, but prominently made their mark in 2013 with a Gauteng Tour and the release of their first EP. Band highlights include playing at renowned festivals such as Up The Creek, Oppikoppi, RAMfest and Synergy, as well as co-winning Rolling Stone SA’s Rockstarter band competition. The Ballistics has also performed at most major venues in the Western Cape.

The year 2014 sees the band's name change from Ballistic Blues to The Ballistics, the music video of ‘No Harm’ and the recording of their debut full-length album “Calling for the Crazy”. There are also plans in the pipeline to tour nationwide in order to expose more music lovers to ‘Calling For The Crazy’. We did a interview with the guys to hear about their recent tour to the Eastern Cape, their debut album and future plans.

Hi, guys! Thank you for doing this interview with us!

Hi all from Dirty Pink City.
So, for those that don't know the band, give us a little background around the Ballistics?

We started out in High school as a straight up blues band, and then in our Matric year, Nick joined the band and we went from a 3 piece to a 4 piece and the sound of the band also developed massively. We are all the way from Bellville in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. We are a 4 piece blues/rock outfit consisting of Tyan Odendal (Lead Guitar and backing vocals), JP Le Roux (Bass), Nick Forbes (Lead Vocals and Guitar) and Francois Keyser (Drums). 

The Ballistics are known for their blues and rock sound, but what other styles can be heard in your music?

Yes, our main genre is blues/rock, but we actually have a lot of other sounds and elements melted together. You can expect some catchy/jazzy grooves to old school grungy riffs to even a bit of pop/rock.


We’ve got the blues/old school rock backbone and because we like to explore a lot of other styles as well, we usually just narrow the genre down to blues/rock. We always say you need to come to a live show and decide for yourself. People have compared us to bands like The Doors, The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.

Our shows are very energetic and loud. We love performing and put a lot of effort into our live shows. 

 "We’ve got the blues/old school rock backbone and because we like to explore a lot of other styles as well, we usually just narrow the genre down to blues/rock."


You guys just came back from an Eastern Cape Tour as supporting act for SAMA winners Shadow Club – tell us about that?

Being able to tour with a band like Shadowclub was absolutely incredible. We are such big fans of their bluesy, grungy rock n roll music. They are three of the funniest guys we have ever met and we had an absolute blast with them on tour.

We haven’t played any shows in the Eastern Cape before so that part of the country was very unfamiliar to us; people hardly new us up there. That is why it was also so awesome to have toured with Shadowclub because we automatically had an audience to play to. Shadowclub took us under their wing on this tour and we appreciate that so much. They are masters of touring by now and this was only our 2nd time on the road, they taught us so much about the music industry. 

  "Being able to tour with a band like Shadowclub was absolutely incredible."
 

You also did a tour to Gauteng in 2013, how was that different from your recent tour?

Yes, we came up to Gauteng last year November with our first time on the road. The tour to Gauteng was very different than the tour we did in the Eastern Cape with Shadowclub. We played Park Acoustics in PTA on the tour up North which was insane, the rest of the tour’s shows was very average because of the fact that we played the venues all on our own with no support of bigger bands etc. So the crowd turnout wasn’t always great. We had an awesome show with our good friends The December streets in Tanz Live though.

But the Eastern Cape tour was hands down a lot more successful and we think a bit more fun than the first one. Reason is mainly because of touring with a bigger band, and the places we played in the Eastern Cape tour was so awesome, our favorites of the tour was Grahamstown with the arts festival, and then definitely Jeffreys Bay playing The Mexican. We also enjoyed the scenery of the east coast, a very beautiful part of South-Africa.

Do you think it's easier to book gigs and winning fans in Gauteng compared to Cape Town?

In our case it is still a lot easier booking shows in Cape Town and gaining fans down here than up North. We only played Gauteng once; we’ll hopefully be coming up North in September again to play for the awesome and energetic crowd of PTA

To date, how was your debut EP received amongst the local music fans around South Africa?

We had a very good response to the debut EP. We played as much shows as we could to spread the EP as far as we could. We are satisfied with the EP but we are much more excited about our Debut full length album.

"We are satisfied with the EP but we are much more excited about our debut full length album."

Tell us about the band's song writing process? Who does what and how does it all come together?

It depend really, most of the times it would be Nick writing a new song or sometimes Nick and JP will sit together and work on lyrics. Tyan will now and then write a song. Usually Nick will come to band practise with the song done and dusted on guitar and then Keyser works out the drum parts and then we run the song until it is waxed and ready to be heart.

What inspires and influences The Ballistics – other bands, the fans or something totally different?

In terms of the music and instruments we would say bands like Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Doors, The Beatles, Artic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Deep Purple etc. Nick also likes to listen to Joni Mitchell and sometimes some weird Jazz fusion.

When it comes to the lyrics, most of our songs are about women…yes…we are 4 guys that like to express ourselves with the music and 90% of the time it is about women, Surprised? Hehehe

 "most of our songs are about women…yes…we are 4 guys that like to express ourselves with the music and 90% of the time it is about women..."


Where do you guys think the South African music scene is headed?

We’ve got a good feeling about the South-African music scene. It obviously has its ups and downs and being a musician and in a band is very hard in our country, but we love what we do and we want to push it as far and hard as we can to get to the top and then keep going.

The bands that are creating waves in South-Africa are just getting better and better, the live band scene will never die, long live rock n roll!

You are in the process of releasing your full-length debut album, “Calling for the Crazy”? What can we expect from it?

We released our debut #callingforthecrazy album in May. We did three launches. We played Bohemia in Stellies, Mercury live in Cape Town and Die Boer Theatre in Durbanville.

We are so stoked with the album. We recorded the album at VH Music and Publishing studios and had it mastered at Kelsey Mastering in JHB.

We recorded 10 tracks and added 2 of the tracks that are on the EP. This 12 track album is our first one and we are very proud of it. We hope that people will like it and enjoy it as much as we do.


"People can expect the same experience they get with a live show. Our music is raw and real."


What challenges do you guys face in the local music industry? Is it difficult to make a name?

I think the same challenges occur to all musicians and bands. The music scene is small and there are a lot of bands. So competition is also tough so only the best and popular gets to the top. We know because of our style and genre, we’ll probably take a bit longer to get to the top than commercial bands, but we don’t mind cause we love the music we play and you’ll see it on our faces on stage
Besides playing in The Ballistics, do any of you have any 'day jobs'?

All 4 of us are students. Tyan and Francois is studying teaching, JP is studying Marketing and Nick is studying Phycology.

We are students so we do have to divide our time to focus on studies as well but music is our main focus and that is what we’ll be doing full time after we’ve established ourselves in the music industry.

Now for a few quick ones...

Favourite festival you guys have played?

Definitely Oppikoppi Festival!!!!!

Favourite live music venue in South Africa?

The Assembly in Cape Town

Rock or Blues?

Blues with a touch of old-school rock

What can a fan buy you at the bar after a gig?

A Single whisky with ice and water in a tumbler

If you guys could play any international festival which one would it be?

Glastonbury festival

Most embarrassing tour moment?

JP's zip(fly) that didnt want to stay up and fell down the whole time. He then used a key ring to hold the zipper up(closed)

So, where can we find your music?

You can find our music on Soundcloud, reverbnation or watch our music video of ‘No Harm’ on youtube and the songs we performed on Expresso on SABC 3. You can buy yourself a copy of our album at all our shows or order it through VH music by mailing them: orders@vhmusic.co.za

Famous last words:

Have fun and don’t let anyone piss you off!

Lastly, what lies ahead for The Ballistics?

Lots more shows, Lots more touring, playing as much festivals as we can, new music video on the way, getting our music on the radio hahaha and hopefully in 5 years heading abroad.
Thanks boys and may you have all the support from South Africa behind you! 
Hard copy orders for ‘Calling For The Crazy’ can be made via orders@vhmusic.co.za at R120.00 postage included.
Form more information, please follow The Ballistics on their social media platforms:




REVERBNATION

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

#LUMINEERS


THE LUMINEERS CONFIRMED FOR
FIRST-EVER SA TOUR



PRESENTED BY VIRGIN MOBILE SOUTH AFRICA. POWERED BY 5FM


US folk-rock stars The Lumineers will make their South African debut this December when award-winning agency Seed Experiences, Virgin Mobile South Africa and 5FM bring the band to local stages. They’ll perform at Cape Town’s iconic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on 4 December and at Johannesburg’s Emmarentia Dam for a daytime concert on 6 December.

The Lumineers became a success story in their native US with their 2011 self-titled debut album. The album gave the band international recognition, selling over 3-million copies, and over 5,5-million single downloads of their debut single – and arguably the band’s most famous song to date – ‘Ho Hey’. The music video for ‘Ho Hey’ has already gained over 109-million YouTube views alone (HERE).


Their music has been described as classic and genuine, raw and unique. They mix flavours of folk, alternative rock, Americana and indie, cutting them with a rustic charm. Their second single ‘Stubborn Love’ (HERE) is a live favourite of the band’s and will be sure to get their South African fans singing along to the powerful chorus.

Virgin Mobile has again partnered with Seed Experiences to bring iconic music to South Africans. “Virgin Mobile believes strongly around creative expression through music, this is in our brand DNA.  This is why we are thrilled to partner with Seed Experiences in bringing Indie and alternative music sensation The Lumineers to our shores this December.  At Virgin Mobile we strive to create unique and memorable experiences for our fans and we aim to do just that at The Lumineers open air concerts in Cape Town and Johannesburg” says Jason Hair, Virgin Mobile Chief Operating Officer. 

‘Ho Hey’, the chart-topping single that reached number one on the highly acclaimed 5FM Top 40, is just one of the songs by the Lumineers that 5FM loves. 5FM sees a natural fit with the Lumineers as their listeners are passionate not only about live music but also passionate about the Lumineers. 


An incredible supporting lineup will be announced soon, so stay close to Seed Experiences, Virgin Mobile SA and 5FM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#LumineersSA

The Lumineers tour details and tickets
Cape Town
4 December 2014
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
18h00-22h00
Tickets: R465
Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/1nht1Dx


Johannesburg
6 December 2014
Emmarentia Dam
12h00-18h00
Tickets: R465
Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/1nhtkOP____________________________________________________________________________________
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