Sunday, 6 April 2014

Plush's Final Farewell

PLUSH's Final Farewell
"The Postcard Tour" kicks off this week
 

 
PLUSH will be embarking on their final farewell tour during April and May 2014, with their The Postcard Tour.
 
Announcing the news on Facebook, they posted the following to fans announcing the Final Farewell Tour: "We know we’ve been a bit quiet recently, but that does not make the following announcement any easier for us. We’ll be embarking on 'The Postcard Tour' in April 2014. It brings to an end this amazing adventure. 17 years, 4 albums, 2 EP’s, numerous singles, friends from all over the globe, thousands of gigs from intimate lounges to raucous festivals, highs, lows, tragedy and triumph - we’ve had the time of our lives. Consider all of this emotion, pack it into a few weeks, and you get our final farewell. A farewell that pays homage to what we as PLUSH hold most dear. You, our fans and friends and all the times we had together."
 
This final tour celebrates and remembers this history as PLUSH takes to the road one last time to meet with their fans through great music and Rory's ever memorable onstage story-telling.
PLUSH will head off on a 10-date tour across SA performing to fans as they kick-off "The Postcard Tour" this weekend. In support of "The Postcard Tour", PLUSH will be releasing their 'Best Of' 18-track album entitled "PLUSH: 2000 - 2014" which will include favourites such as "My Baby", "Wishing Well", "All For The Better", "Today", "Dancing In A Storm", a Live version of "Halo", and a new unreleased bonus track, "Springsteen".

Show Details are:
4 April - Cafe Roux, CPT SOLD OUT
6 April - Alma Cafe, CPT SOLD OUT
24 April - Tanz Cafe, JHB
26 April - Secret Garden Gig (by Invite Only), JHB
27 April - Park Acoustics, PTA
30 April - Klein Libertas, STELL
2 May - Live-The Venue, DBN
3 May - Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg
9 May - Assembly, CPT
11 May - Studio 7, CPT SOLD OUT
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Ann Jangle & Mean Black Mamba

Ann Jangle & Mean Black Mamba presents a tribute to Tom Waits
 
 
Tom Waits is undoubtedly, like Bob Dylan one of the most important artists in the modern era of music. This prolific songwriter/poet/philosopher has inspired countless other artists in the world. With a uncanny ability to generate pictures and landscapes with very few words, his work (and his voice) has changed over the years from a young, feisty and swinging troubadour, to a musical prophet that can trigger almost shockingly strong emotions in his listeners. A fiercely independent thinker and an absolute wizard with words, Waits have created a style of music that it is uniquely his own and his millions of fans are very much like a "cult family". The vast discography of music this man has created should be declared an international heritage. It is thus impossible to do any more than "scrape the surface" of his work in only two hours

A tribute show to this legend is therefor a rather daunting task ...to put it mildly.
 
Rising to this challenge is the rapidly rising singing sensation on the local music scene Ann Jangle, together with the dark, foot-stomping and gravelly blues rock duo Mean Black Mamba. A fanatical fan and student of Tom Waits, Ann Jangle has boldly stepped into the shoes where most others would fear to tread, but the raving reviews emanating from this performance is more than enough evidence that this collaboration has succeeded spectacularly.
Mean Black Mamba consists of guitar and slide master Guy Collins. Collins is a another devoted Tom Waits disciple and a passionate student of the guitar. He has travelled extensively, studying and learning the techniques of the Mississippi Delta players and the great slide guitar masters of the US. James Minnon is a drummer and percussionist that has studied the grooves and rhythms of roots music extensively.
 
Prepare yourselves for a very special evening, and if you have never heard the music of Tom Waits, you dare not live in such ignorance any longer. Salvation is near....
 
Show Info:
 
Where: @ Die Boer
When: 22 April 2014
Tickets: R70

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Oppikoppi/Odyssey 2014

OPPIKOPPI IS TURNING 20 YEARS OLD!!! 

 OPPIKOPPI: 1994 - 2014 
7-9 August 2014
 
General tickets: R700 per person. Includes the event t-shirt and camping for the weekend.  Available on the OppiKoppi Facebook page or on www.plankton.mobi.
 
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Official website: www.oppikoppi.co.za
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Monday, 31 March 2014

Nissan Easter Festival

Nissan Easter Festival, the place to be this Easter!
     
Now in its 5th year, the Nissan Easter Festival will once again deliver a 10 day celebration of equestrian events, entertainment and fun for the whole family this April.
Nissan South Africa has again partnered with Kyalami Park Club to bring you a fun filled programme from Saturday 12th April until Monday 21st April 2014. The first weekend will concentrate on the dressage classes and the rest of the show will mainly feature showjumping and the InterAfrica Cup. The Nissan Easter Festival includes the SA Pony Rider Grand Prix, The KPC Young Rider Grand Prix and will conclude on Easter Monday with the hotly contested Adult SA Jumping Outdoor Grand Prix.
After the success of last year’s festival, which included a spectacular tie at first place in the Nissan Six Bar event as well as a memorable win by Capital Don Cumarco in the Nissan SA Adult Outdoor Grand Prix, this year’s action is set to be every bit as exciting.
While South Africa’s top riders and horses are without a doubt the main attraction, the festival has far more to offer. Food stalls, entertainment, child-friendly activities and market stalls will provide plenty of fun throughout the duration of the festival.
With free entrance and secure parking - families, friends and sporting fans can enjoy the live action as it unfolds, with each day offering more excitement, big wins and plenty of family fun.
Event details:
     
Event date:  12th April until 21st April 2014
     
Time: 8:00am to 17:00pm
Address: 1 Dahlia Road Kyalami 1687
     
Ticket price: Free entry
 
 
   

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@davidmeulen

David Meulen CD Launch: @davidmeulen
24 April, Roodebloem Studios, Woodstock.
 
 
 
Singer songwriter David Meulen is making his mark on the South African music scene. A few years ago, David started and fronted an alternative rock band Dividable Grand. A fair amount of success followed the release of their album THE BUZZ, with DG receiving extensive airplay and media coverage. They performed alongside some of the biggest acts in South Africa, including Prime Circle, aKing, Taxi Violence and many more. Using the experience gained from this, David has started focusing on his solo career. He is a man on a mission, and that mission is music. His debut solo album titled @davidmeulen will be released in April 2014.
 
The 12 track album features an eclectic mix of well-known artists. Legendary Johnny Clegg drummer Barry Van Zyl features prominently on drums and percussion, with Dirty Skirts virtuoso Maurice Paliaga and Kyle Dijkstra (live show bassist for David Meulen) coming in to create a solid backbone. Evelyn Hart provides an alternate bass sound on the lower register of her piano. The blues harp king Lonesome Dave Ferguson appears on a few of the bluesier tracks. Close friend and poet Jessi Howell came in to collaborate on the lyrics in some of the songs. She also created the characters that are featured on the album cover.
David says of the new album: “I was in a good space while making this album; inspiration came almost instantly and endlessly. The experiences in all of the tracks are actually true stories.”
Together with his band, drummer Jay Latter and bassist Kyle Dijkstra, David`s music will leave you with a strong urge to sing and dance and have a fantastic time. The trio will be gigging throughout 2014.
 
The album was recorded at Heritage Sound Studio in the heart of Cape Town by fantastic producer/engineer Brendyn ‘Rusti’ Rossouw. The album was mixed by Neal Snyman and mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, New York.
                                           
The official CD Launch for the album will be at Roodebloem Studios, Woodstock on Thursday 24 April 2014. (Address: 43 Roodebloem Road.) Pre-event: Sound Sculptures by oddenjinears. Time: 19h30 Cover: R30.00 (Tickets at door.) Free Entry if you buy a CD.
 
 
Keep Updated:
 
Twitter:      @davidmeulen
 
Listen to the first single off the album:Remember Me?”:
 


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Thursday, 27 March 2014

20 Hats for Change


Citadel Wealth Management 
takes it to the streets

Street corner – check.  Great musical act – check. Busking for social change – that is exactly what Citadel Wealth Management did as it celebrated its 20th Birthday in February. A CSI campaign aligned to the development of music in poor communities, 20 Hats challenged celebrated musicians to step off the stage and return to the street as buskers to put their hats down and raise money for talented community performers.

The Johannesburg Festival Orchestra Quartet, Vusi Mahlasela and Freshlyground brought life to The Square in Melrose Arch as they busked for social change. The event raised R20, 000 which will be invested by Citadel in its donor-advised fund.  “At Citadel, we are avid believers in responsible and structured giving; The Citadel Philanthropy Foundation (CPF) is a flexible, low administration and cost-effective solution towards creating social change”, says Alan Wellburn, Operations Manager: Philanthropy.

The CPF is South Africa’s first donor-advised fund which taps into the international trend of charitable giving through a vehicle that eliminates the traditional barriers to setting up a foundation. “The fund allows individuals, companies (SED/CSI), trusts and estates to become philanthropists’ in three easy steps – donate, invest and  grant to a Public Benefit Organisation or CPF Approved beneficiary  that has undergone stringent due diligence to ensure that grants achieve maximum impact”, says Wellburn.

Passionate about developing careers in music and bringing great talent to audiences, singer, guitar player and song-writer Vusi Mahlasela was thrilled when Citadel approached him to be a part of the 20 Hats initiative. “When Citadel asked me to return to the streets and put my hat down for the development of music in poor communities, I jumped at the opportunity!” says Mahlasela. “The humblest environments, perseverance and effort in achieving success are essential in the music industry – I was reminded of this through the 20 Hats initiative. I challenge other artists, to put their hats down and busk for social change – Dave Matthews let’s see what you can do for the growth and development of our craft,” ends Mahlasela. 

For more information about 20 Hats and to check out the performance that took place at The Square in Melrose Arch click on this link http://youtu.be/SMlmYVM195c
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

ASKING ALEXANDRIA



RAMTOURING and Monster Energy present:

CAPE TOWN:  Friday 2 May, Hillcrest Quarry.
JOHANNESBURG:  Saturday 3 May, THE EXPO CENTRE (Hall 8) NASREC, JHB. 


The UK is very well known for breaking some of rock’s most influential acts and as of 2011 you can add ASKING ALEXANDRIA’s name to this already illustrious list. In Sept. 2009, this British sensation unleashed their debut album, Stand Up and Scream and the album quickly sent shockwaves throughout the metal/hard rock underground scene. This was a propulsive blend of aggressive music with hints of European Trance, soft catchy melodies resulting in a sound more mature than just your average play by numbers hardcore outfit. Their second album Reckless and Relentless, debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 and won an Independent Music Award in 2012 for The Best Metal/Hardcore Album. Their latest album “From Death to Destiny” was released in August 2013.

"Since our formation, we have toured all over the world, released 3 studio albums album and made the most amazing friends and fans along the way. We have absolutely no intentions of slowing down." says Ben Bruce, guitarist of ASKING ALEXANDRIA.

South Africa, are you ready to see one of the world`s most exciting, ground-breaking and heralded bands rock our shores? Ticket sales at Plankton.Mobi are open for once of shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The opening act in both cities is Facing the Gallows.

Facing the Gallows, one of SA`s most respected metal acts, released their debut EP in the form of a split album with friends The Dead Will Tell entitled, This Is Hate City, in 2012. The band has just released their much-anticipated latest offer, Chapters, which they will be touring around South Africa from November 2013 into 2014.

Tickets:

Tickets are R350.00 available from: Plankton.Mobi.

RAMTouring would like to thank the following sponsors: Monster Energy, Jagermeister and Music Connection.

Stay updated and informed:

RAMtouring
Twitter: @RAMtouring

Asking Alexandria
Twitter: @AfuckingA

Facing the Gallows
Twitter: @WeBeFTG


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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Roughing it at the RAM

           Ramfest: The good, the rad and the rough!

I must confess something, right here, right now... Every year the RAMfest talk starts and everyone gets excited, I get a tiny knot in my stomach and break out in a little cold sweat. Now, I can hear you giggle a bit, because honestly now, scared of a bit of fun at a music festival? Well, if it comes to RAMfest, then yes! Two RAMfest festivals has taught me that it's never just "a little fun". Bruised hips, an upset tummy, a sore throat, knots in my hair that will probably eventually turn into dreads and endless blue and purple scars and bruises, taught me that no one goes through RAMfest and looks and feels like a normal human being at the end of it. But is it worth it? Absolutely.

RAMfest is rough. Probably one of the roughest festivals in South Africa. It is a 3 day jollification that sucks you in and spits you out on Sunday - leaving you with a feeling of utter exhaustion with that post-festival syndrome that is ultimately known as depression. Because for 3 days you partied hard, listened to amazing music and made a ton of wonderful new friends, only to pack up your tent and leave behind everything you hoped RAMfest would be.

This year RAMfest made the move to the beautiful Elandskloof Guest Farm. It's different from Circle of Dreams (the venue last year), but absolutely beautiful. Set between the green hills near Caledon, RAMfest set up 4 spectacular stages next to each other. We arrived on Friday afternoon and were greeted by a beautiful ensemble of festival marvel that looked back at us from beneath the cliff.

As we arrived at the camping area, we heard the first notes from Foto Na Dans. We left everything behind and made a beeline for the Monster Stage. We ran straight into a sea of Stellenbosch alumni that were hanging at frontman Le-Roi's feet singing every word to their songs. It was beautiful. The band seemed more relaxed and more confident than ever. I was just getting excited that they were officially back on the map, before they announced that they were to play their last show (for awhile) at a festival later this year. Most definitely something to go see!

So, after we set up our tent and met up with some friends, we walked the few kilometers (no jokes) back to the Red Heart Rum Stage for international metal headliners Trivium (USA) and Killswith Engage (USA).
Trivium roughed the crowd up a little, but the vocalist left me a bit cold. Maybe I wanted more from him, but he just didn't feel right with the rest of the band - which is very solid instrumentally. They nonetheless had a good set and left a few hardcore fans down and out. But they weren't out for long, because Killswitch Engage rocked the crowd a short while after. I stood very close to the stage with their set and the sound literally shook my insides into a knot (by the way, well done RAMfest on the brilliant sound and lighting!). After their set I felt alive and they impressed me a great deal.





We were just in time for the last of Niskerone at the Olmeco Stage and just cooled down to the beats as we sipped on our Stellenbrau's, satisfied with a music overdose. We stood a around a bit for Camo and Krooked, but after 30 minutes we were a tad disappointed. The MC (who was that?) irritated a bit with his constant, loud commentary. Aren't we a bit over the whole "here we go", "oh yeah put your hands up" and "and jump jump jump oh yeah"?


We woke up on Saturday around 10am (yes, we slept through the Eminem, metal and Enya that came from random cars basically the whole festival long) and sat around like dassies until the sun disappeared and we had our energy levels more or less on par. We watched some comedy (always a festival favourite) and walked around the stalls until it was time for Mr Cat and the Jackal. They had a fun-filled performance as always and the crowd relaxed while swaying and jumping to the instrumental marvel that is this band. Also a shout out to the freaky, acrobat-people that did all kinds of weird moves in their obscure costumes - quite enjoyable!











We watched aKing as the non-existent sun set and I saw that they still have quite the following. They will probably always remain one of my favourite local bands of all time. They played all their well-known songs and eased us into the cold RAMfest night.


Gangs of Ballet brought their extremely professional and tight set as the opening act for the international headliners. It seems as if our local scene is really producing extraordinary acts. Next up were Foals. Not very familiar with their music, I struggled a bit to get into it. But after a while they got the crowd warmed up and gave a decent performance for their fans with their indie rock. We did not know it then, but they really prepared us for what was still to come. After Foals we were just in time to catch a little of PHFat's performance. Like usual a real crowd favourite! They jumped to the beats like one body and the sound and lighting contributed to one crazy amazing set.



Finally we got to Biffy Clyro. I have heard this bands name in the last month more than can ever be good for anyone. My Facebook and Twitter feeds went wild with deranged Biffy Clyro fans that could not contain their excitement. And then it all came together on Saturday at the Red Heart Rum Stage. From the moment they started, they had the crowd swooning over every note. The Scottish band blew minds and put insanely genuine smiles on every true rocker at heart's face. These guys can put up a live show, unlike I have seen in my 20 odd years. They play with a dedicated passion and give every fibre of their bodies to their music and fans. At times Simon Neil throws himself to the floor, but does not miss a note. I desperately wanted to compare them with another band, but with every song they surprised me and I realised they are in a class of their own. Their performances of "Bubbles" and "Mountains" left the crowd in awe and maybe even half of RAMfest in tears.

 
Thank you RAMfest and Biffy Clyro!


RAMfest had a bit of a makeover this year and at times it felt as if there were fewer people than at previous RAMfest festivals, but it felt like a clean slate, a new beginning. Of Course, there is the usual "oh there wasn't enough porta-loos" or "Oh we walked way to far to our tents", but in reality RAMfest brought us an insane line-up, a Leonardo Da Vinci painting of a venue and good times that will always be remembered! So, no complaints here.

There were fewer animal hats and more old rock and metal souls walking around, that alone makes RAMfest a damn legend that provides South Africans with some of the best local and international acts year after year.

Thanks RAMfest and good luck with topping this one next year!

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