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One Night in Cape Town


Cape Town, this is your chance to see what Oppikoppi BewilderBeast Festival is yet to see: Deftones and Yellowcard on one stage for one night!

Since their inception, Grammy Award-winning alternative hard rock band Deftones have quietly been pursuing two paths, delivering songs defined by churning, double-fisted aggression while also quietly testing the boundaries of music by incorporating elements of psychedelia and shoegaze. “White Pony”, released in 2000, reached platinum status a month after release. This album earned raves for blending the moodiness of bands like the Cure and Slowdive.

Hilltop Live in association with MK presents: One Night in Cape Town at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino on 8 August 2013. The force that represents Oppikoppi will once again smile upon Cape Town and hand you the night to end all nights.

After “White Pony”, the band released four studio albums. The group’s seventh and latest album, “Koi No Yokan” is their boldest yet. Both ferociously melodic and dizzyingly expansive, the album moves from pensive to pulverizing – often in the space of a single song.  For “Koi No Yokan”, the group reunited with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who also worked on “Diamond Eyes”, and the band set a rigorous daily work schedule. “We kind of adopted this new way of doing things, where we’d have a 7 or 8 hour work day instead of just working on things a piece at a time,” drummer Abe Cunningham said, “It enabled us to be a lot more efficient.” Moreno agrees. “In the past, one of us would write something, record it, and then weeks – or even months – later, someone else would come along and add to it. We had totally lost that communal vibe. This time, all of the songs started with just the five of us together in a room, playing.” Those close collaborations led to a more deliberate drive and cohesive final product. “It gave us a real sense of focus,” says Cunningham.

Getting an opportunity to make an impact by playing music is a dream for many bands, but getting a second chance, according to Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key, is a blessing. Yellowcard, is known for the hit single “Way Away” from the album “Ocean Avenue”. In 2011 this pop punk / alternative rock band returned to the spotlight after a three?year hiatus releasing the energized “When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes”.  The album was a renaissance of sorts for the Jacksonville natives, as its 10 tracks played like the band never spent any time apart. A logical progression from 2007s “Paper Walls”, the group managed to capture elements of its entire discography with the album, which was welcomed by patient fans and praised by critics alike.

“When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes” inspired a winding nine months of touring that took the band to over 30 different countries, a world tour that served as a reconnection with old, die-hard fans and an instant way to reach new, younger listeners. “The tours we got last year, the bands we got to tour with, were incredible”, Ryan Key says. “We wanted to stay current and matter to younger fans, because making new fans is important to us, and at the same time, we didn’t want to turn our back on old fans because they’re essential to our existence. We couldn’t make new fans without our old ones. When you are at a Yellowcard show if you are not a fan, you look at someone who is and think, ‘Why am I not a fan of that? Why am I not enjoying this like that person is? I want that’. That’s amazing for us.” Early in July, Yellowcard announced that they would be releasing Ocean Avenue Acoustic in August 2013 via Hopeless Records. This is to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their classic album. Some of the songs have a whole new life, while others are acoustic renditions of the originals. “We are so excited for you to hear what we’ve done, it’s going to be a big year for all of us and you together. Ocean Avenue is a legacy that we are very proud of, so both the album and the tour are things we’ve put a lot of work into. Thanks for your continued love and support”.

The Grand Arena has never been rocked like this and this is a concert not to be missed. Tickets are available from  Tickets are limited and expected to sell fast, so buy now to avoid disappointment.

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Lamb of God gracing South Africa with a visit


UPDATE 17/07/2013 9:40AM: Computicket has removed the event, see screenshot below:


17 July 2013 8:11AM

So we heard a little something something this morning…. Lamb of God will be performing two shows in early 2014. Once again, Durban and the other centres lose out, but Cape Town and Johannesburg will each have a show.

The details are still a bit sketchy, the dates don’t seem finalized but what we have heard is 24 January 2014 is one of the dates.

The venue set for Cape Town is Hillcrest Quarry – Hillcrest Wine Estate, in the Western Cape. No further info has been posted for JHB as yet, we will keep you posted if we hear anything.

Ticket prices set to be around R450-R550 looks like ticket sales will start on 25 July, according to computicket page. We are however starting to wonder if this didn’t go online a little too early by mistake, only time will tell.

Support artists listed are Mind Assault and The Drift

Event Type: Music, Hard Rock And Metal

Heavy Metal supporters in the Republic of South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans Lamb Of God was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the bands tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year. In fulfilling an old promise, Lamb Of God are finally on the road and catching up on a major back log of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the bands cram-packed touring schedule for early 2014. “With only two dates available, we`ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,“ said Dawid Fourie of RAM Touring, “and we`re expecting that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centres.“ Lamb Of God, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris`s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.



Billy Talent returns to South Africa


Having headlined OppiKoppi in 2010, Hilltop Live are proud to announce that Billy Talent will be returning to South Africa for two shows only.

After the success of their previous tour to South Africa, Canadian melodic punk rockers, Billy Talent, wanted to play at the OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast Festival but due to their touring schedule, the dates did not work out. The band jumped at the opportunity to be part of another event just shortly after.

On Friday 23 August 2013 Cape Town’s City Hall Auditorium, will be rocked like never before as the first concert of the band’s 2 leg tour. Fans of the band can purchase tickets to meet the band as well as limited edition tour merchandise at the concert.

The Pretoria Botanical Gardens will host a picnic like no other.  The Post aKOPPPIlyptic Punk Picnic takes place on Saturday afternoon, where Billy Talent fans can expect the band to get on stage as the sun sets over the Capital City. Just to add to that, OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast attendees can look forward to a number of new benefits including a R100 discount when purchasing their Post aKOPPIlyptic Punk Picnic ticket, being able to purchase the official OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast merchandise (if they didn’t get round to doing so at the festival), as well as being reunited with lost phones, keys, personalities and even names that were left behind in the OppiKoppi dust at the OppiKoppi Lost and Found desk.

Billy Talent are currently touring as part of the Van’s Warped Tour USA, before traveling to Europe to headline three festivals as part of their promotion of the new album,  “Dead Silence” (2012), the bands fourth studio album, which features the single, “Viking Death March”. The video for the single, shows 100,00 fans singing along to the song, and is testament to the loyalty of the band’s fans around the world.

Tour dates

 Date: 24 August 2013

Venue: Pretoria Botanic Gardens

Tickets: R450 without an OppiKoppi 2013 wrist band or R350 with a valid 2013 OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast wristband.  Show goers will be checked for the band at the gate.

Date: 23 August 2013

Venue: City Hall Auditorium, Cape Town

Tickets: R350 Tickets available from


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Rocking the Daisies – International Acts confirmed

RIGHT… so as the title says, R0cking the Daisies have confirmed their list of international acts, set to play at this years festival.

Who are they you ask?

Here goes:

Alt – J
Skunk Anansie
The Hives

Yes you got it, don’t look so shocked, local festivals have been upping their game over the last few years, its great to see more international artists gracing our epic shores to play for a relatively small South African fan base. All the same lets get behind the organisers and support their efforts.

Go buy your tickets today at don’t delay!

Deftones in South Africa – It’s Official

So we heard this rumour floating around earlier this week. and Fuck me we are stoked it wasnt just a rumour. announced by the Oppi crew a few minutes ago:

Something solid for a Friday: May we have a full national salute please for Deftones. First time ever in South Africa and proud new addition to our dust bowl rock celebration (PS: you can now take the rest of the day off. Go listen to their tunes. LOUD).

Damn straight, Deftones loaded, volume up.

For those of you slow kids out there, Yellowcard is the other international band that was announced earlier on in the planning stages…. find their shit, listen to it, buy your oppi ticket. rad!

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Converse Africa – Get Dirty, 8 June 2013

Johannesburg, South Africa (20 May, 2013) ­ Converse Africa announces Get Dirty – inspired by the Converse seasonal brand expression shoes keep it clean, sneakers get dirty, the new music event, get dirty, celebrates the uncompromising mind-set of throwing yourself in headfirst and resurfacing with the marks and scuffs that prove it.

The extensive line-up includes Shadowclub, 2013 SAMA winning Zebra & Giraffe, Reason, Vigilante, Blk Jks, Vetkuk vs Mahoota and many more.

Fans will witness an unrivalled live music experience at one of South Africa’s most noteworthy locations, Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, all for a mere R50.

For more information on the get dirty artist schedule, locations and ticket access please visit or follow @converse_ africa on twitter.




Utopia Music Festival 2013

The first ever Utopia Music Festival, held over the Freedom Day weekend ( 26-28 April ) at Nekkies, just outside of Cape Town looked to be an amazing weekend. The lineup, venue and the weather looked pretty solid to deliver what could be an amazing experience for all that attended.

I arrived pretty early on Friday afternoon, one of the first 20 or so campers to pull into the separately allocated area. Being a “work day” for most people I gathered that the masses would either arrive later that evening or early Saturday to enjoy a day at the river and some good food, comedy and of course the music(again, a line up that couldnt really go wrong) !

6pm rolled on, time to check out McGee at the main stage, passing the BOS tent where some acoustic vibes were happening, hung out there for a track or two then carried on my mission towards the main stage.
Was pretty shocked to see about 20 people mulling around the main stage, again I put this down to “working day, they on their way” , McGee and the rest of the acts that evening all performed to a crowd of around the same amount of people. I kinda felt bad for the event organisers and the bands, even though they all handled it like pro’s, their shows were tight, interaction with the crowd that was right up there and the sound was good, no faulting that at all.

Saturday pretty much followed suite on Fridays vibe, not as many people pulled through as I thought were going to.
Again the bands at the main Phoenix stage played to a handful of listeners throughout the day, Al Bairre getting the crowd moving about around mid day, things were looking a bit livelier than Friday night but the “mass” only really getting together for aKing at 8pm.

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I had to roll out after aKings set unfortunately but The Plastics, Fokof (scheduled to play Friday night obviously moved due to crowd numbers) Desmond and the Tutu’s and Zaki Ibrahim seemed to have a decent crowd lined up to play to !

This event definitely has heaps of potential, the staff hired for the event, all friendly and helpful, food stalls were great and the entire layout and concept was solid.

Also, hearing that there was another well established outdoor trance festival (Jungala) over the same weekend and Afrika Burn happening the very next week I think people may have been tentative to dabble in a relatively new festival or to do both Utopia and the Burn.

Well done to the guys at Utopia Music Festival and Hype for starting something that has a great potential, looking forward to the next one.

White Mountain Music Festival – Tickets on Sale

White Mountain tickets now on sale!

Early Bird tickets for White Mountain 2013 are now on sale at Computicket for R450, which includes camping for the entire festival from 20 – 24 September. This offer is only valid until the end of May, after which advance tickets will cost R600 per person.

White Mountain

Computicket has numerous outlets around the country, including the Money Market counters at all Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores. You can also buy your tickets online or via the Call Centre at 0861 915 8000. Tickets for children aged 4 – 11 cost R125. Children under four get in free.

Known for its intimate, relaxed atmosphere and stunning setting, White Mountain is one of the best-kept secrets on the festival circuit. It’s also KZN’s only acoustic music festival and is held at White Mountain Lodge near Giant’s Castle, just 185km from Durban, 400km from Johannesburg and only 25km off the N3 on tarred roads.

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Snoop in Durban (and Jo’burg and Cape Town) Fo Shizzle

In his official PR statement, Snoop Lion said: “I am honoured to bring this important message of peace and love to South Africa. This is the motherland and a place of so much history and strife. I hope that this concert reminds us it is also a place of joy, love, celebration and peace – which is very much in line with where I am as an artist right now.”

Snoop recently transitioned from his former Snoop Dogg title to Snoop Lion, signifying a change from his rap/hiphop background into his new reggae genre.

Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Lion is headlining the first ever MTV Africa All Stars event with a range of local and other African artists from around the continent including Zahara, MiCasa, Fally Ipupa, D’Banj and Professor.

He’s also scheduled to perform in two more concerts at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Arena on Sunday and Cape Town’s Grand West Casino next Tuesday.

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