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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 plankton.mobi.  Tickets are limited and expected to sell fast, so buy now to avoid disappointment.

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Chevelle due to visit South Africa

Chevelle? makes the promised comeback! See them on their two stop Arena tour in May and June 2013.

Hilltop Live presents, the Platinum-selling alternative act Chevelle Live in SA in association with Monster Energy and Sounds Good. The American rock trio will be rocking Cape Town at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on Friday 31 May, and Johannesburg at The Big Top Arena, Carnival City on Sunday 2 June, bringing their iconic alternative sound to your ears.

Living up to the postponement promise that was made back in 2011 when the band was unable to make it to Oppikoppi Unknown Brother, the band is thrilled to finally have found dates that work for South Africa.

For Chevelle, 2012 was filled with intense touring, sold out concerts and the release of their sixth full-length album Hats Off to the Bull: which scored the group one of their biggest career hits with the explosive single “Face to The Floor”. Most artists with over 12 years in the music industry lose their initial fire, but Chevelle burn brighter than ever on Hats Off to the Bull. Rather than simply subscribing to a tried-and-true formula, they made a conscious effort to incorporate new sounds and textures into their patented airtight anthems. As a result, the group composed its most infectious, intriguing, and impressive offering to date. In December 2012 the group released their first-ever collection of hits – Stray Arrows-A Collection Of Favourites

Of their postponement announcement in 2011 Chevelle said “Obviously everyone is really disappointed; there was such enthusiasm and support from all over South Africa and it’s a country we all wanted to see. But we will get there soon.” – soon has become now.

Limited tickets are available from Computicket at 09:00 on April 3rd, act now and avoid disappointment.

Golden Circle R450
General standing R400
Seating R350

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Kings of Chaos heading to South Africa

Rumours have it that The Guns N’ Roses legends Slash Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, and Duff ‘Rose’ McKagan are heading for South Africa as part of supergroup called Kings of Chaos.

IOL has reported that the other half of the group is made up of Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot and Vivian Campbell, Skid Row’s lead singer Sebastian Bach and Collective Soul’s Ed Roland along with Glenn Hughes from Black Country Communion and Deep Purple.

Kings of Chaos will play GrandWest’s Grand Arena in Cape Town on June 8 and the Sun City Superbowl, North West, on June 15 and 16 courtesy of AMP Events and Sun International.

The brainchild behind the band is Sorum, the power drummer of bands like Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult.

Kings of Chaos
Kings of Chaos

The idea to perform in South Africa took root when Roland came here perform in Heineken Symphonic Rock, which features South African artists such as Ard Matthew and Francois van Coke performing their hits with a full orchestra. Last year was the first time an international artist participated in the concerts.

The symphonic concerts are put on by Andy Mac, director of AMP Events.

“Ed had such a great time here and really enjoyed working with me and my team,” Mac told IOL.

“When he told me about this all-star supergroup project, I knew I had to bring them to South Africa. When I entered discussions I wanted Slash, but everyone said it would be difficult because of his schedule.

“Also, he had never played on this project before. I persevered and eventually he said yes. Because of how busy the four members of Guns N’ Roses are, and the dynamics of the band, the likelihood of them normally not playing together is huge.

“I would have given my right arm to just have Slash in the country and now we have Deep Purple, Guns N’ Roses, Collective Soul and Skid Row all in one band!

“Slash alone as a drawcard would probably fill up a stadium.

“This is an amazing two-hour show,” he continued. “Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach has been a long-time friend of the band and he will be singing the Guns N’ Roses tracks. He has the perfect voice for the songs and kills it. He is a cool hairband rock ’n’ roll wild child.

“Besides them playing songs like Paradise City and Welcome to the Jungle, they will also do big anthemic hits such as Def Leppard’s Animal as well as hits from Collective Soul. They have some fun when they throw in the odd Billy Idol cover. This is going to be incredible,” said Mac.

Tickets for Cape Town are priced from R375 and for Sun City from R460 and are available at Computicket.

for more information click over to http://www.kingsofchaosband.com/
or www.computicket.co.za