The third annual Vodacom In The City Music Festival delivered as promised. Once again the iconic Mary Fitzgerald Square came alive with thousands of fans through memorable performances by sensational international acts Rudimental Live, MGMT, Crystal Fighters and The Presets, as well as Vodacom Open The City Winners, P.H.Fat. Continue reading VODACOM IN THE CITY TAKES OVER DOWNTOWN JOZI WITH PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCES BY RUDIMENTAL LIVE, MGMT, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, THE PRESETS AND P.H.FAT
Zebra & Giraffe `s new 8 track album “Knuckles” (Just Music) is a powerful reminder of why they have twice been awarded the SAMA for ‘Best Rock Album’ (2008 and 2014), as well as the MTV All Africa (2009) award for “Best Alternative Band.
Vodacom is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated winning band for this year’s Open The City competition. While it was a tight race, electronic rap duo P.H.fat received the most public votes and will now have the honour of being the only local act to perform at Vodacom In The City alongside the international lineup of Rudimental, MGMT, Crystal Fighters and The Presets. Continue reading YOU VOTED! YOU CHOSE! PHFAT WILL OPEN VODACOM IN THE CITY
AXECESS JOZI FEATURING BIG SEAN
ANNOUNCES FULL LINE-UP
AXECESS JOZI in association with Channel O will be the biggest gathering of the top urban music acts in South Africa this year, featuring international hip-hop megastar BIG SEAN. AXE has bolstered the already impressive line-up with the addition of popular local urban music DJ’s. DJ Feel, P.H, Khenzero, DJ Tira and DJ Dimplez will be hitting the decks to electrify audiences at Mary Fitzgerald Square on 1 February 2014 alongside the biggest urban artists in South Africa and the man himself, BIG SEAN.
AKA, Da Les, Pro, Ma E, Maggz, Khuli Chana, Teargas, Reason and Dreamteam are among the local artists confirmed to perform at AXECESS JOZI. The mega-festival is a pioneering format for all urban music fans as the best and most banging beats will be showcased from early afternoon to the late hours of the night. The heart of the Johannesburg CBD will be electrified as hip-hop and urban music fans will witness the sexiest babes, biggest artists and an outstanding production by G&G Productions. Two different stages will set the scene for AXECESS JOZI creating a unique daytime experience before leading into the opening of the AXECESS JOZI mainstage.
The annual event is set to become a firm favourite on the festival calendar of South Africa. The phenomenal gathering of urban music fans will be one to experience, so make sure to get your tickets from Computicket to avoid missing out.
Fans should log on and sign up to AXEcess.com to get ‘AXEcess’ to festival experiences not available anywhere else.
Follow Axe’s Facebook and Twitter pages closely for announcements on tickets, awesome giveaways and cool prizes.
Tickets are on sale for General – R350, VIP – R550 at Computicket.
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BASTILLE SA TOUR. PRESENTED BY NOKIA.
POWERED BY 5FM
Saturday, 11 January 2014: “Jo’burg, this has been our biggest headline gig to date!” shouted Bastille’s frontman Dan to the 15,000 fans who’d come out to see them play. Visibly thrilled to have such a huge South African fanbase, the band’s energy was contagious as the sold-out crowds fed off of their enthusiasm. The day couldn’t have gone any better. Just as the scorching sun was at its peak, the clouds opened for a typical 20 minute Highveld storm, which cooled everything down to replenish energy levels. As the rain stopped and the sun streamed in, the only thunder to be heard was the roar of applause as Bastille took to the stage.
Combining their number one hits with some of their newer work, their performance was seamless. Crowd favourite ‘Things we lost in the fire’ was played early on in their set to get the fans revved, which was further fed by Dan donning a hoodie and walking through the crowd. Of course, their number one single ‘Pompeii’ was kept for the finale, and what a finale it was, as local band Bed on Bricks was welcomed back on stage to sing the closing number. Dave, Bed on Bricks’ guitarist is Dan’s cousin, that’s got to have some perks right?
Not only did fans adore Bastille, but they were also treated to a fantastic, interactive set by Matthew Mole who opened the festival at 12pm. His quirky conversation had crowds chuckling whilst grooving to his folk/electronica beats. Cape Town’s Beatenberg, best known for their hit track ‘Chelsea Blakemore’, won the audience over with their charming, upbeat performance. We can’t wait for their next album due out in March.
The final local group on the line-up was Bed On Bricks who opened for Bastille. The crowd loved them! Charismatic vocalist Mike had everyone dancing to their fast-paced funk rock, setting the scene in anticipation for the headline act.
Threading all performances together were dynamo duo 5FM’s Fix and Rob Forbes, the event’s MC’s who certainly injected fun into the day. Having supported Bastille’s tour from the onset, we take our hats off to the station for the hype and excitement they created around it.
Headline Sponsor Nokia, gave the fans something to remember with their photo booths for picture-sharing and Lumia1020 activations. It was clear that both the fans and artists recognize how sponsorships add weight to shows of this magnitude, so big up to Nokia for their support that helped step the production up a notch.
Of course the company behind the tour is Seed Experiences, the true professionals who have the festival scene waxed. Not only were there were ample bars, toilets and food vendors, but they erected on of the biggest stage structures that has ever been set up on the African continent. With Rocking the Daisies, WE ARE ONE, Sowing the Seeds and Vodacom In the City in their portfolio, their winning formula’s going to see great things from them this year.
Keep an eye on what they’re up to here:
AMERICAN rap star Eminem will visit South Africa for the first time next year for his Rapture 2014 tour. He will be performing at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, February 26, and Joburg’s Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday, March 1.
This will be Eminem’s first visit to South Africa and the African continent.
The singer-songwriter, an Oscar winner and 13-time Grammy winner, has sold 80 million albums and 120 million singles, and has had 2.5 billion views online. This month Eminem released his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, executive-produced by Dr Dre and Rick Rubin, and containing collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Skylar Grey. It includes his new hit single, The Monster, featuring Rihanna.
The 41-year-old, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers, and who is also known by his alter-ego Slim Shady, includes among his many hits Without Me, Stan, Lose Yourself and, most recently, his Rihanna collaboration Love the Way You Lie.
Tickets for the Johannesburg show range from R400 – R1 250 and tickets for Cape Town range from R350 – R1 250. Tickets go on sale at Computicket from 9am on Thursday.
She’s sold over 41 million albums worldwide. Find out who’s performing two stadium shows. All will be revealed 8th April at 7.30am.
Well we have heard via Heat Magazine’s twitter feed that the mysterious artist is in fact Rihanna who will, as with all these artists, be performing in JHB and CPT. Rumoured to be performing sometime in October.
Who knows maybe heat is right, maybe not, but if you want to pay homage to an Umbrella then best get saving…
— heat magazine SA (@heatSouthAfrica) April 5, 2013
I warn you this is a bit long winded….
We made our way up to Joburg for the weekend to watch one of our old favorites playing live… namely the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Unfortunately what started off as a straight forward trip away turned into something quite the opposite.
Firstly Park and Ride buses available at R120 per person ??? well I don’t know about you but that seems a little steep, I know there have been many complaints about this, but hey there is only one service so they have the monopoly to charge what they like.
Turns out closer for me to drive to the stadium than the park and ride venue, once again I logged onto Computickets website to try and buy a parking ticket.
Going through the options I see there are tickets priced from R50 – R500, but the website doesn’t give you any idea of where the parking is actually situated in relation to the Stadium, needless to say I scratched googles head and still couldn’t find any information other than that one of the options was the disabled option. Seems Big Concerts posted a map of the parking the following day on Facebook (Friday, aka day before the event) having a look there we decided the R120 tickets was a good deal, booked and expected to be able to use the print at home option, as we had for the actual concert tickets, well no such luck. We would just have to find an outlet in JHB and collect it there.
Tickets in the bag plans arranged and we head off to the stadium at around 4pm to miss the traffic and chaos that normally follows these events. The road that was supposed to be closed from that morning was open for traffic and the only thing hindering that was the mass of ‘car guards’ running around telling you where they want you to park. I had no idea if I was in the correct parking area designated for my R120 ticket. It seemed close enough for my liking and I parked the car closest the exit for an easy escape. The ‘car guard’ then insisted I give him the ticket and told me he had no money and needed a beer or R30… really?!?! After I made it clear I would give him money after the show provided he were there, he proceeded to tell me he wanted the ticket because he needed the money, I’m more than sure these guys put me in the R50 area and thought they would get my ticket and sell it to some other sucker passing by.
Bit of a march to the stadium over the road along a dodgy grass path that had a number of pieces of steel rod sticking out at random intervals. Find the beer tent, perfect lets get a drink… R30 for a ‘500ml’ Castle Draught… that was in actual fact a 440ml can of normal Castle Lager, gee thanks guys. Didn’t have many of those.
Eventually the time came where the gates were opened and people started heading through like a heard of goats. We didn’t rush in but waited a while before joining the queue for gate M (the allocated gate for general standing and golden circle). Following the maze of crowd control fences through a number of security guards who really didn’t seem to know what they were there for, I didn’t see anyone’s bag getting searched on my way in (this was later confirmed by some concert goers). Luckily on exiting the maze we got handed our wristbands, which from reports not everyone had the privileged of receiving. All we see ahead is a banner saying Golden Circle, oh dear where do we go, along with a lot of other people we were lost and felt we had gone the wrong way, some people turned back we chanced it and followed the GC signage and it turned out to be right in the end.
We needed to get to our allocated turnstiles and get into the stadium, taking note of the numbers on our tickets we headed to turnstiles 15-19, 19 had a HUGE crowd in line, if you can call that a line, we tried to make our way to turnstile 18-15 but realized the organizers had fenced off the are after 19… Great, well done Big Concerts, after finally finding someone that looked like he had an IQ higher than a Goldfish, he proceeded to tell us to use any turnstile. Great lets join another Queue, get to the front and we cant get access, the scanner wont let us and numerous others through, get sent to another turnstile, same story, finally 4th time lucky we managed to get in.
The rest was pretty straight forward for us found the beer found the food found the field. One thing which was a tad annoying was the fact that we couldn’t take water or cold drinks onto the field with a lid, so you couldn’t stock pile your drinks as easily as I would have liked. Easily avoided, we just removed all our lids and popped them into our pockets before getting to security. Now separate stairs for going down to and up from the field was a bit of a hassle with an overfilled field, try fight your way through the drunken masses with a petite gf in tow, not so ideal or fun for that matter. The amount of people smoking, and that sweet scent of weed filled the air, something none of the security personal felt obliged to act upon, given that this is a non smoking venue, this was definitely not appreciated.
Band wise The Muffins weren’t too terrible, Die Antwoord sucked, that vulgar drivel that eminated from their mouths was utter crap and the images that they displayed on their screens matched that attitude. No real performance in my opinion. Next up the headliners,… The band everyone was there to see, RHCP… not much of an introduction, no real interaction with the crowd, Flea made a comment here and there but really seemed a bit mechanical and rehearsed, not at all what was expected from a band known to be unpredictable and unrehearsed, slightly disappointed.
That matched with the fact that the first song sounded absolutely terrible due to the bad sound engineering and mixing that was done, all in all left us with a slightly bitter taste in our mouths. Don’t get me wrong RHCP were awesome but I think we just expected a bit more. Kings of Leon outshone them performance wise and I have definitely been a fan of RHCP far longer than KOL.
To summarize, Big Concerts really needs to start listening to concert goers, there was a lot of talk about how overcrowded the standing areas were (I tend to agree with this) The lack of signage for parking areas, and the lack of control in stadium. Its only a matter of time before a serious accident happens and then what will Big Concerts have to say. There was even a stampede scare and talk of gates not being opened and the list goes on…. I feel this post is long enough as it is, there is enough publicity on all that went down and unfortunately most of it was negative, check out BC’s facebook page and its clear something needs to be done, even thought Big Concert seems to be turning a blind eye.
The famous rock group hailing from the 80’s, Red Hot Chili Peppers, will be visiting South African shores early 2013.
Dates as follows:
February 2 | Johannesburg | The Soccer City Complex FNB Stadium | On sale 8/29 at 9am
February 5 | Cape Town | Cape Town Stadium | On sale 8/30 at 9am