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Otterlake Festival – This weekend

Check out Otterlake Festival if you aren’t heading to underberg for Splashy Fen.
Awesome lineup planned and the venue looks sweet too. For more infor goto http://www.otterlakefestival.co.za

Otterlake Easter Festival will be supporting the Unite Against Poaching program by donating 20% of the profits made from the event’s ticket and merchandise sales in aid of supporting anti-poaching units in their endeavours to protect our country’s Rhino populations.

Moonshine Productions & Otterlake Restaurant launch our ‘Rock for Conservation’ initiative at the Otterlake Easter Festival from 28th to 31st March 2013. Nestled on 42 hectares in the Seringveld Conservancy (a Bird Sanctuary), next to the Roodeplaat River in the Kameelfontein district, north east of Roodeplaat Dam about 50kms from Pretoria central. The venue boasts 2 main bars, fully serviced veranda, dining room and cocktail lounge, 600m length of aircraft landing strip and swimming pool.

Festival Tickets

Online Tickets Sales for the Otterlake Easter Festival available through TIXSA (Tickets tab)

Day Tickets (Including Camping)

Thursday – 28/03/2013 Friday – 29/03/2013
R80-00 R120-00
Live music from 19h00 Live music from 14h00

Saturday – 30/03/2013 Sunday – 31/03/2013
R120-00 R120-00
Live music from 14h00 Live music from 13h00

Weekend Ticket R300 online, R350 at the gate


Xavier Rudd – Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town

capetownmagazine wrote :-

“The Parklife Music Festival kicks off its inaugural to-do in Cape Town with Australian folk favourite Xavier Rudd as headliner. Sounding off at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Friday, 22 March 2013, the outdoor acoustic shindig pairs the Aussie great’s act with performances by local legends, Farryl Purkiss and Jeremy Loops, for an evening of great guitar tunes delivered in the most charming of atmospheres.

This will be Rudd’s first gig on South African soil, and quite fittingly, the socially conscious, environmentally aware artist will take to the stage at Kirstenbosch Gardens, a spot with breathtaking views and an idyllic outdoor concert setting. Known to be perpetually barefoot and never without at least three didgeridoos on stage, Rudd, who’s toured with Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, has a distinctive one-man band sound that has made him a festival favourite at major events, like Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.

Not to be outdone, Farryl Purkiss and Jeremy Loops are stars in their own right. Purkiss recently releasedhis third album, “Home”,and will be touring the country in support of that in March and April. Cape Town local Jeremy Loops, on the other hand, has found Mother City folk fame thanks to his live sets which consist of multi -layered loops (as his name suggests) of rhythms and beats that transform his performances into an interactive feast for eager audiences. ”

Farryl Purkiss

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Jeremy Loops

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Xavier Rudd

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I can only really say that im sorry that Durbs got the short end of this gig and that for those of you that made the missions to either Johannesburg or CT, didnt waste a cent in doing so !


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Hot Water at De Waal Park

Checked out Hot Water on Sunday down at De Waal Park.
Super chilled vibes, a very decent turn out also, sporting all kinds of people, tree huggin hippies to families consisting of dogs as children, yip, prams and everything bro.

There were children and grown men hula-hooping and slack lines (witch is waaaaay harder than you can imagine !) set up between a few of the many trees that are scattered across, well, this park ..


Remax had set up 9 other free concerts before this one, being the closing of the series of ten that have now taken place to date. the list of artists included,
Jimmy Dludlu, The Rudimentals, Mark Haze, Robin Levetan, Arno Carstens, Saudiq Kahn, Karen Zoid, The Glenn Robertson Jazz Band, Steve Louw and Big Sky, Robin Auld, and Hot Water.

Honestly pretty bummed that I only caught wind of this for the last one and will definitely be keeping my eyes out for something like this in the future.
A perfect way to end the week.


RAMfest Cape Town

With only a few days till RAMfest smashes awesomeness into Durbans faces, here are some pics from the Cape Town leg of the event.
For any of you who have been to Splashy, this had the same kinda vibe to it, taking I only got there at Sunset on Saturday evening and left at 1am after the Rise Against set, there were plenty food stalls, people dressed in all sorts of weird outfits and heaps of happy people.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you are sucking as a live event lover.



Rocking the Daisies 2013 – Dates Released

Rocking the Daisies will be held on the 3 – 6 October 2013
Early Bird tickets on sale from 7 March 2013

“We aim to host a premier music and lifestyle festival in an environmentally and social responsible manner under the motto of ‘Play Hard, Tread Lightly’.”
The Green Goals of Rocking the Daisies are an integral part of implementing festival in an eco-friendly and sustainable way and have been developed over the last few years. Every year we take the following steps to achieve these goals in order to ensure that we continue to “Tread Lightly”:

Music Festival in Mozambique – STRAB

We heard about a little festival called STRAB at another festival, Mieliepop Festival. So after doing some research, and a brief email to the organizers we thought we’d let you in on this little getaway option.

Please note, all content from http://www.strab.co.za/ so should you want some more information please click that mouse and go have a look at their website.

STRAB – a unique success story about SA music lovers and the Mozambicans of Ponta Malongane

The Subterranean Rhythm & Blues (“STRAB”) experience started in 2003 when a group of 60 scuba divers from the dive school Ocean Ecstasy in Pretoria decided to add some live music to one of their weekends in Ponta Malongane, in the south of Mozambique. It was initially held in August and was known as “The Birthday Bash”.

After much deliberation it was decided to invite the legendary local band Jack Hammer to perform life at the event. The band plays a large variety of music, from love ballads to hard rock in both Afrikaans and English. The fact that all their songs have powerful lyrics and speak to all music lovers made them a perfect choice and added to the success of the weekend.

Only about 120 South Africans participated in the second event and all enjoyed a weekend of fun, scuba and rock & roll. Piet Botha, lead singer and guitarist from Jack Hammer, was so moved by the experience that he wrote a song about Mozambique and insisted that another weekend be arranged. Annerie, owner of Ocean Ecstasy, gladly obliged, and The Subterranean Rhythm & Blues Experience was born. Piet Botha suggested the name which comes for the Bob Dylan song “Subterranean and Home sick Blues”. The combination of sea, scuba diving and music reminded him of something “subterranean”. A professional sound engineer (Conrad Jamneck) and lighting was added to the equation and more than a hundred scuba divers and other music fans joined the third party the next year.

In 2005, the festival stepped up a notch or two, with bands like Southern Gypsy Queen, Scicoustic and Albert Frost being added to the line-up.

In 2006, the STRAB team went all out while still aiming to provide a balance between the number of bands and the number of people that Ponta Malongane can accommodate, while still retaining the relaxed spirit of the beautiful venue. Akkedis, Clark & Van der Hoven, Gian Groen, Janice & the Half Jacks, Die KaalkopWaarheid, Orkez, Riku Latti, Steelkant, STRAB All Stars and The Lost joined the four bands from the previous year, turning STRAB into an exclusive but established event on the musical calendar.

In 2007 Malongane was filled to capacity for the first time. Some people even booked accommodation in resorts nearby just to be able to share the experience and to see the bands perform. Dan Patlansky, Brixton Moord en Roof, No Quarter, Ménage à Trois, Fake Leather Blues Band, Tidal Waves, Gerald Clark + Henry Steele, D-DAY 4-EVER , Natalie Chapman, Couch Potatoes, Kenny & POROROCA played at STRAB for the first time.

Since 2008 STRAB has continued to provide exposure to bands from rock to blues to jazz to fusions of these. We continue to aspire to provide “Original music for original people” (favourite line from our good friends Tidal Waves).

Due to its location, STRAB will always be an exclusive event. The venue does not allow for thousands of people to flock to Malongane and this is how it will remain. Those who attend the festival are committed music lovers and have always supported the festival’s philosophy of respect, love and harmony.

In 2013, the STRAB experience will commence on Wednesday 22 May with a beach party against the backdrop of the turquoise sea. Building on this the official festival starts on 23 May, with a line-up of about 20 bands that will perform on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

We look forward to getting to this festival should time and finances allow us to, we suggest you get up there if you have the means…

Should you need to get hold of these guys have a look below:

Contact the Organisers

Andries Burger
Organiser (Logistics)Cell: +27 (0) 82 903 4541
Email: andries@strab.co.za
Website: www.strab.co.za

Conrad Jamneck
Organiser (Music)
Cell: +27 (0) 82 806 3418
Email: jamnamix@hotmail.com
Website: www.strab.co.za


Live – Another look

So we dragged ourselves through to Live again, in the pissing rain… Why? to catch Asleep in Transit, Black Math, Catlike Thieves and The Plastics of course.
Not much to say on arrival, was quite a slow start to say the least, but it is Durban after all, a bit of water from the heavens and everyone stays at home.

Asleep in Transit

First band kicked off at 21:30 by that time the place had started to fill up nicely. First band was Asleep in Transit, must say they put on quite a rad performance, followed by the ever popular Catlike thieves, these guys always seem to have a good little crowd on there feet moving to the music. Shane, if you read this, you’re still a ‘toti boy, don’t come with this durban kak right.

3rd on the lineup was Black Math, well I had never heard them before, and don’t think I’ll be in a hurry to watch them again, they seemed to have a good general sound, but clearly they hadn’t learnt what lyrics are yet, maybe they’ll get around to putting some words to their melodies, which may make the noise a little more appealing.

Catlike Thieves
Catlike Thieves

Lastly, the band I was there to see, The Plastics… before we go on here’s a little info about the band

The Plastics
The Plastics

The Plastics started in late 2007 when the Righini brothers decided to expand their old punk band HOAX, and reform it with a fresh take on music. Having been constricted for too long by boundaries and bursting with new ideas that wouldn’t fit into any mould, they set about creating The Plastics. Soon after they started this endeavour, classically trained guitarist Karl Rohloff joined the band on bass and Arjuna Kohlstock on lead guitar to create the retro blend of bluesy indie, disco-punk sound that is known as The Plastics today.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to stay for more than 2 of their songs, They only hit the stage at a little before midnight. What I heard was good, and the crowd seemed to be saving themselves for when this band to entertain them.

The Plastics
The Plastics

One thing that still hasn’t changed… the bar service at Live is TERRIBLE, I have always said this and have always had a problem with it. Really something that needs to be sorted out.
Apart from that its still the best Live Music venue in Durban so PLEASE do everyone a favour and head over to http://www.livethevenue.co.za/index.php/promotions and sign the petition, we can’t afford to lose such a rad place.

Crowd VIbes
Crowd VIbes

photo credit: http://www.geecee.co.za

Bullet for my Valentine coming to SA

Oppikoppi announced yesterday that Bullet For My Valentine will be heading to South African for the 18th Oppikoppi festival.
Im sure a lot of you are wondering if they will pull through this time, for those less informed, in 2009 Bullet were set to play at Coca Cola Zero Fest, but at the last hour cited studio commitments and didnt make it over here. Lets hope the hold true to the plans this time around.

The Welsh Metal-core band is expected to headline this year’s festival which is taking place from 9-11 August in the Limpopo province this year.

Bullet for My Valentine comprises lead singer and rhythm guitarist Matthew Tuck, drummer Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Michael ‘Padge’ Paget and bassist and backing vocalist Jason ‘Jay’ James and was named Best British Band in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by Kerrang! Continue reading Bullet for my Valentine coming to SA

2012 MK Music Awards

MK, the Afrikaans music channel, hosted their 6th annual music awards show last night, Friday, 23 March at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria

Glad we featured the amazing Van Coke Kartel, earlier this month, as they really dominated the ceremony and manage to walk away with 3 awards, Continue reading 2012 MK Music Awards