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Billy Talent returns to South Africa

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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. www.plankton.mobi

Date: 23 August 2013

Venue: City Hall Auditorium, Cape Town

Tickets: R350 Tickets available from www.plankton.mobi

 

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OppiKoppi Official Website: www.oppikoppi.co.za

Billy Talent Official Website: www.billytalent.com

Viking Death March Official Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRFCMM3bra8

Rumours Confirmed – Rihanna aka Riri coming to SA

Just thought we’d confirm the rumour, if you havent heard already, Rihanna will be gracing our shores for 2 shows, Cpt and JHB

World tour promoters Live Nation together with Big Concerts confirmed today that the tour which kicks off in North America this week is set to dazzle fans with concerts confirmed at FNB Stadium Johannesburg on Sunday 13th October 2013 and Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 16th October 2013.

Rihanna has dominated global charts with “Diamonds,” the fastest-rising single of her career to date and first single to be release from UNAPOLOGETIC her 7th studio album for Island Def Jam in just seven years.

The recipient of six Grammy Awards® and seven Billboard Music Awards, Rihanna has sold over 41 million albums and 150 million digital tracks worldwide, and currently holds the record as the top-selling digital artist of all time. Forbes named Rihanna the world’s #1 social media star with over 2.9 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, over 63 million Facebook fans, and over 27 million Twitter followers. In addition to her 12 Hot 100 #1 singles and overall 24 Top 10 singles, she also has 18 #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts.

Tickets for the Diamonds World Tour in South Africa will go on sale for Johannesburg on Thursday 11th April at 9am priced R330 – R930 and in Cape Town on Friday 12th April at 9am priced R275 – R820.
Tickets will be available from www.bigconcerts.co.za, www.computicket.com, the Computicket call centre on 0861 915 8000 or any Computicket outlet at Checkers and Shoprite.

Rumour has it…. Rihanna will be in South Africa in October

Big Concerts
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…

Justin Bieber tattoos his tattoo artist

So from our side we don’t really think much of biebs, but with him coming to SA soon, we figured we’d give him some airtime.

What do you think of his new skill, would you get a tat by bieber… even if you aren’t a belieber?

The Canadian pop star could face up to a $2,000 fine for inking a cartoon portrait of a muscular mouse with the word ‘Swaggy’ on the famous tattoo artist’s leg. Justin swapped his microphone for a needle to embellish friend and tattoo artist Bang Bang, real name Keith McCurdy, with the new design.

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Metallica – Cape Town show venue change

Big Concerts recently announced a venue change for the Cape Town leg of their tour, please see details below as release by Big Concerts

CAPE TOWN VENUE CHANGE

The Cape Town venue for Metallica has changed. Metallica will now perform two nights at the Bellville Velodrome on the 24th and 25th of April 2013 to allow fans a chance of watching Metallica in a dynamic indoor live music setting.
The Johannesburg performance date and venue will not be affected.
As a consequence of this new development, fans that have already purchased tickets to the Cape Town stadium concert will have to exchange their tickets as follows:

All Golden Circle Standing- and Seated ticket holders that purchased their tickets from Computicket for the Cape Town stadium performance must present and exchange their tickets at any Computicket outlet for a new ticket to either one of the performances at the Bellville Velodrome on the 24th or 25th April 2013.
General Admission Standing ticket holders for the Cape Town stadium that purchased their tickets from Computicket are valid for the 24th April 2013 performance at the Bellville Velodrome, and no exchange is required.
All ticket holders that purchased their tickets from Big Concerts through bigconcerts.co.za will receive an email with specific instructions on how to exchange their tickets.

Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th April 2013 – Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town
Saturday 27th April 2013 – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Show information for Cape Town:
18H00: Doors/Gates Open
19H45: Support 1
20H45: Metallica (approx. 90 minutes)

Show information for Johannesburg:
18H00: Doors/Gates Open
18H30: Support 1
19H30: Support 2
21H00: Metallica (approx. 90 minutes + )

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo collectively known as Metallica, are one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. Metallica have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Unable to get Chevelle Tickets – Computicket/Hilltop Live bugger up

Social networks are abuzz with complaints of people not being able to get themselves the Chevelle tickets they have been desperately awaiting.

The tickets were supposed to be available at 9am 3 April 2013, aka today. At 9:10am there was still no sign of it.
While typing this post I was on the line to computicket who confirmed the JHB tickets were now available but not Cape Town as yet… They couldn’t tell me when Cape Town would be up.

Well a bit of drama, but I’m sure it will all be resolved shortly. Lately Computicket really hasn’t been doing themselves any favours, with the lack of support and cock ups like these. It’s a wonder why organizers don’t use other providers such as ticketweb etc who I have never had a problem with.

Here is the event link so far
http://online.computicket.com/web/event/chevelle_live_in_sa/722200709

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

For regular updates RSVP to the events here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/242411662571446

and

https://www.facebook.com/events/371452089637474

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

http://www.otterlakefestival.co.za/index.php/tickets/

RAMfest Durban – Epic

After first hearing Rise Against was due to play at RAMfest we were more than excited to see them live. The months ticked by and I must admit my excitement waned a little, until about a week before the event. The excitement grew everyday, the best part knowing that I’d also have the privilege to cover this event and take some photos of Bring Me the Horizon and of course Rise Against.

I got there just after Low Profile had played, not planned, but just that’s when I could get there, tried to sign in with my media pass, oh dear name not on the list, a quick chat to the organisers and that was soon cleared up and I had my elusive media pass, ready to capture the evening.

I was relatively impressed with the turn out, Durban is synonymous with poor crowd turnout and well this was one of the better supported local rock events I have been too, I’d still like to see that crowd double by next year, it really would make Durban more attractive to event organisers and artists for that matter.

First band I got to see was Pestroy and as could be expected, they were awesome, couldn’t fault them and they certainly had the crowd going, I really should have turned the camera around and taken some photos of the crowd going nuts so early on in the night. Definitely seemed to have a solid following here amongst the Durban crowd.

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Excitement growing as we talk amongst friends and have a few beers, thank goodness they didn’t have a separate cordoned off area for the bar. Glad to be able to have a beer in the crowd something I missed at a few earlier Wavehouse events that have happened over the years. Nice and much needed improvement.

Following a short break Bring Me the Horizon came to the stage, I cant say I had heard much of their music before but I did do a little youtube re-con before the event to get a taste of what they had to offer. Straight into their set, crowd going crazy, they made the mark and sounded insane. Brought back memories of old Burn back in the day, moshing in the crowd and having R1 shooters. From what I could tell they followed the same Set-list as JHB. Saw a few people get up and trying to get some crowd surfing going, heard some guy fell on his nut but soon rejoined the madness holding his head.

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Another interlude, time to reflect on BMTH, not everyone’s cup of tea, but I really enjoyed them and what they brought to RAMfest 2013. I found the time to go check out the Monster Energy area, grabbed myself a monster and relaxed with a few other guests, everyone very upbeat after the BMTH set.

Headed back down to the event area, Monster in hand just in time for the start of Rise Against’s show. Downed the monster and rushed into the photographers area. What an opportunity (Thanks Ramfest) Getting to take photos of one of my all time favourite bands (cheesy I know). They came on starting off with Chamber the Cartridge, if my memory serves me correctly. Blown away, they sounded epic live. 3 song limit was up (this is all we are allowed up front to take photos of the international artists). Now I was torn, I really wanted to get in the thick of the crowd, but had all my camera gear. Well I didn’t get in the middle of it all but wasn’t any less satisfied by the whole event. Rise against, went off and came back on for their first encore, acoustic in hand, Soldier of war and Swing Life Away filled the area, and as expected, you could hear the crowd singing along. Another 4 songs and that was it, ending off with Saviour, I believe… the music went off and the lights came on. The crowd still going wild as Tim McIlrath raised his red Gibson above his head, with the crowds hands in the air and that was it, The night was done. An amazing experience, one that I didn’t want to end, a thought echoed by many event goers that night.

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Once again, a HUGE shout-out to the organisers of RAMfest for catering for the ‘Alternative’ crowd and bringing some amazing artists to our shores once again, until next year! And of course this event wouldnt happen if it werent for the sponsors, with the likes of:
RED HEART: www.facebook.com/RedHeartRum
Monster Energy: www.facebook.com/MonsterEnergy
Olmeca Tequila SA: www.facebook.com/OlmecaTequilaSA
Black Label: www.facebook.com/CarlingBlackLabelSA
MKtv: www.facebook.com/MKtv.co.za
Hunter’s: www.facebook.com/HuntersCider

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All photography by Geecee Photography, www.geecee.co.za contact info@geecee.co.za

Ramfest – Cape Towns Setlist, what will Durban and Jo’Burg get to hear ??

 

Rise Against

  1. Chamber the Cartridge
  2. Life Less Frightening (first time live since 2009)
  3. Collapse (Post-Amerika)
  4. Re-Education (Through Labor)
  5. Heaven Knows
  6. The Dirt Whispered
  7. Help Is on the Way
  8. The Good Left Undone
  9. Like the Angel
  10. Prayer of the Refugee
  11. Survive
  12. Satellite
  13. Ready to Fall

    Encore:

  14. Hero of War (acoustic)
  15. Swing Life Away (acoustic)

    Encore 2:

  16. Make It Stop (September’s Children)
  17. Give It All
  18. Savior
Rise Against
Rise Against

Bring Me the Horizon

  1. Shadow Moses
  2. Chelsea Smile
  3. Alligator Blood
  4. Fuck
  5. It Never Ends
  6. The Sadness Will Never End
  7. Diamonds Aren’t Forever
  8. Blessed with a Curse
  9. Antivist
Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon