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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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Xavier Rudd – Durban excluded… Again

So we just got news about Xavier Rudd’s show dates in South Africa… Well he is playing the Parklife Festival in both Cape Town and Johannesburg… Yes once again no Durban show. What’s worse, in my opinion, is that the following week we have the most renowned music festival in South Africa taking place, Splashy Fen, which as far as I’m concerned is right down Xavier’s alley. He is synonymous with festivals, and that earthly vibe that goes along with Splashy. A little more disappointing is he will be playing alongside two of Durbans most talented musicians… Namely Farryl Purkiss and Guy Buttery. How can us Durbanites not feel cheated in this whole situation.




Breakout Management are pleased to announce the debut of PARKLIFE, a new and exciting annual acoustic music festival taking place for the first time on Thursday 21 March 2013 at Marks Park, Johannesburg and Friday 22 March at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town!

The inaugural Parklife event will see international festival favourite, the acoustic folk star Xavier Rudd as the main headliner and will also feature a star studded local support line-up that includes Farryl Purkiss, Jeremy Loops, Plush, Guy Buttery, Josie Field & Laurie Levine.

Xavier Rudd, well known on the live music festival circuit throughout Australia, North America and Europe now brings his special blend of acoustic folk to South Africa for two exclusive shows.

Xavier Rudd in SA – Reports CONFIRMED!!!

Here is the official word from Xavier Rudd
“So, it seems the cat is out of the bag! March 2013 will see Xavier make his frist ever trip to South Africa and he’s bringing his ‘Spirit Bird’ with him.”

you can find the official link here http://www.xavierrudd.com/sa/index.html

With an identifiable array of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, Rudd has re-introduced Australians to the sounds and stories of the land’s original owners, while introducing the rest of the world to an entirely new sound altogether. Over the course of a decade, he has taken this sound to every corner of the globe; producing seven studio albums, two live albums, multiple ARIA nominations and a global fan-base of likeminded souls.

From 2002’s To Let, his first studio album, through to 2007’s White Moth, Rudd gradually refined his globally-influenced collage of world music – a matchless mixture of reggae, funk, blues, folk, and nearly every other sort of song with the ability to stimulate people’s spirits.

With 2008’s Dark Shades of Blue, the world was welcomed into a darker, more somber side of Rudd’s music. The album was indeed musically rich, with an international influence still inherent; however, the overall aura carried a different tinge compared to that of his previous work.

“Dark Shades Of Blue was something that I didn’t realize at the time. It was like I could feel the shudder of an earthquake, but I didn’t know it was coming” explains Rudd. That metaphorical earthquake manifested in the form of the most tumultuous year in Rudd’s personal history, and one he was more than happy to put behind him when starting to pen 2010’s Koonyum Sun.

This album was a new awakening for Rudd, perhaps because it was his first with bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo under the unified banner of ‘Xavier Rudd & Inzintaba’. Thanks to the input of Inzintaba, Koonyum Sun presented a staggering amount of vigor to this release that Xavier Rudd fans hadn’t seen to date.

Which brings us to 2012’s Spirit Bird. Already producing Rudd’s highest-selling single and most played radio single to date with Follow The Sun, 2012’s Spirit Bird is Rudd’s deepest and most explorative album. The album saw the ever socially-conscience Rudd delve into his musical and spiritual ancestry and took him from the threatened landscape of Western Australia’s Kimberley region, to the hills and lakes of Canada.

SPIRIT BIRD the album is available now from iTunes and in all good record stores.