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.

The competition saw thousands of votes come in via SMS and online from music fans eager to see their favourite band on stage. For several fierce (but fun) weeks, P.H.fat went beat-for-beat against fellow Open The City finalists Bye Beneco, The Plastics and The Kiffness to rally their fans’ support in a bid to win. This culminated in the energetic Open The City Session event, where the finalists had one last chance to sing for their votes.

On 3 October, P.H.fat will take to the Vodacom In The City stage to shake things up with their “homemade” explosive mish-mash rap sound. The fresh and talented duo deliver an incredible live performance that encourages massive crowd participation and will be sure to get fans charged up and ready to party.

They are best known for their current blow-out hit single ‘Lights Out’, which play-listed on more than 12 radio stations across the country from their most recent 17-track full-length album, ‘Happiness Machines’.

“Shout-outs to Vodacom and all the Homies who voted for us. We’re really excited to put together a show that takes the crowd somewhere brand new,” says P.H.fat’s Smooth Mike.

“Vodacom has been empowering South Africans for the past 20 years and the Vodacom Open The City competition continues in this spirit of giving South African bands a platform to entertain and engage with international talent on home ground. The calibre of the entries this year has surpassed all expectations and truly shows the level of great talent we have in this country,” says Rowen Gangulu, Vodacom Brand Manager for Sponsorship and Regional Marketing.

See P.H.fat perform live at Vodacom In The City on 3 October. Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown.

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