It’s hard to organise a music festival. There are many obstacles in the way. But even the best-managed, with a good, experienced team behind it, fails sometimes. Unfortunately, we heard today that A Place In The Sun festival has been cancelled – for the time being, at least. Full details below…
Malkop Summer Rock Festival 2016 promises to be one for the books! From 2 – 4 December, the second annual Malkop Summer Rock Festival will take place on Malkopopen Farm in Lamberts Bay close to Cape Town. This year, they’ll have more than 20 bands performing, including legends such as Francois van Coke, Spoegwolf, Mr Cat & The Jackal, Sannie Fox, Koos Kombuis, Slow Jack, Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions, and many more. We’re giving away a set of weekend passes to the festival – see details below!
Jerain, a Namibian-born urban alt-pop singer-songwriter currently based in Cape Town, just released her newest single, Gold, today. It’s an interesting song, lyrically, that explores the inside of the music business, and addresses some of the challenges and ups-and-downs that come with writing and recording songs.
The Graeme Watkins Project released their first new single in years: Love in Abundance, with a beautiful accompanying video. Though their Facebook page describes the band as an “Electro Indie Rock” group, the new song doesn’t sound very electro, but it still contains elements that’ll thrill dance floors.
Acoustic Element is a dynamic and exciting acoustic pop duo from Cape Town – and cousins to boot. They don’t have degrees in music, but they sound like they might. Their music seems like unplugged versions of EDM – infectious, energetic, and lively. We asked one of the cousins, Callen Petersen, a few questions about the band and their latest release – For The Day (feat. Four).
ISO is back. After a break of several months, and a new drummer having joined the team, the band formerly known as Isochronous recently recorded a new album titled Polydimension, due to be released later in 2016.
In March and April this year, the band visited Open Room Studios in Johannesburg and Sleeproom Studios in Pretoria for the recording sessions.
Each member captured their moments recording the new album in the form of a studio diary:
The Capital Craft Beer Festival is a well-established annual highlight on Pretoria’s craft beer and live music calendar. And after last year’s great festival (but entrance & queueing problems), they’ve decided to break tradition this year, and move the event to the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. The Capital Craft Beer Festival 2016 will take place this year on Saturday 11 June. As always, it’ll be a great event to experience both new and familiar craft beers, and witness an exciting lineup of music.
Please note that the organisers are very aware of last year’s queueing issues, have resolved to fix this, and “guarantee a quick and easy entry to the festival area” this year.
“Join us at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden when we combine the age-old tradition of drinking beer with new and exciting musical acts and introduce you to a vast variety of local micro-manufactured brews.”
Scarlotte Will, a young local band, has launched their latest EP, Things Unseen. This five track mini-album promises to whet appetites for the accompanying tour, taking them all over South Africa.
Het jy al Ingrid Jonker se gedigte gelees en gewens jou gunsteling alternatiewe band wil dit toonset? Het jy al na Chris Chameleon se bekende Ingrid Jonker-albums geluister en gewonder hoekom meer mense dit nie doen nie? Dan is dit hoogtyd vir Die kind is nog jonger – ‘n dubbel CD met 36 verwerkings van Ingrid Jonker gedigte, deur onder andere Inge Beckmann, Kalahari Surfers, Somerfaan, Jim Neversink, Francois Breytenbach Blom, Mavis Vermaak en Victor Wolf (destyds Riku Lätti).
Oh Roxy, the 21-year-old “Retro siren” is David Gresham Records’ newest alternative pop act from Cape Town, and she is releasing her debut single, This Is Me, today. She is originally from Durban, but moved to Cape Town to pursue her dreams in music, and majored in vocals at COPA (Campus of Performing Arts).
We asked her a few quick questions to get to the bottom of it.