Lets Swing It Family Picnic

Let’s Swing It Family Picnic – Win tickets!

It’s time to Swing It again – the Let’s Swing It Family Picnic is coming to Carfax on 9 April 2016.

Here’s all the info you need to know:

This time, Let’s Swing It will be taking over one of Jozi’s hottest inner city venues: the iconic Carfax! The side street (Main Stage) will be transformed into a picnic setting complete with astro turf, picnic baskets (pre-booked), gourmet street and market food, arts and crafts, and a secure kids play area with loads to keep the little ones busy including face painting, jumping castles, puppet shows and sand art.

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Lancifer Go Big or Go homeless cover

Lancifer’s bringing his new album to South Africa

Usually when Nashville is discussed in relation to music, it is due to the city’s reputation as the “home of country music”. There are often also related genres being exported – things like blues, jazz, and southern rock. But Lancifer is something completely different.

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Lost & Found - Photo by Gillian Coetzee

Meet Lost&Found (or: Can you still call it a supergroup if they only have two people?)

The Parlotones have a bit of a reputation. What exactly that reputation is, I’m not sure. There was a degree of unspecified backlash when they were announced to play at Oppikoppi 2015. But maybe that makes this the perfect time for a side-project. Introducing…

Lost&Found

Lost&Found is a new Alternative Country/Rock music project consisting of Glen Hodgson from The Parlotones & Jason Oosthuizen (Black Cat Bones drummer).

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Thieve is back! Here’s their new single, Wild Western Cape

I remember the launch of Thieve‘s first single. I remember the feeling of something distinct and different coming from Cape Town, just when the Bellville music scene’s exports seemed to dry up. And now, after a long silence, they’ve announced their sophomore album, and launched the first single: Wild Western Cape.

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Jason Bourne Super Bowl 2016

Super bowl 2016 movie adverts

This past weekend was the Super Bowl. I know that it’s a sports thing in America that gets about a third of the country in front of their TVs at the same time. But that’s basically the full extent of my knowledge. The only other thing I know is that Americans (specifically Hollywood) love using the opportunity to release a ton of new TV adverts. Which means new peeks at upcoming movies. Here’s the selection:

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Art Snakes "Yes, I can hear you Clem Fandango"

Art Snakes releases their first single: “Yes, I can hear you Clem Fandango”

A new band launches. The number one question on everyone’s lips: What do they sound like? Well, apart from their first gig at Arcade Empire’s Halloween party last year, the Pretoria-based Art Snakes have finally released the first taste – their debut single, “Yes, I can hear you Clem Fandango”. We spoke to them about the band and the song, and you can read all about it here while listening to the song.

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Mieliepop 2016: The full line-up & ticket giveaway

It seems that March is music festival season. In addition to Splashy Fen and Otterlake Easter Festival, and the brand new Lush Festival in Clarens on Easter weekend, Mieliepop has moved from it’s traditional October/November slot to the weekend before Easter in 2016. Monday 21 March is Human Rights day, so it’s already a long weekend, and you can always take 3 leave days to just keep partying from this festival to the next – whichever one you choose!

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This weekend: Park Acoustics January 2016

This Sunday it’s time for the first Park Acoustics of 2016!

The lineup:

10:00 – Gates open
11:00 – Maddy Behrens [ooh an interview!]
12:00 – Mind Pool [Wow – here’s an interview!]
13:00 – Josh Kempen [Read this interview for more info! Also check this RAD LIVE VIDEO!]
14:00 – Monark [They did this interview with thefuss.co.za]
15:00 – Matthew Mole [Here’s an older interview with him in case you’re the only person in the world who’s unfamiliar with him]
16:00 – DJ Michael Lesar

16:30 – 18:00: Sunset Comedy Stage

with Dusty Rich, Loyiso Madinga, & Lazola Gola

Park Acoustics January 2016 Poster

What you need to know:

  • Tickets are R150 presale or at the gate. It’s up a few bucks from last year, but within reason.
  • Only 2000 tickets are available, and Matthew Mole is playing so there’ll be people for days. Buy in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • R15 entrance into the Voortrekker Monument grounds per vehicle.
  • No under 18’s will be allowed (“except for small children accompanied by their parents”. Also free entry for kids under the age of 6.)
  • The Cabin Fever dance floor is now only running every second month, starting in Feb.1
  • BYOB, but this time it’s a glass-free event.

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We ask that you rather bring cans of beers & ciders and decant your wine or spirits in plastic bottles. We’ve added 2 recycling points in the festival area and we’ll also be handing out refuse bags as you enter, please keep your picnic spot tidy & recycle your garbage.

I’d recommend buying tickets online before the event, as such a stellar lineup is likely to sell out.

PS. Whether you miss this event or not, you might also want to check out Josh Kempen’s next show at Trio in Greenside: The Courtyard Sessions!

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Jack Parow

Jack Parow is launching his new EP: From Parow with Love

Jack Parow is back with a European collaboration EP – From Parow with Love. The story goes that, during Parow’s last tours to Europe, he met some artists from the other side of the pond, and decided to collaborate.

In typical hip-hop style, Die Ou Met Die Lang Swart Hoed has always been a fan of collaborations, but this is his most collab-heavy release yet – reaching “from Cape Town all the way to the Netherlands”.

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Francois van Coke Playing it forward

Francois van Coke – “Playing it Forward”

Francois van Coke released his cover of Eagles of Death Metal’s I Love You All The Time – in a musical response to the terrible terrorist attack at a French concert last year. The attack took place at the Bataclan theater in Paris on 13 November 2015 where Eagles of Death Metal was performing, and left the band rattled, but determined to not be deterred.

Afterwards, the band issued a challenge to other musicians to cover their song I Love You All The Time – and Francois van Coke accepted.

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