340 MILLIONFRIDAY 9:10 pm More Info
340million could’ve been a 340ml cover band but decided not too. Instead it chose to be a live electronic trio made up of some of the 340ml ‘residue’ left scattered somewhere between Johannesburg and Maputo. More than 3 years after their official demise as a unit some of the 340ml boys, who’ve been collecting electronic toys and musical gadgets, took it upon them to make an awkward attempt at keeping up with the times and on taking all those toys and gadgets for a ride on some of their favorite stages. Mixing a bit of everything that’s electronic, 340million is a little part time endeavor with unhealthy dosages of darkness, bass warmth, 4/4 boredom, synth irritation, and of course, good old guilty pleasures.
7th SonSUNDAY 11:00 am More Info
7th Son has been the cornerstone of South African Ska Reggae for the last 15 years.
Headlining every major music festival in SA, the act have also toured internationally and
received extensive radio play. They are currently recording their 5th studio album to be
released in 2015.
aKINGSATURDAY 7:35 pm More Info
aKING is a melodic, alternative pop-rock band based in Cape Town, South Africa. The band is one of South Africa's top rock acts, drawing capacity crowds at venues and festivals across the country. Over the years, aKING’s energetic live sets and thought provoking lyrics have won them scores of loyal fans across generational and cultural boundaries.
Al BairreSATURDAY 5:35 pm More Info
Since launching at the beginning of 2012 and taking to stages across South Africa, Al Bairre, the Cape Town based five-piece classic indie finger pop band, who combine cello, violin, guitars, keys, ukelele and drums, has played numerous successful shows alongside great acts such as The Hives, Alt–J, Skunk Anansie, St Lucia, Boys Noize and Dear Reader. Al Bairre draw influence from bands such as Arcade Fire, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac, Vampire Weekend, Dexy's Midnight Runners and Ra Ra Riot, with their goal being to take an indie band and turn it into an “ice cream of orchestral sounds”.
During this time, Al Bairre has released their debut EP ‘When I Was Tall’. The independent release was very well received not only locally but also internationally with tracks being playlisted by campus and online radio stations across the world, as well as being featured on a London Fashion Week recap and a commercial featuring Louis Hamilton and Jensen Button. Al Bairre’s single We Move On was also featured in a television advert in the US for Hershey’s Bits as well as a Belgium a clothing advert!
Alice Phoebe LouSATURDAY 11:05 am More Info
Alice Phoebe Lou is a force to be reckoned with. Growing up in Kommitje, South Africa,
Alice knew that as soon as she finished school she would pack up her things and see the
world. And that's what she did: She packed a bag at the age of 19, went off to Europe in
search of adventure, and found her path playing music in the streets of Amsterdam and
Berlin. After settling in the German capital in 2013, she began performing in U-Bahn
stations and street corners, and started drawing increasing numbers of listeners every time she played. Today, after less than a year in the city, she is a fixture of Berlin's vibrant street sounds, whether on the famous bridge to Friedrichshain or at the Mauerpark on Sundays.
The few shows Alice has played in a clubs have sold out, the latest being at Lido for the
release of her first EP. !
Amy AyandaSATURDAY 10:00 am More Info
Amy Ayanda is a Cape Town based electronic artist. Her E.P “Ports”, released in May this year, combines folk sensibilities with upbeat, experimental electronics.
She will be debuting her new live setup and band, which incorporates saxophone, guitar, bass as well as looped and launched samples for her Rocking The Daisies set this year.
BED ON BRICKSFRIDAY 4:00 pm More Info
Born in 2003 in the shadow of Table Mountain, Bed on Bricks celebrates their 10th birthday this year. A band that has appeared on stages all around South Africa, headlining many local festivals and touring the country, while also releasing three studio albums, namely 'Humanarium' (2003), If You See Kay (2005) and Royal Honey (2008), as well as a live acoustic album, 'Takeaways' in 2006.
Singer Mike Hardy’s lyrics are smart, positive, informed and questioning. Whether they are rapped or sung, they remain inspired by life in urban Cape Town. Schalk van der Merwe’s bass, Tim Rankin’s drums and Dave van der Linden’s guitar are played with passion and energy.
They have been on a forced sabbatical for 2 years after Dave broke his hand and has been unable to play.
They are currently recording again, and are planning on a big 2014!
Bed on Bricks are into the sweetness of life at the Southern tip of Africa and playing their instruments for the love of it. And man do they love it!
Bongeziwe MabandlaSATURDAY 4:30 pm More Info
Two time SAMA nominee Bongeziwe Mabandla made waves overseas in 2014 with his perfect blend of urban-African folk. His heartfelt lyrics and honest delivery has seen him take to the stage in countries including Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia and more. Influenced by artists like Tracy Chapman, Simphiwe Dana, Jabu Khanyile and Oliver Mtukudzi, his sound has a rhythmically grass-roots vibe, while fusing elements of traditional Xhosa music, mbaqanga, soul, hip-hop and dub.
December StreetsFRIDAY 8:05 pm More Info
Know for their invigorating performances and fresh indie flavour, DECEMBER STREETS originate form the capital of South Africa, Pretoria, as an indie pop rock group formed in late 2009. Over the past few years, the band has moulded their sound into an explosion of addictive melodies combined with mature songwriting that captures their high energy, fun and soul with an added layer of depth. Touring the country extensively, playing all of South Africa's most prestigious festivals & 6 singles charting national radio stations, DECEMBER STREETS will be releasing their highly anticipated second album in September 2015 after almost 3 years of perfecting and writing.
FokofpolisiekarFRIDAY 11:20 pm More Info
Fokofpolisiekar was formed in 2003 when a group of friends from Bellville decided to start an Afrikaans rock band. The sound was fresh and very different from the Afrikaans rock pioneers that had gone before. In the ten years since their inception, they have reached cult status in their home country and Fokofpolisiekar has become a household name.
The band have become known for their explosive live performances and raw on-stage energy. Controversial and ever-questioning in their lyrics as well as their lifestyle, Fokofpolisiekar has generated much controversy in the South African media.
ForefrontFRIDAY 1:00 pm More Info
Forefront are a vibrant 4-piece Indie PopRock band with their roots firmly in the mother city. Their live set is an unstoppable collision of bouncy rhythms, catchy melodies, and tasty harmonies, drizzled with a little rap and served on a bed of synths.
Grassy SparkSATURDAY 2:20 pm More Info
Grassy Spark is a unique fusion of Ska-blend with multiple genres, where the end product is pure elation. Their beauty lies in the relevance and authenticity of each live show as they go out their way to appease and connect with their crowd.
The “Blend” is inclusive of each member’s personality – the quirks, the ups, the downs – as well as being grateful for and learning from one another.
Having played all the major festivals in South Africa to-date, with their highlight performing for a 3000-strong crowd at Splashy Fen in 2013, being chosen as musical ambassadors for Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia initiative was their turning point mid-2014, both personally and professionally. The experience made them as grateful as one can be for the privileged lives we lead and they returned to South Africa refreshed and with a renewed outlook on their musical journey.
This growth has manifested itself in their new recordings and it shows. Whereas their first EP was entirely self-produced and distributed, on their upcoming album they’ve collaborated with external producers to lend an overtly collaborative feel to the end product.
You don’t simply dance or move to Grassy Spark, you feel their groove at your core.
HOG HOGGIDY HOG TRIBUTESATURDAY 6:30 pm More Info
It’s been two decades since a bunch of young delinquents calling themselves Hog Hoggidy Hog first walked onto the stage at the legendary Purple Turtle... not in our wildest dreams could we have ever imagined the journey on which we were about to embark: PORK ROCK!
Jack ParowSATURDAY 10:40 pm More Info
JACK PAROW makes music that's best described as dangerous romantic Afrikaans rap extravaganza. Contrary to popular belief, his wild-fire success did not happen overnight. Jack started out rapping with crews from the Cape Flats and has been at it for more than ten years.
He studied to be a mechanic, but had to take jobs like packing fish in Cape Town harbour and allocating graves for the Cemetery Division of the Cape Town municipality to support his rap habit. Performing only for a beer and pizza soon changed, when Jack Parow released his first self-titled full length album that struck gold within two weeks of its release and went platinum within a year.
His music video for the hit Cooler as Ekke has hit three million views on YouTube, making it the most viewed Afrikaans music video in youtube history. His songs are hits on national radio stations and he has been on prime TV shows and on covers and centre-folds of publications in South Africa and in Europe.
Jeremy LoopsFRIDAY 10:15 pm More Info
The Cape Town-born Loops blossomed as a songwriter during university, where his aversion to the financial maths required for his business degree led him to find refuge in playing guitar and developing his songwriting. Post college, he would go on to travel the world working on a super yacht, affording him more focused time to harness his craft.
Known for the grassroots approach he used to grow his following in South Africa to one of the biggest in the country, he hopes to replicate this model worldwide. He’s already charting this path, with breakthrough main stage festival appearances at Wilderness Fest and Somersault Fest in the United Kingdom, and major tours of Australasia, North America, and Europe scheduled for 2016.
MAJOZIFRIDAY 5:00 pm More Info
Majozi is a proudly South African musician from the coastal city of Durban who wears his heart on his sleeve. Literally. He has tattoos dedicated to Jesus and to his mother two very defining aspects of his life, both of which inspire the music he writes.
At the age of thirteen, he started to teach himself guitar, which eventually led to him studying a foundation course in jazz and popular music at the University of KwaZulu Natal.He describes his music as being Indiefolk with subtle influences of electro and attributes his faith as one of his musical inspirations.
In 2013, he released his first EP, Marvelous Light, which was recorded and produced by Warren Meyer of Doppler Studios. The album made it to No.9 overall on the South African iTunes chart and No.1 in the singer/songwriter category.
Medicine BoyFRIDAY 2:00 pm More Info
Medicine Boy is a Dream-Noise duo from Cape Town, South Africa.
Drawing influence from the fuzzed out majesty of The Jesus & Mary Chain, the twisted drones of The Velvet Underground & The soothing Psychedelia of Mazzy Star, Andre Leo & Lucy Kruger create a sound where the calm & chaotic dance on the fine line between good & evil.
The pair have recently returned from a European tour where they played successful shows in Spain, France, Holland, Germany & England and are currently working on their debut album set for release mid 2016.
Milky ChanceSATURDAY 9:00 pm More Info
German music duo, Clemens and Philipp, better known as Milky Chance, became a viral online sensation after they released their self-produced single “Stolen Dance” on YouTube, which racked up over 30million plus views in one month. They mix elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals and have mastered an original style that can best be described as singer-songwriter spirit mixed with electronic beats.
Clemens says, “Somehow, it's always a little bit melancholy, but there's a positive spin. You can dance to most of it too! Melancholy is something that I carry within me. I write the best songs when this mood catches me.”
MonarkFRIDAY 7:00 pm More Info
Without a doubt one of the most exciting acts to break out from 2013, MonArk are changing the face of pop music in South Africa. Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery - polished with his distinctive falsetto - and Ewald Jansen van Rensburg’s unmatched, global production style, MonArk craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks.
NATIVE YOUNGSATURDAY 12:10 pm More Info
When asked how he would describe Native Young, songwriter and frontman Yannick says, “It’s a constantly evolving tapestry of culture, emotion and melody”. Formed in the garage of a Gugulethu marimba maker in 2014 – these are the new kids on the block that are blurring lines and breaking cultural barriers through their own distinct brand of ‘Kasi pop’.
Peter BibbySATURDAY 1:15 pm More Info
Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician is a triumph and one of the year’s best albums, from Australia or anywhere. Bibby didn’t just give us a terrific album; he threatened to become a great Australian lyricist to rival the likes of Nick Cave and Paul Kelly.
- The West Australian
Sannie FoxFRIDAY 6:00 pm More Info
Sannie Fox’s music crosses an eclectic mix of artists and genres ranging from Screaming Jay Hawkins, to Led Zeppelin, PJ Harvey, Etta James, Patti Smith, John Lee Hooker, 70’s rock, fado, gospel, and Malian blues. Expect a torrent of axe-wielding guitar and massive vocals from her live show.
The Brother Moves OnSATURDAY 3:25 pm More Info
The Brother Moves On (TBMO) got tired of the idea of being a band and embraced a multi-aestetic multi-disciplinary concept of a collective happening to new spaces and places.
“Re-challenging hip hop’s five pillars(MCing, DJaying, B-boying, graffiti writing and knowledge of self) into a conceptechnic performance art project that incorporates historical, political and sociological perspectives” the collective hopes to remind and be reminded of the worth of its art".
The Cat EmpireFRIDAY 12:35 am More Info
Renowned all around the globe as one of the world's best festival bands, THE CAT EMPIRE never fail to start a party! Best described with a series of slashes which might run something like this - jazz/reggae/funk/latin/gypsy/cuban/Australian party music - THE CAT EMPIRE have been touring and releasing records for well over a decade.
Their latest album, "Steal the Light" debuted top 20 charts in six countries. No strangers to the stage, in March 2014 they played their milestone 1000th show. THE CAT EMPIRE has a massive army of fans the world over, and for very good reason. They deliver incredible musicality, humour, entertainment and energy and are guaranteed to make you smile and dance.
The KooksSATURDAY 12:05 am More Info
"It’s a word that looks and sounds beautiful,” says Luke Pritchard. “I love the roundness of it, the simplicity of it.” The word the Kooks singer is extolling is “Listen” – which also happens to be the title of the band’s new album. Luke’s reasons for choosing that title become clear the moment you dive into the new record – as they do when he starts to describe its genesis, and the personal and emotional transformation he experienced while making it. “To me,” Luke continues, “this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we’d always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural."
Listen was kick-started by the track Around Town, the bare bones of which Luke laid down in his flat in London. The song’s subject matter is catty, its melody infectious and immediate – and, compared with the Kooks’ previous material, it represents a major shift.
Freedom is certainly the right word for Are We Electric?, whose sparse verse, resting on the sweetest of soul-funk grooves, gives way to a chorus of glorious, incandescent joy.
The LiminalsFRIDAY 3:00 pm More Info
It isn't just The Liminals’ fresh sound and radiant rhythm that gets wild. The eclectic rock band imparts only the tightest groove with wild on-stage antics and impressive finesse in such a way that you just can't help but move your body and lose yourself to the party.
The LonerayngerSUNDAY 10:00 am More Info
Ray, aka ‘The Loneraynger’ is a pioneer in his style as a one-man band, live looper. He sews together layers across a broad range of genres, creating an astonishing brew of beat-boxing, vocals, bass, rythym and lead guitar.
The RudimentalsSUNDAY 12:00 pm More Info
After several years in the industry The Rudimentals re-released their brand/music with Blaze up the fire media/EP Launch. We have experienced a good response from public with high rotation radio play on 5FM, Sound Boy Killa reaching number 1 and Bubbling currently climbing the chart currently @ 13.