Large On The Lawn – Johannesburg’s New Summer Concert Series

LARGE ON THE LAWN hits Johannesburg this weekend.

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In case you missed the news, Large On The Lawn returns to Johannesburg and this time with a full Summer series of acts on stage.
This Sunday sees the first of the series start off with Jeremy Loops AND Matthew Mole taking stage.

All the details you need is right here:
Sunday 29 January – Jeremy Loops and Matthew Mole
Address: Golden Harvest Park, First Road, Randburg, 2169
GPS: 26.065955 | 27.954065

Ticket Price (excluding ticketing service fee): http://breakout.nutickets.co.za/
General Admission: Adults – R150 (excl ticketing fees)
General Admission: Teens 17-13 – R125 (excl ticketing fees)
General Admission: Kids 12-3 – R85 (excl ticketing fees)
>Children 3 and under are free.

Here’s a little handy guide to ensure you have the best Large On The Lawn


NB: NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE.

The next Large On The Lawn show has Francois Van Coke and Jack Parow, in jou moeder se huisie on stage Sunday 26 February.

Follow Large On The Lawn online:
Website and Tickets: http://www.largeonthelawn.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/largeonthelawn
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/largeonthelawn
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/largeonthelawn

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LUSH Music Festival

Last week the team at Breakout, the guys behind Parklife and many more, officially announced their newest little baby, LUSH Music Festival.

This festival takes place in Clarens over Easter Weekend. What a cool way to spend a weekend away!

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Breakout is proud to announce the launch of a brand new, unique music and lifestyle festival in Clarens, Free State. Lush Festival will be taking place from 24 to 27 March 2016 over the Easter Weekend.
Clarens, situated in the foothills of the beautiful Maluti and Rooiberg Mountains, is nicknamed the “Jewel of the Free State” and the town and surrounding area is a popular weekend destination for residents of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. The well frequented village offers some of the most tranquil surrounds and spectacular views known throughout South Africa.”

With acts like Xavier Rudd and Civil Twilight including a strong SA lineup made up of The Parlotones, Jeremy Loops, Francois Van Coke, Goodluck, Rubber Duc and many many more, this should be a great weekend away from the hustle & bustle of Jhb

Where: Linwood Farm, On the Fouriesburg Road (R711), Clarens, Free State
When: 24 March to 27 March 2016
Why: Look at that lineup! There will also be a bike tour and trail & fun run.
How much: Tickets start from R395 (phase I) can be bought here.
Accommodation: A variation of accommodation offers available from general camping to glamping at Harambee Hotel vibes. More details here.

“Activities available to Lush participants will include an official trail run and fun run, a three day Mountain biking tour event, and guests can also take advantage of nature trails, abseiling, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, hot air ballooning, and much more on offer in the area.
Lush Festival is the perfect long weekend getaway that has everything to offer. Make Lush Festival in Clarens your destination for the most idyllic Easter Weekend breakaway.”

Get your tickets now and see you in Clarens.
Keep an eye on the LUSH Festival Facebook & Twitter pages for all the up-to-date news.

Sounds Wild Festival

The wonderful folks at Parklife broke the news broke in September. And, in 3 weeks time we get to see them live!

Bombay Bicycle Club headline SOUNDS WILD

SOUNDS WILD have included an awesome local lineup as well to make it quite a great day out!

Jeremy Loops, Desmond and The Tutus, my boys Shortstraw, Al Bairre and The December Streets all on one stage!

When: 28 November 2014
Where: Marks Park, Emmerentia
Tickets available here from Nutickets.

Gates open at 1PM.

My friends over at Jose Cuervo will be also be representing at SOUNDS WILD Festival!

Keep an eye on the Sounds Wild Facebook and Twitter feeds for more new and giveawys!

Who’s In?

Rise and Shine Festival

Sandton’s favourite eco-friendly music festival returns to Sandton Central Park on Saturday 29 March. Let us:

RISE AND SHINE

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This festival has definitely become a favourite of mine. Close to home and boasting a very chilled family vibe!

This edition of RISE AND SHINE sees the following South African acts take stage from 10am onward:

Dave Baudains – 10H00
Michael Lowman – 10H30
Andra – 11H00
Bongeziwe Mabandla – 12H00
Yoav – 13H00
Jeremy Loops – 14H00
Tidal Waves – 15H00
Desmond & the Tutus – 16H00
Shadowclub – 17H00

Gates open bright and early at 8am. There will be a light Yoga session on the lawn at 9am, before a full day of music, food, nature and friends. Delicious cuisine will be provided by a number of high-end vendors sourced from the top food & design markets.

Sandton Central Park is on the corner of Grayston & Sandton Drives, with the entrance to the Park on 5th Street. It is a short 2km tuk-tuk ride from Sandton’s Gautrain Station – a great eco-friendly way to arrive. Parking is available at Sandton City for a flat fee of R10.
Nokia Rise & Shine, in association with Johannesburg City Parks, plant 1 tree for every 50 people who attend. The event raised 136 trees last year, resulting in a Green Footprint.

Date: 29 March 2014
Tickets are on sale now from http://www.riseshinefest.co.za

R150 – Online pre-sale
R250 – ‘Green Ticket’ Online pre-sale (includes a tree planted on your behalf)
R200 – At the Gate Children under 10 are welcome free of charge accompanied by an adult. No 11 – 18 year olds. No food or drinks allowed through the gates – we have a marvelous selection of fresh, healthy, delicious options, including fresh coconuts.

Keep an eye on the Rise and Shine Festival social pages for updates & more. Website, Facebook, Twitter.

PARKLIFE FESTIVAL

This weekend sees Parklife Festival take over SA!

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Yes, you read right! Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg will have an incredible SA lineup with headliners Seether returning to SA for these special shows!

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An intimate evening with Seether at Kirstenbosch with special guests Taxi Violence(unplugged performance).
Friday, 22nd November. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Time: 19:30
Ticket prices: Online presale – R250 : Gate – R275 -> here at Webtickets

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On stage, SEETHER, Jeremy Loops, Farryl Purkiss, Lieutenant Vinyl
Saturday 23rd November. Venue: Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga. Time: 12:00
Ticket prices: Online presale – R250 : Gate – R275 -> here at Webtickets

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With two main stages this will sure be a good day out! Bring your picnic blankets & don’t forget your sunscreen!

SEETHER, Jeremy Loops, Graeme Watkins Project, Matthew Mole, Farryl Purkiss, Beatenberg, Taxi Violence, Shortstraw, ISO, The Dirty Skirts, Nakhane Toure, Michael Lowman, December Streets, Shaun Jacobs, Beatenberg, The Frown, Shotgun Tori, Desmond & The Tutus & more!
Sunday 24th November. Marks Park, Judith Rd, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
Gates Open: 9:30 am
Ticket Prices: Online presale – R295 : Gate – R320 -> here at Webtickets

As can be seen this weekend will be a jam packed weekend with some of South Africa’s best musicians. Be sure to get your tickets to avoid disappointment!

 

Full lineup and times can be found here!

Oppikoppi 19 – BEWILDERBEAST

In 2009 I was Smoorverlief, 2010 I saw some Sexy.Crooked.Teeth, 2011 saw me meeting an Unknown Brother, last year saw such a Sweet Thing

And 2013 is the year of the BEWILDERBEAST1005066_534234599945360_420357687_n

Every year we go through the same thing, the excitement builds, the anticipation of seeing some great acts on one stage, THE dust, about 20k+ folks taking over the city of Northam!

It is Oppikoppi 2013 time in 14 days folks, FOURTEEN DAYS!!!!!!

Yes I am terribly excited by the amount of !!! above.

This year Oppikoppi takes place from the 8th of August till the 10th of august, that is 3 days of the best local music to offer, with a  few international acts to boot. The theme for this year is BEWILDERBEAST. “Bewilderbeast was inspired by the name of an absolutely classic album by Badly Drawn Boy. (“The hour of the Bewilderbeast”: look it up, buy it, repeat it and love it. If you like tunes, this album has to be in your collection.). ”

And every year, as is the case this year again, there are folks who ask “why is this act playing?” or “why isn’t this act playing?” <- this is not limited to the general public, there are bands who ask the same questions re:Koppi.

Seeing these comments and questions sparked a debate in my head, if you know me you will know there are enough voices to hold down such a debate 😀

I then wondered what it takes to actually decide on a line-up, the likes that we see at Koppi, or any festival/event for that matter and two things came to my mind.

Relevance and Significance. Are some of these acts meeting the criteria that Koppi has set out? How does this all work?

I then posed this question to some folks who, in my opinion, work damn hard to bring us these events & whose work ethos is high up there and they are the ones running around spending long hours, days, weeks, months making all these events we are SO fortunate enough to see, happen!

This was what they had to say..

“In my view, a significant act is an artist who has shaped and moulded a genre or specific musical style that has influenced many, if not all, of the upcoming and new acts today. Bringing artists such as Metallica, Deftones, Skunk Anansie and the Kings Of Chaos tour to SA is hugely significant to everyone as it shows the professionalism and drive that these bands have to carry on even though they have reached the top of their game already. Relevant acts are those that could be very popular at a certain time in a genre’s lifespan but might lack the longevity to carry on for 20 or 30 years. I believe that the two factors go hand in hand with each other and an act can’t be significant without first being relevant to a market.” – Pocock, Mike
 
“Some people are confused on the true meaning of word “Relevant”. One DJ/Blogger complained that RHCP and Metallica were not relevant and even though he did not like Lady Gaga, she was. Just because a band has been around for a while does not mean they are not relevant – if they released a record less than 2 years ago and still tour – They are relevant. Someone like The Police are not relevant.” – Cool, Gary
 
“An act is relevant when it is current, so when a band successfully releases an album, there are new singles on radio and they are playing major international festivals, success in this department is hard to capture for South Africa as the acts are generally expensive with incredibly busy touring schedules, but the most relevant of late would be Awolnation, Alt-J and Two Door Cinema Club for me. That’s without looking at Big Concerts or more commercial acts.
Significant on the other hand is easier, but open to interpretation – so genre defining acts with a strong underground following and/or multiple past successful albums. Travelling significant acts to South Africa is generally more accessible as genres and personal tastes differ and their touring schedules aren’t quite as heavy. Personally for me the best would be Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deftones, Eagles of Death Metal and Prodigy. I don’t listen to metal and punk rock so I’m sure others would find more relevance in other acts.” – Zietsman, Maryke
 
“All acts are mostly relevant and significant.
Most of the acts that bring come out of voting polls from the fans themselves.
Other times it is due to album releases and touring routes.” – Lee, Marcelle
 
“An act is relevant if they have had some sort of a track history in the SA market, and have a fan base and some people would appreciate watching them live.
An act is Significant if they have changed the course of a majority of people’s lives in some sort of way…i.e.: most people love them – a Super group of some sort. Of course, some acts can be massively significant to one person and hugely relevant to another, but not vice versa.” – Olivier, Joanne

**please note names have been changed to protect the innocent – Ed

As can be seen from the above, there has to be a balance. And I believe Koppi meets this quite well. Think of it, they manage to get 100 plus local acts + Internationals together for a whole weekend entertaining thousand, and at a damn good price!

This train of thought then had be pose a few questions to Misha from Oppikoppi  to get some clarity on “How it all works?” and what it takes to put together a festival of this magnitude, this is what he had to say..

How are the acts that are booked for Koppi decided?

We look at the votes, opinions in the office, and opinions of friends in the industry and try and get a nice mix of headliners, and young new talent.

On this, what criteria does an act have to meet to be a definite on the Koppi line-up?

We must like the music.  First and foremost.

Then it helps to have the package, strategy, buzz, and a good agent/manager, someone that can push you and sell you to promoters.  But without the tunes none of that helps.

Who exactly picks the line-up for Koppi? 

We have the artist department, but we value opinions of anyone in the office who likes music.  The extended family is also involved in the process and have strong opinions.  All in all there are many years of loving tunes forming the back-bone of the OK crew.

A few local acts feel they “deserve” a slot on a Koppi stage as they have been in the industry “for years” what can they and any upcoming act do to ensure that the Koppi team will notice them and even consider them, if not for a slot at Koppi, maybe another Hilltop Live event?

It has a lot to do with the buzz around an act.  There are acts that have been around a long time but never really had a buzz about them.  They are harder to book.  But it is a funny industry ’cause it sometimes works the other way around as well.  An act can be great at generating buzz but have empty shows – that happens now and again.  Years ago a Dutch promoter friend told me that an artist is worth the amount of tickets at their last show and that kind of stuck.  The best advice I think is that an artist should work to have a successful career, not a set at a festival. The set will come if the rest is right.

When picking an international act, most people do not know the hard work that goes into locking down the deal; can you give us brief of what it takes time frames, possible cost involved and general breakdown to secure an International Act for Koppi?

There are two of us who work on this. It is all about timing in the end. The dates and the money must work. Often these are conversations that span over a few years, looking at different shows/periods until the right one sticks.  We go through a very long list of possible acts before we finally get something that works.  We are fortunate to have very good relationships with many agents and a lot of big international acts are now starting to ask to play the festival.  But yes, it is hard work, loads of hours, loads of money and ton of good luck that makes this work.

How does the Koppi team ensure they reach the diverse market out there?

We listen to our fans as much as possible.  People don’t think those voting polls count but they do. And we have a bunch of friends in and out of the industry whose opinions we value and who always puts us onto the next hot act they come across.

What is the weirdest submission from an act Koppi has received to get on the line-up?

In the old days we used to get some interesting packages but these days it is all online.  Had some weird, distinctly non-Oppikoppi acts try their luck though – people that perform under their name, like Frikkie.

If we look at the history of Koppi, it definitely has grown from strength to strength, what else can fans expect in the years to come?

We are constantly looking at creating experiences and moments that will make the show memorable.  There are lots of lists of tricks we are working on and defining in the back end.  It is about the whole experience and not just the music on stage, although that is what brings everyone together.  In the end it is about having fun.  We believe that if we are having fun we are halfway there and on the right track.  So far so good.

Next year the festival is also 20 years old, which is almost unbelievable – the fact that we actually survived 20 years of hedonism – so we are planning some really nice things for that birthday party.

Hopefully this answers all this burning questions you have and gives you an insight into what it takes to bring you all these acts to one farm! And what you as an act can do to make ensure they notice you/your band!

So just a reminder:

Oppikoppi 8,9,10 Aug 2013 Gates open from the 6th. Brief survival kit: The days are hot, nights are cold. bring clothes to match this. it can be very cold. water. pain killers. anti-histamine. antacid. sunblock. a hat or two. a bandanna for the dust. wet wipes, you can never have enough, if you think you do, get 100 more.  plastic water bottle/s to decant your booze. no glass allowed in festival arena. they serve tons of festival food, burgers/chip&dip etc. if you like, bring fruit that can keep for days, oranges/bananas. this is to eat around your camp site when you do not wanna walk to the arena to eat.  the above generally allows me to survive all that Koppi brings!

There are still tickets available at here: Koppi tickets and be sure to keep following Oppikoppi on Facebook and the Twitter.

You never know what you can win!!

To get yourself prepared for the incredible acts, check out the Oppikoppi – Bewilderbeast 2013 album. Available now on iTunes!

See you all in the dust, soon…!

Let’s GET DIRTY With Converse Africa

If you missed the uber cool announcement Monday, this June sees Jhb getting ‘Dirty With Converse

Converse Africa announces GET DIRTY – Inspired by the Converse seasonal brand expression “Shoes Keep It Clean, Sneakers Get Dirty,” the new music event, GET DIRTY, celebrates the uncompromising mind-set of throwing yourself in headfirst and resurfacing with the marks and scuffs that prove it.”

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The THREE stages Converse have set up for this event will include the likes of Shadowclub, 2 time SAMA winners Zebra and Giraffe, Blk Jks, Converse SA ‘Get Out Of The Garage‘ winner Matthew MoleJeremy Loops, VetKuk & Mahoota and MANY more…

This event will take place at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown on 8th June. Gates open at 5PM. What better than to party in the heart of Jhb?!

And all of this will cost you R50! Tickets are available from webtickets here!

For more information on the GET DIRTY artist schedule, locations and ticket access please visit www.converse-sa.co.za or follow @Converse_ Africa.

With an incredible line-up of SA musicians this event is sure to keep you warm whilst dancing the night away!

“SHOES ARE BORING, WEAR SNEAKERS”