Southern Wild: Lead Role in a Classic Horror Debut Album Release

Cape Town rockers Southern Wild release their much-anticipated debut album ‘Lead Role in a Classic Horror’ via all online platform today! Fronted by Dave Van Vuuren, Idols 2011 winner this rock outfit has caught the ear of the South African media as well as the South African rock lovers. Continue reading Southern Wild: Lead Role in a Classic Horror Debut Album Release

Win Tickets To Rocktober At Hillcrest Quarry

Springbok Nude Girls are going to be headlining Rocktober this year on 1 October at Hillcrest Quarry – making this a highlight of local music event calendar.

After a five-year hiatus Arno Carstens, Francois Kruger, Theo Crous, Arno Blumer and Adriaan Brand regrouped in 2006 to add two more albums to Springbok Nue Girls’ 11-piece discography. The group went on to open for U2 on their South African tour in 2011 and has performed sold-out shows all over the country.

“I’m thrilled to have the undisputed rock kings on our stage,” says Mike Crawford of The Quarry “The Nude Girls represent a timeless age of South African rock. Their music conjures memories of the previous two decades and having them on stage with modern rock groups unifies the timeline of SA rock. To me, they are the epitome of our local rock culture.”

The rest of the incredible line-up includes Southern Wild, Kiss the Sky, Pebbleman and McCree – each of which have made their mark on the local rock circuit. After the main act, a classic rock DJ will bring the festivities to a close, playing classic numbers on vinyl records.

“I just adore rock and I felt that the country needed another platform to showcase the unsurpassed talent of our country’s musicians,” Crawford said. “All the bands chosen for the festival have already made an invaluable contribution to the industry and they deserve the recognition.”

South African Music Scene are giving away a set of double tickets to the event – all you have to do to enter is to comment below with your full name and favourite SNG song.

Buy tickets HERE and join the event HERE.

WIN: QOTSA Tribute 2016

Cape Town’s finest rock n roll musicians gather on one night to pay Homme-age to one of rock n roll’s finest outfits in a first of it’s kind, Queens Of The Stone Age Tribute show.

Now you might be wondering why the hell there’s a tribute to a band that are all alive, kicking and gigging… Well, to be honest, we’re on the tip of Africa with one of the worst currencies, our real alternative music festival looks to have kicked the bucket and a lack of support to rock ‘n roll. So, that’s why… To start off the hype for one of the best rock bands we’ve teamed up with the tribute musos to give you the chance to win tickets.

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River Republic Festival Line-Up Released, And Win Tickets

Red Hot Events, the people behind Up The Creek, are not content with only running one festival per a year, so they’ve decided to bring a brand new festival to our Festival calendar. It is called River Republic Festival, and it follows in a similar light to  Up The Creek, but with a bigger focus on electronic music as opposed to rock music. They have just tidied up their line-up and it looks like this:

Veranda Panda; The Kiffness; Riders Connection (GER); Southern Wild; Grassy Spark; Das Kapital; Jackal & The Wind; Kings Down South; Hugo.Hugh; Private Life; Stone Age Citizens; The Vanilla; The Robfather; The Liminals; Toby2Shoes; Adrian Gemini; Sutherland; The Coast;  Maramza; Jews for Techno and We Are Charlie. 

It is an absolutely massive line-up consisting of some of the best and most eclectic indie and electronic acts that South Africa has to offer, and the inclusion of German alt-pop outfit Riders Connection makes it a festival to not be missed.

Annie Sowden, owner of Red Hot Events explains the decision to create a new festival: “we have taken our experience to create something new not only for punters but also for our team.  Our philosophy is to have fun and to constantly reinvent ourselves. After all, variety is the spice of life. Round the Bend, a space with rolling green lawns along the river banks, is arguably one of the most fun places on the planet to organise a party. With only 1500 spaces available, we cannot think of anything nicer than 3 days of cool music vibes with our fellow republicans!”

Red Hot Events are also doing an awesome thing where you can lay claim to a free ticket if you’re the first person in your suburb to lay claim to contra-vision vinyls that have been printed for the back of car windscreens. If you agree to drive around with the vinyl; – you’ll get the ticket. There is a limited stock though, so lay claim to it soon. All you need to do is send your information. including your suburb name, to the following email:

Tickets are R850 per a person, and can be purchased here.

Now for the awesome part, South African Music Scene are giving away some tickets. One lucky reader stands the chance to win a set of double tickets to River Republic. All you have to do is comment below with which artist you’re the most excited to see, and what your idea of the perfect weekend shall be. Winners shall be announced on Facebook on Friday, 30 October.

Up the Creek 2016 First Announcements

South Africa’s first festival of the year Up The Creek has announced their first 16 bands signed to play at Up The Creek Music Festival 2016! Continue reading Up the Creek 2016 First Announcements

INTRODUCING: Southern Wild

I have only ever watched one season of South African Idols – the year David van Vuuren won – and I will admit, in all sincerity, I was rooting for him from the start. I voted for him incessantly, awaited every Sunday with the gnawing trepidation that he may be voted off, quite literally yelped when he was crowned winner of South African Idols 2011 – and promptly ceased watching the show for the next four years.

Idols winners have the unfortunate tendency to fizzle out following the glorious months between being named winner and the commencement of the following season. There have, of course, been the exceptions – the most well-known of which being Elvis Blue – but David van Vuuren quickly slipped into the musical trap like so many of his predecessors – primarily due, I would assume, to the ironically gruelling Universal Music contract he was roped into. That is, until this year.

After recently abandoning a solo career in musi and relocating to Cape Town, van Vuuren formed Southern Wild, a psycadelic rock ’n roll band who, after only a few months on the scene and one incredible performance at OppiKoppi Fantastic Mr. Vos Vos, are well on their way to taking our local music scene by storm.

Comprising additionally of Alex Smillie on bass and keyboard, Julian van Rensburg on guitar and Dylan Hunt on drums, Southern Wild is a gloriously smooth blend of modern rock ’n roll. Their sound is a contrasting amalgamation of delicate, rolling melody and van Vuuren’s characteristically passionate energy, providing scope and palpable body to their music as a whole. It gives you the curious impression that after all these years, this where van Vuuren really belongs in our music scene, and he is certainly one to look out for.

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