Cape Town Indie rock band Al Bairre are one of the 10 local acts who have been announced to perform at the first edition of Freedom Festival. This event will be held in Pretoria at Supersport Park on the 25th of April and in Cape Town at the Ostrich Farm on the 27th of April 2015. 4 international acts have also been announced for the event: The Airbourne Toxic Event, Skillet, The Curious Incident and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
I recently caught up with Al Bairre to chat about their performance at these events and SA Music in general. This is what they had to say.
Which city / town in South Africa is your favorite play shows in and why?
We have had great shows in every city and town so it’s hard to choose one. ELE. Everybody Love Everybody.
If you could spend an evening with ANY muso (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
Mac De Marco. He’s so hot right now.
When it comes to touring, you probably have a lot of stories, but I have to ask. What is the funniest thing that you’ve ever experienced on tour?
Tessa got wild after our show at Plett Rage and went missing. We found her in the cage above the dance floor. She had taken her top off and was swinging it around over her head. When you’re good, you’re good.
Which album(s) are you currently listening to on your iPod / CD Player / Computer / Record Player?
Fleetwood Mac – Rumors, Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow and UB40 – Labour Of Love.
What are your thoughts about the current state of SA music?
We think it’s stunning. There are some very exciting acts at the moment and we are loving it.
Star Wars or Star Trek? Which one if your favorite and why?
Star Wars. It’s Nic’s favourite and if we say star trek he is gonna cut my guitar strings. Also Harrison Ford just gets us.
Which international act are you most looking forward to seeing at Freedom Festival and why?
We used to like The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 6 years ago. So they could be cool to see again.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Al Bairre for taking time to answer my questions. I’m looking forward to their set at Freedom Festival and you should be as well – they’re one of the most vibrant live acts in SA Music (in my humble opinion).
Tickets to Freedom Festival are still available at R495, so if you really like local music, click here to buy them NOW! Check out the Freedom Festival Facebook page or follow @FreedomFest_SA on Twitter to stay up date with information about the Pretoria and Cape Town events.
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