Earlier this month Virgin Mobile, 5FM and Seed Experience were excited to announce the local line-up to support UK modern soul sensation, John Newman, when he tours South Africa for the first time later this week and in case you missed that bit of crucial information: ISO will be performing in Cape Town and Beatenberg in Johannesburg alongside the four-time BRIT Award nominee.
John Newman’s smash hit singles ‘Losing Sleep’, ‘Love Me Again’ and ‘Cheating’ have been on high rotation on 5FM and around the country, and fans are eagerly anticipating what promises to be a sizzling, roaring, swinging concert experience. Having just released their new EP ‘Passages’, ISO will perform an extra special set at the Cape Town show tomorrow night, which fits the “big sound, big style” theme of the concert at the Good Hope Centre. “John Newman is an inspiration to us and it’s such an honour to open for him. It’s always a pleasure to see a musician of such a young age do such great things in the music industry. We can’t wait!” says Richard Brokensha, front man for ISO. DJ Honey Bee will complement ISO and John Newman with their electro-swing beats throughout the evening.
In Johannesburg, Beatenberg will bring their smooth performance along with their smash hit track, ‘Pluto(Remember You)’ which has taken the country by storm reaching #1 across the airwaves. These local favourites will be complimented by swing-master DJ Michael Lesar who will be on the decks throughout the night playing his blend of swing-based beats for the audience to jive to.
Through events like John Newman Live and the upcoming Sonar Cape Town in December this year, Seed Experiences aims to revive Cape Town’s iconic Good Hope Centre to be an epicenter of music and entertainment in the city. The venue will be transformed into what can only be described as a landscape of glitz and glamour for the concert. Newtown’s Town Hall Lane, known best for its street-culture inspired artwork, will take on a vintage flair, transporting the audience right back to the swing era, while still maintaining the edge of downtown Johannesburg.
John Newman’s live performance has been regarded as one of the best visual shows in the world at the moment. As with every Seed Experiences event, the production on the night will be world class and will offer fans of this new voice of modern soul an extraordinary night of hit music, stunning visual effects and the most swinging party. Party animals are invited to dress the part, get their swing on and prepare to be mezmerised by John Newman live in concert, presented by Virgin Mobile, powered by 5FM.
Tickets for both these shows are on sale through Webtickets, but if you’re in Gauteng I have some great news for you: Running Wolf’s Rant is giving away a double ticket to Thursday night’s Johannesburg show. All you need to enter is a valid Twitter account. If you do, CLICK HERE to enter the competition. The competition closes on the 23rd of April at 4 PM and winners will be notified via Twitter.
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