Great News for Pretoria fans of SA Music! Two great South African acts, aKING and City of Heroes will take to the stage at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 1st of July 2012 (this week Sunday).
For those of you who didn’t know, aKING is a melodic, alternative pop-rock band based in Cape Town. aKING was formed when Hunter Kennedy and Jaco Venter (of Fokofpolisiekar fame) joined musical forces with friends Laudo Liebenberg and Hennie van Halen. Their music expresses their shared experience of growing up in Cape Town’s Northern suburbs as well as being a poetic take on South African life as a whole. During the past five years aKING’s energetic live sets and articulate, intelligent lyrics have won them scores of loyal fans across generational boundaries in South Africa. The band’s current line-up includes Laudo Liebenberg (on lead vocals / lead guitar), Andrew Davenport (on rhythm guitar / backing vocals), Hennie Van Halen (on bass guitar) and Jaco Venter (on drums).
aKING will be supported on the day by Pretoria based post punk/rock band City of Heroes who is fast proving that punk is not dead in South Africa. They’ve also been gathering a large following in the SA Music scene. The band’s members are Karl Muller (on vocals /guitar), Jean Lombard (on guitar/screams), Hein Lombard (on drums) and Bernard Fisher (on bass). The band says “We want our music to be an experience. Our approach to writing the music was not to limit ourselves to a specific genre. We want to open ourselves up to all sorts of influences so that we can make something completely new, something that people haven’t heard before”. City of Heroes’ debut album, The Great Unknown, and the hit single, Thief in the Night, were broadcast on MK, SABC 2 and DSTV channels. The band aims to create something greater than music. They want people to see that there is more that they can do, for themselves and for others.
FYI: The Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series presents live concerts throughout the winter season at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden and is an extension of their sponsorship of the legendary Kirstenbosch Music series in Cape Town. The Old Mutual Music in the Gardens performance takes place in the middle of the natural beauty of the botanical gardens and fans are encouraged to come early, bring picnic chairs and blankets and spend the day in natural splendour. For more on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens music series visit www.oldmutual.co.za/musicinthegardens.
I’ve already been to two of these shows this year and I can tell you that its definitely one of my favorite musical outtings in the capital city. The vibe at the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens shows is just absolutely awesome (and I’m sure that regular attendees of these shows will agree with me). Tickets for all concerts are available at www.ticketbreak.co.za. R5 from every pre-sold ticket (tickets purchased on the website) is given to the Wildlands Conservation Trust for their Trees for Life initiative where community members grow trees to sustain their livelihoods.
Tickets to Sunday’s show featuring aKING and City of Heroes cost R80 via Ticketbreak, R90 if bought as pre-sale tickets at the Gardens and R100 if bought on the day of the show at the gate or via Tickebreak. Children under 13 can enter for free. Gates open at 11 AM. City of Heroes will kick off their set at 1 PM and aKING will play at 2 PM. Gates close at 6 PM. There’s a restaurant and tea garden available on site. Alcoholic beverages are for sale at the restaurant and tea garden. Everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets. There will also be a kids zone available from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Great news for readers of Running Wolf’s Rant is that I have 3 double tickets to give away for Sunday’s show! To enter you need to Retweet this post via your Twitter account (via one of the buttons below) AND you also have to comment on this post and let me know what you would be willing to do to obtain these tickets. Extremities are welcome (but bear in mind that this concert is a family show). The competition closes on the 29th of June 2012 (this Friday) at 10 AM. Remember to provide an e-mail address where you can be contacted on this comment form.
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