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Top 5 Live Acts in SA Music in 2012


It has been an interesting year for SA Music. 2012 has seen the debut of some brilliant acts and an improvement of the quality of local music alike. South Africa has seen some excellent music festivals and concerts this year.

Support for local music has definitely grown in 2012 if you ask me. There’s no doubt that SA Music has received more airplay on the country’s radio stations and that the South African public have become more aware of the local scene in 2012. If you don’t believe me, why were more than 18,000 tickets sold for Oppikoppi Sweet Thing this year?

I’ve decided to honor the top 5 live acts in SA Music in 2012 in this post. Some of you may or may not agree with me, but you should remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion and that’s exactly what I’m giving you here. Check out my list of the Top 5 Live acts in SA Music in 2012 below.

Shadowclub: This Johannesburg based rock band have made waves in the SA Music scene in 2012. They are one of the most hard-working acts in the country and have amazed audiences all over South Africa in 2012.

They particularly impressed me with their performances at RAMFest, Up the Creek, the MK Awards After Party, Oppikoppi Sweet Thing, In The City and Arcade Empire this year.

Shadowclub are busy working on their second studio album and I’m expecting that they’re going to continue to impress audiences in 2013.

Check out their performance at the 18th Annual South African Music Awards in April 2012 below

Van Coke Kartel: These Western Cape rockers have never disappointed me with a live show. Van Coke Kartel are definitely one of most energetic acts out there. The band won the MK Award for Best Live act for the second year in a row this year at the MK Awards.

Van Coke Kartel are probably the hardest working rock band in South Africa. The band have toured extensively to promote this album all over South Africa in 2012 and it’s pulled off. Van Coke Kartel are one of the most popular live acts in South Africa now.

Van Coke Kartel particularly impressed me with their performances at Vanfokkingparow, Arcade Empire, Hatfield Carnival, Dozi’s Back to The Roots and Skyroom Live this year. If you have not seen these okes live yet, you should make a plan. You can catch them in a city or town near you during their Half a Decade tour which is currently under way.

Check out their performance on Espresso below if you don’t believe me:

Bittereinder: This Pretoria based Afrikaans Electro / Rap act recently released their second studio album. They have also become well known for their energetic live performance. Anyone who has seen them live will agree that Bittereinder knows how to get a party started.

I was particularly impressed with Bittereinder’s performances at Synergy Live 2012 Johannesburg, Oppikoppi Sweet Thing, the MK Awards After Party at Arcade Empire and Hatfield Carnival this year.

Bittereinder will most definitely have an awesome 2013. Their new album features colabs with some awesome artists and this will most probably enhance their live performances. Catch these okes live if you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed

Check out this video clip below of them performing at Synergy Live 2012 Johannesburg earlier in December 2012

Taxi Violence: These Western Cape rockers are one of the most underrated acts in SA Music today. Taxi Violence are one of my favourite acts to watch live. Taxi Violence are working on another studio album and completely blew away SA Music fans with their blend of in-your-face rock ‘n roll throughout 2012. They are also one of the hardest working acts in the SA Music scene today.

Taxi Violence amazed me with their performances at Arcade Empire, Up The Creek and Vredefest April in 2012. If you haven’t seen them live, you can catch them at a city or town near you during their current tour.

Check out Taxi Violence performing at Oppikoppi Sweet Thing 2012 below:

Jeremy Loops: This brilliant act stormed onto the SA Music scene in 2011 and has been amazing audiences at festivals and gigs ever since. Jeremy Loops is a loop master of note and has the ability to get a crowd dancing in almost no time. He loves interacting with the crowd and is definitely someone you should check out (if you have not already).

Jeremy Loops stunned crowds at Up The Creek, Mieliepop, Park Acoustics and Oppikoppi Sweet Thing this year. I’m pretty sure that this trend will continue in 2013, so make sure you catch him live soon.

Watch this clip of Jeremy Loops performing “My Shoes” at the Assembly in Cape Town last year below:

There you go, my list of top 5 Live Acts in SA Music in 2012. Which one of these acts are your favorite live act? Leave a comment on this post and let me know, I’d like to hear from you. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.

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  1. Seriously get out more…not one brown band on your list proof that the music you see is at Arcade Empire, MK, Oppikoppi i.e Afrikaaner Pretoria. To do a best of one needs to get out more.

    • You have a point there! I intend to get out more, I’m limited by transport at the moment though. I’m a huge fan of Tidal Waves, Tumi and The Volume and Vusi Mahlasela, wish I could see more bands or artists like them 😀


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