Platinum selling, award winning, singer-songwriter Arno Carstens has released 12 albums; 5 as lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, 1 as part of Electronica project Bhelltower and 6 as a solo artist.
He’s had over 20 top ten singles and won 5 SAMA Awards including Best Rock Album in 2004 for Another Universe and Best Adult Contemporary Album in 2006 for The Hello Goodbye Boys.
During his 20 year career, Arno has performed with U2, The Rolling Stones and REM; headlined every major South African music festival; and performed at some of the most legendary and exclusive international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival and Hard Rock Calling.
Arno’s set includes the hits from his career as front man of The Springbok Nude Girls, many of the beloved and most celebrated songs from his career as a platinum selling, award winning English solo artist and some popular cover tracks.
The painted white faces and tongue wielding antics of Kiss have firmly rooted them in history as one of the all time greats in metal music. Formed in 1973, in New York City, by the infamous Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and later joined by drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley.
Their induction into the Rock n Roll hall of fame is testament to a career that has spanned more than 4 decades and attracted fans throughout the world. If one thing is true, it is that music truly knows no boundaries, the diversity of the “Kiss Army” is proof of this. The musical offerings of this phenomenal band has grown their fan base over the years and no, there is simply no stereotypical fan.....race, creed, age.....there is no limit to who has or will become a loyal fan and part of the “Kiss Army” and it is this devotion to the band that has forged invisible bonds among their followers.
During their more than 40 year reign in the rock world, Kiss has taken their music and out of the ordinary act to their fans and yes, the fans still want more!
In 2020, Kiss will be making their way to South African shores. This is their career ending swan song and a one night only opportunity for the South African regiment of the “Kiss Army” to witness the larger than life performance of a band that has certainly rocked through the ages.
Kiss will be putting away the white paint and platformed boots for the last time at the curtain of the final End Of The World Tour, however, one thing is certain, they will live on in the memories of music gurus, rockers and fans for generations to come.
Smoking Dragon Festivals and R.A.I.S.E Non-Profit Organisation have teamed up again to celebrate the Decade of the Dragon. This three-day, all-inclusive music festival will be taking place in the heart of the Drakensberg valley from the 29 – 31st of December 2019.
This annual festival is an ode to music, art and expression. The line-up will, therefore, be celebrating the Best of the Decade; securing some musical favourites, with the likes of Desmond and the Tutu’s, Das Kapital and The Rudimental gracing our stages. Smoking Dragon Festival’s six musical stages aim to showcase the diverse South African music scene spanning genres from electronic, hip-hop, rock, indie and more! This compelling mix of ethereal vocals and atmospheric stage productions promises to highlight our signature blend of timeless collaborations.
Returning to its idyllic Drakensberg home, Smoking Dragon offers festival-goers
various lodging options. From camping, glamping and surrounding BnB’s and hotel
options, Smoking Dragon ensures an extensive Drakensberg experience. Unique
transport options are also offered to all guests, ensuring their safe arrival at the festival.
Deemed a more rebellious music festival, Smoking Dragon ignores the festival
rulebook and looks to create its own culture and cinematic live experience. This event
serves as a social commentator as the lives, stories and experiences of the LGBTQIA
community are celebrated. The Pink Tent is an example of this. Smoking Dragon also
permits the smoking of marijuana at the festival, as long as it abides by consumption
and possession regulations.
Smoking Dragon also pays homage to the surrounding community, where values of
love, upliftment and grass-root initiatives transform this area. R.A.I.S.E, therefore,
endeavours to successfully increase social development and stimulate entrepreneurship and sustainability within the local community. Prior to the event, art
workshops are held with residents of the local ward as well as discussion groups in
Qwaqwa. Coordinators hail from places like Mamelodi and Soweto where arts hubs
have been set up by locals.
The “Fringe Stage” showcases the talent of these individuals. Headliners include Urban
Village, Khanyi Oktober, T.U.G and Blackorkid. The Craft Village at the festival. will showcase their efforts; including interesting handmade artefacts, local crafts, one of one clothing, hand-typed poems, and other unique offerings.
Come and join the legacy of the Dragon as we indulge in all things music, love and
authenticity by attending this years event. Head over to https://smokingdragon.org/ to
find out more.
The Splashy Blues is a common feeling experienced by most South African’s the day after the Easter long weekend.
There are two potential causes.
1… You had to come home after a magical 4-days in the rolling foothills of the Drakensberg mountains where you watched the sunrise and set with friends, old and new, listening to the best music, enjoying the best company and living your best life.
Or 2... You didn’t get the chance to make it to Splashy Fen at all.
Fear not happy campers, there is good news for you all. Preparations for #SPLASHY2020 are well underway and the Splashy team are super excited to announce that you’ll soon be able to secure your very own spot at the iconic music festival when tickets go on sale next week.
With sold out festivals in 2019 and 2018, the Splashy Fen farm has comfortably been able to accommodate a large number of festival-goers on site. Event organisers Impi Concept Events have been planning the next edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival for months, and a large part of this preparation is to ensure that ‘person 1’ has the same experience on site as ‘person 8999’, and it is for this reason that the number of online tickets to Splashy Fen are limited to 9000.
“While bigger and better seems to be our annual promise,” says Media and PR Manager for Splashy Fen, Kendall Snyman. “We believe that bigger doesn’t always mean larger. We’ve got big plans for 2020 and are all really excited to find new ways of making the Splashy Fen experience one that offers festival attendees more. More of a music selection, more camping options, more food choices, activities and entertainment on site… and more ways to leave a footprint that isn’t a carbon one.”
For the team behind the organisation of South Africa’s friendliest festival, the mission is simple: Create and maintain a Splashy Fen where attendees feel safe – with visible and effective security measures; have a blast – with world-class music, entertainment and family activities; and get great value for money – with the most affordable 4-day festival pass in South Africa.
OTTER CLUB TICKET SALES
The first batch of Splashy Fen tickets will go on sale this Monday the 23rd of September at 9 h 00. Fans who bought a ticket directly from the Splashy Fen website for the 2019 festival are by default, exclusive members of the Splashy Fen Otter Club, and will receive a private email with a unique link, directing them to purchase 2 Otter Club tickets.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS
Those who are not Otter Club members will be able to purchase their tickets as soon as Early Bird ticket sales open on Thursday the 26th of September. These are limited to 1000 tickets ONLY. Thereafter, General Admission Phase One tickets will be available for R 875, and R 920 for General Admission Phase Two – all of which includes your full 4-day festival pass to all stages and activities on site.
Splashy Fen 2020 will take place over the traditional Easter long-weekend from the 9th to the 13th of April 2020. The line-up for #SPLASHY2020 will be announced in February but fans can look forward to over 300 acts entertaining across 5 unique stages for the full 4 days. For accommodation, general camping is free to every ticket holder; as well as powered campsites, family camping and glamping options. For more information on these, and more, visit www.splashyfen.co.za.
Early Bird Tickets are available at www.splashyfen.co.za from Thursday the 26th of September. Pencil it in your diary, set a really loud alarm, tell your friends and their friends… and get in line. You do not want to miss your chance to join in the magic of the 2020 Splashy Fen Music Festival.
Breakout Events is excited to announce the South African tour dates for legendary band a-ha. This will be the first time since 1994 that the band is visiting South Africa! a-ha will bring their “a-ha play Hunting High And Low live” tour to Cape Town on 14 February 2020 at the Green Point A Track and to Johannesburg on 15 February 2020 at Marks Park, Emmarentia.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 26 June at 10 am and all info at https://breakoutevents.co.za/.
A-ha have always set themselves challenges. In 2018, their MTV Unplugged tour proved that their songs could be given new settings and remain as alive and as impactful as ever.
Now, pushing even further, they are announcing that their a-ha play Hunting High And Low live tour will be different from anything they have previously undertaken.
Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be performing new and old, familiar and less-familiar songs, as well as the ten songs off their 1985 debut album Hunting High And Low in the running order of the original release.
Back in October 2010, a-ha had played the whole of Hunting High And Low just twice, first at Oslo’s Konserthus and then at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Now, from France to Poland and from Germany to South Africa, audiences will have the unique chance to experience a-ha revisiting their first album while staying faithful to its spirit.
Together, Hunting High And Low’s ten songs are more than a debut album. “Take On Me”, “Train Of Thought”, “Hunting High And Low”, “The Blue Sky”, “Living A Boy’s Adventure Tale”, “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.”, “And You Tell Me”, “Love Is Reason”, “Dream Myself Alive” and “Here I Stand And Face The Rain” are ten songs which captured a-ha’s heart and soul. And the hearts and souls of fans world-wide too.
“We played the full Hunting High And Low album live once before and that was a great experience,” says Pål, looking back on the pair of 2010 concerts and how he, Magne and Morten feel now. “There’s not one song on that album that we’re not looking forward to playing live. We had done quite a few versions of the songs before recording the actual album and they all contain great bits and cool ideas which will be nice to incorporate into the new show.”
“Recording Hunting High And Low was such a defining moment and an exciting time in our career and joint collaboration,” stresses Magne. “So revisiting this body of work now – more than 30 years later – feels like inspiration rather than obligation. I just need to dust off the old synths a little...”
“With the song selection and the set in the album’s running order, it will turn it into a totally different type of show to anything we have done before,” adds Pål , saying a-ha also appreciate the tour will “pull your mind and mood back to when Hunting High And Low was made, which for us was a time when we were living in the same tiny apartment in London and working on the songs 24/7. By when the album was finally released it had been a long and bumpy ride, and we poured all our ambitions into the record as if it would be our one and only shot.”
The tour is timed to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the original version of “Take On Me” – issued in the UK on 19 October 1984 to reputed sales of just 300 copies. The re-recorded “Take On Me” was released in Britain during April 1985 to little fanfare, and in America that May where it hit big after its striking promotional video was seen on TV. It was reissued in the UK that September and, finally, the British hit came. The Hunting High And Low album was on sale in America in June 1985, and in the UK in October 1985.
It was a long way from when, two years earlier, the three members of a-ha were making demos on a four-track, reel-to-reel tape recorder in a holiday cabin owned by Pål’s family in Nærsnes, near Oslo. As Pål admits, a-ha’s road to Hunting High And Low was full of twists and turns. Despite the band’s self-belief, there was never any certainty of success. If their label had not allowed to them to re-record “Take On Me” and then make the new version which became the global hit, that may have been that. Nothing was cut and dried.
Even when “Take On Me” took off, no one knew the band would be become established as one of the world’s best and most-loved. There were no guarantees. But the pushing, the rethinking and the self-confidence ensured that a-ha would not have “one and only shot”.
Yet when a-ha had what they needed for their debut album, they knew these were ten perfect songs capturing who they were and, to a large degree, still are. Ten songs marrying yearning melodies and drama; marrying immediacy and intimacy.
When they play Hunting High And Low live now, it is about more than revisiting ten favourite songs. It is also about tapping into the sense of adventure which first brought a-ha to London: a recognition that they have never stood still.
“Take On Me” and Hunting High And Low remain as vital as when they were recorded and released. The live shows in South Africa will show why.
A-ha play Hunting High And Low live – South Africa Tour Dates:
14 February 2020: Green Point A Track, Cape Town In association with KfM 94.5 Tickets on sale on Wednesday 26 June from 10 am
15 February 2020: Marks Park, Emmarentia, Johannesburg In association with Jacaranda FM
16 January 2020 - 26 January 2020
The Rockwood Theatre presents A Tribute to the most Popular Music from Hollywood’s Greatest Movies to ever hit the big screen! songs that have become as iconic as the films themselves!
Hollywood Hits is an unforgettable journey through the music from movies of the seventies and eighties, nineties and beyond. From the streets of Brooklyn where John Travolta starred in the seventies classic Saturday Night Fever, dancing to anthems like Night Fever, Jive Talkin’ and You Should Be Dancing to the all-time classic Grease - who could ever forget, You’re The One That I Want, Greased Lightning Movies from the eighties produced some of the greatest theme songs ever, if we think back to Flashdance, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Purple Rain and Fame all featured in the show. The James Bond movie franchise has produced some of the greatest selling songs of all time but even more so are the animated classics from both Disney and Dreamworks
Although movie segments from the 21st century include Rock of Ages and Mama Mia! it would be impossible not to highlight the epic music from the most recent musical block buster The greatest Showman!
Hollywood Hits features a formidable 10 piece cast of performers and musicians who will blow you away with their showmanship and skill! Let us entertain you with some catchy tunes,and music that has become timeless.