Mzansi, get ready for Rodriguez

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Rodriguez fans get ready for another round of the legend, as he makes his way to our shores in 2016. Big Concerts announced earlier today that Rodriguez will be back due to popular demand to perform shows in Jozi, Durban, PE, and Cape Town. Dates are as follows:

Tour Dates:

Johannesburg: 29th January 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome

Durban:  31st January 2016 at the ICC Durban Arena

Port Elizabeth: 3rd February 2016 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Outer Fields

Cape Town: 5th and 6th February 2016 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 8th July 2015 at 9am from Computicket and www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

@monArkband ready to rock out at @OM_Concerts

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Old Mutual Music at the lake series is back and this weekend they have a killer line up. The highly acclaimed, Gangs of Ballet together with SAMA nominated band Monark will take to the stare on the 10th of May. I caught up with the guys from Monark to find out what they have in store for us and also how the rest of 2015 is looking for the band:
1. You’re going to be out and about at Old Mutual Music at the Lake this weekend. What have you got in store for us?
Well, hopefully there is a certain standard of live show you have come to expect with bands such as Gangs of ballet and Monark so we will as always trying to deliver and maybe exceeding it with a touch of something new.
2. Sharing the stage with Gangs of Ballet is…? Tell us about touring and hanging out with them for such a concert
They are such an inspiration to all of us! SInce our first tour with them on their album launch they have inspired us to always work on our live show and make sure it is the best it can be. Hanging out with them is just a lot of random jokes and also some serious conversation about life!
3. If you could cover one of their songs it would be which one and why? 
   Their latest single…what’s it called again…oh yeah Love is on it’s way. Such a hot Rocking song!
4. It has been quite a busy year and a half for you guys, since you burst onto the scene in 2013. Tell us about the Monark ride so far. Highs, lows and everything in between.
   It is really difficult to describe the ride so far in words. Thankfully a lot more ups than downs. I think part of our success is the fact that we are never happy with where we are and trying to better in all areas of our band and business.
5. Did you ever imagine you’d crack a Best Pop Album nomination at the SAMAs?
   Secretly deep down we really hoped for one. But to get three nominations in the end was totally mind blowing!
6. Whenever I’m with friends or family in the car or near a radio and we hear one of your tracks, people always comment on how international your sound is. How does that make you feel?
  That is definitely a major compliment for us, but also in the South African market it creates a bit of a stumbling block when you really are Proudly South African. So we are working hard to get  people to realize that we are not in fact international but from SA and mostly Afrikaans for that matter…:)
7. Do you plan on branching out and taking your music to international shores?
  We have definitely talked about it, but for now we are happy to just work on our craft here in SA!
8. What else do you have on the cards for the rest of 2015?
   We can’t wait for the release of our next single called Hush. The music video is so hot and was done by the SAMA winning Ryan Kruger. Then we are also planning a re-release later in the year of our debut album with some extra content on there.
9. Your favourite track to play live is?
   Smiling! It’s the song that started it all for us

Gates open at 13h00 for pre-sold tickets (R140 through http://www.webtickets.co.za) and at 13h30 for on-the-day ticket sales (R160).  MonArk starts playing at 14h30, followed by Gangs of Ballet.

For more information, you can follow @OM_Concerts on Twitter, like the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens page on Facebook or visit www.dogreatthings.co.za.

Mumford & Sons release The Wolf

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Last year I recall reading an article about Mumford & Sons deciding to ‘call it a day’, saying that Babel was their last album. Coincidentally it happened to be only their second one. I was quite shocked, astounded really. There is something very special, distinct and incredible about Marcus Mumford’s voice and their music is just so refreshing. They really blew up and with the success of Sigh No More and Babel, multiple awards including the coveted Album of the Year award at the Grammys, the band really seemed to be soaring.

Well that’ll teach me (and you if you were fooled) to not believe everything you read. They just took a break, understandably, but now they’re back and gearing up to release their brand new album called Wilder Mind. The album is expected to drop on the 4th of May, whoop!

Last week they dropped the second single from that album, which is called The Wolf. Have a listen below:

Missed the first single? Hear it below:

Gallery: Foo Fighters live in Johannesburg, South Africa

American rockers, Foo Fighters wrapped up their first (at long last) tour to South Africa. They played to a very hyped-up, energetic crowd at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. For over three hours, the band rocked out, playing some of their new material, but balancing that with the classics that have made them who they are today. They were supported by SA band, BLK JKS as well as the Kaiser Chiefs.

Did you go to the concert? What did you enjoy the most?

Want to meet the Foo Fighters?

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John Legend and Thirty Seconds To Mars have come and gone… While they love their fans here, they just don’t do press conferences, one on one interviews or meet and greets sadly. If you’re as bummed as I was, then here’s something to bring a smile to your face. You could meet the Foo Fighters at an exclusive Meet & Greet when they head out to SA in a few weeks. Here are the details:

Big Concerts announced today that one lucky fan could win a meet and greet with Foo Fighters when they come to South Africa on their first ever tour.

 

Winning is easy!

1) Video yourself rocking out to Monkey Wrench

2) Upload it to YouTube

3) Post it to the Big Concerts Facebook or Twitter page with #FooFanVideo

You could win some awesome prizes.

Check our video example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O4xR3Ku11I&list=UUUQUjnS27fmdjpnF3kXi6vg

If you haven’t got your concert tickets yet go to www.bigconcerts.com to book before it is too late. 10th December at Cape Town Stadium and 13th December at FNB Stadium. Presented by 5FM and M-Net.

Terms and Conditions Apply:

Competition entries close on Sunday 30th November at 9pm.

Winners will be announced on Friday 5th December

Prize 1: Foo Fighters meet and greet at the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, 2 tickets for either the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, 1 copy of Foo Fighters latest album ‘Sonic Highways’ and tour merchandise. This prize will be for one winner only.

Prize 2: 2 tickets for either the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, a copy of Foo Fighters latest album ‘Sonic Highways’ and tour merchandise. This prize will be for 10 winners only.

Winners will be chosen internally

All prizes are non refundable

All entrants give permission for their video to be used on a final fan video edit with all the entries.

By accepting to enter the #FooFanVideo competition you are accepting all terms outlined here.

For a full list of the terms and conditions go to www.bigconcerts.com

Prime Circle launch “Let The Night In” in Jozi

South African rock band, Prime Circle have a new album. It’s called Let The Night In and to mark the occasion, the guys decided to do what they do best… rock out. They decided to mix it up a bit and host the launch at Montecasino’s Teatro theatre. When I heard it would be there, I thought it would be a bit weird to be listening to a rock band from the comfort of um… a chair, but man oh man was it good. These guys have upped their game, their production and they’re sounding incredible. Great night, lots of energy and it was good to see Jesse Clegg on stage too. Want to find out more about the new album? Tune in to my show, The Buzz on Cliff Central next Tuesday at 11am, because Ross will be joining myself and Jennifer Su in studio. For now though, here are a few pics from the gig last night: