Rocking the Gorge
Saturday 11th March.
Gates open at 12.00
There are few out there who do not know our main band… Freshlyground. They are simply, one of South Africa’s great bands. We are really pleased to have Freshlyground head a wonderful, varied line up.
So that you are spoilt rotten…we have another headline act: Gangs of Ballet who went to extra ordinary lengths to perform for you. There is something for acoustic lovers with the Kickstands and Chico Muya. As it is a festival, rock is obligatory…so Habit To.
There is a mix of known and up and coming to create a superb music festival in Giba Gorge.
Get ready to rock !
Book early with WebTicket as the pre purchased tickets are cheaper. Tickets will be scanned at the Gates, and only those bought directly via WebTicket or WebTicket via Gillitts Lions, will be acceptable. So don’t miss out, in case we have sold out…
For a R5 ticket, you can be entered into the raffle…with some amazing prizes from holidays to dinners out. We will draw the winners, part way through the festival.
Smoking. As there will be kids around, we will designate areas for smokers that are downwind.
We are in a conservancy area, and so this is a green festival. Please bring bags for your rubbish and clean up as you go. Any litter around you, stompies, empty cans whatever… you will be sent to the stocks and will need to pay a fine to get out. Mr Plod will walk around checking. It is after all for charity !
As this is a family festival, the organizers retain the right to ask you to leave if there is drunken or bad behaviour. Sorry about that! Please also respect the property of Giba Gorge.
The lawns, music area and surrounds will be restricted to scanned ticket holders.
Have a rocking, brilliant afternoon !
One of the most acclaimed and successful bands to emerge from South Africa in recent years, Freshlyground blends the infectious kwela style and musical traditions from Zimbabwe and Mozambique with elements of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock. Formed in Cape Town the band became a national hit with the release of their 2003 debut, Jika Jika, and a year later they found themselves performing for South African President Mbeki and sharing the stage with the legendary Miriam Makeba at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Over the ensuing years, Freshlyground toured the world and recorded six increasingly popular albums, culminating in a collaboration with pop superstar Shakira that was chosen as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They performed the song during the closing ceremony in a televised event that was broadcast to over a billion people.
On a visit to South Africa in June 2013 during a speech at the University of Cape Town, President Barack Obama cited Freshlyground as an example of the contributions South Africa has made to the world. They truly represent the fresh new face of African music.
“This is the sound of striving, from people who don’t want to lose their past but at the same time want desperately to move ahead and find their place in the global mainstream.” National Public Radio
“The band is a true reflection of contemporary South Africa.” Afropop Worldwide
They won the South African Music Award for Best Duo/Group of 2013 with ‘Take me to the Dance’.
Gangs of Ballet
Durban based, these 3 friends, all musically accomplished in their own right, have had 5 SAMA nominations and won the MTV MAMA awards.
Their “captivatingly fresh” style cannot be put down to any one music genre but “experiments with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance.” Their music stimulates the musically minded as well as those just wanting to enjoy and dance.
All 3 initially released singles, reached up high into the charts, with the 3rd at number 1. Their first album. ‘Yes/No/Grey’ went to number 1 of iTunes Top 10 SA Album Charts within 12 hours of its release.
In 2014 Gangs of Ballet was nominated for the S.A. Music Award for Best Duo/Group of the year with their album ‘Yes/No/Grey’.
“It’s a habit, it’s addictive and it is living it up for rock and roll !”
With an EP and 2 albums, ‘Secrets to a Triangle’ and ‘Boomerang Saturn’, and a third on its way, this group is becoming increasingly popular. Described by the Mail and Guardian as “a breath of fresh air”, these new age rockers won at Durban Burn, the battle of the bands, in 2006.
They formed in 2003, each with a tertiary music background and lead singer/ guitarist Chillie, graduating cum laude. Chillie’s voice is superb and each adds outstanding skill to make up this group. They have performed at most major festivals and shared the stage with many including the Parletones. A number of their singles have received airtime in South Africa and abroad.
Musicianship, songwriting and over a thousand gigs around Southern Africa since 2009.
The Kickstands pride themselves on being able to perform at intimate venues as well as major festivals and showcase events. They have performed amongst and supported some of South Africa’s most popular artists including Matthew Mole, Gangs of Ballet, Mango Groove and Desmond and the Tutus.
Without radio support, our live performances have carried our unique, improvised and energetic sound around the country, gaining fans along the way while “fine tuning our craft. Most of all enjoying the journey.”
Their music is “a cocktail mix of acoustic, folk and pop”.
Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he moved to Durban with his family aged 3 years. He has been a Durban boy ever since. From early training as a teacher, he decided that music was the way to go. He was joined last year by base guitarist, and industrial psychologist, Spencer-Rae Kerr.
Chico has produced a single “Two Roads” and a recent EP “Love and Other Things”.
“We write songs that are real and honest and that people can identify with”.
Chico opened for Parlotones and Jeremy Loops. Festivals played at include Splashy Fens and White Mountain.
The Tazers are a psychedelic rock band out of Johannesburg, bringing a fresh sound to the dance floor that is ballsy, bluesy & bitchin’.
They wish to take the audience back in time to an era they wish they could have experienced as they draw a heavy influence from 70’s psych.
Expect a raw performance driven energy on stage that is unparallelled.
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