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  • Toyota presents DRUMBeat in association with Mzansi Magic and Hilltop Live

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    Announcing the lineup for Toyota presents DRUMBeat in Soweto this August

     

    Toyota presents DRUMBeat will take place on the 27 August this year.

     

    Two stages will bring live jazz, hip hop, house and pop at the Soweto Theatre, where 5000 music lovers will watch the sun set while enjoying the star-studded performances by some of the most renowned artists in South Africa.

     

    The lineup includes the following hot acts: Karabo, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Solly Mahlangu, Mi Casa, Nathi, Emtee, Kwesta, Mobi Dixon and Nasty_C.

     

    Idols 2015 winner, Karabo, will get the evenings proceedings underway as the sun sets over Soweto. The 24 year old singer, who amassed over 16 million votes for his performances on Idols, will perform his unique blend of music that includes House, Afro-pop, gospel and R&B.

     

    Gospel legend, Pastor Solly Mahlangu will bring his praise to the stages of Soweto as he performs songs from his four critically acclaimed and award winning albums. Pastor Soly Mahlangu began performing later in life, and in his first year had collected the Best Album award at the 2009 SABC Gospel Crown Awards. His live album and DVD, Obrigado, sold about 15000 copies, while the CD has achieved gold status for selling more than 20000 units. Pastor Solly Mahlangu has also taken home two additional SABC Gospel Crown Awards and received nominations in the Best Traditional Faith Music Album category and Best Live DVD.

     

    Following the successful format from the previous concerts, DRUMBeat will have no seating and no reserved standing. However, a VIP hospitality area, curated by Rashid Lombard Inc., has been introduced for this year and details of the available packages will be announced on 1st July.

     

    Toyota presents DRUMBeat in association with Mzansi Magic and Hilltop Live, Saturday 27 August.

     

    Show Details:

     

    Date: 27 August 2016

    Venue: Soweto Theatre, Soweto

    Artists: Karabo, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Solly Mahlangu, Nathi, Mi Casa, Emtee, Kwesta, Mobi Dixon, Nasty_C

    Tickets: R150 presale via Computicket (online and at stores)

    Ticket Link: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/drumbeat_2016/1033663268/0/72676814

     

    For more information:

    Website: www.drumbeatconcert.co.za,

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrumBeatConcert/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DRUMBeatconcert

     

    For high resolution images, interviews or media accreditation, please contact Meropa Communications on 011 506 7300.

  • Prime Circle brings it home with two Botanical Gardens performances hot off their European tour

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    After a grueling tour schedule including festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop, Prime Circle is set to showcase their Deluxe Edition of Let the Night In. Gauteng fans will be rocked with two picnic style concerts at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 13 August and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on 14 August 2016.

     

    SANBI and Hilltop Live in association with TUKS FM Presents: Prime Circle - To the Roots. A two stop Botanical Gardens tour showing the band have not forgotten where they came from. These two shows are set to welcome back Prime Circle to South Africa and ushers in the outdoor shows that come with the changing of the Seasons. Multi award-winning band, Prime Circle continuously proves that after 15 years in the game, they are as relevant in the world of rock, as they have ever been.

     

    The release of the 18-track Let the Night In – Deluxe Edition sees a further progression of the band’s ever-evolving rock sound, which has ventured into bold new places since Prime Circle was formed 15 years ago.

     

    Prime Circle toured Europe during May and June, playing at the Rock im Revier festival in Dortmund and at Rockavaria festival in Munich, Germany whereafter they went on to play Rock in Vienna in Austria to rave reviews. Aside from appearing on the bill at these massive alternative rock/metal festivals, the band also performed in Hannover, Dresden, Leipzig, Flensburg, Hamburg, Freiburg, Saarbrücken and Mannheim during this period.

     

    Upon their return to South Africa, Prime Circle are set to play at OppiKoppi 22: For the lovely young taken to THE UNSEA. These will be their first performances back on home soil/dust. The “Back to the Roots” Botanical gardens shows will then be their first family friendly shows.

     

    Show details:

     

    13 August 2016

    Prime Circle and more

    Pretoria National Botanical Garden

    Tickets R120 per person online at Plankton.mobi or R150 at the gate

     

    14 August 2016

    Prime Circle and more

    Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

    Tickets R150 per person online at Plankton.mobi or R170 at the gate

     

    Tickets for the concert are available Plankton.mobi at. Children under 12 can enter for free. Gates will open at 11h00 and the concert will end at approximately 17h00. Everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets.  An on-site restaurant and tea garden are available; both serve alcoholic beverages.

     

    Issued by

    Hilltop Live

    info@hilltoplive.co.za

  • Dullstroom Winter Festival

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    Dullstroom Winter Festival reinvents itself for what is set to be the beginning of an intimate arts festival feel to this bespoke festival.

     

    2016 promises something new for Dullstroom Winter festival with the festival moving to the second weekend of July for the first time ever, this year the event will also be broken down into smaller style events that showcase all there is to see in this town of wonder.

     

    The program has moved to small shows over the 3 days, with Stephane Maree playing a free show at Wild about Whiskey on Friday night as an early warmup and Coelacanth making their triumphant return to Dullstroom at the new Coachman.

     

    Saturday will feature a lunch show with The Sextons at the Mayfly Restaurant, and then the biggest show of the weekend kicks off at 3pm at Highland Gate Golf Club with Georgetown and Blues Legend Gerald Clarke. Just as you thought it is done, the Afterparty kicks off at the Poacher with Bright Lights Big City.

     

    Sunday lets you wind down with Michael Canfield at The Cherry Grove Piazza and leaves enough time to make it back home.

     

    Georgetown is a band that consists of a couple of friends from Pretoria that started out in the early months of 2014. They describe their music as old time hillbilly music with instruments ranging from Mandolin, Ukulele, Double Bass, Melodica, Banjolin, Saxophones, Clarinet and not to mention the 1950's percussion suitcase, calls for fantastic and high energy live performances. They do historic folk and bluegrass songs but also their own renditions of modern pop songs with their signature old school southern sound to really get that 'footstompin' going.

     

    Gerald Clark is an accomplished South African musician recognised for his extraordinary ability to tell a story with his music. He is one of SA’s top musicians – a singer and songwriter famous for his voice that can get down to the soul and honesty that consists within the blues. AfroBoer & the GoldenGoose – his 4th album recorded in an old farmhouse – shared his dynamic musical ideas with attentive ears. It’s raw, it’s blues, it’s rock, it’s a piece of his honesty. The diversity within this album will shake your bones and burn your toes.

     

    Hilltop Live and Dullstroom Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Century Properties, Highland Gate Golf Club, Tonteldoos, Midrand Jaguar and Land Rover for their contributions and making this event possible.

     

    Show info:

    Friday 8 July:

    18:00     Stephane Maree @ Wild About Whiskey – Free Show

    20:00     Coelacanth @ The Coachman - R80 (Bookings 013-254 0019)

     

    Saturday 9 July:

    12:00     The Sextons @ Mayfly – Free Show (Bookings 013-254 0332)

    15:00     Georgetown and Gerald Clark @ Highland Gate Golf Club – Tickets R200 Plankton.mobi  R250 on the day

    20:00     Bright Lights Big City @ The Poacher – Free Show

     

    Sunday 10 July:

    11:00     Michael Canfield @ Cherry Grove Piazza – Free Show

     

     

    Issued by:

    Hilltop Live

    info@hilltoplive.co.za

    012 326 0560

  • One Night in Cape Town: Yelawolf - 8 August

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    Then there were three. Yelawolf gets One night in Cape Town.

     

    Joining the trinity of ONICT’s, we bring you Yelawolf at The Assembly. After being announced to play Oppikoppi in August, this becomes One more Night in Cape Town, but not just another night in Cape Town.

     

    The Slumerican will come from the Deep South to the Southern Tip on 8 August 2016 to enlighten those who have not yet seen the light that is Yelawolf and for those who never thought they would get to see this. Hilltop Live hosts One Night in Cape Town with Yelawolf & more at The Assembly the day after he takes the stage at Oppikoppi, it doesn’t get much fresher than that.

     

    Get familiar:

    “Yelawolf is a powerful new rap voice, one that draws from all over the map without sounding much like anyone else.” Interscope Records agreed and within three months, he had a major label deal. Later that year, the tape was re-released as Trunk Muzik 0-60, and Rolling Stone praised him as “an MC whose liquid flow breathes life into genre clichés.” In January 2011, he signed to Eminem’s Shady Records, and his fan base grew even more rabid.

     

    His latest album Love Story features the single, Till It’s Gone. A driving barn burner of a song elevated by Wolf’s melodically sung hook. Radio friendly without sacrificing its soul, it’s an undeniable smash that’s in line with the country’s recent obsession with the culture of rural American life. In fact, Till It’s Gone premiered last September on the wildly popular FX drama Sons of Anarchy.

     

    Being mentioned in the same sentences as Eminem, and being signed to his label, having collaborated on “Best Friend”, shows that this is meaningful hip hop. In the same breath it should also be said that Yelawolf has made an EP with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, titled Psycho White. He describes it best on Out Of Control:

     

    “I'm too rock for hip-hop,

    Too hip-hop for rock n' roll

    I'm too city for rednecks

    And I'm too country for city folks

    But I don't give a f*ck what they want from me

    I can only give 'em what I know”

     

    Show info:

    One Night in Cape Town with Yelawolf & More

    Venue: The Assembly

    Date: 8 August 2016

    Doors open: 21:00 

    Doors close: 02:00

    Get your ticket here

    Restrictions: No under 18’s R.O.A.R

     

    About One Night in Cape Town:

    One Night in Cape Town is the official Cape Town leg for the Oppikoppi headliners in August each year. Now in it’s 6th year, One Night in Cape Town is a highlight on the calendar with artists such as Deftones, Yellowcard, Rival Sons, Enter Shikari, Eagles of Death Metal, Bullet for my Valentine, Seether and Gogol Bordello all having graced the stages of this event.

     

    For more information log onto:

    Facebook Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/OneNightInCapeTown

    Twitter Official Account: https://www.twitter.com/OneNightInCT

    Instagram Official Account: https://www.instagram.com/OneNightInCT

    Facebook Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/yelawolf

    Twitter Official Account: https://twitter.com/yelawolf

    Instagram Official Account: https://www.instagram.com/yelawolf/

    Website Official: http://www.yelawolf.com/home

     

     

    Issued by:

    Hilltop Live

    012 326 0560

    marketing@oppikoppi.co.za

    info@hilltoplive.co.za

  • One Night in Cape Town: August Burns Red - 10 August

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    One Night in Cape Town has been known not to be enough.

     

    With the recent announcement of the Kongos ONICT event at Hillcrest Quarry, August Burns Red (US) get their own night in Cape Town at The Assembly.

     

    10 August 2016 will see August Burns Red taking the Mother City out for a night she will never forget. Hilltop Live hosts One Night in Cape Town with August Burns Red & more at The Assembly, mere days after their performance at OppiKoppi. They are set to be burning hotter than ever before, covered in the scarlet mist of Northam and ready to show Cape Town what they are made of.

     

    Since their formation in 2003, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they have evolved into one of the biggest names worldwide in the modern metal scene, continually growing and connecting fiercely with a colossal legion of fans. August Burns Red has spent years skillfully crafting a balance between a ferociously heavy sound with empowering lyrical content, while showcasing a rich surplus of inventive guitar riffs, blistering solos, and dynamic drumming. With a solid collection of 5 previous albums, Thrill Seeker (2005), Messengers (2007), Constellations (2009), Leveler (2011), the band's latest release Rescue & Restore (2013) rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts - debuting at #9 on the Billboard Top 200.

     

    After being announced to play OppiKoppi, Capetonians have been chomping at the bit for information around a ONICT event for August Burns Red, and finally Cape town gets their chance to see modern metal at its finest at one of the iconic venues in Cape Town. With local support still to be added to this show, it can only get better from here.

     

    Show info:

    One Night in Cape Town with August Burns Red & More

    Venue: The Assembly

    Date: 10 August 2016

    Doors open: 21:00

    Doors close: 02:00

    Tickets sold through Computicket - R350

    Tickets available here

    Restrictions: No under 18’s R.O.A.R

     

    About One Night in Cape Town:

    One Night in Cape Town is the official Cape Town leg for the Oppikoppi headliners in August each year. Now in it’s 6th year, One Night in Cape Town is a highlight on the calendar with artists such as Deftones, Yellowcard, Rival Sons, Enter Shikari, Eagles of Death Metal, Bullet for my Valentine, Seether and Gogol Bordello all having graced the stages of this event.

     

    For more information log onto:

    Facebook Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/OneNightInCapeTown

    Twitter Official Account: https://www.twitter.com/OneNightInCT

    Instagram Official Account: https://www.instagram.com/OneNightInCT

    Facebook Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/augustburnsred/

    Twitter Official Account: https://twitter.com/abrband

    Instagram Official Account: https://www.instagram.com/abrband/

    Website Official: http://www.augustburnsred.com/

     

    Issued by:

    Hilltop Live

    012 326 0560

    marketing@oppikoppi.co.za

    info@hilltoplive.co.za

  • KONGOS announce South African Tour

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    KONGOS ANNOUNCE SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR

    Multi-platinum recording artist KONGOS have added a couple regional tour dates to their recently announced headline appearance at the Oppikoppi festival in August.

    Two additional KONGOS shows will take place at the Durban Botanic Gardens on the 3rd of August and at The Hillcrest Quarry for One Night in Cape Town on the 5th of August.

    Great South African Local support will be on the line up in both Durban and Cape Town.

    KONGOS is a South African-born American alternative rock band consisting of four brothers: Johnny (accordion, keyboards, vocals), Jesse (drums, percussion, vocals), Daniel (guitar, vocals),and Dylan KONGOS (bass guitar, lap slide guitar, vocals). They spent their childhoods in London and in South Africa. They compose and record in Phoenix, Arizona, where they have lived since 1996.*

    KONGOS’ new album, Egomaniac, is set to be released on the 10th June 2016 via Just Music. Take It From Me, the first single off Egomaniac has already hit the U.S. charts. The band will be performing several songs from the new album as well as select cuts from their previous release.

    The band’s album Lunatic (2012) was chock full of hits, including I’m Only Joking and Come with Me Now. Come with Me Now reached double platinum status in both the United States and Canada.

    A limited number of tickets will be made available for each evening’s performance. With tickets for the 2015 One Night in Cape Town selling out weeks before the concert date, fans are encouraged to not wait to buy their tickets.

     

    Pre-order Egomaniac at https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/egomaniac/id1101834615

     

    Event Details:

    Kongos Live in Durban

    Date: 03 August 2016

    Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens

    Artists: Kongos & SA Artists. 

    Ticket Price: R350 from Computicket

    Tickets available here

    Gates open: 17h00

     

    One Night in Cape Town - Kongos

    Venue: The Hillcrest Quarry

    Date: 05 August 2016

    Artists: Kongos & SA Artists

    Ticket Price: R400 from Computicket

    Tickets available here

    Gates open: 19h00

    About One Night in Cape Town:

    One Night in Cape Town is the official Cape Town leg for the Oppikoppi headliners in August each year. Now in it’s 6th year, One Night in Cape Town is a highlight on the calendar with artists such as Deftones, Yellowcard, Rival Sons, Enter Shikari, Eagles of Death Metal, Bullet for my Valentine, Seether and Gogol Bordello all having graced the stages of this event.

     

    For more information log onto:

    Facebook Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/OneNightInCapeTown

    Twitter Official Account: https://www.twitter.com/OneNightInCT

    Instagram Official Account: https://www.instagram.com/OneNightInCT

    Facebook Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/KONGOS/

    Twitter Official Account: https://twitter.com/KONGOS

    Instagram Official Account: https://www.instagram.com/kongosmusic/

     

    *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kongos_(band)

     

    Issued by:

    Hilltop Live

    012 326 0560

    marketing@oppikoppi.co.za

    info@hilltoplive.co.za

  • For the Lovely Young - DESIGN COMPETITION

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    FOR THE LOVELY YOUNG: CALL TO ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, POETS

    Join the ocean, and the family, add your inspiration and your art.

    Apart from its rock ‘n roll roots and tattoos, the other constant in the OppiKoppi organism over the last 22 years has been the use of South African artists and fine artists for the campaign. This year, Stellenbosch photographer, Daniel Naude. You can now join the movement. If you are inspired, or have ideas, be involved with OppiKoppi The Unsea.

    HERE’S THE BRIEF: Using the original image photographed by Daniel Naude, pick a single block and interpret it in your own unique way. If you submit the work to be used, we will try to use it wherever we can. The art remains yours. Simple. Would be nice if you can join us.

    Submission date: 11 May 2016
    Submission format: 2MB PNG / PDF. Should your artwork be selected, open source files will be required to be submitted. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted by any entrant.   Download ARTWORK REFRENCE
    Submission must be emailed to: info@oppikoppi.co.za
    Remuneration: Winning artists will have their work featured as part of the marketing campaign (with credit) across various Oppikoppi platforms and applications PLUS a ticket to Oppikoppi 22: For The Lovely Young Taken to THE UNSEA

    Terms of Conditions of entry / usage

    - Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live assumes all entries are original and the entrant owns the work. Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.

    - Submission of any entry acknowledges the right of Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live to use it for exhibition, promotion and publication purposes in any medium.

    - Timely submission of an entry meeting the eligibility requirements as stated herein ensures that an entrant’s work will be reviewed and considered for recognition.

    - No other representation or warranty is made by Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live concerning entries and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

    - If an entry receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award is strictly within the discretion of Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live. Entrant understands that all acknowledgements may not be given or publicised in the same manner.

  • Oppikoppi 22: The Man Behind the Artwork

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    Daniel Naudé was born in 1984 in Cape Town, and lives there. He graduated with a BA Visual Arts from the University of Stellenbosch in 2007. In 2011 he took part in the residency programme at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado followed by being the festival artist at the Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom (2012) and took part in La vie moderne at Lyon Biennale in 2015. 

    To date, Naudé has exhibited at notable group shows including: In Focus: Animalia at J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Strange Worlds, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Modena, Italy (2015); Apartheid and After at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2014); Artist House, New Art Centre, Wiltshire (2014); Neither Man Nor Stone at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2012); Lagos Photo Festival (2011); the 9th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennial (2011); Breaking News: Contemporary photography from the Middle East and Africa, works from the collection of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, in Modena, Italy (2010) and Peekaboo: Current South Africa at the Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki (2010). 

    His first book, Animal Farm, was published in 2012 and in April 2016, his second book, Sightings of the Sacred will be released. 

    To view more of Daniel Naudés' work log onto Daniel Naudé Photographer or www.danielnaude.com

  • OppiKoppi 22: The lovely young taken to THE UNSEA*

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    Preface

    “We’ve known for a long time that it was no longer possible to overturn this world, nor reshape it, nor head off its dangerous headlong rush. There’s been only one possible resistance: to not take it seriously.” – Milan Kundera hustling OppiKoppi tix and Moody’s ratings amongst his homies.

     

    OppiKoppi 22: The lovely young taken to THE UNSEA* 

    5,6,7 August

    (And take Monday the 8th off to lick your wounds straight through till the holiday on Tuesday the 9th)

     

    FFS this feels good.
    At long last.
    Here we go!

    There are so many wheels turning and things happening or not happening in our crazy lives in South Africa, almost the only thing the entire OppiKoppi clan waits for each year (as does your humble scribe) is the theme announcement. So all of us can kick in, focus, and get stuck in on our own little piece of crazy hedonism.

     

    Craziness vs. Craziness.
    Rock ‘n Roll vs. real life.

     

    There was a time where rock stars claimed the back pages, and verily we will have them back. There is nothing the Guptas can fly into Waterkloof, which the OppiKoppi family has not ramped over with a Ford F100.

    But actually we are here for the tunes. (Politics is too competitive).

    So ladies and also-rans it gives us really great pleasure to announce the official naming and opening of the 2016 Campaign. All hail and a nice cultivated and semi-reserved clapping of hands please for our lady of the light, Miss Northam 2016:

     

    The lovely young taken to THE UNSEA.

    Inspired by a Gert Vlok Nel tune, art photography by Daniel Naude and designed by the Breinstorm crew, in walks calendar girl number 22 in an annual series of loosely Rock ‘n Roll inspired bushveld get-to-gethers designed to get rid of your issues and inhibitions. And your problem boyfriends.

    This is just a courtesy missive for the clan to say we are up and running.

    For all the rest of you: OppiKoppi is where you go to make friends, whilst learning lots of personal lessons about dust, thorns, downhill, tequilas and yourself. With a friendly tune blanket almost everywhere you need.

    Come in, let us put some music onto you. (Side note: Chelsea Blakemore you do want to play this game.)

    Regarding Northam: Seriously: what can you do when she is calling your name?

     Put some sugar in your bowl.

     

    The OppiKoppi Family
    0360 / NXNM: North by Northam

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    Festival Details:

    OppiKoppi: The lovely young taken to the unsea brought to you by Windhoek, Red Bull, Jose Cuervo and Hilltop Live

    Dates: 5, 6, 7 August

    Venue: OppiKoppi Farm, Northam, Limpopo

    Tickets on sale from 23 March

    - Kreesmas Tickets: R650 (30 Nov - 24 Dec) - SOLD OUT

    - Early Bird Tickets: R800 (valid until 1 April)

    - General Admission: R850 (2 April - 31 July)

    - Late Tickets: R950 (1 August - 7 August)

    NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE FESTIVAL

    Drink Responsibly, not to sale to person’s under the age of 18.