2011 Maritzburg Day Concert

2011-09-23 00:00

FRESH from their tour of South America, South African rockers, The Parlotones, will be headlining the inaugural Maritzburg Day Concert at the ­National Botanic Gardens in Mayors Walk, Pietermaritzburg on October 1.

The Parlotones, who are known for their electric, polished stage performances, delivered against the backdrop of their deftly crafted and darkly romantic lyrics, have had a busy year. Not only have they appeared on South African Idols as a backing band for the wannabees during theatre week, but they’ve just toured Argentina and Brazil, and will be opening for Coldplay when the British supergroup tour South Africa in October.

Last year, The Parlotones won best rock album at the 2010 South African Music Award’s for Stardust Galaxies, performed at the opening World Cup Concert, and completed a 70-city world tour.

The Maritzburg Day Concert, which is an extension of the Joburg and Durban Day concerts, will also feature a performance by Cape Town-based Plush, consisting of Rory Eliot (vocals and rhythm guitar), Emelio Gassibe (bass and vocals) and Carl Wegelin (lead guitar and vocals).

The band has deep roots in Pietermaritzburg — it’s lead guitarist, Chas Smit, was a local man who was tragically killed in a hit and run in 2005.

Plush has spent the better part of the past 24 months writing, collaborating and refining their new album, which features collaborations with multiple Sama-winning producer Brian O’Shea and Vuka-winning engineer Sean Gunns, as well as contributions from Grammy-winner and engineer Vance Powell (The Raconteurs, Jack White), Neal Snyman (Crowded House, Collective Soul) and Sama winner Matt Allison.

Rounding out the programme will be Cape Town’s Jeremy Loops and Co, who blend acoustic guitar, saxophone and beat boxing into a melodical composition, and the reggae band The Meditators, who sound like Bob Marley and his crew.

The concert is being staged by Impi Concerts, who also brought Johnny Clegg and Mango Groove to the city.

In addition to the music, a 40-stall flea market will line the plane-tree ­avenue, and a fully supervised and equipped childrens zone will be available for parents to make use of. Please note: no drinks will be allowed into the venue, but a fully stocked bar will be available inside.

Tickets are R160 for adults, R50 for children aged eight to 12, and free for children under eight, and can be bought at www.webtickets.co.za or Parklane SuperSpar in Pietermaritzburg.

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