Local super-band set to excite

2009-05-22 00:00

THE Royal Show Night of the Rock Stars concert this weekend has a star-studded line-up that is even bigger and better than last year’s.

Terry Strachan, Royal Agricultural Society general manager, said: “We believe if you are going to do something that it should be done in a grand style”.

Grand is certainly the word to describe the concert, which will be headlined by multi-award- winning South African rock band Prime Circle.

Prime Circle are one of the best-selling groups in the country and to date their albums have reached gold and platinum status.

Top pop rock group Cassette, who have been nominated and performed at numerous award shows, including the first MTV Africa Awards held in Nigeria last year, will join the stellar line-up, along with Southern Gypsey Queen.

They will be supported by Cape Town indie pop group JacSharp and local band The Ranks.

The Witness spoke to Ross Learmoth, lead vocalist and guitarist of Prime Circle, who said the band is very excited to be coming back to the Royal Show.

“Our keyboard player Neil Breytenbach is from Pietermaritzburg, so it is great that he will get a chance to come home and we always have a great time when we are here. We are so excited that we even bought new jackets so that the cold weather won’t detract from our performance.”

Aside from Learmoth, Prime Circle are Gerhard Venter on drums, Marco Gomes on bass, Dirk Bisschoff on lead guitar and Breytenbach on keyboards.

They have established a huge following since their debut album in 2003 and have delivered three hit CDs.

Learmoth said that being around family and friends and a good work ethic is what has kept them grounded through the years.

“We may fight sometimes, like any family does, but we get over it quickly and we keep on pushing to be better,” said Learmoth.

He said the band will now be concentrating on growing their international success.

“We have just come back from Dubai and we hope to do more overseas gigs.”

For their performance, Learmoth said that local fans can expect a show that will be a mixture of the old and the new.

“The new stuff is fun to play because of its novelty, but we love doing the old songs too. Out Of This Place is our favourite song to perform because of the energy we get from the crowd.”

Their current album, All Or Nothing, has produced hits like She Always Gets What She Wants, which has recieved a lot of airplay around the country.

But unlike so many artists who chase fame, this is one band who have made their name the good old-fashioned way — through talent and hard work.

“Being able to do music everyday is the greatest experience in the world and we do not take that for granted,” said Learmoth.



concert: details

The concert is in the main arena from 6.30 pm. There is no separate entry charge.

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