Royal Rock Concert sure to rock

2010-05-29 00:00

ONE of South Africa’s leading rock groups, Watershed, will be performing at this year’s Royal Rock Concert at the Royal Show on June 4. But before the band’s debut single Indigo Girl surged up South Africa’s charts back in 2000, it was hard to predict just how successful the group would be.

Lead singer and songwriter Craig Hinds, who is regarded as one of the country’s most accomplished songwriters, was asked to provide music for the new animated Jock of the Bushveld film.

He attributes his gift to his family: “Both my parents made a huge contribution to my career and my intense focus on the importance of real melodies.”

The band’s latest album, Staring at the Ceiling, which was released in August last year and has already reached gold status in South Africa, has also earned the band an appearance in the music bible, U.S. magazine Rolling Stone. The magazine refers to their sound as “feel-good, mid-western acoustic rock”.

While Watershed have not performed in Pietermaritzburg for a long time, Hinds says the band is really looking forward to treating fans to an awesome show filled with classics.

Also set to perform at the Royal Rock Concert are WONDERboom, Pietermaritzburg-based The Ryan Calder Band and City Bowl Mizers from Durban.

WONDERboom are one of SA’s most established and successful rock bands. During their 10 years together, they have released seven albums, headlined every major South African festival and have been nominated for four South African Music Awards.

Their repertoire, which includes stadium rock, introspective ballads and pop rock tunes, is a culmination of years of live performances — not to mention their songwriting skills.

The Ryan Calder Band, whose music crosses maskandi, blues and jazz boundaries from an acoustic rock foundation, is one of KZN’s most popular musical acts.

Following sold-out shows in 2009, the band’s new album, On The Edge, maintains the upbeat nature of their debut album, Better Days. Last but not least, the City Bowl Mizers have created a new brand of music, which is jovial in sound and positive in nature.

In October 2009, the band released their second, self-titled album, which sold out in stores all over South Africa one week after its formal release.

The Royal Rock Concert gets under way in the main arena at the Royal Show at 6 pm on June 4, and fans only need to pay the normal entrance ticket to watch these bands perform live. Tickets are R35 (R20 pensioners, R20 under-12s, free for pre-school children), at the gate. Public parking is available on the Voortrekker sports fields at R15 per vehicle.

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