Rocker Arno shares stage

2015-11-10 06:00
Arno Carstens will be supporting rising stars at the Nederburg Picnic Pops concert.  PHOTO: OneSmallChange

Arno Carstens will be supporting rising stars at the Nederburg Picnic Pops concert. PHOTO: OneSmallChange

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Rock heavyweight Arno Carstens, who lives in Fish Hoek, is putting his name behind this year’s Nederburg Picnic Pops concert.

The annual benefit concert aims to showcase young and emerging musicians on a platform where they get the opportunity to share the stage with more recognised names.

Arno will be sharing this year’s Picnic Pops stage with jazz singer Adelia Douw, award-winning soprano Goitsemang Lehobye and tenor Lukhanyo Moyake, along with the Boland Community Choir. They will be accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, conducted by Brandon Phillips, resident conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Arno says he feels honoured to have been asked to participate in the concert.

CollabThe concert comes after a busy October for Arno, who was involved with Xperia Mashlab’s Rocktober project which saw him collaborating with Black Cat Bones guitarist Andre Kriel, Jade Neebe (known as Jack Parow’s drummer) and ISO bassist Franco Schoeman under the name the Wildcards.

The initiative is driven by 5FM DJ John Savage and the idea is to throw a group of artists who have never worked with each other together and see what happens in studio.

“It’s very fast-paced and exciting,” Arno says, adding: “It was an awesome experiment and we came up with a pretty cool song.”

Videos of the recording process can be viewed at The song is only available to SonyXperia users at the moment, but will be released to the public later this month.

Nudies doccieArno is involved in the making of a Springbok Nude Girls documentary. The former Nudies frontman has been putting his name behind the production in an attempt to help raise the funding needed.

Arno explains the film is about 40% finished.

“They need about R50 000 to finish it, so we are supporting them as much as possible.”

Fans can make donations in exchange for rewards on if they want to help make the documentary possible.

Arno is busy working on a new album, his first Afrikaans one, and intends to release a few singles in different styles along with the new CD, “that’s gonna be very interesting”, in the coming months.

The all-round creative is also working on a new art exhibition. Art lovers can get a peek at his work at

About the Picnic Pops Concert on Saturday 21 November, Arno says: “We will vibrate on the same level at that moment and we will feed off each other’s energies.”

The concert starts at 18:00 but gates open at 16:00 and families are encouraged to bring snacks and enjoy the afternoon sun.V Tickets cost R100 each from and children under 12 enter free. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate on the day. Visit or call 021 809 8412 during office hours for more information.WIN! WIN! WIN! V Three families can each win a set of four tickets to enjoy the show. SMS the word “picnic” followed by your email address to 45527 before noon on Monday to enter. SMSes cost R1.50.

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