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The multi-award winning rock band, Prime Circle is taking to the road with a nationwide tour exciting fans across South Africa with performances in Namibia, Jo’burg, Durban, Cape Town, East London, George, Plettenberg Bay and more.

 

The Pretty Like The Sun Tour will include 15 shows from 8 December ‘17 to 7 January ’18. The series of concerts is named off the hot single, Pretty Like The Sun which will follow The Gift as the second most played radio tune from their latest album, If You Don’t You Never Will.

If You Don’t You Never Will is Prime Circle’s seventh studio album, and their first new recording since their acclaimed 2014 release Let the Night In, which was repackaged as a deluxe edition in 2016. 

Regarded as South African rock royalty, with a string of awards and sold-out concerts to their credit, the band has spent the past couple of years ratcheting up its international profile, building a solid following in the tough-to-crack and discerning German market in particular. 

Prime Circle may have secured a German agent and an international recording deal, yet their roots remain firmly lodged in South Africa – which is why they are giving local fans first dibs at hearing their new material.

For Prime Circle, though, there’s clearly no time like the present to seize the day – and make the dreams and opportunities happen for themselves.

 

Prime Circle’s line-up is Ross Learmonth (vocals and guitar); Marco Gomes (bass); Dale Schnettler (drums); Neil Breytenbach (keyboard) and Dirk Bisschoff (guitar).

 

Catch them live:

8 December – Rumours Rock City (Johannesburg)

19 December – Rockwood at Sibaya (Durban)

20 December – Rockwood at Sibaya (Durban)

21 December – Umfolozi Casino The Dome (Richard’s Bay)

23 December – C Club (East London)

26 December – V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre (Cape Town)

27 December – C.T. Café Roux (Noordhoek, Cape Town)

28 December – Swakopmund (Namibia)

29 December – 74 Shortmarket Café Roux (Cape Town)

30 December – The Ruins (St Francis)

31 December –NYE at th eBush LAPA (George)

2 January – The Barn (Mosselbay)

4 January – The barnyard (Plettenberg Bay)

6 January – Paul Cluver (Cape Town)

7 January – Kirstenbosch Gardens (Cape Town)

 

 

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WONDERboom head to China for the first time ever this weekend!

 

Rising Sun album out now across all digital platforms -http://smarturl.it/WONDERboomRisingSun



 

[WONDERboom – From Left To Right: Martin Schofield; Cito; Wade Williams; Jonathan Bell] 

 

[Photo Credit: Rob Scholtz]

 

 


WONDERboom head to China this weekend to perform at The Silk Road Indie Music Festival taking place in Chengdu from 1 to 3 December. This is the band’s first tour to China in their 21-year career span and follows fresh off the release of their latest studio album, Rising Sun.
 
The Silk Road Indie Music Festival 
is a festival hosting bands from 14 different countries on a competitive platform. Crowd votes determine the winning band/country, which will be announced on the 3rd of December. WONDERboom will be performing on the main Saturday night line-up with key International press and media covering the event. 
 
How did this all come about for WONDERboom? The Maritime Silk Road Music Festival and The Maritime Silk Road Music Industry Platform are developing music trade ties between China and international countries in music production, artist talent development, music education, technology innovation, concert performances and music content sales. Well-known International music consultant and label owner, Adrian Skirrowis the South African representative and is very excited at the prospect of showcasing one of South Africa’s premier music outfits. 
 
“WONDERboom’s blend of high energy live performances, musicianship and blend of African flavoured pop hits is certain to set the bar high during the Silk Road festival and attract new audiences. The festival, now in its second year and almost double the size of 2016’s successful event, is being attended by more entertainment executives and media from around the world this year. WONDERboom’s performance will be broadcast on regional TV stations and packaged for national TV broadcast at a later date, offering the band an enviable platform to reach many millions of viewers and new music fans, via China’s massive mobile media network, with their unique sound and image. The Silk Road Festival in Chengdu will see WONDERboom compete against some acclaimed performers from 13 other nations,” comments Skirrow.
 


[Event Poster Art]


The Festival and Platform are under the official authority of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and has officially begun operations.  It was established at a conference and pre-launch festival in Ningbo, China in November 2016, and more recently an international music industry forum during April 2017. The Festival and Platform are now rapidly expanding throughout China.
 
In November 2016, artists from eight countries were invited to perform at the Ningbo Maritime Silk Road International Music Festival.  The music festival successfully introduced and marketed international artists to Chinese audiences and promoted Chinese pop artists to world markets. For 2017, 13 international performing artists, along with Chinese pop artists will compete for most popular international act honour, across three days of music and celebrations.
 
WONDERboom are the second SA artist to perform at the Silk Road Festival in China, following the inaugural event in 2016.
 
Cito is so excited for the weekend! “It is a dream come true for us to rock out in China! It’ll be interesting to see how we go down with fellow music-lovers in Chengdu. Home of Panda Bear conservation and ancient culture and history, I know that this city will blow our minds! And to find ourselves representing South Africa again, after our memorable Global Battle of the Bands 13 years ago, is seriously a surreal thought. Please keep us, our journey and our performance on Saturday 2nd of December, in your hearts!!!”


WONDERboom return to SA shortly after to continue their Rising Sun album tour.



WONDERboom ‘Rising Sun’ album tour: https://www.facebook.com/WONDERboomBand/
1 to 3 December – The Silk Road Indie Music Festival – Chengdu, China
9 December – Jock Pub & Grill, Nelspruit
22 December – Cheers Pub, Kimberley
23 December – The C Club, Chintsa (with Prime Circle)
24 December – Knysna Yacht Club, Knysna (unplugged)
25 December – Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth (unplugged)
26 December – Vinyl On Main, Knysna
27 December – Gecko Bar, Hermanus
28 December – Brass Bell, Cape Town
29 December – Quay Four, Cape Town
30 December – Bertie’s Mooring, Gordon’s Bay
31 December – Rumours Rock City, Johannesburg
 

The 7 Year Wait Is Over!!

in News
November 30, 2017

The 7 Year Wait Is Over: WONDERboom Release Brand New Studio Album Rising Sun

Available now exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music – http://apple.co/2hdekVi 

 

 

[WONDERboom – From Left To Right: Jonathan Bell; Martin Schofield; Wade Williams; Cito] 

[Photo Credit: Rob Scholtz]

 

7 years has passed since the release of The Automatic Shuffle and WONDERboom have made the wait worthwhile releasing their powerful new studio album Rising Sun! Rising Sun is released exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music TODAY - http://apple.co/2hdekVi

WONDERboom are extremely excited for the release of Rising Sun and will host an album launch party at The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg on Saturday 4 November. The rest of South Africa can see the band on tour in November and December as they hit the road for the Rising Sun Album Tour. All info here – https://www.facebook.com/WONDERboomBand/

 

Included in the tour is a trip to Ningbo in China from 1 to 3 December and it will be the band’s first visit to the country. WONDERboom will be performing at the Ningbo Cultural Festival, which is a festival hosting bands from 13 different countries on a competitive platform. Crowd votes determine the winning band/country, which will be announced on the 3rd of December. WONDERboom will be performing on the main Saturday night line-up with key International press and media covering the event. 

 

Southern Light is also the brand new single from Rising Sun released to radio today and follows previous singles Great Escape and Ooh La La, both available on the brand new WONDERboom album.

The loss of drummer Garth McLeod in 2013 was a massive shock to the band. With time taken to grieve the loss and rework the future of WONDERboom, the band found a great new addition with Jonathan Bell stepping in on drums. The Rock & Roll machine was in motion again and it's been a cathartic and introspective journey since for the band. Die-hard fans can’t deny the sheer magical force that WONDERboom has become again. The live show is still pure power and energy!

Rising Sun captures this story in a dynamic way. The title track suggests what WONDERboom as a band feel - a new dawn. A revival of what was once regarded as an electric, live and very stimulating music experience, is here!

Cito explains why it took 7 years for this album to come out, saying “It took us a while to build up our creative momentum when Garth passed away and Jono stepped in. We felt like we were pretty much starting all over again and had to nurture our live chemistry with this new being. Having said that, the delay wasn’t calculated; it just was. Once we got our performance thing rocking again, the songs started to come. Martin and I started spending about 3 -4 days a week, writing songs and experimenting. Then, workshopping the songs with Wade and Jono, which gave the songs another killer dimension. We played all of these songs live to get the proper feedback we needed to tweak them. So, one and a half years after we started the process, we got to the point where we are happy with what we’ve got and proud to release.”

Rising Sun is a triumphant release from WONDERboom and is packed with powerful new songs. Singles such as Great Escape and Ooh La La have already been embraced with loving arms by fans and the South African music industry alike. Brand new single Southern Light is released today and other gems on the album include album opener Humans and potential singles Hell, Praying Mantis, In Place Of Something, and Shark Bite. WONDERboom are so excited for fans to hear this album! “For the first time EVER, we took our time and were extremely meticulous with the whole production process. Sometimes we’d re-record, other times we’d just scrap, but every song on Rising Sun is meant to be there and pretty much the cream of the crop. First album with Jono on drums. I think fans will get a sense of ‘Damn, you worked hard on this record!’ The attention to detail, the energy, the musicality, the soul… It’s all in there. We had a motto for the album and that was ‘GO THERE!’ No half-arsed attempts at any song. It’s heavy, it’s beautiful, it’s epic,” comments Cito.

 

WONDERboom have cemented their legendary status. 21 Years in the industry, 8 albums released, headlined many major SA festivals, been nominated for 5 SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), and won a Kanna Award & People Crystal Award in 2003 for South Africa’s hottest band. They also won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands & came SECOND WORLDWIDE! There can be few South African music fans that aren’t familiar with their hits, like Never Ever, Jafta Rebel, Something Wrong, Green Fever, Africa, Shadows, Charlie, It’s Great to be Alive, Best Side, On The Radio, and Karaoke Bar.

 

Rising Sun adds to this impressive list as we salute SA’s favourite Rock band, WONDERboom. 

 

 

 

[Rising Sun – album cover]

 

Track listing for ‘Rising Sun’:

  • Humans
  • Southern Light
  • Northern Light
  • Great Escape (music video - https://youtu.be/u_z0Uu7jsq8)
  • Hell
  • In Place of Something
  • Rising Sun
  • Ooh La La (music video - https://youtu.be/dClpvI2KkWo) 
  • Praying Mantis
  • Digital Dan (Instrumental)
  • Shark Bite

 

WONDERBoom’s brand new album ‘Rising Sun’ is available exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music from Friday 27 October http://apple.co/2hdekVi. All other digital platforms will go live with the album from Friday 3 November and the Rising Sun CD will be released on Monday 6 November, but get it first at the WONDERboom album launch at The Good Luck Bar on 4 November.

 

Rising Sun album launch info:

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/227942254405489/

Saturday, 4 November 2017

WONDERboom Rising Sun Album Launch

Venue: The Good Luck Bar, 1 Fox Street, Ferreirastown, Johannesburg

Time: 8pm

Entrance Fee: R50 entrance OR buy the album at R125 and free entrance

 

 

Catch WONDERboom live on the ‘Rising Sun’ album tour: https://www.facebook.com/WONDERboomBand/

4 November – Official Album Launch at The Good Luck Bar

18 November – Radium Beer Hall, Johannesburg

25 November – Beards, Bourbon and Bands Festival, Magaliesburg

1 – 3 December – Ningbo Cultural Festival – Ningbo, China

9 December – Jock, Nelspruit

22 December – Cheers Pub, Kimberley

23 December – C Beach, East London (with Prime Circle)

24 December – Knysna Yacht Club, Knysna

26 December – Vinyl On Main, Knysna

27 December – Venue TBC

28 December – Brass Bell, Cape Town

29 December – Quay Four, Cape Town

30 December – Berties Mooring, Gordon’s Bay

31 December – Rumours Rock City, Johannesburg

 

 

Follow WONDERboom online:

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

Instagram: @wonderboomband

Twitter: @WONDERboomBand
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9r-jTWFi3j2FYXPXOCVug/videos 

 

 

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Note To The Editor – WONDERboom Biography:

Biography – October 2017 

21 years on and WONDERboom are still rocking South Africa! It’s no small feat to be hailed as one of South Africa’s longest-lived and most legendary rock bands, and still going strong.  

Although rock is the fundamental sound of the band, WONDERboom have delved into different genres, ranging from funk through to punk and even kwaito.  

None can deny that WONDERboom’s biggest strength is their live performance. From festivals to nightclubs, the band just kicks ass – consistently! 

WONDERboom have released 8 albums, headlined many major SA festivals, been nominated for 5 SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), and won a Kanna Award & People Crystal Award in 2003 for South Africa’s hottest band. They also won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands & came SECOND WORLDWIDE! 

There can be few South African music fans that aren’t familiar with their hits, like Never Ever, Jafta Rebel, Something Wrong, Green Fever, Africa, Shadows, Charlie, It’s Great to be Alive, Best Side, On The Radio, Karaoke Bar and now, currently on 5fm and campus stations, Ooh La La

Cito, Martin Schofield and Wade Williams, the founding members of WONDERboom, have been writing songs and performing together for over 23 years and show no signs of stopping the rocking rollercoaster! 

It's been 7 years and one hell of a rollercoaster ride since the release of their last album, The Automatic Shuffle.  

In 2013 they lost their very dear friend and drummer, Garth McLeod, to a freak motorcycle accident.  

Then, in a sort of reinvention, they’ve had to get the WONDERmachine up and going again. 

Enter Jonathan Bell on drums, and so the process of a new Rock & Roll relationship began... 

It's been a cathartic and introspective journey since, but no one, who has seen them live recently, can deny the sheer magical force that WONDERboom has become again. 

Rising Sun, their new album, captures this story in a dynamic way. The title track suggests what they, as a band, feel - a new dawn. A revival of what was once regarded as an electric, live and very stimulating music experience, is here again! 

Singles such as Great Escape and Ooh La La have already been embraced with loving arms by fans and the South African music industry alike. 

 

Current videos 

“Ooh La La” - https://youtu.be/dClpvI2KkWo   

“Great Escape” - https://youtu.be/u_z0Uu7jsq8   

To get a taste of what WONDERboom is like live, check out the Santana Sessions, recorded and filmed early in 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voXEIyfDIss  

 

Angus & Julia Stone Tour!!!

in News
November 30, 2017

Angus & Julia Stone Announce First Tour To South Africa In January 2018

Tickets On Sale From 9am On Thursday 30 November

All Details At http://parklifefestival.co.za

Multi-platinum selling Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone announce their first tour to South Africa with dates in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban at the end of January 2018. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 30 November and all info at http://parklifefestival.co.za

 

Cape Town fans will be the first to see Angus & Julia Stone live in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Thursday 25 January. 

 

Thereafter Jo’burg will look forward to their favourite Gourmet Food And Music Festival hosting Angus & Julia Stone at the 7th annual Parklife Festival at Marks Park in Emmarentia on Saturday 27 January.

 

Concluding the tour with a performance set in the oldest surviving botanic garden on the African continent, Angus & Julia Stone will take to the stage in Durban for the 2ndannual Parklife Festival at the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday 28 January. Parklife Festival returns to Durban following the success of the inaugural event drawing thousands of Durbanites to the Gourmet Food And Music Festival in June of this year.  

Alice Phoebe Lou is also the first of many SA acts to be announced for the Parklife Festival line-up and makes her debut at Parklife in Johannesburg and Durban in January. 

 

Celebrating a career that spans over 10 years, Angus & Julia Stone have released countless hits since first performing together in 2006. South African fans can finally look forward to seeing their favourite songs performed live and with a selection of timeless gems such as BIG JET PLANEJUST A BOYHEART BEATS SLOWA HEARTBREAK,MANGO TREE, and PAPER AEROPLANEeach show promises to be nothing less than spectacular.

Angus & Julia Stone will also perform songs from their brand new and 4th studio album, SNOW, which was released on September 15. The album features 12 glorious tracks penned by Angus and Julia together and is the next chapter in an immensely successful career. SNOWalready accounts for over half a million album sales in Australia alone and was produced, and largely engineered, by the Sydney-born siblings themselves.

"It was quite magical because Angus and I have never spent that much time together, just the two of us," says Julia"There's always at least an engineer or tour manager but the last phase of writing and recording was just eight weeks of him and me and the quiet of the land. It was a beautiful time."

The duo also recently revealed the exquisite road trip music video for their latest single, CHATEAU, which can be viewed here.

The narrative for the CHATEAU music video is played out by leading Australian actors Courtney Eaton, who starred most recently in Mad Max Fury Road, and Dacre Montgomery, who featured in Power Rangers and is the new lead in Stranger Things season 2

"It’s exciting to share new music with people for sure... but to be honest, it's not why I got into writing music," says Angus"For me it's always just been an expression... but it’s a great feeling if people are digging it”

Angus & Julia Stone - SNOW - album out now HERE

 

Follow Angus & Julia

Facebook | Twitter  | Instagram

angusandjuliastone.com

All details for the Angus & Julia Stone – South African Tour 2018 are available from http://parklifefestival.co.za.

Thursday, 25 January 2018: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

Line-up: Angus & Julia Stone (support act to be announced)

Times: Gates open at 18:00 / Event ends at 22:00

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 30 November – more info at http://parklifefestival.co.za

Ticket Price: R545

Saturday, 27 January 2018: Parklife Festival 2018 – Johannesburg

Venue: Marks Park Sports Club, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Line-up: Angus & Julia Stone, Alice Phoebe Lou (and many more artists still to be announced)

Times: Gates open at 10:30 / Event ends at 19:30

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 30 November – more info at http://parklifefestival.co.za

Ticket Price: R495 (price excludes R30 booking fee)

Kids aged 7yrs and younger attend festival free of charge

Sunday, 28 January 2018: Parklife Festival 2018 – Durban

Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens, Durban

Line-up: Angus & Julia Stone, Alice Phoebe Lou (and many more artists still to be announced)

Times: Gates open at 10:30 / Event ends at 19:30

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 30 November – more info at http://parklifefestival.co.za

Ticket Price: R495

Kids aged 7yrs and younger attend festival free of charge

PARKLIFE FESTIVAL Links: 
Official Website: http://parklifefestival.co.za 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParklifeSA/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ParklifeSA 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parklifesa/

 

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