Next to Depeche Mode, I've always like the music of Pet Shop Boys. Now Pet Shop Boys are coming to South Africa, finally! They have sold over 50-million records worldwide, have achieved an overwhelming twelve top 10 studio albums, forty top 20 singles, four number one records, received three Brit Awards and seven Grammy nominations. Last year Pet Shop Boys headlined two nights at Sónar Festival in Barcelona and now, for the first time in music history, the pioneers of synth-pop will perform to audiences in South Africa. Pet Shop Boys will headline the Sónar Cape Town Opening Night on 15 December 2014 at the city’s Good Hope Centre, as well as A Taste of Sónar at Johannesburg’s Nasrec Expo Centre on 12 December. Their latest, spectacular live show forms part of their sold-out ‘Electric’ 2014 world tour and showcases some of the most cutting-edge production design and creative direction in the world. The iconic pair, made up of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, has always been ahead of their contemporaries and pioneered the electronic music landscape on a global scale with their ability to redefine the pop and dance music genres. Considered to be the most successful duo in UK music history, Pet Shop Boys have a massive local fan base and have sold over 300,000 albums in South Africa alone. In Cape Town and Johannesburg fans can expect to hear songs from across their entire career including global chart-toppers like ‘West End Girls’, ‘It’s a Sin’ and ‘Always on My Mind’, songs from their recent acclaimed Stuart Price-produced album 'Electric', and classics like "Suburbia" and "Go West”. In addition to announcing the headline act, Sónar Cape Town can also confirm that Spanish DJ and producer Uner will deliver a powerful set to fans of house, techno and vocal harmonies at The Good Hope Centre on Tuesday 16 December alongside already announced international artists The Bloody Beetroots (Live), Jon Hopkins, Ten Walls, UZ and a host of South Africa’s finest local talent. Belgian brothers 2manydjs will perform their highly anticipated DJ set after Pet Shop Boys’ performance on the Sónar Cape Town Opening Night and at A Taste of Sónar Johannesburg. Pet Shop Boys will also be performing a standalone show in Durban on 19 December. For more information visit www.facebook.com/seedexperiences
* The Pet Shop Boys have come out the winner of a new BBC poll to name the greatest cover version of all time. Covers have been a long tradition in popular music. During the 60's, it wasn't unusual to find covers of some of the biggest hits of the day on albums by the very biggest artists. That isn't the case with the top songs in the new poll. None were album "fillers". Topping the list is the Pet Shop Boys' take on Willie Nelson's Always on My Mind. Although Nelson has the best known version of the song, many artists recorded it before him including Elvis Presley and it was a TV special in 1987 marking the tenth anniversary of Presley's death that saw the Pet Shop Boys first perform the cover. The performance was so well received that they decided to record the song and release it as a single.