Tuesday, 29 September 2015
GA 2-day Combo*
Advanced price: R1000
Full Price: R1250
VIP 2-day Combo*
Advanced Price: R1500
Full Price: R2000
*One ticket purchase grants access for the 2-day festival of choice (Cape Town or Johannesburg).
Please note: These prices are not inclusive of camping. Full camping details will follow in the coming weeks. VIP Table booking information will be open soon. Prices will be available on enquiry and available exclusively to those that have bought VIP tickets. If you have already purchased an Early Bird ticket and you are unhappy with the venue and date change, tickets can be refunded. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange. Buy Now and Pay later: in partnership with Mobicred you can now pay of your tickets over a 12 month period. Go to mobicred.co.za/nutickets/ to apply for your account and for more information. Follow Ultra SA on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on artists, tickets and camping.
Friday, 18 September 2015
The Corrs are back and it’s like they’ve never been away. Ireland’s finest will release a brand new studio album on 27 November and kick off a UK tour January 19th at the Birmingham Genting Arena. This is their first major album release since ‘Borrowed Heaven’ in 2004 and the subsequent world tour. The Corrs – Andrea (lead vocals), Sharon (violin, vocals), Caroline (drums, piano, vocals), Jim (guitar, piano, vocals)- have sold over 30 million albums since their 1995 debut ‘Forgiven Not Forgotten’. The sound of the Corrs is unique, an enchanting mix of traditional Celtic music with a pop rock twist. Over the last ten years they have spent time with their families while Sharon and Andrea also pursued solo careers. For most of this year, they have been working in London on their forthcoming new album ‘White Light’.
The BLOOD BROTHERS, South Africa’s first rock ‘n roll super group, have taken up arms for the Vrede Foundation in the fight against cancer. They banded together for the first time at Carnival City on the 18th of July and now they are bringing their killer 3 hour set to Cape Town next Wednesday, 23rd September, at Grant West Casino. Hunter Kennedy wrote the war cry, People Gotta Know, to get our local rock legends fired up and ready for round 2.
The Blood Brothers are:
Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar & Van Coke Kartel), George van der Spuy (Taxi Violence), Albert Frost (Blues Broers), Kobus de Kock Jnr. (Black Cat Bones), Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar), Rian Zietsman (Taxi Violence), Jason Hinch (ex Black Cat Bones, Boargazm), Isaac Klawansky (Shadowclub) and Loedi Van Renen (Taxi Violence)
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Johannesburg: 8th April 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome
Durban: 10th April 2016 at the ICC Durban Arena
Cape Town: 12th and 13th April 2016 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest
Friday, 11 September 2015
VAN COKE KARTEL’s cover EP, ENERGIE, is out NOW on iTunes exclusively. Pre-orders of the 12” vinyl is also open at www.permanentrecord.co.za as of now. A free digital download of the entire EP is available upon purchase of the vinyl. The members of VAN COKE KARTEL spent most of 2015 on other projects. Francois and Jedd Kossew launched the FRANCOIS VAN COKE debut solo album. Wynand Myburgh kept busy managing Jack Parow and Fokofpolisiekar’s affairs, while Dylan Hunt joined the band Southern Wild. The band wanted to do something together again and they wanted to do something different. They decided to record a cover EP by some of the greats, those who have influenced them along the way. According to Jedd Kossew, it was important for them to stay true to themselves, their style of music, but also to stay true to the songs they decided to cover.Van Coke Kartel was eager to put their own spin on this pop song and they think it is now “Spaghetti Western-sounding”. But… “How do you choose 5 songs?” “It’s much easier for us to release good songs when they are already good songs” says Francois van Coke.
ENERGIE TRACK LIST:
“Re-introducing an old song to a new audience.” Dylan Hunt
Covering this song is quite personal for Van Coke Kartel. Francois says that Johannes Kerkorrel and Koos Kombuis was the only Afrikaans music they listened to growing up and the only thing they felt they associated with. Wynand used to do sound for Kerkorrel at some of this shows back in the day.
“The Beatles are my favourite band of all time.” Jedd Kossew
Francois and Jedd have been jamming this song in their solo acoustic set for some time now. Help! is the first single from ENERGIE. A fun fact is that Jedd sings a chorus for the first time in a Van Coke Kartel song.
I got you (I feel good)
“Who doesn’t want to sing ‘I feel good’?” Francois Van Coke
Wynand says that they wanted to do a song which is fun, they can jam and people would know.
Got to give it up
“It’s something I want to share with people. It’s one of my favourite songs.” Francois Van Coke
Francois also says that he loves everything about this song. “Every note that’s played on it. I love the original version.”
Thursday, 10 September 2015
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Columbia Records, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) have officially debuted two new original songs from the highly anticipated Season 2 of EMPIRE today. The upbeat party song “No Doubt About It,” features Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and award winning rapper Pitbull, who wrote the song with Grammy® Award winner Ne-Yo. “No Doubt About It” premiered across iHeartMedia RCHR radio stations nationwide and across iHeartRadio.com today. The talented Lyon brothers, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and Yazz (Hakeem Lyon), reunite on the track “Ain’t About The Money.” Both songs are available on iTunes and Spotify. “No Doubt About It” and “Ain’t About The Money” serve as the first taste of music from Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 2 Volume 1, which will be released later this year. The soundtrack will feature music from the record-breaking series’ new season, which is set to premiere on Thursday, 24 September. Season 2 will pick up three months after Lucious’ shocking arrest and incarceration at the end of last season. Knowing Lucious won’t be held much longer in prison, Cookie and her allies within the Lyon family make a desperate attempt to seize control of the company. But as the Lyons continue to battle each other, a bigger external threat emerges that could force them to unite.
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Wildcard winners and nominees in all 2015 MTV EMA categories will be announced on 15 September at 13:00 CA; voting will open on www.mtvema.com. Smirnoff is the official South African sponsor of the 2015 MTV EMA. The 2015 MTV EMA will broadcast LIVE on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Sunday 25 October at 22:00 CAT from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Follow @MTVEMA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, and join the conversation with #MTVEMA.
Camphill Village Westcoast is happy to announce that Hemelbesem will be the MC at this year`s Camphill Village Music Festival. The line-up includes popular South African artists: Beatenberg, Just Jinjer, Ottoman Slap, Bootleggers and Swallowers of Time. Hemelbesem is an artist, poet, activist, actor, writer and author. He has been the leading Afrikaans hip-hop artist over the last 5 years and is also well known as a presenter for the weekly Afrikaans magazine TV program Pasella on SABC 2. Hemelbesem is also a key member of the ATKV Project team for their nationwide “Liedjieslypskool” projects. His editorials have been published in Die Burger and he has been the creative force in the kykNet documentary “Vat Die Rap”. Apart from being the MC, Hemelbesem will also perform at the Camphill Village Music Festival. The Festival will be an outdoor concert, with a variety of great food and wine stalls. Come and join us on the beautiful countryside festival grounds for a day of good vibes and fabulous music. The event will start at 13H00 and run until 19:00. Gates open at 11:00. James Sleigh, Managing Director at Camphill Village Westcoast says that they are excited to have Just Jinjer and Beatenberg as the headliners of this year`s Festival. Beatenberg is the fresh new face of pop music from South Africa. They won a total of 7 SAMAS in 2015 including Best Album. Just Jinjer also needs no introduction. They are South African Music Legends. Sleigh says that with names like these on the line up, Camphill Village Music Festival will hopefully grow to be a highlight on the Music Festival Calendar in the Western Cape. Add to that Ottoman Slap`s exotic flair, Bootleggers` musical mojo and Swallowers of Time`s blues-rock vibes, the Camphill Village Music Festival 2015 is set to be an unforgettable experience.
Monday, 7 September 2015
Few artists can lay claim to international success spanning three decades, but Chris De Burgh has achieved precisely that. The legendary artist will be performing eight shows in South Africa in support of his new album, “The Hands of Man”. ‘Spanish Train and Other Stories’ was Chris’ first major hit in SA and the first single ‘Just Another Poor Boy’ from this album was No.1 for many weeks. By the time he released ‘Man On The Line’ in 1981, Chris was a well-established global star and the single from this album ‘High On Emotion’ became a No.1 record right across the globe. 1986 saw the release of ‘Into The Light,’ Chris’ most successful record up to that point, which sold in excess of 10million copies worldwide. It also featured the single ‘Lady In Red’, which was no.1 in 50 countries and is still one of the most played songs on the planet. By 1990 Chris’ popularity was such that he was the only international artist to personally receive an invitation from then-Chancellor Kohl to perform at the historic public celebrations marking the reunification of East and West Germany. Chris continually seeks new challenges for himself as a musician and in with his 1995 album, ‘Beautiful Dreams,’ he realised a lifelong ambition to have his music recorded in a classical style with a full thirty-two piece orchestra. While much has changed since his debut LP, certain things have retained their integrity, after album sales in excess of 50 million Chris de Burgh releases ‘The Hands of Man,’ his 20th studio album of original material. Recorded both at his home studio in Ireland and at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove facility in London, ‘The Hands of Man’ has once again been produced by Chris Porter and features contributions from the members of Chris’ touring band. As he always does, Chris has approached many of the new songs from the perspective of not only how they could be performed on stage but how the audience might react to them in the live arena. Always a prolific and in-demand touring artist, Chris will have ample opportunity to judge his instincts against the reaction of audiences in South Africa when he tours the country in support of ‘The Hands Of Man’ during 2016. Tickets go on sale as of today from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket.
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, MUSIC EXCHANGE (#MEX15) is South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme running in Cape Town between the 25 and 26 of September 2015 – and in tow are the world’s most respected names in the business. The conference is a high touch event whereby the speakers are present throughout the day and you can engage with them continually. Delegates are encouraged to bring product to exchange and network with speakers and delegates. Bryan Michael Cox is a Grammy award winning American songwriter and record producer. He has been responsible for over 175 million album sales and won the Grammy Award 9 times He has co-written and co-produced hit singles including Mary J. Blige's “Be Without You”. He’s has been professionally producing since 1998, receiving his first formal credit on 1999's Get Gone by the R&B Houston-based group Ideal. In September 2009, Bryan was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Concluding the first decade of the new millennium Bryan was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the top 10 producers of the decade. “Be Without You”, co-written and produced by Bryan Michael Cox and performed by Mary J Blige, was also cited as the number one R&B song of the decade. Add Brandon Bakshi, the Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, based in the BMI’s London office, and MEX 15 is without doubt this year’s standout entertainment investment destination. While at BMI, Brandon has been responsible for the signing of Daft Punk, Pete Townshend, Queen, Sade, Afrojack, Deadmau5, One Direction, Shaggy, Avicci as well as Ellie Goulding. He has been a past speaker and moderator at the Winter Music Conference, Amsterdam Dance Event as well a Music Managers Forum. Limited tickets are now on sale through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at www.computicket.com, or by calling 0861 915 8000.Tickets cost R100 per day, or R150 for the full two-day event.
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Adele fans, rejoice! The British singer is releasing her long awaited third album in November. That is the good news. The bad news is that she is not planning to tour with the CD. It is reported she said 'no' to an 80 million British pound offer to tour. It seems that Adele would rather stay at home with her partner Simon Konecki and their two-year-old son Angelo. However, promoters are hard at work to convince the super star to either do a stadium tour, or smaller venues. Of course Adele's other concern is her vocal chords. She underwent a a career-saving throat operation in 2011 following a vocal cord haemorrhage. It seems she might be worried that if she put strain on those brilliant vocal chords of her, she might have a relapse.