Archive for September, 2011

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Tickets to the second iteration of Symphonic Rocks, which this year boasts performances in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, are in high demand.This should see artists such as Zebra and Giraffe, Crash Car Burn, Arno Carstens, Loyiso, Tumi and the Volume and MACSTANLEY performing with the support of a full symphony orchestra to capacity crowds at Grand West Arena West Casino in Cape Town and The Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Johannesburg.Presented by Heineken® in association with 5FM, this year’s line-up will feature a mixture of some of South Africa’s most popular artists representing a variety of genres including R&B, Rock and Pop. Additional performers include 2010 bestselling twin brothers Locnville and Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground for the Johannesburg event.According to Andy Mac, who is also the frontman for well-known Pop/Rock Cape Town outfit MACSTANLEY (formerly Flat Stanley), organisation running up to the event has been going smoothly and early ticket sales suggest that Heineken® Symphonic Rocks 2011 is set to build upon the success of Symphonic Rocks 2010.

“We are incredibly pleased with how the public has reacted to Symphonic Rocks this time around. Although announcing a Johannesburg date for 2011 was a risk, it was something we felt was necessary judging from the event reception in Cape Town last year. Fortunately, the reception has been great so far and we’re really looking forward to both events.”

Mac added that the orchestral arrangements and logistics behind the event are also going according to plan.

“Thus far we have completed full orchestral arrangements for eight of the nine artists performing at this year’s Heineken Symphonic Rocks event and they are sounding fantastic. All venue technical drawings have been completed and our team of experts are currently working on the hundreds of audio channel layouts, lighting plots and AV content required when delivering a performance of this magnitude.”

“At this moment we are co-ordinating the final aspects behind the production schedule such as artist and orchestra rehearsal and travel schedules. With over 100 performers and crew needing to be flown around the country, accommodated and transported to and from the venues it’s a monumental task, but we’re confident that everything will run according to plan.”

With regards to sales, Mac added that “tickets are selling really well – our advice is not to put off your purchase until the last minute to avoid disappointment”.

The unique match up of chart-topping South African artists and a full symphony orchestra, set against the backdrop of an impressive lighting arrangement with an ice cold Heineken® just an arm’s length away has all the makings of the musical highlight of the year.

· Tickets cost R225 in Cape Town and R225, R250 and R275 in Johannesburg at Computicket. Capacity at each of the venues is limited so fans are advised to book in advance.

· Go to www.symphonicrocks.co.za for more.

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