It’s A String Driven Thing | The Good Weekend 23 September 2012

The Good Weekend, 23 September 2012
The Good Weekend, 23 September 2012
The Good Weekend, 23 September 2012
The Good Weekend, 23 September 2012

International superstars, COLLECTIVE SOUL, added to HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks 2012 lineup

International superstars, COLLECTIVE SOUL, added to HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks 2012 lineup


Symphonic Rocks
Legendary rock group, Collective Soul, will be adding international flavour to this year’s HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks, with the announcement that frontman, Ed Roland, will be joining the already impressive lineup. Roland will perform at both Cape Town and Johannesburg legs of the tour when he hits SA shores especially for the event at the end of September.HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks is a world class, cross-genre live music show ranging from rock to pop, adult contemporary, R&B, hip hop, electro and soul, all set against the breath-taking onstage backing of a 65-piece symphonic orchestra.

Roland joins a list of impressive artists including award-winning MiCasa and Zahara, Tumi and the Volume, Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola and Ard Matthews, as well as the soulful ChianoSky and pop-rock band MACSTANLEY. In addition, the show will also offer unique performances from multi-award winning Van Coke Kartel and Afrikaans Rock favourites F*ofpolisiekar; electro-pop singing sensation, Toya Delazy; and finally, popular rock hit-makers, aKING.

Collective Soul, who have produced double and triple-platinum albums with hits such as ‘Shine’, ‘December’ and rock anthems ‘Where the River Flows’ and ‘The World I Know’, have performed sold out concerts in SA twice before, where they wowed audiences with their unapologetic classic-rock sound. This year, Roland has returned to perform the band’s most iconic hits, with the spectacular symphonic backing of the Cape Town Pops orchestra.

Andy Mac, the event’s creator, says that Collective Soul were the natural choice for the event. “We wanted to really raise the bar for this year’s show, and while we’ve always had only top quality musicians in our lineup, having international rock royalty like Ed Roland on the bill just adds that extra something special this year,” explains Mac. “Collective Soul are no strangers to performing with symphonic backing, having done a live concert DVD with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2005. This mind-blowing performance, coupled with the simple fact of Ed’s pure musical genius, meant that he was undoubtedly my first choice and I’m over the moon to have him on board.”

HEINEKEN® marketing manager, Tjeerd Veldhuis, also voiced his excitement over Roland’s inclusion in the lineup. “The diversity of world-class talent in this year’s show goes without saying. However, the addition of Ed Roland, as Collective Soul’s frontman, is a testament to our ongoing commitment when it comes to offering extraordinary consumer experiences. We are unbelievably proud to be associated with an event involving this much talent, and look forward to watching the SA music calendar’s most memorable experience come to life.”

The 2012 event takes place at The Grand Arena Grand West Casino in Cape Town on 29 September, before moving onto The Big Top Arena, Carnival City on the 6 October. Tickets cost R200 to R225 in Cape Town and R225 to R250 in Johannesburg, and can be bought through Computicket from Thursday, 21 June 2012. Capacity at each of the venues is limited so fans are advised to book in advance.

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Tickets flying fast for Johannesburg and Cape Town Heineken® Symphonic Rocks 2011 events.


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.

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