Roxette fans, get ready for another ‘Joyride’
By Claudia Mohr
Back by popular demand, Swedish rock duo Roxette are back in South Africa and the Mother City for their 2012 tour. Having started up in the 1980s with a string of chart topping hits such as ‘How Do You Do’ and ‘Dressed for Success’, Roxette enchanted millions worldwide with their heady mix of romantic balladry and witty, up-beat pop-rock anthems. With a tongue-in-cheek kind of retro attitude singer Marie Fredriksson and song-writer Per Gessle remain a force to be reckoned with.
Evidently locals agree, if their previous 2011 run of seven consecutive sold out performances during their recent ‘Charm School’ tour is any indication.
So fans that missed out or are up for a second round are in for a treat – Roxette are resolutely back! They play the Grand West Arena, (1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood) this Friday night only. Tickets are between R320pp and R480pp, available at www.computicket.com.
Afrikaans music aficionados can make their way out to the Robertson Showground as Robertson Winery in conjunction with KykNET bring you a high energy performance featuring Robbie Wessels and Lianie May. Pile in the family and make a day of it with a scenic road trip through the wine region. There will be food stalls and refreshments available. Performance starts at 8pm and the cost is R80pp. Book via www.computicket.com.
Those staying in the inner city and are up for something a little more low key, make your way to Obviously Armchair (135 Lower Main Road, Observatory) and catch the official EP launch of root-rockers Sixgun Gospel. They have an endearing, bluesy hillbilly Mississippi sound and will be supported on the night by Dave Knowles. Music starts at 8.30pm and cover is R50, inclusive of the EP: 021 460 0458.
Also on Friday, for those looking for a more chilled vibe, the Hilton Schilder Trio and Chris Schilder Trio will be entertaining visitors at the Kaleidoscope Cafe (85 Main Road, Claremont) in another evening of enchantingly light jazzy music. The night’s performances will also feature Glenn and Michelle Robertson. Music starts around 7.30pm: 021 674 5761.
Those looking for more of a Cape Town party can drop in on the triple bill featuring The Dollfins, Popskarr and The Plastics, at Mercury Live & Lounge (43 De Villiers Street, Zonnebloem), also on Friday night. The Plastics have been steadily touring the local live music scene with their indie-pop rock sound, reminiscent of international bands such as The Strokes, and their latest single ‘Stereokids’ has recently received successful airplay on national power station 5FM.
Growing in popularity and experience, they are currently in studio working on new material to satisfy fans, and those attending Friday’s gig can do so with the hope of hearing some of it. Doors open at 9pm with a cover of R40pp: 021465 2106, www.mercuryl.co.za.