Fans of South African rock have pencilled the first weekend of October into their calendars, for Rocktoberfest is expected to be one of the top musical events of the year.
The first-ever Rocktoberfest, to be held at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville on Saturday, October 1, will be headlined by none other than local rock legends Springbok Nude Girls.
After a five-year hiatus Arno Carstens, Francois Kruger, Theo Crous, Arno Blumer and Adriaan Brand regrouped in 2006 to add two more albums to SNG’s 11-piece discography.
The group went on to open for U2 on their South African tour in 2011 and has performed sold-out shows all over the country.
“I’m thrilled to have the undisputed rock kings on our stage,” says, Mike Crawford of The Quarry. “The Nude Girls represent a timeless age of South African rock. Their music conjures memories of the previous two decades and having them on stage with modern rock groups unifies the timeline of SA rock.
To me, they are the epitome of our local rock culture.” The other names on the bill are Southern Wild, Kiss the Sky, Pebbleman and McCree – each act having made their mark on the local rock circuit. After the main act, a classic rock DJ will bring the festivities to a close, playing classic numbers on vinyl records.
“I just adore rock and I felt that the country needed another platform to showcase the unsurpassed talent of our country’s musicians,” Crawford said. “All the bands chosen for the festival have already made an invaluable contribution to the industry and they deserve the recognition.”
• Under 18s are welcome at the event. Tickets are R165 on Computicket or at the door. The show starts at 6pm and doors open 5pm.
• For more information, visit www.rocktoberfest.co.za; or “like” the Rocktoberfest event on Facebook.