After a brutal decade of rock ‘n roll, five full length albums, various drummer line-up changes, numerous prestigious awards, international tours to places like Taiwan and Europe, opening for monster international acts like Metallica, Van Coke Kartel has decided that it is time to call it quits.
‘’Van Coke Kartel has been a crazy ride. It was the main focus for Francois van Coke and myself for many years. A lot of work went into the project and we definitely learned a lot from it. It is sad to think that it is all coming to an end, but I’m excited to take the circus on the road for one last time,’’ says member Wynand Myburgh.
The band has not played a live show in 16 months. Rather than just fade away, they will be going out with a bang on their final tour in July.
For the finale, the Kartel will be re-uniting with ex-drummer Jason Oosthuizen to complete the line-up that they were known for the longest in their 10 year existence.
‘’The band had many different drummer over the years. A total of five to be be exact. We felt that the time that Jason was with us was our ‘golden years’. In that period we were extremely active and on an all-time high. It just felt natural to end the project with him on drums,’’ says Jedd Kossew.
When Fokofpolisiekar went on a hiatus in 2007, Van Coke and Myburgh took the opportunity to start Van Coke Kartel. Kossew later became a full time member and this addition catapulted Van Coke Kartel’s live performances into “another dimension.”
‘’When Wynand and I started the project in 2007, we had never been in a band where we were the main song writers. It took a lot of hard work to create those first records. I think we got our confidence from the fact that we knew that when we hit the stage, we would make up for whatever we lacked in the songwriting department. When Jedd joined he took us to a new level and he immediately contributed a lot to the writing process. He still does so today with my solo stuff,’’ says Van Coke.
Van Coke Kartel’s energetic, no-nonsense rock ‘n roll shows have been heralded as high-energy spectaculars by their fans.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see them live for the last time ever.
Cape Town dates for the Van Coke Kartel farewell tours:
Date: July 26
Venue: Aandklas, Stellenbosch
Address: 43 Bird Street, Stellenbosch
Contact: 021 883 3545
Performance time: 10pm
Ticket price: R60 at the door
Date: July 28
Venue: Mercury Live
Address: 43 De Villiers Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Contact: Tim Moolman – 0844447160
Performance time: 11pm
Ticket price: R60 Early Bird (limited) + R80 pre-sale and R100 at the door
Purchasing tickets: www.webtickets.co.za
* All six of Van Coke Kartel’s releases are available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play Store, Google Play Music and Deezer.
Visit www.vancokekartel.co.za for more information.