David Mann: Michael McIntyre, famed host of a BAFTA-nominated BBC 1 series Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and highest grossing comedian in the world, has announced his first ever tour to South Africa this April.
McIntyre was first noticed in 2006 when he performed at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK. His debut DVD, Live and Laughing then became the fastest selling DVD of all time, surpassed by his second, Hello Wembley which won him numerous British Comedy Awards for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 and Best Male TV Comic in 2010.
Ash Erasmus: With the anticipation building and excitement hitting, we are happy to announce, after their amazing performance at Slipstream last year that The Shadowclub will be back in Grahamstown this Friday. In light of their trek back to us, we asked them a few questions:
Ben Coullie: This Wednesday Sony decided to quell the rising tide (read: tsunami) of rumours regarding their latest console release. A brief but informative two hour presentation officially unveiled their new and, according to them, ground-breaking console: the PlayStation 4.
With a full seven year wait since the PS3 was released it was time for Sony to make their move (even if they just wanted to beat the Xbox 720 to it). So, is it all that everyone has been hoping for? Sony seems to think so.
RAMFEST PORT ELIZABETH
Friday 15 March, Old Grey, Port Elizabeth:
Pendulum DJ set & Verse, Das Kapital, Guns ‘N Lazers and many more.
Last year the RAMfest organisers extended their national reach to include the Friendly City and brought PE audiences a taste of RAMfest magic. This year we do the same, as we bring you a DJ line-up set to blow you clean out of the water.
Olmeca Tequila and Audiomatik Events presents international DJ sensation Pendulum DJ Set & Verse (Australia and England), an official sideshow of RAMfest 2013. Add to that a stellar SA line up including Das Kapital, Guns ‘N Lazers, DJ Kenichi, Le Prezident, Dane Mitchell, Down By Law, Downlowd Crew & more and you are in for a night to remember!
David Mann: Fast rising rock band City of Heroes have had nothing but success lately leading to them playing at Ramfest for the first time this year, but not before stopping off to do a show in Grahamstown this Saturday.
With the release of their album ‘The Great Unknown’, the four piece theatrical rock outfit from Pretoria have been climbing the musical ladder in leaps and bounds. Considering that they have only been around since early 2010, this shows just how fast they are making their mark.
David Mann: This past Thursday saw many enthusiastic Rhodents losing their minds on the dance floor as electro percussion band Napalma took the stage at The Monastery.
Activate caught up with vocalist and backup percussionist of Napalma, Ivo Maia, to get a better look at the band that Grahamstown has come to love so much.
So first off, how was the show?
The show was amazing, I believe that Grahamstown is one of the spots that we have a good crowd, who are always ready to come and dance and to support our music.
Leah Solomon: The moment many have been waiting for has finally arrived – the English folk-rock band, Mumford & Sons will be touring South Africa in the coming new year.
Computicket recently made a slip up regarding the band’s tour. The company revealed that Mumford & Sons would be stepping on to South African soil next year, yet no fixed dates or prices have been mentioned.
David Mann: South African Electronica fans are ecstatic as news spreads of famous Dubstep DJ Skrillex’s tour here in late February of next year.
After months of rumours, it has finally been confirmed that Skrillex will be playing at venues in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in the new year.
Nina McFall: Following the collapse of a temporary advertising structure before Linkin Park’s performance in Cape Town yesterday, 19 people were injured and one killed.
Of the 19 injured, 12 had to be hospitalised and were taken to Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. One woman, whose name has not been released by her family, was rushed to hospital where she later died.
Leah Solomon: For those who thought that the adventures of Luke ended with the death of Darth Vader, Disney has made many fans dreams come true by rebooting the series.
While there have been many opposing views about the sale of Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for $40.5 billion, Lucas himself sees it as a step forward for the corporation.