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Top SA Bands to Open for Bastille

In just a few weeks, award-winning British band Bastille will touch down in South Africa for a three-city tour, check it out…

Bastille will return to South Africa to play three shows in three different cities this October. The last time the British rockers were on South African soil they played to sold out crowds and had rave reviews.  Now three years later and after the launch of their second album, Wild World, they’ll soon be back as part of their Wild, Wild World Tour.

Bastille’s first performance will be held in Cape Town on 4 October at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. Next up is Durban on 6 October, at the Durban Botanic Gardens, with the closing act rounding off the tour in Johannesburg the very next day.

Singer songwriter Matthew Mole will be performing at all three concerts. Mole has been nothing short of a sensation on the local music scene since his “arrival” in 2012. Since the release of his second album “RUN”, which reached number one on iTunes South Africa & Gold Sales Status, with the album’s first single “Run” achieving Platinum status. Mole has been performing all over the country including massive festivals like 5FM’s Cape Town Live Loud, 947’s Joburg Day and East Coast Radio’s Durban Day. Mole’s music has also charted extensively on Top 40 charts across South African radio including the likes of 5FM, 947, KFM, East Coast Radio (just to mention a few). His second album “RUN” received three SAMA nominations this year, including Record of the Year at SAMA 23.

Adding to the line-up in Cape Town and Johannesburg is Opposite The Other. The young band has quickly risen to musical fame with their first ever single ‘Ride Away’ charting at No. 8 on the Spotify Global Viral Charts. Their second single ‘Stutter Love’ charted No. 1 on the 5FM SA Top 30 and was voted No. 5 in the 5FM Top 100 songs of 2016. They also collaborated with Jimmy Nevis to write the hit song ‘ Control Alt Delete’ which charted across the country. The band most recently opened for The Lumineers (USA) on the SA leg of their Cleopatra World Tour and have shared the stage with artists such as Jeremy Loops, Matthew Mole, Beatenberg, Al Bairre & Gangs of Ballet.

Durban will be a tour highlight for Bastille lead singer Dan Smith as his parents met in the coastal city. Supporting acts to open for Bastille in Durban include Tresor and Matthew Mole.Tresor, which is French for ‘treasure’, is South Africa’s very own special treasure. Formerly working as an informal car guard, Tresor shows glimpses of his own life experiences in his music, but not at the cost of happiness. His bouncy tunes are well-loved by thousands of fans, so much so that he went platinum in 2015. His debut album that year was a SAMA winner (Best POP 2015) and later had two number one singles on Italy iTunes in 2016. Tresor was also in the Top 10 of the most played artists on South African radio last year.

Monark, a four piece band that burst onto the South African music scene in 2013, will be delivering their stirring vocals through their signature cinematic pop tunes to fans in Johannesburg. Their first single ‘Smiling’ filled the airwaves and earned them a top three spot on 5FM’s Top 40 while also reaching number one on the MK chart. Their debut album went to number one on iTunes on the day of release, while over the last few years they have headlined some of the biggest music festivals in South Africa.

Joburg fans can expect a fun, family-friendly, full-day music festival at Emmarentia with kids under twelve gaining free entry. They will be treated to all four opening acts; Monark, Matthew Mole, Tresor and Opposite the Other. The day comes with a bonus for rugby fans as the big screens, bars and food vendors will all remain for the big Test match between New Zealand and South Africa.

Bastille Tour Itinerary:

Cape Town:

Date:                     Wednesday, 4th October
Venue:                 Grand Arena, GrandWest

Time:                    Doors at 18h00
Support Acts:     Opposite the Other and Matthew Mole

Ticket Prices:     Standing – R495 (Student special R395); Seated tickets between R350 – R425


Date:                     Friday, 6th October
Venue:                 Botanic Gardens, Durban

Time:                    Gates open 16h00
Support Acts:     Tresor and Matthew Mole

Ticket price:       Standing – R495 (Student special R395)


Date:                     Saturday, 7th October
Venue:                 Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg
Time:                    Gates open 10h00

Support Acts:     Opposite the Other, Monark, Tresor and Matthew Mole

Ticket price:       Standing – R495 (Student special R395)

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