Presented by Heineken in association with 5FM, this year’s Symphonic Rocks feature a cross-genre mix (from rock to pop, adult contemporary, R&B, hip-hop and electro) of some of South Africa’s most popular artists. These include Arno Carstens, Loyiso, Ard Matthews, popular rock outfits CrashCarBurn and Zebra and Giraffe, Tumi & The Volume and Cape Town’s Flat Stanley. The country’s top-selling group of 2010, Locnville, will be part of the Symphonic Rocks Johannesburg’s line-up as will Freshlyground’s vocalist, Zolani Mahola.
Symphonic Rocks is the brainchild of Flat Stanley’s frontman, Andy Mac, who initiated the event in 2010. Last year saw Just Jinjer, Louise Carver, Watershed, aKING and Gang of Instrumentals playing together with a 65-piece symphony orchestra.
In response to this, the 2011 event again takes place at The Grand Arena Grand West Casino in Cape Town on 1 October before moving onto The Big Top Arena, Carnival City for the first-ever Joburg event on 7 October.
Dates and Venues: 1 October, The Grand Arena Grand West Casino. 7 October, The Big Top Arena, Carnival City.
Cost: R225 in Cape Town and R225, R250 and R275 in Joburg at Computicket.
2010 Symphonic Rocks