Prime Circle

Time: 15:00–18:00

De Waal Park

Prime Circle are a South African rock band, operating out of Johannesburg. The band has released six studio albums to date and achieved multi-platinum-selling status in South Africa.

After notching up six studio albums, several chart-topping singles, a string of awards and countless sold-out gigs, Prime Circle have earned their status as South African rock royalty.

In mid-2016, Prime Circle’s single Ghosts reached the top 150 of Germany’s weekly airplay charts.

Prime Circle have won several South African Music Awards for their albums and music videos, including Best Music Video of the Year at the SAMA XXI category as well as nominated for the MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Pop & Alternative Act and Best Music Video of the Year for their single DOORS off their album Let The Night In. The band was also nominated for Best Artist in African Rock at the All Africa Music Awards.

Over the past few years, they have taken their well-crafted tunes and powerful live energy to international markets while not forgetting their massive South African fan base. They have toured extensively throughout Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland – as well as Germany, which is fast becoming the band’s second home. Says singer-songwriter Ross Learmonth: “Without the fans, we would be nothing. And I don’t ever want to do anything else. Creating music for a living is a privilege, and we never forget that.”

SUPPORTING ARTISTS

CRIMSON HOUSE

Crimson House was founded in Namibia in 2010 by Arno Van Zyl & Riaan Smit. Their mission was to find within themselves a sound that would give them the feeling of bliss they sought in their music. They recruited Christoph de Chevonnes Vrugt on drums and Jacques Jansen Van Rensburg on bass. This rhythm section was completely different from other blues bands as they were more familiar with punk and metal. The music then took a direction no-one saw coming. It went from blues, to bluegrass western punk with a Tom Waits/Joe Cocker styled vocals soaked in gypsy undertones. This unique factor and a relentless gig schedule moulded them into a live musical act that could not be contained. After coming together they wrote an albums worth of songs that would become “smoke, dust & Whiskey’. As luck would have it their bassist Jacques entered the band into a battle of the bands type competition hosted by AFM radio, and by surprise the band won the competition. This enabled the band o record their second full length album “Red Shack Rock”. While recording the album they enlisted the help of Nick Becker to add horn sections to songs like ‘Pindrop circle‘ which also featured Mr Cat & the Jackal on Accordion and the saw. In 2014 the band received multiple invitations to perform in the USA. After much planning and selling of assets only two out of the five members could make it to the states (due to budget constraints). The two members were Riaan and Nick who embarked on a 3 month journey where they performed festivals in Arizona, the Casbuh in San diego, L.A, San francisco, New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis, and multiple dates in New York City. Whilst in the states they were invited to record with Alan Sanderson, who had previously produced hit albums for Rollings Stones, Fleetwood Mac, BBKing, and Elton John. Crimson House was previously known as “Crimson House Blues’ but they dropped the blues in the name as they felt they didn’t want to limit themselves to a genre. They are known for jumping between genres with ease. In one set you can expect Latin, Gypsy, Folk, Blues, Rock, Punk, Metal, Grunge, Funk, Jazz, Country and Bluegrass. While the meaning of the bands name can be attributed to Red House by Jimi Henrix is wasn’t actually intended to be. It means a house of solace, where are all are welcome in. In the Crimson House all cultures, creeds, colours, breeds and seeds are welcome. We do not discriminate here, just leave your baggage at the door.

MARK HAZE

Best known as the popular runner-up in SA Idols 2011, Mark Haze is living his lifelong dream of being a successful recording and touring artist. Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran and Queen captured Mark’s attention when he was knee high and he could be found belting out the hits in front of the hi fi, often making the living room his stage for performances to family friends. At the age of seven, Mark was captivated by musical instruments and he spent hours negotiating with his parents to buy him a guitar, which inevitably became his 24-hour hobby. He took a keen interest in blues, and idolized the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King and Muddy Waters. As a teenager, Mark’s father’s LP collection of rock music caught his attention, and this inspired him to start writing his own songs. He studied theory of music, as well as history and beauty of music through the ages. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky helped to show him the other end of the spectrum of what he refers to as “the universal language called music”. These foundations are strongly evident in both his songwriting and vocal and stage performance. Playing one instrument was not enough and in order to try to fulfill his insatiable love of music, Mark learned how to play the drums, had a go at the trumpet and harmonica and even took classical guitar lessons. He performed in a few Jazz bands during school, and also started playing drums in the school orchestra and marching band. Mark soon formed his first professional band, 12th Avenue, which is still operational today. The group recorded 4 albums, producing two chart topping singles on a number of respected radio stations. In 2010, Mark went to the America on a part holiday, part record label hunt. Here he won “The American Idol Experience” – a shortened day-long version of the television show. This experience encouraged him to enter SA Idols competition in 2011,  where he finished in second place and was a firm favourite amongst South African audiences. Mark’s debut album ‘Where Angels Fear To Fly’ was released in June 2012 and has already had two respectable hits. He continues to tour throughout South Africa, along with his band members Bjorn Faree, Gareth Haze and Brian Lee.

JOE EMILIO

Joe was born in Texas, USA and has been moving around all his life, from USA to Egypt to South Africa.

Joe fell in love with Stand-up Comedy at an early age, however it was only when he arrived in South Africa that he started to pursue his dream of becoming a Stand-up Comedian.

Joe is a storyteller comedian, energetic and lively on the stage. His comedy is fresh and original with interesting twists on the American and South African culture. He talks about his experiences in South Africa, as well as finding the funny in every day life. Joe in no way, shape or form mocks the South African culture but rather makes fun of himself experiencing the culture. You’ll find yourself chuckling next time you say “Awe” or “Robots”… Come find out for yourself.

He regularly uses his skills in the corporate world where he presents workshops on story, communication and presentation skills.

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