WEEKEND SPECIAL FEATURE- CAPE TOWN BAND FESTIVAL
South African band Frances Clare have put together The Cape Town Band Festival, which happens at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on 25 and 26 August 2018 from 12pm to 5pm.
Frances Clare were inspired to stage the free music festival/expo after performing at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Frances is the songwriter and frontwoman of the group, and she plans for the showcase to become an annual feature at the V&Waterfront.
All five band members are music teachers and are heavily invested in community outreach and music education, and this has also played a role in shaping The Cape Town Band Festival. They regularly perform at schools and charity events and were a part of Smile904 FM’s Music For Madiba Initiative.
Acts on the bill are Frances Clare, Orah and the Kites, Well Done Sun, Bam Bam Brown, The Inside Job, Mobbing Bali, The Poor Princes, The Medicine Dolls and also a solo performance by the lead singer of BRYNN.
This all-original act blends acoustic and electric instruments. The band features Frances Clare on vocals and acoustic guitar; musical director/guitarist Devon; Ian on drums and percussion, Steven on bass and Tricia violin/harmonies. They have featured on Hectic 9 and Hectic on 3. They have also appeared on SAFM, Smile904.fm, UCT radio, MFM, One fm and Radio Grahamstown.
A four piece Cape Town-based indie rock outfit. Mobbing Bali have played venues such as River Republic, Artscape Theatre and Mercury Live.
Orah and the Kites
Orah and the Kites are an ambient melancholia indie/folk band from Cape Town, South Africa. Known for their harmonies, they have appeared on many stages including the Garden State Festival.
The Inside Job
One of Cape Town’s longstanding premiere bands. The Inside Job has performed with Karen Zoid, aKING and Jack Parow. In 2012 they finished second in an international Battle of the Bands.
Well Done Sun
Starting as an acoustic duo from Port Elizabeth,front man Hanno took Well Done Sun through a number of different phases. Keegan Watkins, the other half of the initial duo, was a key member in developing the style of the band. In 2015, Brett Atkinson came on board as bassist, guitarist, synth-player and co-producer. Together with Hanno and Tim Edwards and Mel Mwevi, the band recorded their full debut album, We Have Time, at Popsicle Studios..
The band describes their music as “passive groove”, with psych rock, funk, folk, reggae and more.
The Medicine Dolls
Recently returned from their first national tour, The Medicine Dolls offer a brand of grunge/punk rock that delights audiences. The band has released four EP’s and is set to embark on another tour in 2018.
Bam Bam Brown
Upon returning from his performance at the National Arts Festival, Bam Bam Brown played a sold out show at the V&AWaterfront Aquarium and was selected to perform at Up the Creek.
The Poor Princes
A fresh up and coming band, the Poor Princes performed at the Cape Town Carnival this year and have continued making waves in the industry ever since. They are currently preparing for the release of their debut EP.
Jules Terea is the lead singer of BRYNN, the Cape Town band that opened for Incubus, and will be opening the festival with a solo performance.
What: Free Music Festival
When: 25, 26 August 2018, 12pm – 5pm
Where: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre Cape Town
Info: www.francesclareband.com, or Waterfront Events webpage
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