A fabulous compilation of national entertainers will see out the week at the FIFA Fan Fest™ at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
Heading the list are The Dirty Skirts, a Cape Town rock band that has built an impressive underground following, and Just Jinjer, the country’s best-selling rock band.
The Dirty Skirts will come out to play on Thursday evening at 7pm just before the live broadcast of the World Cup match between Cameroon and Holland, with Just Jinjer taking to the stage at the same time on Friday to whet the appetite for the encounter between Chile and Spain.
“Fans in the Eastern Cape have been asking for a long time when we are coming down there,” says Jeremy de Tolly, the group’s manager and lead vocalist.
“We have appeared at two Fan Fests in Cape Town and things went really well. We’re looking forward to playing in PE, especially at such a historic venue.”
After the release of their debut mini-album in 2005, singles such as “Feeling the Pressure” and “Set Me Alight” scorched up the local and student charts.
Their first full-length album, On a Stellar Bender, followed two years later with the single “Homewrecker” reaching number one on a number of national radio charts.
Their follow-up album, Daddy Don’t Disco, was nominated in the Best Rock Album category at the South African Music Awards.
“We don’t want to pigeonhole our music,” says De Tolly, who describes their sound as being steeped in the alternative rock tradition of the past 40 years.
“Think Joy Division, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, John Lennon, Talking Heads, The Pixies, Jane’s Addiction, The Cure and so on.” They have shared stages with Oasis, Snow Patrol, Panic at the Disco and Evanescence.
Just Jinjer – back at home after being based in California for a number of years – is arguably the country’s top rock export. They have released eight critically acclaimed albums and over the past decade they have performed and toured with the likes of U2, the Counting Crows and Def Leppard.
The weekend will see spinner DJ Mzi burning up the stage after the broadcast of the final match on Saturday. The former Metro FM DJ, whose hit single “Naba Abantwana” hit playlists earlier this year, focuses on house music, although he also ventures into kwaito.
Bricks, a solo kwaito artist from Soweto with six albums behind his name, will provide the entertainment on Sunday evening leading up to the day’s final game.
Entrance to the Fan Fest is free. Visit www.facebook.com/NMB2010 for regular updates.
CAPTION: Just Jinjer are set to rock the FIFA Fan Fest™ in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening.
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