26th November 2001
Updated 1st December 2001



As Just Jinger sing, "paradise in summertime is here", so due to the massive amount of gigs happening this December we have decided to send out this separate SA Rock Digest December Gig Guide. Please keep it and use it...



Top SA hard rock outfit, Saron Gas, will be capping a very successful
year when they fly off to New York in January 2002 to begin work on
adding some final touches to their soon-to-be-re-released debut smash
album, ‘Fragile’. This will include the band’s new hit single,
‘Gasoline’, and is the beginning of Saron Gas’s work under the Wind Up
label, with whom they recently signed a multi-album deal.

Before they leave, the band will be doing a quick once-around SA tour to say cheers to all their fans. Those dates are:

Dec 6th - Bargo's, Durban
Dec 7th - Millers, Pietermaritzburg
Dec 13th - Tapas, Port Elizabeth
Dec 14th - The Jam, Cape Town
Dec 31st [New Year’s Eve] - The Superbowl, Sun City (with Just Jinger
and Semisane)

(See Saron Gas Tribute Concert details in the main Digest, sent out separately)



As 2001 draws to a close, South Africa's hottest pop band has barely had a moment to catch its collective breath and consider the very favourable position in which it currently finds itself. Semisane’s debut album, ‘A Life Less Strange’, with its many chart singles, has proved to be a huge and continuing success. There is still an incredible national response to the band’s subsequent smash hit single, ‘Life (The Theme from Big Brother)’, with sales currently approaching Platinum status.

The band has been performing a string of dynamic support slots and live
performances at SA Festivals and eviction parties and is currently
booked solid for the next few months. All of these contributing factors
find this high profile Cape Town foursome riding the crest of the SA pop wave as the year ends.

But, instead of taking a well-deserved break after such a successful
year, Semisane - comprising Tikara (vocals, guitar, songwriting), Chris
Acker (guitar, songwriting), Sascha Muller (drums, songwriting) and Nick Acker (bass) - will be undertaking a whirlwind tour of SA before
beginning the pre-production for their (as yet untitled) second album.
Most of the potential tracks for this album have been written, demo-ed
and performed live, and it is expected to be released towards the middle of 2002.

The final Big Brother eviction party is on December 12th at the Monsoon
Lagoon, and Semisane will naturally be appearing and performing at this
huge media bash. New Year’s Eve will find the band appearing at a party
at Sun City alongside Just Jinger and Saron Gas.

Semisane tour dates:

Sunday 2nd - Doodles Deli Cafe, Parklands Shopping Centre, Tableview
Friday 7th - Blue Moon, Nelspruit
Saturday 8th - The Firken, Centurion, Pretoria
Sunday 9th - Big Brother Live Broadcast (5 - 7 MNet open time)
Wed 12th - Big Brother Eviction Party, Caesars Palace
Friday 14th - Buccaneers, East London
Saturday 15th - Buccaneers, East London
Sunday 16th - Toby Joe's, Port Elizabeth
Wed 19th - Flashbacks, Plettenberg Bay
Friday 21st - Tin Roof Blues, Knysna
Saturday 22nd - Tin Roof Blues, Knysna
Friday 28th - Diaz Summer Strand Festival, Mossel Bay
Saturday 29th - The Dome, George
Monday 31st - Sun City Superbowl, Sun City



Perez will be going on a Summer Tour along with 5FM this December.
During the tour they will be launching their brand new, much
anticipated, debut album, ‘Picture Perfect’. Join the band right on the
sandy beaches of Durban and Cape Town as they prepare to fill the summer days with rocky tunes. In between the summer tour the band will also be performing live at some venues in and around the coastal towns. So what are you waiting for?

Tour Details:
1st December - Gateway Shopping Mall
7th December - Balito Beach (5FM summer tour.)
8th December - Charlies Umhlanga Rocks - unplugged, no cover charge
(Starts 3pm)
14th December - Margate Beach (5fm summer tour)
15th December - Bargos (Album launch party)
21st December - Plettenburg Bay (5fm summer tour)
27th December - Camps Bay (5fm summer tour)
28th December - The Jam
29th December - Independent Armchair


[The ‘Ford Focus into the Blue Tour’]

Two of the best bands yet to come out of South Africa are joining
forces, combining their exceptional skills and musical talents, and are
going on a national tour around South Africa in the month of December.
Not only will audiences across the country get the opportunity to
experience the thrill of a live performance of one great South African
band, but now they have the opportunity of witnessing two phenomenal
bands in one evening.

Just Jinger, back from a two year stint in the UK, are returning to the
fans that used to pack venues all over SA, and Watershed, who are
currently based in JHB, are looking forward to performing to their fans
all over the country, who’ve heard their music on just about every
national and regional radio station possible.

It’s a performance not to miss, with Just Jinger who went platinum with
two consecutive albums (‘All Comes Round’ and ‘Something For Now) and
now have a ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation on the shelves. Watershed are
following in the "Jingers" footsteps, having recently gone Gold with
their debut album ‘In the Meantime’.

The tour will kick off in Pretoria and will end with an awesome show in
Knysna. Those tour dates are as follows:
7 December: Pretoria - Menlyn Centre
15 December: Johannesburg - Kloofendaal Amphitheatre
17 December: Durban - Gateway Events Arena
21 December: Cape Town - The River Club
22 December: Mossel Bay - Dias Beach
26 December: Knysna - Loerie Park / Rugby Field

All tickets are available at Computicket.
For any queries contact Melissa on 083 417 6970

Author: Vivid Entertainment



2001 has been a great year for Zen Arcade, with the Jo’burg foursome
going from Zen-ous to Heroes in a few short months on the back of a
smash hit single ‘Crazy For You’ (No 1 on the 5FM Top 40 & chartopper on the SA Rock Digest charts), a wonderful debut album, ‘Snowflake’ (SA Rock Digest no.1), and a stream of acclaimed live appearances, both loud and rocking, and seated and unplugged, at Festivals and clubs all over the country (Woodstock3, Edgars/5fm Birthday Bash, Springbok Nude Girls’ ‘Fat Lady Sings’ Tour).

But the band have been a bit scarce down south for a while, a situation
soon to be remedied with the announcement of the band’s December tour
and dates. The band will again be performing the occasional unplugged
gig among the standard, er, plugged concerts. Those tour dates and
venues are:

Tues 4 - BASSLINE (JHB) Tour Launch "Unplugged"
Fri 14 - ROCK ART CAFÉ (Oudtshoorn)
Sat 15 - TIN ROOF BLUES (Knysna)
Sun 16 - TAPAS (Port Elizabeth)
Tues 18 - ARMCHAIR THEATRE (CT) "Unplugged"
Thur 20 - THE JAM (Cape Town)
Fri 21 Dec - WHAMMY BAR (Cape Town)
Sat 22 - Surprise gig - venue TBC (Cape Town)



Stage Magazine, Jose Cuervo and M Music Management & Promotions present:

Slash Fest 2001 which will be taking place at The Hangklip Hotel on
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December. The Slash Fest got its name from the diversity of the musical styles that are going to be on display at the festival i.e. punk/ (slash) alternative/ (slash) rock/ (slash) hardcore. The Slash Fest promises to be one of the highlights of the musical calendar for 2001.

Bands confirmed so far include: Flowerheads, Kelvin Declined, Hog
Hoggidy Hog, New World Inside, Froy, Velvet Mary, Village Seed, LP Show, New Flying Machine, Neshamah, Aftertaste, 5 Star Society, Juliet Jade, Empire Down, Fudge, Liquid Sky, My Latest Ex, Dirty Locals, The
Rudimentals, Time Spent, State Far Better, Sweet Chilli Jam, About
Blank, Rim 3

Tickets will be sold for R80. In the latest edition of STAGE magazine, a R10 discount voucher can be found. Reduced tickets (on presentation of the original voucher) will be available at: Mr Pickwicks, Cape Town; New Deal Surf Shop, Hermanus; The Hangklip Hotel; Music Matrix,

Camping facilities, a restaurant, bars and hot showers are available.
There will also be buses departing from Cape Town on Saturday at 11h00,
returning on Monday morning at 10h00.

For more information on the Slash Fest, go to or contact M MUSIC MANAGEMENT &
PROMOTIONS on 082 375 8991.


1 December 2001

The Zwartkops 3-Hour Endurance Race and Rock Festival, at the Zwartkops
Race Track (just off the R55 in Pretoria), is set to quench even the
most thirsty music and adrenalin junkies with gorgeous biker chicks in
leather, speed freaks, beer tents and food stalls, bike displays and
live original music of the highest standard. Spend a day outdoors in the sun, bring the family, watch the races while at the same time seeing some of SA's top rock bands in action. Barney Simon from 5FM will compere the day and DJ after the bands.

line-up of bands:
12h00 - Cutting Jade; 12h45 - Martin Rocka and The Sickshop; 13h30 -
Diesel Whores; 15h15 - Zen Arcade 15h45 - Tweak; 16h15 - Wonderboom; 17h15 - Not My Dog; 18h00 - Barney Simon

Watch some heart-stopping racing at the same time:
11h00 - Ducati mass ride around the track; 11h20 - Qualifying for 3 -
hour endurance race; 11h40 - Classic bike owners mass ride around the track; 12h00 - 50cc 30-minute endurance race; 12h40 - Harley Davidson mass ride; 13h00 - Delivery bike race - 8 laps only; 13h30 - 3-hour endurance race starts; 16h45 - Stunt riders

Tickets are R30 for adults and R15 for under 16's, through Ticketweb.
Gates open at 11a.m.

For further information on the bands and media opportunities contact
Authentic Ideas, Beth Hillary on (011) 646-6467 or 083-463-8712 or

For information on the bike and racing entries contact The SA Biking
Academy, Clinton Pienaar on (011) 791-1783 or 082-904-3693 or



Nov 30 Fri Café Barcelona Elardus Park (012) 345-3602 Chrisna
Dec 02 Sun Centurion Theatre - a rock performance entitled "In Flight / In Vlug" - The last performance in Gauteng for this year: An absolute MUST! Pretoria, contact: (012) 664-8710 Paulette
Dec 08 Sat Captain’s Cabin Saldanha
Dec 10 Mon Dorpstraat Stellenbosch
Dec 12 Wed Whammy Bar Tableview
Dec 13 Thu Tolbos Gansbaai
Dec 14 Fri Somerset Mall Somerset West
Dec 15 Sat High Street Durbanville
Dec 19 Wed The Grange
Dec 20 Thu Sir Rocco’s, Gordon's Bay
Dec 21 Fri Sir Rocco’s, Gordon's Bay
Dec 22 Sat The Grange
Dec 23 Sun The Gecko Bar



Maandag 26 November - Sterrewagteater, Bloemfontein
Woensdag 28 November - Captains Cabin, Saldanha
Donderdag 29 November - Fisherman's Cottage, Hermanus
Vrydag 30 November - Whammy Bar, Tableview
Saterdag 1 Desember - Struisbaai Hotel, Struisbaai
Maandag 3 Desember - Napier Hotel, Napier
Dinsdag 4 Desember - High Street Teater, Durbanville
Woensdag 5 Desember - Dorpstraatteater, Stellenbosch
Donderdag 6 Desember - High Street Teater, Durbanville
Vrydag 7 Desember - Sir Rocco's, Gordonsbaai
Saterdag 8 Desember - Dorpstraatteater, Stellenbosch
Sondag 9 Desember - Cool Runnings, Observatory
Dinsdag 11 Desember - Miems Restaurant, Pringlebaai
Woensdag 12 Desember - Al's Dance Club, Knysna
Donderdag 13 Desember - Tidal's, Mosselbaai
Sat 15 Desember - Hurdy Gurdy Bar, Jeffreys

Vir enige inligting:
Corene Marx by 083 3814 591 of
Piet Botha (op die pad) 072 215 8455



Mondetta are Steve Newman, Gito Baloi, Wendy Oldfield (all SA), Elad
Neeman (Israel) and Julia Kim (Canada/Korea). The group’s debut album, ‘It’s A Small World’, is now available. See this great new SA musical hybrid at these venues:

Nov 29th - Tings & Times Pretoria
Nov 30th/Dec 1st - Private Game Lodge, Aids Benefit gig
Dec 2nd - Des & Dawn Soiree
Dec 7th & 8th - Zanzibar - Knysna
Dec 10th - Barley Corn Folk Club-CT
Dec 12th - Riverclub
Dec 13th - CD Wherehouse, V & A Waterfront
Dec 14th & 15th - Oude Libertas wine Estate, Stellenbosch.



Sat 8th Dec: Blemish
Fri 14th Dec: Zen Arcade
Fri 21st Dec: Blues Broers
Thu 3rd Jan: Mel Botes
Fri 11th Jan: Jakkie Louw & DNA Strings
Sat 12th Jan: Jakkie Louw & DNA Strings



Fri 7 Blue Moon, Nelspruit (with Semisane)
Contact Anthony/ Renate 013 752 4030

Sat 8 Cool Runnings, Wonderboom
Contacts and Bookings: 012 567 7174

(Exact times and venues to be confirmed)

Wed 12 Bloemfontein (TBN)

Wed 19 Dorpstraat Teater, Stellenbosch
Contact Hettie 021 886 6107

Sat 22 Sirroco's Theatre Restaurant, Gordons Bay
Contacts and Bookings: Christina 021 856 0229

Sun 23 Hangklip Hotel, Hangklip
Contact Briers Coetzee 072 256 5124

Wed 26 Firlands, Strand
Contact Briers Coetzee 072 256 5124

Sat 29 Struisbaai (Tassenberg Rock Tour)

Mon 31, New Years Eve Beach Party, Mossel Bay
(met Theuns Jordaan & Piet Botha)



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