Cape Town’s biggest celebration of all-local metal blasts into its ninth year
…bringing you the newest, the most legendary, and everything in between.
The 17th bi-annual event hosted by metal4africa is scheduled for its usual final week of Janaury, falling this year on Saturday 31st. It will take place at it’s usual Stellenbosch stronghold of the Klein Libertas Theatre, a short drive of approximately 40 minutes from Cape Town central into the heart of the spectacular Cape Winelands. Although small, the venue is perfectly suited to this festival which attracts on average up to about 500 fiery souls, featuring an indoor live concert hall plus an outside lawn with shaded area to cool off in the Summer heat. Nine kick-ass bands will keep the indoor temperatures soaring, so there will be some outdoor entertainment too with DJs spinning your favourite in local and international metal tunes and a few other tricks planned for your enjoyment.
Fresh up-and-comers originating from Cape Town’s outlying surrounds, with members from as far afield as Malmsbury, The Fallen Prophets will kick off the show at five o’clock sharp with some straight-up-no-compromise death metal. After all, this is a festival of metal so why the fuck not?
With members hailing largely from Southern Suburbs, Atlantic South have made an impression in 2014 with their post metal / metalcore sounds and swelling onstage reputation. With the band only gaining momentum throughout 2014 and an EP close on the horizon, the M4A stage seemed like a great place from whence to propel this missile into the new year and beyond.
The band members of Zero Stroke are no strangers to our stage, returning to us reincarnated, reinvented, and reinvigorated since performing under a different name in 2010. Whilst progressive metal/rock has been gaining huge momentum in the scene of our Northern brethren (Gauteng) in recent years, Cape Town has been bubbling just beneath the surface. No more! The prog-monster rears its head in the Winelands this SummerFest.
Still blowing minds since their first M4A appearance in 2013, All Guns Full Ammo return from the city center to the M4A stage for another round. Melodic metal at it’s finest, with some interesting hooks and just a touch of crazy! The guns come back at even higher caliber since upgrading to festival material at 2014’s RAMfest.
After many years, some performers begin to become something of a legacy; we re-introduce Ill System from the generation of nu-metallers! For us, it is considered a privilege to invite a band to our stage who can boast a truly unique sound and style forged from the diverse and varied roots of Africa. Whilst keeping to the basics of sledgehammer low-tuned riffage, Ill System have built layers of percussion and style-textures which few have thought would ever work hand in hand with heavy metal. Having departed to the UK in 2005, Ill System have finally returned to us as arguably one of South Africa’s biggest (although largely un-celebrated) success stories with having conquered the entire British Isles in the 2006 international Emergenza competition.
Whilst on the subject of legacies, not so active in the day-to-day running’s of the local scene, yet active as ever in writing and preparing for that next electric, albeit little more scarce, show. We are very eager to welcome back Stellitius, who always bring a little something extra to the stage. For those of you who will be seeing them for the first time: contemporary progressive metal written with classic-metal-style sensibilities. You’re going to love this!
And as if we haven’t given you enough of South Africa’s rich legacy of heavy metal packed into on night already, we’ll take it up yet another notch with a touch of Agro! Traveling to us all the way from Gauteng, this name in South African metal continues to flourish after more than two decades of playing glorious metal. For those who may still be catching up a touch on the history lessons, Agro began in 1993 with a local response on the melodic metal movement which was springing up in Sweden’s Gothenburg at the time. They have since developed their own melodic metal sounds with a touch of influence from the folk metal realm. Get ready for a good old-school headbang!
“Out with the old and in with the new,” they say… well, we like our old as much as we celebrate our new! In 2012 we saw the debut of an all-star line-up right here on the M4A stage with Zombies Ate My Girlfriend. The band features members from some of Cape Town’s finest performers including the likes of Gavin Marchbank (Betray The Emissary), Adriano Rodrigues (21st Century Tragedy, Superevil, Infanteria), Ferdi Groenewald (Day Turns Night), Chris Hall (Infanteria) and Marc Olwage (Suiderbees). The Zombies return to harvest a new plague with the release of their first full length album: Retrocide.
If SummerFest’15 started with a death-infused explosion, then why not also end it that way? The third and final co-headliner for the night, and to raise the moshpit frenzy to climax: The mighty Warinsane! Pure death metal carnage with a technical edge, The Warinsane‘s metal prowess cannot be denied. Stock up on beer and bandages, but make sure you have a reliable ride home!
During the course of the night, on the outdoor stage where DJs will be playing the best in global metal, those embers in the fire which have sparked into something of a M4A tradition will include performances by burlesque-styled dancers, spearheaded by BOB’s Beasties and guests.
Here again in summary, and click to link to each bands facebook page:
17h00 – The Fallen Prophets
17h45 – Atlantic South
18h30 – Zero Stroke
19h15 – All Guns Full Ammo
20h00 – Ill System
20h45 – Stellitius21h30 – Agro
22h25 – Zombies Ate My Girlfriend
23h20 – The Warinsane
SummerFest’15 will also feature two bar areas, merchandise stalls, and a party bus to shuttle passengers in from the city and surrounding suburbs (limited seats, bookings in advance only). Doors open at 16h00 and entry will cost R70 with tickets at the door only, except for party bus (link to page for info) passengers and True Believer (link to page for info) members who are paid in advance. Live music continues from 17h00 till 00h00, and bars close at 02h00.
Please join our official M4A SummerFest’15 facebook event page for regular updates and to share in the rising anticipation. Address and easy-to-follow directions to the venue are also available at this event page.
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