M4A SummerFest’18: 03 February venue and line-up announced

M4A SummerFest'18 artwork by Ben Geldenhuys

Cape Town, South Africa: at www.metal4africa.com, we’re preparing for our 23rd bi-annual event, SummerFest’18, taking place on Saturday 03 February. SummerFest’18 is our fifth event at the new location in Brackenfell since the original venue in Stellenbosch burned down in 2015. Metronome, as it is now known at 12 Viben Avenue, was renamed and revamped in time for WinterFest’17 and continues development for an even better M4A experience in 2018.

SummerFest’18 line-up and running order:

This year we continue our time-tested tradition of fulfilling a satisfactory representation of local metal. M4A works hard at remaining conscious of representing a community at its strongest. This includes to host bands ranging from brand new through to old favourites and everything in between. It includes to host as wide a representation of metal sub-genres active in South Africa as possible. It also includes to host at least one visitor from a distant city. SummerFest’18 presents as thus:

As Time Divides will kick off the show at 17h00. The band is driven by a blend of melody and savage power with a dual vocal approach; one brutal and one clean. This five-piece became active on the Cape Town gigging circuit only mid-way through 2016 and keeps with the M4A spirit of showcasing rising stars of tomorrow.

Following at 17h45: the new Somerset West sensation Abaddon arrives to M4A. The band brings a bit of an old-school twist back into the local circuit; influenced strongly by thrash metal, yet with a darker twist. Describing itself as “blackened thrash metal”, Abaddon takes the listener into new headbanging territory.

Welcomed back to the stage for only its second ever stage performance at 18h30: Rhakshah! Fronted by local metal personality Nathan McClure, recognized as the suited-up MC at many local shows, Rhakshah forges together some of the city’s finest and well-respected metal musicians into a new force.

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At 19h15, we’re honoured to have Treehouse Burning making a live debut at SummerFest’18. The band, which is fundamentally metalcore, also introduces electronic music components into its sound and represents popular inroads into the metal genre for today’s youth. Whilst such elements remain controversial for the traditional metaller, the future is here and the youth are taking full advantage.

bringing out some old favourites

The midway point of the festival at 20h00 demands a shift. With Dawn returns to the M4A stage for the first time in over four years! This stunning band has developed into an emotive powerhouse, switching effortlessly between delicate spells of technical genius and sheer walls of blissful volume and power. If not physically, With Dawn promises to move listeners in other ways.

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All the way from Pretoria, Deadline returns after a successful live debut in Cape Town in October. For metallers with an appreciation for the sound and style of pre-millenium metal, this is definitely for you! Deadline brings to life the full charisma of traditional heavy metal into the modern era; and it’s as fun and volatile as ever! Swop out your black garb for denim at 20h45.

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At 21h30 things get deadly serious with The Fallen Prophets, returning to us again since WinterFest’16. One of the most determined bands out of Cape Town, The Fallen Prophets has offered traditional death metal a new lease on life in this city. Prepare to exorcise your personal demons in the moshpit to some blood-drenched aural brutality.

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Such a savage onslaught demands a counter-balance. At 22h15 we give you this; presenting Ohgod, the progressive-instrumental phenomenon which has haunted our emotions and imaginations since 2014. The band comes to us in the wake of a full-length album release and international touring experience. Prepare to find yourself spellbound.

Winding it down by notching it up!

All good things must come to and end, but at 23h15 we’ll offer you a good ending! Nu-metal/reggae-infused band Ill System returned suddenly to the live circuit in 2014, after years of hiatus. They’ve put some bounce – literally – back into the step of local metal with an angry, yet upbeat brand of resistance music. One thing which Ill System has proven again and again is that its unique style is absurdly addictive; smashing any view of metal cross-genre concepts still being repugnant in the 21st century.

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Please follow the official event page on facebook. We’ll channel updates through there regularly. We’ll also add updates to this website on a less frequent basis, but more comprehensively from time to time.

Keep an eye out for more information soon, including:
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  • Limited edition M4A SummerFest’18 T-shirts (pre-sold only)
  • M4A SummerFest’18 bus services from outlaying suburbs


SummerFest’18 artwork by: Ben Geldenhuys

Metronome Venue Location

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