DevilDriver: announced for Witchfest 2017

DevilDriver 2016

Cape Town, South Africa: local concert promoter Witchdoctor Productions have announced USA’s DevilDriver as headliner for it’s prized Witchfest festival brand.

Witchfest enjoys a long legacy in the South African festival scene dating back to 2003, bringing in international bands (such as Sweden’s The Haunted, Botswana’s Wrust, UK’s Carcass) during the 2000’s before vanishing from the scene following 2008. Witchdoctor Productions returned with a vengeance in 2014, promoting tours for visitors Kataklysm, Sepultura and Behemoth, all the while building on their most ambitious Witchfest line-up yet for 2015. The concert hosted an international line-up unlikely to be rivaled again for many years to come, including the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Septic Flesh, Epica, Hatebreed and many more. To ensure the health and survival of the festival, the promoter decided in 2016 to re-calibrate the festival to the current economic climate and revert back to single-day events rather with fewer international acts, much in the spirit of it’s pre-2008 ventures.

International headliners for 2017 include Wrust (Botswana), Mantar (Germany) – see previous article – and the freshly announced DevilDriver (USA). The shows will be accompanied by strong players in the local scene, such as Zombies Ate My Girlfriend (international winners of the 2016 Wacken Metal Battle) and Boargazm (currently on tour in Brazil) to name only a few.

DevilDriver is led by Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber fame. The band was formed as a result of Dez relocating to Santa Barbara, California after difficulties with Coal Chamber (which disbanded shortly after it’s tenth year [1993-2003] and it’s third studio album). Whilst DevilDriver was initially rooted by a more nu-metal style, the band quickly expanded it’s sound to incorporate a somewhat diverse taste including elements of solid groove and melody. To date, DevilDriver has delivered seven studio albums with the most recent Trust No One released in May of 2016.

Witchfest dates:

14 April 2017 @ Sundowners (Alberton) nearby Johannesburg
15 April 2017 @ The Shred Skate park (Paarden Eiland), Cape Town

Tickets can be acquired via Witchdoctor Productions own website or via Computicket (Johannesburg or Cape Town). Members of the True Believers network may contact their liaison officer for bookings whereby payment can be split and spread over a longer period (or visit the page for more info).

Controversy.

In 2008, DevilDriver were previously booked by another South African promoter to appear in the Hartbeespoort area near Johannesburg. The show was cancelled by the promoter at that time amidst claims of interference by religious groups in the area. Others claim the cancellation was the result of poor planning. In 2010, a similar incident occurred with the cancellation of Kataklysm to South Africa by yet another new promoter. Kataklysm have consequently visited South Africa on two occasions in 2014 and 2015, both times under the curatorship of Witchdoctor Productions. Witchdoctor Productions have also claimed interference from religious groups for some of their shows, resulting in changes to venues, yet none so far have succeeded in having a show cancelled outright.

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