Witchdoctor Productions are thundering back onto the South African nightlife calendar in 2014 with some radical announcements to whet the appetite of any extreme metaller! In it’s new guise (formerly Witchdoctor Records) and a fresh partner in the mix, Alec Surridge (formerly in Sacraphyx and The Warinsane), Witchdoctor is back on the map after a few years of perceived dormancy. The brand was highly active in the early-to-mid 2000’s, having toured bands to South Africa such as The Haunted, Sepultura, Entombed, Soulfly, Carcass and a slew of local festival-styled and other events. We caught up with both partners in the venture for a word or two on the sudden and dramatic kick into action; why now? Why at all?
“Live events have always been the core of what we were about. Why now again… Just got tired of not seeing any real metal bands come to South Africa.” ~ Shaughn Pieterse (original founder of Witchdoctor Records)
Earlier this year was the first real chance that we had to start speaking seriously about it. I suppose having been active with those Witchdoctor tours of the past, it seemed like a good idea, so Shaughn got in touch and put some ideas to me. There was no hesitation. It just had to be done!” ~ Alec Surridge (Witchdoctor Productions)
They are now back with a vengeance, having announced the imminent arrival of Canadian death metallers Kataklysm for two dates in July, and the two-headed beast of Behemoth and Konkhra arriving from Northern Europe in late-November.
KATAKLYSM DATES & INFO:
Kataklysm will appear in Cape Town at The Assembly on Friday 18 July, alongside local support from Suiderbees (Cape Town) and Bleeding Spawn (Middleberg). A particularly special feature will also be the reunion appearance of Sacraphyx, Cape Town’s extreme metal legends of old.
Kataklysm will then travel to Johannesburg to appear at The Doors in Edenvale on Saturday 19 July, alongside local support from Sacraphyx, Bile Of Man (Pretoria), and Wrust (Gabarone, Botswana).
Tickets for both shows are available via Plankton.mobi at R350 per person.
No more information is currently available for the Behemoth / Konkhra dates except that Johannesburg will be on Friday 28 November, and Cape Town on Saturday 29 November. We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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