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Gareth James LIVE at Café Roux – Cape Town: May 19, 2018
Gareth James and his band will be performing their original songs at Cape Town’s Café Roux on Saturday the 19th of May.
This is a not to be missed showcase of his americana/country and latest bro-country release, featuring the track “Her Playground” which just launched on iTunes.
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This is a song crucified on the very axis of life, somehow containing the dynamic tension we all face in relationships, the loop in which we either lose or win. Gareth James is telling a different story, he’s about the lyrics, the words that change you inside. He’s about all the battles you’ve had and all the times you failed when you tried. He’s about the times it came out wrong and he’s about the truth when it’s too hard to face. Her Playground features an unreleased Cape Town rapper who makes his debut on this stage.
The three piece Gareth James band will also perform other tracks from the same album and your old time favourites will be there too.

A humble but passionate advocate for South African alternative country music, Gareth James has introduced us to something that has long been calling from our own hearts: a sound that transcends the sultriest bar and conjures up that endless ribbon of open road that everyone of us wants to drive at least once in a life time.
He evokes the dream that ends where you want it to and lands in your lap, your love fulfilled. He asks the questions that have burned inside you all your life.
That’s because he carries a cross for music: Gareth started his career in rock, his transition to country brought on two years of anguish in which he waited for the break of day: Gareth James is a man who shares his place in the light because he has done his time in the dark.


John Williamson (Australia)



It is hard to describe John Williamson and his music without thinking that you have left something out or underrated his contribution and achievements.

How do you sum up an artist who has captured a country in song and had such a successful career in one of the most cutthroat industries around? It’s an almost impossible task.

Very few artists have experienced and earned the longevity of such a career as John Williamson. It’s quite rare but when you review his albums and songs you can see why.

After 48 years in the music industry, touring continuously for that period, John’s career is stronger than ever and he is still writing and recording new songs. But during this time, he has shunned celebrity and resisted offers to take his music to the international stage, preferring to stay true to his passion: Australia.

An ARIA Hall of Fame member, John Williamson has won 3 ARIA Awards, 4 APRA Awards, 8 TSA Awards, 8 MO Awards, 26 Golden Guitar Awards and sold more than 4 million albums in Australia earning numerous GOLD and PLATINUM Records. On Australia Day 1992, Williamson was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to Australian country music and in stimulating awareness of conservation issues”.

John is not only an artist of unbelievable musical poetry but also a man of integrity. He has always stood firm to his own beliefs and his courage of his conviction regardless of the outcome and without regrets. He is truly proud of his country and stands and sings tall with each note.

John Williamson is without question, an Australian icon. His voice and sound are as recognisable and important to Australia as the Southern Cross is to the flag. He’s performed at some of Australia’s most historic and nation stopping events, and to battlers across this vast country. His songs and music are simply for everyone.


Brittany Dilkes Trio

Brittany Dilkes Trio



This musical trio is made up of singer-pianist Brittany Dilkes, double bassist Brydon Bolton and saxophonist Shaun Acker. They will perform a mix of Brittany’s soulful original material, a splash of Diana Krall, as well as easy listening unique renditions of  jazz standards to get feet tapping.

Brittany Dilkes is a singer-songwriter pianist who has grown up in Cape Town with a love of blues and jazz. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in jazz voice. Inspired by nature, her song writing has been influenced by natural elements such as the sea, the moon and the stars. Last year she released an album Walking in a Storm that displays her vocal and piano skills through her original material.

She has performed in many venues around Cape Town in, as well as for corporate functions, very regularly as a jazz duo with double bassist Brydon Bolton. Brydon is well-known not only in the jazz world, but he plays classically as well as in world music projects. He is a composer and producer, having produced Brittany’s album.

The duo are joined at Café Roux by saxophonist Shaun Acker. Shaun has composed extensively for South African contemporary dance and has appeared in numerous jazz festivals alongside international stars such as Beauna Vista Social Club.

As a trio they will play a lovely mix of beautiful ballads as well as bluesy and uptempo repertoire so come and enjoy a meal and the show.


Arc the Forest



Arc The Forest is a four piece alternative rock band from Cape Town. Their sound encapsulates lyrical allure and sonic fullness. Their debut EP ‘To Fall Again’ will take you on the journey of self-actualisation that embodies the transition from adolescence into adulthood, while dealing with issues around depression, sexuality, sexual experience and religion. ‘To Fall Again’ reached number 5 on the SA iTunes chart on its release date, has been well received by the band’s fanbase, and was reviewed by music and event blog ‘Texx and the City’. You can find the EP on all streaming platforms, including Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Google Play and Deezer.


Nic Preen

Nic Preen and The World of Birds



Nic Preen & The World Of Birds is a South African flock-rock and pop band formed in Cape Town, Western Cape in 2017.  Preen founded the band after spending several years as the lead singer and principle song-writer for the highly successful Indie-Finger- Pop group, Al Bairre. Born out of a necessity to get back on stage and wiggle his body after Al Bairre’s break up, Preen put together the World Of Birds consisting of Conor McCarthy (Drums), Christa Faure (Lead Guitar & Percussion), Al Clapper (Keys & Vox), Matt Rightford (Saxophone) & Jed Da Silva (Bass) and has immediately returned to the festival circuit playing a mixture of both old Al Bairre favourites and new ‘Nicpreen & The World Of Birds’ material to fans nation wide.  Nic & The Birds have recently released three new singles: “Baboo” & “Never Ever” with a third most recent “Stay Or Leave”.

Sunset Sweatshop

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Makes a steamy entrance with their debut single – ‘Move It’

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Introducing Sunset Sweatshop: Nicholas Forbes, Richard Dicks, Ian Heyns, Rossouw Wentzel, Victor Green

Photo by: Karen Bergh Photography

There’s a new kaleidoscope of creative criminals in town and they won’t only steal your ears but also your ability to stay still with their unique combination of killer keys, guitar coma-tomic riffs and bass and drums . These guys will get those dusty hips shaking again with their ‘bringing-sexy-back’ music.

Sunset Sweatshop is a five-piece indie, goema, reggae and even boeremusiek and marabi infused outfit all hailing from the northern suburbs of Cape Town and was formed in October 2016.

These new kids on the block are hitting the local scene up with their debut single ‘Move It’.


Stream ‘Move It’ on: Soundcloud

‘Move It’ is the kind of track that reminds us why the world fell in love with SA music legends from the eighties such as Bright Blue, Tananas and Void in a time when music was the vehicle used to bring about change and the rebirth of a nation. Sunset Sweatshop possesses the kind of sound that makes you proud to be part of a place so rich and plentiful in musical culture.

Each member of Sunset Sweatshop consisting of Ian Heyns (Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar), Rossouw Wentzel (Lead & Rhythm Guitar), Victor Green (Drums), Nick Forbes (Keys and Guitar) and Richard Dicks (Bass Guitar), is equally talented in their instrument of choice. Everyone is constantly busy eating, breathing and living the magic that is music and letting it bleed through their fingers to create a sound and feel that is synonymous with the vibrant tastes and flavours of South Africa.

All the members have been active in the music scene, except for Ian (frontman) who is making his onstage debut, following years of operating behind the scenes as an exceptional songwriter. It’s certainly not an easy effort for those wishing to classify, label and box the group’s sound. They feed off a wide spectrum of influences and at the end of the day they have been able to create something with real authentic artistic flair.

The music created by this tenacious troupe has true grit, meaningful lyrics and  ‘move-it’ melodies; so catchy you’ll be humming it non-stop.

Their history is still to be written but this will be a book worth reading as they continue to roll with the punches and produce awesome tunes. Sit tight and enjoy this melodious ride!


Josh Wantie

Josh Wantie


Capetown based singer/producer JOSH WANTIE blends influences of Electro beats and chilled folk vocals with huge productions to create a unique brand of Futurebass and Deephouse. His music has been taking local and international radio by storm with hits “Brightest Light” and Go Under” amassing more than 30 millions plays worldwide. Touring locally and internationally he promises to be a unique and fun act to watch out for!


The Plastics

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THE PLASTICS are a psych pop band from Cape Town, South Africa. The band have released two EPs and three albums: The Plastics EP 2008, Kiss The Plastics EP 2009, Shark 2010 (produced by Gordon Raphael), Pyramid 2012 (produced by Shai Caleb Hirschson) and In Threes 2015 (self-produced, except the recording of Walking the Cow in Sydney, which was co- produced with the Grammy Award-nominated Hector Castillo).


The Plastics have been nominated for numerous awards including two SAMA Nominations (Best Rock and Best Alternative), had three successive Top 10 national radio hits, topped numerous campus radio charts with another 5 singles, released 8 music videos, played at every major festival and extensively toured South Africa.


Throughout the years, the band has gained a cult-like following and have opened for numerous international acts since their inception in 2008.


2014 saw them touring and working on new material. In November 2014, The Plastics embarked on their first European tour, which included a slot at the prestigious Nouvelle Prague music festival and some amazing club shows in London and Berlin.


2015 brought about exciting times; The band released two new singles ‘Table Manners’, followed by ‘All I Really Want’ which was play listed on national radio including 5FM.


The Plastics win a studio recording session at the iconic Studio 301 in Sydney, with Converse Rubber Trax Global, giving them an opportunity to work with world-renowned producer and sound engineer Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Björk, Lou Reed among others.) International artists that have recorded at 301 include Kanye West, Lana Del Ray, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Muse, Jay-Z, Metallica, The Black Eyed Peas, U2, Snoop Dogg, Tiesto, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Prince, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, INXS and Midnight Oil. In September 2015 The Plastics joined this remarkable list.

The Plastics released their 3rd studio offering, In Threes, in November 2015, followed by a UK album launch tour with three shows in London – Sofar, The Half Moon (Putney) and The Garage.

2016, The Plastics released two new singles to radio stations nationwide, namely Sun Scream (including a music video) and None Of The Others. The band also performed at Oppikoppi and Rocking The Daises this year.

2017 The Plastics landed an amazing opportunity to score the official Sound Track for an exciting South African movie and spent much of the year in Studio preparing and writing their 4th Studio album due for release in 2018.


Armand Joubert Live & Acoustic

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Armand Joubert is a South African-born singer-songwriter, and at only 22 years of age,

already has a number 1 hit under his belt.

His voice is one of a kind, with a soaring range and a metallic purity that only the rock

‘n roll legends possessed. Yet, brandishing strong hints of Hip-Hop and R&B, his style and

sound create the perfect contrast for the tall, unassuming musician with killer looks and

signature top-hat.

His magnetic charm and soaring voice can be showcased as a solo or 3 piece band

performance. Armand enthrals his crowd with an electric performance topped off with

his energetic dance moves.


-Signed to Universal Music.

-The Voice SA Season 2 Contestant in Team Karen.

-Joined the nation-wide tour with the Top 4 contestants of The Voice SA season 2.

-Latest single ‘Should I’ topped the charts in SA as well as bring added to multiple charts

in the UK, USA, Botswana and Papua New Guinea.

-Opened for Prime Circle, Nicholis Louw & Blackbyrd.

-New Single ‘So Gone’ released in February 2018.