Bed on Bricks
It has been a fantastic few years for Bed on Bricks! Celebrating 16 years of gracing the country’s top venues and festivals, these critically acclaimed Cape Town local rock/ funk icons have not only added opening for international acts Bastille and The Crash Test Dummies to their musical arsenal, but have played two phenomenal sets at the STRAB (Mozambique) and Oppikoppi festivals this year, respectively.
Bricks have three studio albums as well as a live acoustic album: “Humanarium’’ (2003), ‘’If You See Kay’’ (2005), ‘’Royal Honey’’ (2008) & ‘’Takeaways’’ (2006)
Singer Mike Hardy’s lyrics are smart, positive, informed and questioning. Whether they are rapped or sung, they remain inspired by life in urban Cape Town. Schalk van der Merwe’s bass, Tim Rankin’s drums and Dave van der Linden’s guitar are played with passion and energy.
Bed on Bricks are into the sweetness of life at the Southern tip of Africa and playing their instruments for the love of it. And man do they love it!
Accomplished Singer/ Songwriter and guitarist Nick Turner was the founding member of Sons of Trout in the late 90’s, and later one half of Mikanic, with fellow Trout Mike Rennie.
Nick’s music effortlessly spans genres with influences ranging from Rock, Reggae, and Afro-Pop to Ghoema, hip-hop and jazz. He writes in both English and Afrikaans, with songs that are lyrically powerful, relevant, humorous and energetic. His music has a wide appeal, with performances that feature virtuosic musicianship.
After spending several years in New York City, Nick returned to Cape Town to embark on a solo career. Since then he has been a regular highlight on the stages of the country’s major music festivals including Oppikoppi, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Rocking the Daisies and KKnK, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees. At KKnK, Nick has been involved in a number of award-winning shows. In 2010, he won the award for ‘Best Debut Production’ alongside Karen Zoid and Louis Mhlanga in the show ‘Malaika/My Engel’ In 2015, he was part of the show ‘Al le die Berge Nog so Blou’ which clinched the award for ‘Best Music Production” at the festival. The show went on to win the prestigious Fiesta award for ‘Best Music Production’ that same year. He has collaborated with some of the best in the business including Zolani Mahola, Albert Frost, Tony Cedras and Bakithi Kumalo (from Paul Simon fame), Schalk Joubert, et al
After much anticipation Nick has released his first solo album “Home and Secure”. ‘’Home and Secure’’, is a retrospective of Nick’s career spanning 20 years in the industry. “It’s really a homecoming album,’ he says, ‘A retrospective of my love affair with music and the journey it has taken me on, which has spanned twenty years, so far.” Nick drew together a stellar line-up of musical collaborators to weave the rich sonic tapestry of the album. Most of the songs on the thirteen-track album are new, including a few Afrikaans numbers which are already favourites with live audiences, as well as fresh takes on a couple