25 JUNE 2013


The Hives and Skunk Anansie

join rocking international line-up for

Vodacom In the City





Vodacom In the City has added Swedish rock sensation The Hives and revived iconic British band Skunk Anansie to this year’s international line-up, cementing the festival’s creds as one of the edgiest and most anticipated music events on the South African calendar.


These two powerful and dynamic music forces now join alt-j and Boys Noize for this one-day music festival, and all are guaranteed to rock downtown Jo’burg and the 15,000 fans who will pound the ground at Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerald Square on 4 October 2013.


The Hives will no doubt satisfy long-standing fans with music ranging from their early albums Barely Legal (1997) and Veni Vidi Vicious (2000) to Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004), The Black and White Album (2007) and their most recent Lex Hives (2012).


Catapulting them to international rock status with hits like Hate To Say I Told You SoMain Offender,Supply And Demand and Die, Alright! off of Your New Favourite Band (a compilation of songs from Barely LegalVVV and theA.k.a I-D-I-O-T EP) The Hives made lovers of garage-rock sit up and take notice. Tyrannosaurus Hives gave birth to tracks Walk Idiot WalkTwo-Timing Touch & Broken Bones and A Little More For Little You; and The Black and White Album shook the airwaves with its hit single Tick Tick Boom!.


Knowing they still had so much awesomeness to share with the world, the 12-track compilation Lex Hives was released in 2012 on The Hives’ own label, Disques Hives. Lead single Go Right Ahead moved the band into glam-punk territory and was met with rave reviews and huge airplay.


Be prepared to rock out with The Hives when they’re unleashed on the Vodacom In the City stage, performing in their trademark black and white suits.


That same stage will also host the brooding, funky beats, edgy lyrics and punk riffs of Skunk Anansie.


Reunited after an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie have “come home”, says lead singer Skin. Along with band members Ace (guitar), Cass Lewis (bass) and Mark Richardson (drums), Skunk Anansie have rekindled the feeling and soul of their previous work to continue the distinctive and dynamic sound that has made them the award-winning music force they are today.


Skunk Anansie will get feet stomping and crowds jumping with their versatile range of hits from multi-platinum albums Paranoid And Sunburnt (1995), Stoosh (1996) and Post Orgasmic Chill (1999). Fans will remember singles like Brazen (Weep)Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)Weak and Secretly.


Newer music off their albums Wonderlustre (2010) and Black Traffic (2012) combines Skunk Anansie’s trademark raw rock riffs, deep funk, frenetic drum-work and lush vocals with more confidence and maturity. Singles My Ugly Boy, and the gothic, slow-burning My Love Will Fall have reinforced their status as one of rock’s most innovative, passionate and soulful bands.


Skunk Anansie will also be releasing their first-ever live acoustic album; the as-yet-untitled collection will be released in September this year, just in time for Vodacom in the City!


Adding The Hives and Skunk Anansie to an international line-up that already includes alt-j and Boys Noize will ensure tickets to Vodacom In The City are even more sought-after. Festival organiser, Seed Experiences, is urging eager fans of great music to get their tickets early to avoid missing out on this once-in-a-lifetime music line-up.


So before you make your plans for 4 October 2013, ask yourself: Where else can lovers of powerful rock and the best in electronic dance music hear four outstanding and iconic music acts in one awesome festival in downtown Joburg?


The Hives and Skunk Anansie will also be performing at Rocking The Daisies alongside alt-j and Boys Noize on the 5 October 2013 at Cloof Wine Estate in Darling, Western Cape. For more info please visit

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