The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town – recently introduced a new series of events they are hosting entitled: “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” – a series unique to its kind of which intimate approach and unique setting has rarely been seen before in the Mother City.
A combination of the concept of VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged – the series hosts some of South Africa’s top music acts and offer fans, music fanatics, media and industry insiders the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer on a personal level.
The series launched in October with guests VAN COKE KARTEL performing and interacting with fans and music industry insiders to great success.
“Van Coke Kartel was the first band to be featured for the new Rock ‘n Rollercoaster and Assembly Radio Live showcase, with a gig that chased all Monday blues away. It was also the first time this well known Afrikaans rock band – famous for their wild and vibrant performances – played this type of acoustic show. All four band members were sitting down with the audience seated too. Their energy, however, was still enough to blow the roof off and the moment drummer Jason Oosthuizen stepped on the kick pedal, the whole of District Six seemed to tremble for a second. Between songs, eager fans joined the MC with Q&A’s for the band. Topics ranged from technical sound and music related questions to the number of women Jason “usually” sleeps with on tour. The band opened with a song titled ‘Dankie Ek’s Veilig Hier’ from their 4th full length album and followed up with ‘‘n Klein Wêreld’ from their latest album Bloed, Sweet en Trane which was released early last month. Frontman Francois van Coke explained that this album was the first time he tried to write lyrics with a more story-telling, narrative edge to it. A member of the crowd had his birthday made extra special when Francois requested lead guitarist Jedd Kossew to show off his mad guitar skills and play ‘Happy Birthday’ in, as Francois put it,“Jimmy-style”. The crowd clearly enjoyed this rendition of the old birthday tune and showed gratitude by praising this instrumentalist of note. VCK ended the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster with ‘Môre Gloed’ the first song off their new album. By this time all sorrow of the beginning of a new week was long forgotten and bassist Wynand Myburgh showed that it was just too hard not to jump around when rocking to the music. It was indeed a very successful kick-off to a series of unique sessions that will host some of South Africa’s top music acts. The sessions offer music fanatics and media the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer, on a more personal level.” – Janine Oosthuizen, Your LMG.
For the second event in NOVEMBER, Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents: TAXI VIOLENCE
Date: Monday, 18 November 2013
Time: 19h00 for 19h30
Venue: The Assembly, Cape Town
Entrance: R40 pre-sold on http://www.webtickets.co.za/assembly, R50 at the door.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to guarantee your seat or purchase your ticket on Webtickets. Limited tickets and seating will be made available due to the nature of the event.
You have the chance to get involved and be a part of the conversation.
R.O.A.R / NO UNDER 18s
Tune in @ www.theassembly.co.za/radio.
“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” will also be taking place on the 9th of December for 2013. Be sure to follow the links below to stay updated on all info with regards to the events.
MORE ABOUT “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…”:
“The idea came about when we considered the potential of Assembly Radio with the offering of The Assembly venue. It makes sense that when you combine the two elements, you get something very unique and new to the music scene. From the inception of Assembly Radio, Dylan Culhane’s Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show (which is broadcasted on Monday evenings) has been a stalwart in the line-up of shows, proudly waving the flag for the Rock ‘n Roll genre on the station. Week after week, the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show provides our audience with great music and intriguing discussions and with Dylan’s ability to interview and get the most out of his subjects, it makes the perfect match for this event.”
Thus, the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show will be taken from the radio booth and given a much larger platform on the stage whilst inviting an audience to participate. Some of South Africa’s most influential artists and bands have been selected to perform acoustically and chat with Dylan Culhane in a very informal and relaxed setting. The audience will also have their chance to chat to the band and participate in the conversation.
Not only will the events offer a complete different experience than what fans are used to at The Assembly, but the venue itself is also very different on the night. They bring the stage to the crowd and create a more intimate environment so that attendees can be a part of the evening. The appearance of the band is broken up into live acoustic performances in between questions from Dylan as well as the crowd attending. The duration of the appearance is around two hours, whereafter the audience is welcome to see the night out at the venue. The evening is also broadcasted live on Assembly Radio, and filmed for later viewing by fans.
“The live broadcast element allows fans nationally and internationally to tune in and be a part of the evening. The intimate conversational style of the evening sets it apart from other events, as well as giving the audience the opportunity to take part in the conversation.”
“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock n Rollercoaster Presents…” Offers:
An intimate, unique experience with some of SA’s top music acts and artists.
Hosted on a Monday, the chance to start your week interacting with your favourite band.
The public and fans have the unique opportunity to join in the conversation and hear first hand what their favourite acts have to say.
Media gains content directly from the horse’s mouth and no further investigation is necessary. They get the opportunity to gain information from the artists on stage, as well as the various other industry personalities attending in the audience.
The SA music industry have the chance to be a part of a creative platform that will include media, fans and peers from the industry. This platform allows them to share and gain ideas and stories, as well as a networking and relationship-building opportunity.