THE SEARCH IS ON FOR VODACOM IN THE CITY’S ONLY LOCAL BAND – THE WINNING ACT WILL OPEN FOR MGMT, RUDIMENTAL, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS & THE PRESETS!

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Building on the enormous success of last year’s ‘Open the City’ competition, Vodacom is once again offering SA’s rock and indie bands the opportunity to win the coveted slot as the only local band on the fully international line-up at this year’sVodacom In the City (VITC).

Taking place in Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerald Square on 3 October 2014, #VITC2014 is back! With an expected audience of 15,000 screaming fans, the winning band will share the spotlight alongside Rudimental, MGMT, Crystal Fighters and The Presets.

For last year’s winning band, Cape Town’s Al Bairre, playing at Vodacom In The City has propelled the band further in the local music scene. “Being voted by the public as the winner of Vodacom Open The City last year was such a dream,” says the band. “We were treated like royalty the whole day and got to rub shoulders with and perform alongside some of our international musical heroes.
Performing to so many people on such a large scale really cemented our thinking that this is definitely something we want to pursue further.”

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In order to enter just go to www.vitc.co.za. There’s a simple form that needs to be filled in along with links to music, a band logo and photo must also be uploaded. All entries will be whittled down to the top four finalists by a panel of industry specialists. The fans then get to vote for their favourite local act.

All four finalists will also get to perform at the pre-party to garner votes at The Vodacom Open the City Session at Townhall in Jo’burg on 5 September 2014.

The winning act will get to “Open the City” for the likes of MGMT and Rudimental and get paid a tidy little sum of R30,000 for the pleasure of rocking out on the main stage.

If you fit the following criteria, enter before midnight on 13 August 2014.

  • Your band must have a minimum of two years live performance experience
  • Your band must have played to an audience of at least 2000 attendees
  • You must have a minimum of 45 (forty five) minutes of original material
  • You must have been playlisted on a commercial or campus radio station
  • You must be available to perform on 5 September and 3 October 2014 in Johannesburg.
  • See T&C’s on the link above for all details.

The four finalists will be announced on 18 August 2014. Cape Town based five-piece classic indie pop band, Al Bairre won in 2013 and welcomed the boost it gave their music career.  Enter your band now.

Open the City is brought to you by Vodacom. Stay close to Vodacom In The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on the nominee announcements.

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LIVE ELECTRONIC ACT THE PRESETS TO SHAKE THINGS UP AT VODACOM IN THE CITY

The Presets

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Dynamic Australian electronic duo The Presets have been recognised worldwide for their incredible live performances, playing hundreds of shows and key slots at renowned music festivals like Glastonbury, Coachella, Exit, Melt, Parklife and Splendour in The Grass. Now The Presets are confirmed to blow the roof off at Vodacom In The City in Newtown on 3 October 2014.

Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes met while pursuing a mutual interest in contemporary music, where they then joined the instrumental, experimental band Prop, and in 2003 formed the more techno, dance focused duo The Presets. The band quickly became recognised for their ability to fuse elements of dance music with energy more akin to that of a rock ’n’ roll show. Their single, “My People” is the longest charting single in Australian chart history.

After releasing three landmark albums in the last 10 years with 2005’s Beams, 2008’s Apocalypso and 2012’s Pacifica, 2014 sees The Presets regroup, refocus and refine while 2014’s ‘No Fun’ sets The Presets on a nihilist path to techno decadence.

Along with the already-announced lineup of MGMT, Rudimental and Crystal Fighters, The Presets will deliver jolts of excitement, a change of perspective and a new way of experiencing techno at this year’s Vodacom In The City.

Get your tickets now to Vodacom In The City at vitc.co.za.

General access: R450

VITC PLUS: R1,000

Stay close to Vodacom In The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.

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Fans from Cape Town can also catch MGMT, Rudimental, Crystal Fighters and The Presets at Rocking The Daisies from 2-5 October 2014 at Cloof Wine Estate, Darling.

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MGMT HEADING TO SA FOR VODACOM IN THE CITY!

MGMT

After almost a decade of producing hit records, touring the world and headlining festivals across the globe, MGMT are finally heading to South Africa. Get ready to party with the psychedelic-synth pop beats of ‘Kids’, ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Time to Pretend’ when New York City’s MGMT hit Jozi for Vodacom in the City, on Friday 3rd October.

Now in its third year, Vodacom In the City transforms Mary Fitzgerald Square in downtown Jozi into a pulsating spectacle of lights, lasers and an incredible blend of Jozi’s cosmopolitan music lovers. Put Friday 3 October in your diaries, you don’t want to miss this.

MGMT join the already announced international line-up of UK’s Brit Award winning drum-and-bass maestro’s Rudimental and British electro-folk band Crystal Fighters.

Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden formed the first incarnation of MGMT (then called “the management”) as fellow students in 2001.  When they released the sensational Oracular Spectacular in 2008 their reputation began snowballing on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only were they nominated for a Grammy Award (which French dance act Justice picked up for remixing one of their tracks), but the UK’s leading music magazine NME dubbed them “the best NY band about” with Rolling Stone proclaiming them one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2008.”  Today, Oracular Spectacular with its major singles Kids, Time to pretend, Electric Feel & The Youth is consistently ranked amongst the most celebrated pop albums of the 21st century.

Without skipping a beat, MGMT, began writing and recording their second album Congratulations, which was released in April 2010 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.

Their latest self-titled album MGMT has been described as perfectly ‘on the current pulse’, ‘drawing seasoned fans and new initiates alike into the band’s eureka zone.’

“This album feels to us like coming down to earth in a way,” admits Ben. “We’re trying to be accessible but we’re trying to do something new within the realm of pop music. When we finally came close to finishing MGMT, everyone in the studio had the feeling that we’d made something really great.”  Having shared the stage with the likes of Beck, Yeasayer, Radiohead, Florence And The Machine and Tame Impala, one can be pretty certain that many others will feel the very same way.

Vodacom In the City promises to be a huge night of thumping beats.  It’s going to heave with music fans from across Jozi all there for the same reason – to party hard to the bands that they love! 

Stay close to Vodacom In The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on the next line-up announcements.

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Cape Town fans can catch MGMT, Rudimental and Crystal Fighters at Rocking the Daisies from 2-5 October 2014. #VITC2014

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