Old Mutual Encounters Concerts

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Country and Region South AfricaGauteng
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Festival Description

The Old Mutual Encounters Concerts is back with a brand new series. The last series of Old Mutual Encounters Concerts proved to be a standout success for this year’s calendar showcasing what many have regarded as one of the most eclectic and ground breaking collection of line-ups. This new season promises to be filled with more headlining acts and some new kids on the block creating an outstanding musical experience for all.

The Old Mutual Encounters Concerts MK Vredefest will get the ball rolling for this thrilling series at the ambient setting of the Emmarentia Dam, in the Johannesburg Botanic gardens on the 6 June. Audiences can look forward to exhilarating live stage acts from aKING, Fokofpolisiekar, Tidal Waves and Zebra & Giraffe.

Cape Town based band aKING, brings you a new sound that is an enticing mixture of foot-tapping beats and a dynamic blend of musical style. Described as intense and relentless, this performance will definitely not be one to miss! Join in on the mind-blowing and high energy live show of Afrikaans alternative rock band Fokofpolisiekar. Formed in 2003, this band has since gone from strength to strength, injecting South African music scene with innovative rock tunes.

Reggae band Tidal Waves are known for their song writing sophistication with their political and socially orientated lyrics. Fans can enjoy a fantastic and impressive sound and will be sure to witness a musical masterpiece. Pushing the musical envelope, Zebra & Giraffe, with their unique look and music, will bring something original and exciting to the Johannesburg music scene. Be sure to catch this year’s winner of the South African Music Award for Best Rock Album for their debut album “Collective Memories”.

So launch your winter season with a big bang and come and join us for an unforgettable rock and roll experience and get ready to have fun in the sun and bask in the sound waves. Be sure to pack your umbrella, picnic blankets, and cooler boxes and let Old Mutual Encounters Concerts take care of the rest.

Festival Dates October 9 - 10, 2010
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Festival Story:

In September 2004, at a darkened Kippies in Newtown, Old Mutual staged its first “Encounters” evening for 100 specially invited guests. The concept: take two artists from different musical or creative backgrounds, and give them the space to collaborate. Let them jam together in a rehearsal room for a couple of days and see what emerges. The result of that first collaboration was breathtaking. The stars for that inaugural performance were to be Arno Carstens and Gloria Bosman. But the real sensation was neither—but rather what was created in that space between them. It was the best of both worlds. A new creative space “neither mine nor yours, but ours”. The combination of Gloria’s scorching vocals and Arno’s raunchy stage act was electrifying. Encounters was born.

The magic of this series is that the performances are unique. They cannot be duplicated on any other night, on any other stage. Some of the artists may choose to work together again, but the magic of that first Encounter is the spark that lights the fire. Old Mutual Encounters is a project of Old Mutual, which is a Proudly South African company, and managed by Oppikoppi Productions.


Practical Info:

Tickets 2009:
  • Tickets are available via http://www.tunegum.com for R50 and at the gate R70. Patrons are urged to buy tickets before the time as if a concert is rained out, the ticket may be used for any of the other Encounters Shows at Emmarentia Dam for the same monetary value.
  • Please remember that NO alcohol, glass or cans will be allowed into the venue — there is a fully stocked bar on site.
  • Emmerentia Dam
    Johannesburg, Gauteng, Australia


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