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Opening act: Jono Grayson

Dates:                   Wednesday 27 July

Times:                  Doors open at 18h30

Performances start at 19h30

Venue:                 Chavonnes Battery Museum, Silo District


Cost:                     Tickets R175 per person

Contact:               V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or

The Chavonnes Battery Museum in the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District is going to rock on Wednesday, 27 July when smoking hot rockers Arno Carstens and François van Coke team up for a one night only acoustic performance.Neither musician, singer, songwriter needs much introduction to rock fans.

Over the course of his illustrious music career, first as the lead singer for the Springbok Nude Girls in the 1990s and then as a solo artist, Carstens has piled up accolades. He released a total of 12 studio albums and over 20 top ten singles, won five South African Music Awards and performed at sold out concerts in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe and even America, the home of rock. He has performed at some of the world’s largest music festivals including Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park, Hard Rock Calling and the Isle of Wight.

Significantly, the world’s longest running and most successful rock band, The Rolling Stones, invited Arno Carstens to open for them when they performed live in Spain in 2007. It doesn’t get better than that. He has shared a stage with the likes of U2, REM, the Police, Paul Weller, Simple Minds, Ultravox, Meatloaf and INXS. Carstens also sings lead vocals and co-wrote three tracks on the 2011 Mike & The Mechanics album The Road.

Arno’s 13th full length studio album, Die Aandblom 13 will be released in August 2016.  It will be his first Afrikaans album, and the title pays homage to his childhood home address, and his Afrikaans roots. The album is preceded by a six track EP which debuted at number one on the SA iTunes Afrikaans charts and number four on the SA iTunes International charts. The first single off the album, Ontwaak, is currently charting on radio stations around South Africa.

Equally talented co-performer François van Coke is the front man and a founding member of the  iconic alternate rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Cartel.

Last year van Coke released his self-entitled first solo album.  ‘Toe Vind Ek Jou’ was the first single to be released from the album, and this ballad performed with Karen Zoid went racing up the charts to achieve chart history. It became the first Afrikaans album and single to simultaneously hold the number one position on the SA iTunes Store this year.  The song was downloaded more than 20 000 times on iTunes thus reaching Platinum status as a single. The music video for the song raked up over 1-million viewers within just six months, becoming the biggest Afrikaans music video of 2015.

Arno Carstens and François Van Coke collaborate on another single off the album is ‘Ek Weet Nie’. Audiences can expect to hear a selection of hits from the Springbok Nude Girls, Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Cartel, many English and Afrikaans songs spanning Arno’s solo career along with South African rock songs that inspired them both over the past 20 years.

Supporting Carstens and van Coke will be Jono Grayson, a contestant on The Voice in 2016.

The performance is limited to 200 guests, and a cash bar will be available on the evening. Doors open at 7pm, and performances are scheduled to start at 7.30pm. Tickets are available to purchase from Quicket at a cost of R175 per person. Convenient parking is available in the Silo District underground parking.

The show is presented by the V&A Waterfront, in association with KFM, and forms part of the monthly Acoustics Underground Series.

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