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Beatenberg at Cafe Roux
June 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmR120
Beatenberg are the new “it” boys of SA pop, with an explosion of radio hits & an unbelievable 6 awards at last months SAMA Awards (including Best Album & Best Group).
Their self-declared ‘pop’ aesthetic becomes clear in the first song written for ‘The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg’, Echoes. Echoes blends synth elements with ‘africanesque’ guitar lines & stark, haunting vocals, while the band’s impromptu acoustic performance video of Scorpionfish (2012) displays their core as a trio that actually plays instruments.
The name Beatenberg fast became familiar after the country started asking, “Who is Chelsea Blakemore?” after the release of their debut single Chelsea Blakemore in late 2013. With extensive gigging & touring throughout 2013 & 2014, including performances at all of SA’s major festivals, Beatenberg opened for Bastille, John Newman, 30 Seconds to Mars & most recently One Direction, in between a number of showcase events in New York at the CMJ Music Marathon.
On top of this, their collaboration with DJ Clock, Pluto (Remember You), grew to become the biggest smash hit of the summer in Southern Africa & broke the record for most weeks at #1 on radio with 19 weeks on the top spot, making it the longest a song has held onto the #1 position in radio tracking history in the country.
We have been big fans of this trio since watching them at their first intimate Session at cafe Roux about 18 months ago & it’s been amazing to witness how they’ve exploded since!
Have a listen….. http://tinyurl.com/oj73g98
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