Free Concert at Mr Price Pro in Ballito from 2-11 July 2010
Previously known as the Guston 500 the internationally recognised Mr Price Pro takes place in Ballito from 2-11 July 2010. The waves at both Salmon Bay and Surfers beaches in Ballito are only 30km north of Durban and the Women’s and Junior heats take place from 2-4 July while the Men’s heats are from 5-11 July.
While the water will be pumping with surfers from all around the globe the public will be entertained not only by these water babies but also by the two day free concert at Salt Rock Beach with a variety of South Africa’s top and most popular bands.
The concert is presented by East Coast Radio and last year more than 7000 people rocked to the top acts on the seaside stage. This year you will enjoy both an acoustic evening on 9 July as well as a hardcore rock night on 10 July.
The Laid Back Beach Bonanza on Friday 9 July is a mix of instrumental and hippie roots with a touch of blues and folk music, think Jack Johnson, John Mayer and Donovan Frankenriefer. First up on the stage at 17h00 is Sidewash a new group with a groovy mix of jazz and funk, from 17h35 sit back, relax and watch the sun set to the tune of Guy Buttery. He’ll be featuring tracks from his latest album, Fox Hill Lane and his sound is distinctive has earned him both international and local recognition.
The folk rock, easy listening style of singer / songwriter Nibs van der Spuy hits the stage at 18h05 and he’ll capture the hearts of the east coast with his latest release A Bird In The Hand. Durban born Farryl Purkiss is next on the line up (18h35) and his bluesy style will get your toes tapping.
Photographs – Left: Pixie Bennet Band / Right: City Bowl Mizers
A name synonymous with acoustic rock has to be Ard Matthews, front man for Just Jinjer will be going back to his routes and entertaining the crowds with his soulful sound. The evening rounds up with Durban band Maisha who are on stage 20h20. This is a multi-cultural group of seven who kick out an eclectic sound including blues, folk, jazz and ballads in French, Swahili, Zulu and English. Multi-cultural and multi-talented!
On Saturday 10 July you can experience over five hours of rock music free of charge. Warming up the crowd at 16h30 is Catlike Thieves who were the winners of the Mir Price Pro Playoffs in June and are described as a mix of old-school hard rock, funk-blues and punk. Certainly a sound I’m keen on hearing more of!
For a bit of rock ‘n roll to get the party started, New Holland fits the bill and is on stage at 17h00 followed by the Pixie Bennett Band at 17h40, City Bowl Mizers at 18h30 and the very popular Dirty Skirts at 19h15. This indie rock band has incorporated some dance beats in their music and has a strong following nationwide. Flash Republic is next up to get the crowd going and their pop and dance influences as well as electronic sounds, guitar and drum beats will get you up on your feet if you weren’t already.
Final performers are my favourite SA rock band, Prime Circle and they’re on stage at 21h35 so make sure you don’t miss them. The husky voice of lead singer Ross Learmonth will have you singing along with some of their most well known tunes. Their latest album All Or Nothing has been really successful with songs Out of This Place, She Always Gets What She Wants and Consider Me I can’t think of a better way to end a fabulous two day concert.
It isn’t often you get something for nothing and even more rare to get to see so many fantastic South African bands on one stage without having to pay to see them. So don’t miss out on this great two day event, go on and support the musicians and their music – they are there for you, the fans! Rock Out at the Mr Price Pro!