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FOKOFPOLISIEKAR: After 10 Years!

Fokofpolisiekar Swanesang Turns 10

It is ten years since Fokofpolisiekar released Swanesang, their last full length album up to date, and true to form they have plans to celebrate this.

2006 was the year that Fokofpolisiekar released the Brand Suid-Afrika EP, was caught amid a ravaging media storm, recorded Swanesang at B Sharp Studios in Boksburg.  Their drummer, Jaco Snakehead Venter jumped out of the band’s tour van and broke his arm.  Justin Kruger had to temporarily replace him.   It was 100% rock ‘n roll chaos.

Die Bende released Swanesang, and felt driven to the point where they had to call a hiatus or call it quits.

The culturally and historically significant imprint they were making was the furthest thing from their minds as they were individually trying to figure out their way forward.

“2003 – 2006 was a crazy roller-coaster ride. None of us were ready for how intense the ride was going to be. The touring and endless parties started taking its toll. We had to make a decision. Now, 10 years later, I can confess that we made the right one. The 8 months break we took in 2007 was the best move we as a band could have made,’’ says Wynand Myburgh, manager and bassist of Fokofpolisiekar.

FokofpolisiekarIt is ten years later and the Fokofpolisiekar influence has spread to the inception of popular and award winning bands, aKING, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Van Coke Kartel and Francois van Coke’s successful solo career.  The band continues to be celebrated in books, documentaries, movies and more.

Most importantly they remain intimately connected. Not just as a band, but also in business: Wynand Myburgh manages Francois van Coke’s solo career.  Hunter Kennedy is part label owner at Supra Familias which released Francois’ debut solo album.  Johnny de Ridder is regularly involved with producing songs for the Die Heuwels Fantasties and Francois Van Coke.  Jaco Snakehead Venter has established himself as a band photographer and is the Fokof Lager brand manager.

The spirit of Fokof thrives as they continue to deliver the best live experience and reinforce their legacy by releasing crowd pleasers such as Fokof Lager on tap and vinyl editions of their musical releases.

2016 sees the official release of the Swanesang vinyl in July, a banging tour, fun competitions, and hopefully solving the mystery of how Johnny de Ridder doesn’t appear to age.

Swanesang is a 12” 180grams vinyl in a 300gms gatefold sleeve. The vinyl itself is white packaged in a black polybag.  Only 500 vinyl were produced and will be available on the #swanesang10 Vinyl Launch Tour and from www.fokofpolisiekar.co.za towards the end of July.

Jägermeister Presents: #SWANESANG10 Vinyl Launch Tour

The Jägermeister Presents #SWANESANG10 Vinyl Launch Tour. This will be Fokofpolisiekar’s last performance at this iconic venue before they move to a new location in Pretoria. Patrons of this show will be the first to get hold of the Swanesang vinyl!

Date: 10 June 2016

Venue:  Firkin, Centurion

Address: Lougardia Building, Embankment Rd & Hendrik Verwoerd Drive, Centurion

Contact: 012 663 4213

Performance time: 22h00

Ticket price: R100

Other: Expect a 17 song monster set.

 

Date: 1 July 2016

Line up: Fokofpolisiekar & others

Venue: Innibos Feesterrein – MK NOU! Rockverhoog.

Address: Innibos Feesterrein (Hoërskool Bergvlam), Geelhoutlaan

Contact: Innibos Feeskantoor (013) 741-5294

Gates open: 10h00

Performance time: 23h00

Tickets: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/vrydag_feesterreintoegang/1023200262

 

Date: 20 July 2016

Venue: Aandklas, Stellenbosch

Address: 43a Bird Street, Stellenbosch

Contact: 021 883 3545

Performance time: 10pm

Ticket price: R60 p.p

 

Date: 21 July 2016

Venue: Mystic Boer, Potchefstroom

Address: 72 James Moroka Street, CBD, Potchefstroom

Contact: Eloise – 018 293 1773

Performance time: 10pm

Ticket price: R60 p.p

 

Date: 22 July 2016

Venue: Trademarx, Pretoria

Address: Cnr Lynnwood Road & Kirkness Road, Pretoria

Contact: +27 12 344 5000

Performance time: TBC

Ticket price: TBC

Date: 23 July 2016

Venue: Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein

Address: 84 Kellner Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein

Contact: 051 430 2206

Performance time: 10pm

Ticket price: R80

 

Date: 5 August 2016

Venue: The Assembly

Address: 61 Harrington Street, District Six, Cape Town, 8001

Contact: 021 465 7286

Performance time: TBC

Tickets: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1463319754

Early bird – R80

Pre-sold – R100

Door – R120

 

Date:  6 August 2016

Line up: Fokofpolisiekar & others

Venue: Oppikoppi

Address: Northam, Limpopo

Contact: info@oppikoppi.co.za / 012 326 0560

Performance time: TBC

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1Qisimr

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