A Rocking Evening!

I had the great fortune of being able to see Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke perform an acoustic gig at Barnyard last night; and boy am I happy myself and the other half went – was a great experience! I’ve seen Francois perform on various occasions in an acoustic setting; on his own and with others, but had never seen Arno on his own – I can now understand why women go a bit gaga over the lad 😉

They went through a host of Springbok Nudegirl’s songs, Arno tracks, Van Coke and Fokof songs, all of which were met with great enthusiasm from the crowd attending. It was pretty cool to hear old favorites with a new acoustic twist and the added vocals from one of the two gents on a song that wasn’t theirs; with beautiful harmonizing thrown in from Jedd Kossew (guitarist for Van Coke Kartel).

Gus Warden on drums performed brilliantly as well; overall a great 4some to watch! Francois and Arno are also including a sort of 20 year review in their show of personal favourites of their own from past rockers. Cover’s of Battery 9’s “Kom Hier” and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” among those, along with numbers originally by Fuzigish (the other half went a bit fanboi over that hehehehehe), Koos Kombuis and Johannes Kerkorrel.

The show only has one night left – if you’re in Jhb and can get to Barnyard Rivonia tonight, I strongly urge you to book yourself a ticket to see them in action – you won’t be disappointed! Clickety here to get your tickets!

Here are two short snippets I took last night, hope you enjoy them 🙂


Press Release for the show:

Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke will tour South Africa during April and May 2014, with a show that celebrates the past 20 years of SA Rock.

The performance sees both singers on stage together for the full set, along with their acoustic guitars. Gus Warden will accompany them on drums and Jedd Kossew (Van Coke Kartel) on electric guitar.

Together they will perform a selection of hits from Springbok Nude Girls, Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel and Arno’s solo career as well as SA Rock songs that have influenced and inspired them over the last 20 years.

“I am very excited to play some shows with Arno again. We had a great run of shows last year and this year is going to be even better.” says Francois.

Francois van Coke is the lead singer of Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. During his ten year career as lead singer of these Afrikaans rock bands, he has released 7 full length albums, 3 Ep’s and collaborated with likes of Seether, Jack Parow, Die Antwoord and Die Heuwels Fantasties. He has received 3 SAMA awards and multiple MK Awards.

Francois is currently working on new Fokofpolisiekar material, touring with Van Coke Kartel, playing solo shows and working on a new project set to be released in 2015. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/francois.vancoke

“I think Francois, me and the guys are equally ecstatic about taking our show on the road again after last year’s success, but this time we’re adding something special and paying our respects to some of the best songs written over the last 20 years by South African rock artists, and that is an added joy. We had a meeting and discussed our wish lists, made up of sentimental personal favourites. Songs that should never be forgotten. I don’t see this as a celebration of the past but rather an affirmation of timeless SA Rock classics.” says Arno.

During his career as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno Carstens has released 10 studio albums, had over 20 top ten singles, won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world including U2, The Rolling Stones and REM and performed at some of the most legendary international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling.

Arno Carstens 5th solo album, ‘Lightning Prevails’, will be released in 2014. Watch the video for the first single, a cover of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell online at http://www.arnocarstens.com

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