The Scoop: Four South African bands. One “Vodacom Open The City” winner. You decide
The Spin: For two weeks SA’s rock and indie bands have been submitting their entries in the hopes of being selected as a Vodacom Open The City finalist. After an intense judging session, this year’s panel has chosen the four finalists. And here they are: P.H.Fat, The Kiffness, The Plastics and Bye Beneco.
Vodacom is now giving the power to you – the music fans – to decide which one of these four local bands will be named Open The City winner and share the stage with Vodacom In The City’s international acts Rudimental, MGMT, Crystal Fighters and The Presets.
Public voting has opened and there are two ways to vote for the band you want to Open The City on 3 October:
Visit http://www.vitc-competitions.co.za/, and click to vote for your band (make sure you read the Ts&Cs);
SMS the band’s name to 48477
- SMS “PHFAT” to 48477
- SMS “KIFFNESS” to 48477
- SMS “PLASTICS” to 48477
- SMS “BYE BENECO” to 48477
(Standard SMS rates apply, follow the link in the reply SMS for Ts&Cs).
This year’s judging panel included Rowen Gangulu (Vodacom), Blaise Janichon (Seed Experiences), Sotiris Moldovanos (5FM), and Diane Coetzer (renowned music journalist), who had a tough time choosing the finalists from the impressive list of entries received.
Last year the voting got fierce – and fun – as each band finalist jostled for votes by creating their own “vote for us” videos, memes and heartfelt pleas on social media.
Public who vote before the end of August will stand the chance to see the finalists compete in an exclusive event on 5 September at theOpen The City Session gig at Town Hall, Newtown.
Space at the Open The City Session is limited – But Vodacom is giving fans the chance to win two tickets to the gig simply by voting. Secure your spot at the front of the stage and get voting via www.VITC.co.za and SMS.
Plus if you have your photo taken at the Open The City Session at one of the Vodacom booths, you could win a chance to be on the exclusive Vodacom VIP Deck at Vodacom In The City. More details at http://www.vitc-competitions.co.za/
Voting closes on at midnight on 12 September and the winning band, the one that receives the most votes, will be announced on 17 September.
Open the City is brought to you by Vodacom, headline sponsor of Vodacom In the City 2014, a Seed Experiences event. Follow @Vodacom, @InTheCityJHB and #VITC2014 for all the Open The City news and activity.
About the Open The City finalists
P.H.Fat is a Capetonian rap group made up of Smooth Mike (the voice) and Narch (the beats). Together, they make electro rap tracks that are best played loud. They’re the guys who do things a little differently; they don’t have a record label and they give their music away for free. If you’ve ever seen one of their explosive live shows, you’ll understand why they have over 26 000 Facebook fans and a crowd banging down the doors to get in.
The Kiffness’ deep, infectious sound was pioneered by passionate sound engineer Dave Scott, who was later joined by his musical partner, Black Norris, a.k.a Mvelo Shandu, who plays bass and drums in the band. The duo’s relationship was harnessed from endless hours of singing in the chapel and playing jazz together at Michaelhouse High School. This unique, melodic electronica will have you hypnotised. Watch out for their instrumental talent and uninhibited dance moves – you won’t regret it.
The Plastics are a quirky, retro rock band that likes to make their friends dress up in gorilla costumes. They make melodic, disco-flavoured rock, peppered with a lot of lyrical genius. In 2008 they released their first EP, The Plastics, followed closely by another one called Kiss The Plastics (2009). Both were distributed for free – because they’re nice like that. Since then, the band has been dishing out hit after successful hit. Their live shows bring with them heaps of infectious energy, fuelled with elation.
Bye Beneco is raw, organic and dreamy, with an underlying gypsy-folk, blues spirit. If that sounds confusing, make sure you see them perform as soon as you can. Relatively new to the scene, soft and folky Bye Beneco is fast making a name for themselves as one of the bands you need to see live. They’re known for swapping instruments throughout their set, and delivering tight, clean, swooning vocals that hit you where it matters. Expect a unique, intense energy that is truly palpable – on so many levels.
The Question: Who are you voting for? Let us know in the comments below!