Pet Shop Boys headlines Cape Town electro music fest

Yazeed Kamaldien

Quirky electronic pop music duo Pet Shop Boys will take fans back to the 80s tomorrow (DECEMBER 15) night when they take to the stage at the Good Hope Centre.

Pet Shop Boys in concert. Picture Supplied

Pet Shop Boys in concert. Picture Supplied

The duo Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals and keyboards, and Chris Lowe who mainly does keyboard duties, already entertained Johannesburg fans on Friday night. They also plan to perform in Durban on Friday night.

While the duo did not do interviews, they sent out a message on their official Twitter page yesterday.

“Just played our first show in South Africa. Great audience in Johannesburg,” they said online.

They also encouraged fans to “send us any pics you took”.

The Pet Shop Boys, who have sold more than 50 million albums since making music in 1982, headlines the two-day Sónar festival of advanced music and new media art.

This festival started in Barcelona, Spain, to unearth electronic dance musc trends.

The Cape Town line-up includes a host of DJs and musicians, including familiar music scene names, 2manydjs, Sibot & Toyota and Spoek Mathambo.

The event’s local organisers, Seed Experiences, said they aimed to help nurture the local electronic music scene by developing skills. They said part of ticket sales “will go towards building a music school in Langa township”.

The event will also include a series of panels on Tuesday, gathering music insiders to talk about local music issues. Topics will include how to “create dynamic live performances” and local music in films.


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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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