High note for Op­po­site the Other

Lo­cal band go­ing places open­ing for UK band Bastille

Go! & Express - - News - MADELEINE CHAPUT

LO­CAL alternative pop band Op­po­site the Other have achieved one suc­cess af­ter the other over the last year.

Most re­cently, the band was named as one of the open­ing acts for Bri­tish in­die band Bastille for their South African tour next month.

Hav­ing opened for top US folk band The Lu­m­i­neers in April, they would have opened for two top in­ter­na­tional acts in less than a year.

The band con­sists of former Stir­ling High School pupils Sam (lead vo­cals and pi­ano) and Dan Burger (bass), as well as Capeto­nian Rob Spooner (drums).

“The shows we did with The Lu­m­i­neers were truly an in­cred­i­ble priv­i­lege for the three of us. It was an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence into the re­al­ity of their tour­ing lifestyle and re­ally spe­cial to play for so many new peo­ple. We couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter time,” Spooner said.

Op­po­site the Other will be open­ing at Bastille's Cape Town and Jo­han­nes­burg shows, joined by fel­low South African artist Matthew Mole.

As Op­po­site the Other's suc­cess reaches great heights, the three mu­si­cians re­main hum­ble and happy to be part of Bastille’s South African tour.

“Play­ing on a new stage and for new and old fans is al­ways ex­cit­ing. It's an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for us to share our mu­sic with Bastille's au­di­ence and that is some­thing which we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate and try to ap­proach with the right level of re­spect,” said Dan.

Spooner said: “It al­ways means a lot when artists trust you enough to share their stage and, to a de­gree, their fans with you.”

Fans will be happy to know that Op­po­site the Other have big plans for the rest of the year and the fu­ture with some new mu­sic, ex­cit­ing shows and a tour in the pipe­line.

“Agree­ments with po­ten­tial new part­ners are also on the cards, so it's set to be an ex­cit­ing, chal­leng­ing and hope­fully im­pact­ful next six months for us,” Spooner said.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

ON A DRUM ROLL: Op­po­site the Other, con­sist­ing of former Stir­ling High School pupils Sam (lead vo­cals and pi­ano), cen­tre, and Dan Burger (bass), as well as Capeto­nian Rob Spooner (drums), left, was named as one of the open­ing acts for top Bri­tish in­die band Bastille dur­ing their South African tour next month. Here they are in­ter­viewed af­ter The Lu­m­i­neers show ear­lier this year

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