Major rock band set to jam in the Kowie

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DIE Heuwels Fan­tasties def­i­nitely needs no in­tro­duc­tion, be­cause they have had the mu­sic in­dus­try at their feet right from the start.

Not only are they the first suc­cess­ful Afrikaans al­ter­na­tive pop rock act in South Africa, but they are also con­sid­ered the mu­sic pi­o­neers of their gen­er­a­tion.

The group de­scribes its mu­sic as “melodic songs, writ­ten on acous­tic guitar and in­ter­preted with elec­tronic and or­ganic in­stru­ments”.

The band was formed at the be­gin­ning of 2008, when both Hunter Kennedy (former and cur­rent mem­ber of Fokof­polisiekar and former mem­ber of aK­ING) and Pierre Gre­eff’s (former mem­ber of Lukraake­taar) bands took a break. The band con­sists of Kennedy (singer, song­writer and bass guitar), Gre­eff (singer, song­writer, man­ager and acous­tic guitar) and Fred­er­ick den Har­tog (lead guitar). Sheldon Yoko re­cently joined them as drum­mer.

When asked where the group’s name comes from, they said: “We wanted to choose a name that wouldn’t alien­ate peo­ple, but rather make them feel good. It is also a ref­er­ence to the place where we grew up... the beau­ti­ful hills of Bel­lville and Dur­banville.”

The group be­came an in­stant hit.

They are rev­ered for their unique mu­sic and their en­er­getic live per­for­mances, and have gath­ered a large and di­verse fan base since their in­cep­tion in 2008. They have per­formed at all the major fes­ti­vals in South Africa (Aard­klop, In­ni­bos, Op­piKoppi, KKNK) and have shared the stage with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts, in­clud­ing open­ing for Kings of Leon in 2012.

They have also toured the Nether­lands, Bel­gium and the UK in 2010 and again in 2015. Their first three al­bums,

and all reached gold sta­tus within a short pe­riod of time.

is their lat­est al­bum and while play­ing gigs across the coun­try the band also has big dreams for the fu­ture, in­clud­ing more al­bums and a dive bar tour. Die Heuwels Fan­tasties will be rock­ing Port Al­fred at The Lounge on June 2. Tick­ets are R100.

Picture: NIKITA RAMKISSOON

COM­ING TO KOWIE: Pierre Gre­eff of Die Heuwels Fan­tasties will be rock­ing at The Lounge on June 2. Tick­ets are R100

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