Major rock band set to jam in the Kowie
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.
COMING TO KOWIE: Pierre Greeff of Die Heuwels Fantasties will be rocking at The Lounge on June 2. Tickets are R100