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  Backsberg Picnic Concerts kick off with rockers Bed on Bricks

02 Feb 2015

Topics: Backsberg Estate Cellars, Bed on Bricks, Dave van der Linden, Mike Hardy, Purple Cry, Schalk van der Merwe, South Africa, South African wine, Tim Rankin, wine

The ever-popular Picnic Concerts Series kicks off at Backsberg Estate Cellars, Paarl, on Sunday 15 February with a high-energy performance by Cape Town rockers Bed on Bricks.

Bring your friends and family, laze on the lawns and relax in a beautiful vineyard setting. Enjoy a hamburger or Karoo lamb wrap, sip on Backsberg wines and listen to the tunes of some of South Africa’s best local musicians.

Bed on Bricks has appeared on stages all around SA, headlining many rock festivals and touring the country. They have released three studio albums to date (Humanarium 2003, If you see Kay 2005, and Royal Honey 2008) and a live acoustic album, Takeaways 2006.

Singer Mike Hardy’s lyrics are smart, positive, informed and questioning. Whether rapped or sung, they remain inspired by life in urban Cape Town, while Schalk van der Merwe’s bass, Tim Rankin’s drums and Dave van der Linden’s guitar are all played with intense passion and energy. The band’s ten-year anniversary album was released in December 2013, with previous favourites remixed and remastered as well as three brand-new tracks.

The opening gig is performed by Cape Town-based musical duo Purple Cry, who explore genres of music ranging from alternative to progressive and acoustic rock while using special intricate musical techniques to create a fuller sound during their performances.

Pre-sale tickets for the concerts are available here for R100. Tickets are also available at the gate for R120 or R60 with a valid student card. Children under 12 years get in free when accompanied by an adult. Admission to concert venue starts at 15h00, with the opening act starting at 16h00 and the main act at 17h00.

For the full line-up of bands, directions, comments, and more information on the series click here.

To WIN one of five sets of double tickets to the Bed On Bricks performance, follow our feed on Facebook and Twitter throughout the week. Winners will be announced daily.

Good luck!

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