ROARFest 2019 announce final line-up including Groinchurn and The Narrow

October 3rd, 2019

Breakout Events is pleased to present ROARFest 2019 taking place at Carfax in Newtown on the 30th November. This is the first of what is set to become an annual event focusing on all things retro, original, alternative and rock related. The festival will include beer gardens, food trucks and an alt. market.

The line-up includes the very best the South African rock and metal industry has to offer and showcases a wide variety of its sub-genres, including a highly anticipated reunion show from grindcore heavyweights Groinchurn, a rare appearance from longstanding alternative-metal royalty The Narrow, Johannesburg metal-core goliaths Facing the Gallows and Soweto based rock newcomers Shameless. Rounding off the line-up we have progressive punk rockers ATFN, post-punk trio The Medicine Dolls, brutal death metal brigade Bleeding Spawn and stoner punk noise mongers Black Math.

“The idea behind ROAR is to establish something annual that gives props to some of the incredible talents that have developed in the South African rock and metal scene now and also over the years, so we’re happy to be going a little Retro with the older acts, obviously Originality counts, as well as the term Alternative, naturally, as we love the acts that push the musical boundaries and of course they have to Rock! So yes we’re extremely pleased with this inaugural line-up and believe this event will grow from strength to strength as we go!” states Bill Botes from Breakout Events.

The Narrows Hanu de Jong is clearly excited about playing , “This must be the sickest line-up we’ve ever been on! All these bands live their own hype and I’m very intimated to share a stage with them!”

Mark Chapman from Groinchurn, who last played together in 2014 when they opened for Sepultura at the same venue comments on their show, “When we started out as Groinchurn, it was very much a response and reaction to our own lives and circumstances at the time. It was 100% reactive… and there was no long-term plan or goal, so to do it all again comes as just as much of a surprise, we’re amped for the show.

It’s fantastic that others seem to be too. What happens after that? Well, I guess we’ll keep reacting and responding to life… The distance between SA and Australia makes things tricky, but the world keeps getting smaller, right? … Turn it up. Bring the noise.”

Tickets are available HERE

https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/roar-fest-2019-2c8a

For more information go to the official Facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/399792360681099/

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American artist, Julian Moon, introduces her first single to South Africa!

October 1st, 2019

Talented American singer and songwriter, Julian Moon (29), has released her first single, Honour Among Thieves, to South African radio stations.  This single is taken off her brand new second album, Pomegranate Seeds which is also available on all digital platforms now.

Moon was just 23-yrs-old when she signed a record deal with Warner Brothers Records, United States. She quickly amassed record breaking downloads from her first album, Good Girl (2015), selling up to one million copies on Spotify and has grown in popularity over other platforms like iTunes and YouTube.

The young star credits her life experiences as the source of inspiration for hit songs like Cup of Coffee and One Penny from her first album, saying that Pomegranate Seeds (2006) was “different”, because it was an evolution of her style and where she is at in her life.

“It’s amazing how well Pomegranate Seeds was received, because it’s so different from Good Girl. I got inspired with it after some traveling and it just came to me. I think the first album was more the teenage version of me, because I was focused on being sweet, clever and witty. This second album feels more authentic. There is also the fact that this was an independent album and I felt like I could play more creatively with it, which is really nice,” said Moon.

She added that she and John Gilbertson, Brian Adam’s former sound engineer wrote many of the tracks together, including the single Honour Among Thieves, which they co-wrote in a day. Gilbertson also produced the album and inspired Moon to be different. The new EP (extended play) album is about the Greek myth of Persephone (daughter of Zeus), which Moon feels is a metaphorical representation of her life. The now 29-year-old is currently producing and directing a music video for her single, Siren Song as well.

“I am very lucky to have worked with John who is just so talented in what he does and very experienced. I am also very grateful to filmmaker and fashion designer, Angie Piccirillo from Neon Soap Box, Los Angeles for her art direction, visuals and photography lead on my album. I don’t think I would have been as creativity as she was with everything,” laughed Moon.

Moon attended Loyola Marymount University for her undergraduate degree in screenwriting and is currently studying psychology. She has never studied music officially, but feels as though she has studied it unofficially all the time.

Thinking back to her childhood and her journey with music, Moon describes herself as having been “an awkward kid in high school and very shy”.

“One day I picked up my father’s guitar and started to teach myself songs from my favourite singer Jason Mraz. After learning a few of his songs, I started writing my own. Writing songs really helped me to express what I was thinking and feeling,” she said.

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