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2007-07-09 11:19
The nation-wide Ampli5 tour is set to blow minds (and a couple of speakers). Performing artists include Devon the Dude VS Max Normal, Dorp, Fokofpolisiekar, Groove Armada, HHP, Jimmy Eat World, Love Jones, Stanton Warriors, The Loose Cannons, The Parlotones, Violent Femmes and Youngblood Brass Band.

They are scheduled to start the party at Oppikoppi on the 9th of August, moving on to the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg on the 10th and bowing out at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town on the 11th. Tickets are available from Computicket with prices ranging from R272 to R424.

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News24 has the lowdown PROFILES OF THE BANDS
The Afrikaans punk band who brought Afrikaans back! They started up in 2003 - initially as a joke to shock the generally conservative South African Afrikaans community. But they became much more, and still perform together despite taking a much-publicised "break".
Want to know where else they’re playing?
- Read our We Heard What feature.
- Read CD review.

Max Normal
Max Normal are a South African alternative hip-hop crew. They hit the stage togged out in three-piece suits. Frontman Waddy Jones raps to the audience, but does it corporate-style, with images illustrating all his lyrics projected onto a big screen to help the audience follow. Patronising or pro-active? You decide.

Groove Armada
An electronic music group from Cambridge, UK, made up of two artists, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay. One of their hottest tracks is "I See You Baby" (shakin’ that ass) , yep, from the Renault Mégane ad. You know the one.
- Listen to I See You Baby.

Jimmy Eat World
This punk-rock band started out in the US in 1993 and falls into the punk rock genre. "Eat world"? It's something to do with a picture that guitarist Tom Linton’s little brother drew in response to his bully big brother Jimmy. The caption of the picture was "Jimmy eat world".

Hip Hop Pantsula
We all know him from Strictly Come Dancing, but dancing is not all he does. This baby-faced twinkletoes is a big rapper too. His debut album is entitled Party.

Love Jones
Self described as halfway between “the raw power of the Foo Fighters” and “the glossy overtones of accessible pop”, this local band is made up of three guys and a gal and were formed in Durban.
- Read CD review.

The Stanton Warriors
Originally from Bristol, Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley breakbeat mucians. One is a DJ and the other a producer. They often play at very elitist clubs and travel the world with their music. South Africa is their next stop.

The Loose Cannons
This band comes to us all the way from Australia. They have been described as a mixed genre band and came to life in 1996.

The Parlotones
are a South African indie band, from Johannesburg. Three varsity boys with a love for music, started a band in 1998 and called themselves Parlotones. Many of their big successes have been in the area of cover versions of songs that were big in South Africa. The rest, as they say, is also history.
- Download their animated video.

The Violent Femmes
an alternative rock band of American origin, these guys started out in 1980! Four band members with a true rags-to-riches story. They used to busk on street corners and were discovered that way, in front of Oriental Theatre to be exact. True story. They've always had a bigger following outside of their native North America than they do within it.
- Read review

Youngblood Brass Band
They used to be called One Lard Biscuit back when they started their band… in high school. Now known as Youngblood Brass Band, they are a brass band from the States who play progressive raw acoustic music.

- Natalie Sineke De Freitas
Hot local and international bands will grace a stage near you this August, when Oppikoppi Productions, 5fm and Cuervo take them on tour.
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