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Up the Creek Festival Primer Pack

2008-01-09 09:24

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Guitarist Donovan Copley and his funky Afro-groove combo showcase their "uplifting urban folk-fusion" on the Main Stage on Friday at 8pm. Get a teaser of what to expect here: Listen: Going Home

No One's Arc
Not a lot is known about these enigmatic young things. Catch them on the Main Stage on Friday at 9pm.
Taxi Violence
George (vox), Jason (bass & backing vox), Louis (drums) and Rian (guitar) couldn't give a toss if you hear Led Zep, Thin Lizzy or Queens of the Stone Age in their black-and-blue car cruising rock crawls about the hell of handling modern life…and high maintenance babes. TV doesn't wear their influences on their sleeves – they insist you do. Read: CD review.
Watch: Live at Up the Creek 2008.
Listen: Untie Yourself. Main Stage: Friday at 10pm.

Boulevard Blues Band
'Dr' John Mostert and his band of blues brothers are festival legends. Find out why by tuning into this
Listen: Something In My Eye (live). Main Stage: Friday at 11pm.

Prime Circle
Ros Learmonth and his prime time modern rock poster boys need no introduction. Expect a set of multiple-platinum selling hits. Read: Interview. Read: All or Nothing CD review.
Main Stage: Friday at midnight.

Simon Orange & Akkedissa
Bar Stage: Saturday morning at 1.15am.

Akkedissa & Friends
Bar Stage: Saturday morning at 2.15am and Sunday morning at 3.30am.

Dave Ferguson
Harmonica slinger rollicks through an improvised boogie blend of blues, funk, Zydeco, and post-country-ish originals and covers that can best be coined as "Trans-Blues & Country-Dub". Saturday morning at 3am.

Namibian singer songwriter showcases her haunting desert folk confessionals down at the River from noon on Saturday and with friends on the Bar stage at 2.45am on Sunday morning. Listen: Time Cares

Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky Jaco Mans
SA's most ass-kicking blues rock guitar gods duelling down by the river? You better believe it! At 12.45pm on Saturday.

Ryno Velvet
Afrikaans grunge anyone? Saturday at the river from 1.30pm.

Julia Jakobsen
Whimsical femme-folk siren with the ear candy appeal to match. Sounds perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon sipping on ciders at the Main Stage from 2pm.

The Plastics
Word has it that these new kids on the indie rock bloakc are going to be big. Catch their Main Stage: Saturday at 2.45pm.
Watch: Interview. Listen: Up the Downs

The Beams
Paul 'son of GodZille' Maree and his new-new wave upstarts have made a name for themselves over the past few years as one of SA's most dynamic young indie dance rock combos. Hear them give the Dirty Skirts a run for their money on this hypnotic nugget off their debut EP. Listen: Two Degrees. Main Stage: Saturday at 3.30pm.

Canon Experiment
Main Stage: Saturday at 4.15pm.

Flat Stanley
Melodic rock favourites keep it conversational on the Main Stage on Saturday at 5pm. How conversational? Read: Interview

Dan Patlansky
Step aside Albert Frost, there's a new blues rock guitar sherriff in town. Dan's the man. He's the real deal. Watch: live at Up the Creek 2008
Tune into this moody blues ballad and you’ll understand why Dan is one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to have come out of Mzansi.
Listen: Frozen Dirt. Main Stage: Saturday at 6pm.

Blues Broers
Sundowners and these blues fiends go hand in hand, don't they? Plus, there are few better ways to soothe Saturday night's hangover than by having a hair of the dog with these veteran breakfast blues rockers. Main Stage on Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 9am.

Tidal Waves
Yeoville's finest bring you the new eclectic flavour: original socially conscious and uplifting roots reggae filtered with strong rock, ska and blues mbaqanga. Like all good reggae, their lyrics range from Rainbow Nation one love anthems to sad tales of urban South African poverty and the struggle to survive as musicians in the global capitalist economy.
Watch: Live video. Main Stage on Saturday at 8.05pm and Sunday at 10am.

Bed On Bricks
The Mother City's festival favourites continue to shatter the Afro-funk stereotypes with their addictive modern rock tales of falling head over heels in - and out - of love. Tune into this urban groove teaser off their debut CD, "Humanarium" to get a taste of their tales of inner city life, drinking and their hunger for the social life.
Listen: City.
Read: CD review.
Watch: live video. Main stage: Saturday at 9.10pm.

Dirty Skirts
Flamboyant frontman Jess De Tolley leads his arty party indie rock poster boys through contagiously smash hits off their CDs, On a Stellar Bender and Daddy Don't Disco. Watch: Taxijam session. Listen: Is This It? (remix). Main Stage: Saturday at 10.15pm.

Tune into this floor-stomping joint off their album Hoekom, which is a tribute to all the most influential Afrikaans rock artists. Watch: Live at Up the Creek 2008
Main Stage: Saturday at 11.20pm.

Proudly Pan Afrikan ska-reggae-rockers tune the dial to all night party with their ierie jams on the Main Stage on Sunday morning from 00.30am.  Listen: London Sux

Southern Gypsey Queen
His 'n hers vocals set this funky blues rock combo apart from your usual afternoon festival jamming fare.
Come on, you remember them from their acclaimed debut album Sweet Voodoo? Now listen to this mellow rock ‘n roll joint about the rising of the tide. Listen: Rise Up. Main Stage: Sunday at 10am.

Piet Botha & Jackhammer
The original mystic blues rock boer, Piet Botha showcases songs off his killer new Jack Hammer CD Highway 13. Listen: Jozi Town. Main Stage: Sunday at 11am.

Black Cat Bone vs. The Fake Leather Blues Band
According to their bio these cats were "born from a Muddy Waters lyric and raised amongst the patriot gators of the SA music industry". Expect to hear "a fused selection of Deep South Rock and Hoodoo Blues" on the Bar Stage at 2.20am on Sunday morning. They're also duelling with the FLB Band on the Main Stage on Sunday at noon. Listen: Ol' Pappa Joe

From arena rock gods and moody blues balladeers to lonesome country cowboys, feisty folk femmes and more: our audio-visual primer pack is sure to get you in the festival groove.
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