Vodacom In the City is a one-day music festival taking place on 4 October in downtown Jozi. The line-up this year is unparalleled, and includes Swedish rock sensation The Hives, revived iconic British band Skunk Anansie, as well as alt-j and Boys Noize! We have one double ticket to give away, read on to see how to win!


The Hives will no doubt satisfy long-standing fans with music ranging from their early albums Barely Legal (1997) and Veni Vidi Vicious (2000) to Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004), The Black and White Album (2007) and their most recent Lex Hives (2012).

Catapulting them to international rock status with hits like ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’, ‘Main Offender’, ‘Supply And Demand’ and ‘Die’, ‘Alright!’ off of Your New Favourite Band (a compilation of songs from Barely Legal, VVV and the A.k.a I-D-I-O-T EP). The Hives made lovers of garage-rock sit up and take notice. Tyrannosaurus Hives gave birth to tracks ‘Walk Idiot Walk’, ‘Two-Timing Touch & Broken Bones’ and ‘A Little More For Little You'; and The Black and White Album shook the airwaves with its hit single ‘Tick Tick Boom’!

Knowing they still had so much awesomeness to share with the world, the 12-track compilation Lex Hives was released in 2012 on The Hives’ own label, Disques Hives. Lead single ‘Go Right Ahead’ moved the band into glam-punk territory and was met with rave reviews and huge airplay.


Reunited after an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie have ‘come home’, says lead singer Skin. Along with band members Ace (guitar), Cass Lewis (bass) and Mark Richardson (drums), Skunk Anansie have rekindled the feeling and soul of their previous work to continue the distinctive and dynamic sound that has made them the award-winning music force they are today. Skunk Anansie will get feet stomping and crowds jumping with their versatile range of hits from multi-platinum albums Paranoid And Sunburnt (1995), Stoosh (1996) and Post Orgasmic Chill (1999). Fans will remember singles like ‘Brazen’ (Weep), ‘Hedonism’ (Just Because You Feel Good), ‘Weak’ and ‘Secretly’.

Newer music off their albums Wonderlustre (2010) and Black Traffic (2012) combines Skunk Anansie’s trademark raw rock riffs, deep funk, frenetic drum-work and lush vocals with more confidence and maturity. Singles ‘My Ugly Boy’, and the gothic, slow-burning ‘My Love Will Fall’ have reinforced their status as one of rock’s most innovative, passionate and soulful bands.

Skunk Anansie will also be releasing their first-ever live acoustic album; the as-yet-untitled collection will be released in September this year, just in time for Vodacom in the City and Rocking the Daisieshttp://rockingthedaisies.com/


Boys Noize

Making music for over half his lifetime, Alex Ridha, well-known to the world of electronic music as Boys Noize, has graced some of the world’s biggest stages performing alongside huge industry names. An undying work ethic and motivation to take electronic music to the next level on a global scale, Boys Noize has remixed and produced the biggest names in the global music world such as Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Feist, Santigold, Scissor Sisters, Snoop Dogg and Skrillex and is known for his innovative sound.


Gwil Sainsbury, Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, and Thom Green met during their student days at Leeds University. They formed Alt-J in 2007 and have since taken deeper strides into the high ranks of Britain’s indie culture. The quartet released their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ in May 2012 and triumphantly accepted the British Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their efforts. From Australia to Belgium, France, Ireland and the USA ‘An Awesome Wave’ has put Alt-J at the forefront of indie rock and with nominations at the Brit Awards 2013 for Best British Group, Best British Album and British Breakthrough, the band has only teased us with a sample of their true potential.



To win a double ticket to this incredible one-night show, follow all three steps:

  • Like both In the City and one small seed on Facebook

  • Follow both In the City and @onesmallseedSA on Twitter, and Tweet a link to this post!

  • Leave a comment telling us who Boys Noize is amped to do a collab with at some point. And who do YOU think she should do a collab with? (hint: read our interview with Boys Noize)
    The winner will be announced Wednesday 18 September at 17h00.


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