Fresh from an extensive European tour to promote their latest smash hit album, Evidence, Prime Circle will rock the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 18 August and the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens on 1 September as the Old Mutual Music at the Gardens concert series celebrates Women’s Month and Spring day.
Visitors to the gardens will experience one of South Africa’s most celebrated rock acts: Prime Circle who have won numerous South African Music Awards have shared the stage with international rock royalty such as 3 Doors Down and Metallica as well as Live.
Fans will know the recently released, trailblazing single “Staring at Satellites” from the fifth album Evidence – and there is more to come.
The group is currently in studio recording new material and show goers will likely be the first to hear what is in store for summer 2013.
Rising rock bands Feed The Wolf and Short Straw are the opening acts at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens and Jet Black Camaro and Naming James will do the honours at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.
While the music will be hot the piece de resistance is the setting. Each show is set in two of the nation’s most spectacular botanical gardens. Flora newbies will marvel at the blooming splendour, while visiting horticulturalists will delight in the late winter and early spring blooms. Think fiery clivia shrubs and pretty wild irises.
The Old Mutual Music in the Gardens is about more than just music and striking flora and fauna. “Through the series we hope to raise consciousness of our environment and how we could and should experience and use it in a responsible way,” said Old Mutual sponsorship manager, Bandile Mngoma. “The best acts at the best places make the series truly greater than the sum of it’s parts.”
Said Prime Circle lead singer and guitarist Ross Learmonth, “these events are one of our favourites to perform at, being invited back is a huge honour and to perform in the outdoors, and do something for the environment is rewarding for any musician.”
Ultimately the truth is in the experience. Music fans are encouraged to come early, bring picnic chairs and blankets and spend the day in natural beauty. The whole family is welcome – there is also a supervised children’s area.
For more on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens music series go to:
Tickets for all concerts are available at www.ticketbreak.co.za.
Pre-sale at gardens: R90
On day sales at gardens and ticketbreak: R100
Children under 13 are free.
Pretoria Botanical Gardens
11h00 – Gates Open
13h00 – Feed the Wolf
14h00 – Shortstraw
15h00 – Prime Circle
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
11h00 – Gates Open
13h00 – Jet Black Camaro
14h00 – Naming James
15h00 – Prime Circle
Facilities available: Restaurant available on site.
Alcoholic beverages are for sale at the Restaurant.
Everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets.
Kids Zone available 13h30 – 16h30
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About Old Mutual Music in the Gardens
The Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series was born out of Old Mutual’s desire to contribute to national biodiversity. This series was rolled out in partnership with SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute), in the Western Cape at Kirstenbosch, and has now been extended to Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Johannesburg and Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. All proceeds from the concerts are donated directly to SANBI.
Pretoria National Botanical Gardens
The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens is a 76 hectare urban oasis situated in the eastern suburbs of South Africa’s administrative capital. A 35 m high quartzite outcrop divides the Garden in two sections.
Its frosty south-facing section and the north-facing, warmer section present two different worlds to the visitor and botanist. A paved nature trail gives access to the fascinating natural vegetation on the ridge, which boasts a diversity of indigenous fauna and flora.