The Inaugural Rock on the Lawns festival is set to kick off on March 18, 2017 at Carnival City in Johannesburg.
The festival will be headlined by influential alternative rock band The Pixies.
The band that has influenced the likes of David Bowie, Nirvana, Radiohead, U2 and The Strokes will be performing in South Africa for the first time since it was formed. Supporting acts include Springbok Nude Girls, Prime Circle, aKing, Crash Car Burn, Shortstraw, The Sweet Resistance and The Robfather (DJ).
Formed in 1986, The Pixies is an American alternative rock band with anthems that include Gigantic, Where is my mind, Here comes your man and Monkey Gone to Heaven.
Although the band disbanded in 1993, they reunited in 2004. The band’s break-up was rated by Rolling Stone as “One of the 10 Messiest Band Break-ups”.
The magazine also said:
“Their first two albums are some of the greatest music to come out of the Eighties, but they had the misfortune of being way ahead of their time.”
The band’s music contains elements including noise pop, psychedelia, hard rock and surf rock.
Bono, of U2, called The Pixies “one of America’s greatest bands ever”.
In an interview, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain revealed:
“I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band – or at least in a Pixies concert cover band. We used their send of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”
Until 2013, the band comprised Black Francis, (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, vocals) and David Lovering (drums).
Francis is the main songwriter for the band. His often surreal lyrics cover offbeat subjects such as extra-terrestrials, incest and biblical verses.
Tickets to see The Pixies in Johannesburg are available for R495 for general access and R795 for Golden Circle at Computicket.