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Special Decade Episode with #TWEAK on THE SA ARTIST SPOTLIGHT


In this once in a decade interview opportunity, The SA Artist Spotlight team met up with 90’s punk superheroes, TWEAK. In this special decade reunion episode they spill the beans on their epic return debut show at this year’s Oppikoppi and jumping onto stage in true 90’s punk style after just one rehearsal. Lead singer, Garth Barnes touches on the goings on of Crash Car Burn.

Relive the good old days in this totally nostalgic episode as TWEAK explains how much the warm welcome back in the scene meant and seeing fans still singing along to the all the lyrics of their old tunes. Nick Darke and his team had the privilege of capturing some exclusive footage of the band performing ‘Birthday Card’ and ‘Britney Spears’ LIVE.

Of course as usual, Nick finds out what their take is on the South African music scene.

Take a look at TWEAK’s episode on The SA Artist Spotlight YouTube Channel below: 

Connect with TWEAK on: Twitter

There is a series of awesome and enlightening interviews with some of the best music talent in SA as well their live unplugged performances in shorter clips that have been released so far this year. Watch them all on THE SA ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Channel.

The SA Artist Spotlight is a fast growing independent online music programme now also airing on OpenRoomTV. Each episode is carefully curated and put together to create content that will open and free the minds of its viewers by promoting South African music artists in an all-inclusive scope. We live in a country where music is the one true language that unites all South Africans. This is something we want to embrace and present to the country and the world - the beauty of our diversity and the uniting power of music and art.

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The (unofficial) 2015 Oppikoppi Awards

The annual pilgrimage to Northam has been and gone, and the dusty rock city music lovers erect every August is already being longed for by the faithful. Odds are you’ve already scanned over the endless articles praising the authenticity and addictive consistency of this year’s epic event – and I know that if you’re anything like I am, these odes to our favourite festival have done little more than heighten your awareness of the fact that you’re not drinking and dancing in the sun right now.

Which is why I’m not going to write another piece of prose.

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Photograph by Kyle Gregorowski

Instead, I proudly present the (very) unofficial 2015 Oppikoppi Awards (based on my experience):

Most energetic: Gogol Bordello

Watching the gypsy punk masters has always been a dream of mine and seeing their surreal energy in the flesh was nothing short of mesmerising. They broke the mould and every body in the audience and during a set that mixed the charm of Babylon Circus with the energy of an electro set.

Most musically pleasing: Tatran

In a festival that featured numerous hopeful “prog.” acts, the Israeli maestros reminded everyone who was fortunate to watch their set what genius really is. Dense, complex and melodic, what lacked in stage presence was made up for in sheer wizardry.

Most promising: Bark

The small group of intrigued ears who attended this set were blessed. Pretoria-bred trio Bark are touched by a deep, historic sound and remind of early Zeppelin. Their sound is balanced and profound but smooth and intriguing – I predict great things.

Most surprising: The Foolish Braves

Two of SA’s favourite frontmen shared the stage for the ideal festival set. The fact that the acoustic version of my favourite Fuzigish track of all time made an appearance was the cherry on a soulful, sweet show full of bluesy skat and laughter.

Most repetitive: Shortstraw

I have no qualms with Shortstraw – in fact, I value what their sound does for the South African palette, but for some reason this set of indie-driven guitar squeaks was a bit repetitive. Maybe it was just the track listing, but the whole thing seemed to miss the mark, which was a pity.

Most fun: Desmond and the Tutus

The masters of the indie movement produced one of their greatest ever sets to snag the “Most fun” award. Guided by their infinitely eccentric puppet master Shane, this was an effortless experience driven by the energy of a rightfully enamoured crowd.

Most unexpected: Tweak

It’s taken me more than ten years to understand what Tweak is all about. Watching them destroy the stage and singing along word for word gave me and thousands of others a new respect for these natural born entertainers. Quirky, fast, fun – it was super rad.

Best aphrodisiac: P.H.Fat

If aural conception was a thing P.H.Fat would have fathered an entire generation with their set. Dripping basslines and pulsing beats drove the crowd into a frenzy that nearly made me blush. It was very dirty – in a good way.

Most patriotic: Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg is the sound of South Africa, and his set confirmed his importance amongst generations of South African music lovers. His demure, humble performance was as inspirational as it was touching, and provided the ultimate soundtrack to an African sunset.

Most entertaining: The Nomadic Orchestra

The Nomadic Orchestra redefined my understanding of brass instruments. Bouncing to the reggae and ska beats produced while the performers defied the physics of performance was one of the highlights of the weekend.

Best Act: Twin Atlantic

From stage presence and interaction to strong lyrical content and genuine appreciation of the moment, the men from Scotland set the crowd alight with a set that delivered on every level. A new favourite that we hope will return to our shores soon.

TWEAK 10 Year Anniversary Tour (CT)


The RCM is proud to be hosting TWEAK's 10 year anniversary tour in Cape Town!

After a 10 year hiatus Tweak, the undisputed kings of early millenial pop-punk, return to rock our socks off for one massive reunion show, right here in Cape Town! The boys return with an epic brand new single, 'The A Team'.

TWEAK reigned supreme in the charts of the early two thousands with hits like 'Birthday Card', 'House Party' and 'Girls Rule The World' to name just a few ending on a high in 2004. The members have gone on to great success with bands like CrashCarBurn.


3 Acts / 1 Night Only

MFM Radio DJ Set

R30 Webtickets http://goo.gl/3tJCCH
Door: Details coming soon!


5 Acts / 1 Night Only

Half Price
Loveglove Pyrotechnics
Roastin Records DJ's

R90 Webtickets @ http://goo.gl/AOqp7M
Door: Details coming soon!

Thanks to the following event partners for supporting the tour:
 Globe, scar, Uber, Skullcandy, Converse, Paul Bothner & Cape Town Music Scene.

Right of Admission Reserved / No U18s / No ID No Entry
(ID Book / Drivers License / Passport)

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