Since late January this year British Indie rockers BASTILLE have been on the road performing live in front of ecstatic fans. From Spain to Italy, to numerous United States cities back to Europe, and charging hard at some of the world’s biggest musical festivals - the Reading Festival and Coachella to name just two - the band has been lighting up the crowds for a large chunk of 2017. And now its South Africa’s turn to hear them belt out their hugely popular hits on the African leg of their so far incredibly successful 'Wild, Wild World Tour'.
With three dates to come in South Africa, BASTILLE are back in the country that welcomed them with open arms in 2014. Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg can all look forward to a set that is being praised across the world. On their last weekend in the United States, just five weeks ago, playing in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote of the band’s performance, “If there’s a pop-rock band today that knows how to pump up great hooks, it’s British rockers BASTILLE. Those hooks were on full display as day turned to night at Music Midtown. From the brassy 'Send Them Off' to guitar-heavy 'Warmth' to its impossibly catchy breakthrough hit 'Pompeii,' lead singer Dan Smith kept the crowd engaged and energized.”
BASTILLE’s debut album, 'Bad Blood', was Britain’s biggest-selling digital album of 2013. The single 'Pompeii' was the most streamed song of all time in the UK and spent a staggering 92 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, a feat only equalled by Pharrell’s Happy.
BASTILLE was nominated for four Brit Awards in 2014, winning the British Breakthrough Act. As of November 2014, Bastille have sold over 5 million records in the US and 2.5 million records in the UK.
Their latest album 'Wild World' picked up the Best Album Award at the VO5 NME Awards this year, beating the likes of Kanye West, Skepta, The 1975, Radiohead and Beyoncé to claim the trophy.
Their last tour to South Africa was a sold-out success, while the band itself was blown away by the beauty of the country.
“It was amazing,” said band member Will Farquarson in a 2014 interview with YOU magazine. “When you go to a country you’ve never been to, you don’t quite know how you are going to be received so we were blown away by how energetic the crowd was (at the shows).”
Photographer Daniel Craig Johnson
On the 'Wild, Wild World Tour', BASTILLE will be performing songs from their debut album and their latest album, 'Wild World'.
BASTILLE will be supported on their South African tour by some of local music’s leading lights. In Cape Town, Matthew Mole and Opposite the Other will perform ahead of the main act, while in Durban Tresor and Matthew Mole will open respectively. Joburg fans will be treated to four support acts namely, Opposite The Other, Monark, Tresor and Matthew Mole and with the last leg of their SA tour in particular promising to be a great day out, with fun for the entire family on offer.
Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to get yours for a show that British newspaper The Independent labelled as overflowing with, “sheer, unadulterated energy.” It’s going to be wild. Wild, wild, in fact.
2017 SA Tour Dates
4 October: Cape Town, Grand Arena, GrandWest
6 October: Durban, Durban Botanic Gardens
7 October: Johannesburg, Emmarentia Dam
Tickets available at webtickets.co.za