Empire strikes back

Arcade Empire,Pretoria’s colossal live gig hang-out, is back and better than ever with its grand re-opening on 20 July. It’s bigger and better. Mastered with cool kids, local bands making great music and DJ’s dropping bass, The Empire is sure to bring about a new age in Pretoria’s rather subdued night life. For me, it’s a favourite. Hatfield can keep its drunken high-schoolers and okes and Centurion can keep its zef. While Jozi  boasts Gauteng’s grand spots, Arcade is the coolest. Also, we don’t have Avastar (cue vomit). Arcade’s new venue will be kicking and will definitely attract more with the always impressive weekend line-ups, pizza and drink specials. The atmosphere is either laid-back or insane.

20 July, Grand Re-opening featuring Wrestlerish (local boys and Arcade regulars),  Taxi Violence, Isochronous, Van Coke Kartel and  Moejoe vs Minx.

Entrance is FREE.

New digs: 265 The Highway Street, Equestria, Pretoria East  (-25.767651,  28.326498)

These are some of the tracks from each artist that I love to see live:



Taxi Violence




Van Coke





Desmond and The Tutus launch MNUSIC

Arcade Empire, Pretoria’s best live gig hangout, is moving to a bigger and better venue come July and will be closing on a massive high with Desmond and The Tutus celebrating the launch of their brand-spanking-new album “MNUSIC” on Saturday 30 June. Desmond has been a favourite of mine for some time.

Their tunes are vibey, energetic, humourous and catchy. They are still my band to beat when it comes to live performances and they breathe an easy-going presence while a lot of other bands reek of arrogance  in their walk up to fame. For them, its about having a good time, making great songs and giving audiences performances they’ll always remember.

If you are a Desmond ‘Live’ virgin, I feel for you. There is nothing more fantastical then singing the old favourites, cracking The German Modern and dancing like you’ve had Red Bull zapped into your wrist. They bring fun back into rock. Just visit their website (www.desmondandthetutus.co.za) and you’ll get a laugh out of their ‘penis enlargment-sangoma-type’ pages. On their Facebook page, their profile picture pokes a little fun at another South African band (see below)

Take a listen to their stuff and be AMA-zinged and check them out live if you have the chance. You won’t regret it:

Some older hits: