The Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world. Their ungovernable energy and world-class live shows have generated a word of mouth buzz across the globe. A band of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out venues across the UK, Europe, Canada, USA & of course in the land down-under, Australia. And now Splashy Fen
For Jack and Pat Pierce, the thought of music as a ticket around the world was up until recently an alien notion. Night and day, come rain or heatwave they dwelled the streets of Melbourne, drumming up an infectious vibe accompanied by enrapturing music delivering it straight to the people, their anonymous fans on the streets.
Here are 3 pieces of Pierce that perhaps you did not know about:
- Jack and Patrick Pierce are identical twins. Their real names are actually John Patrick and Patrick John. This has been an issue with both the tax and voting offices. They’ve been fined in the same election for ‘failure to vote’ and for voting twice due to having the same DOB, address, employer and inverse names.
- Both have a black belt in Taekwondo.
- Although not anymore, for two years both dated girls with the same name.
The band are not only coming to enjoy the amazing gees that is the South African music scene, but to score some cooking waves after they treat our salt lined ears to some stella treffers. But before that, Zag thought it would be a great opportunity to learn a little bit more about the two surfing froathers, now it’s your turn, enjoy the interview below, while you at it take a listen to what you can expect this weekend. Thank me later and enjoy.
Obviously, the crowd at Splashy is gonna be your new favourite stop, but up until now your most rocking show/favourite music memory:
AN EXCITING MAIN STAGE LINE-UP FOR SPLASHY FEN #2018.
With just over two weeks to go until the Easter-long weekend kicks off in the beautiful rolling hills of Underberg, preparations are well underway for another magical musical experience for one and all. And Thursday’s line-up announcement did not disappoint. The announcement marked a momentous occasion as Splashy Fen announced, with great pride and excitement, that they have secured three international acts who will be joining the line-up this year. Namely, Bowling for Soup from the USA, percussion dance act Napalma from Brazil, and from Australia, the folk duo Pierce Brothers will all be headlining at the festival.
Cheeky Texan outfit Bowling For Soup were formed in 1994 and to date have created 13 successful punk-pop albums. The Grammy-nominated band have had popular hits such as ‘1985’, ‘High School Never Ends’ and ‘Girls All the Bad Guys Want’ and promise to keep the energy alive at Splashy Fen this year with songs to sing and jump along to.
Napalma is the musical inspiration born out of a fusion between Brazilian and African culture and music. Created in 2004 during a carnival in Brazil, the act has been touring and performing around the globe for the past thirteen years. This year, they make a stop in Underberg, to thrill fans with their powerful electronic dance grooves, percussion and rhythms.
In its early days, the festival genre focused heavily on folk and light folk-rock with the inclusion of black music styles, and in later years, alternative rock, and in very recent years, electro. “Today, we are extremely excited and proud to have worked on building such a diverse line-up for 2018.” Says Stu Berry, Festival Director. “We have created what we believe is our strongest main stage line-up to date, with three international performers complimented by South Africa’s top musical acts and bands.”
Acts also appearing on the main stage include some of South Africa’s favourites: the likes of Mango Groove, Rubber DUC, Perez, Ard Matthews, GoodLuck, Josh Wantie, Prime Circle, Matthew Mole, Desmond and the Tutus, Veranda Panda and up and coming Cape Town based band Hot Water. The main stage line-up mixes current chart-toppers like Cape Town based trio Goodluck with old-school favourites from distinctly different genres such as Bowling for Soup and Mango Groove. Throw in some folk, acoustic, electro-pop and rock, and you’re set for a fun-filled Easter weekend with music and entertainment to please everyone.
In its third year under new management, Splashy Fen Music Festival promises another happy experience – with a massive selection of international and local artists, top quality facilities, great family entertainment, exceptional health and security services and a new and improved venue layout; it’s the experience that makes Splashy Fen the great success that it is today. Splashy Fen 2018 will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from the 31st of March to the 2nd of April when festival-goers will be able to experience a long weekend in the picturesque setting of Underberg, enjoying the best Splashy Fen experience to date. Tickets are available at www.splashyfen.co.za.