The Klipdrift Batlle of the Bands will reach a climax on Saturday August 1st at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City when the four Finalists will battle it out in a star studded show with Just Jinjer and last year’s winner Scintillate.
Munkinpure, Mrs B, Catch my Fall and The Flowing water Band beat 89 bands to make it through to this historic event when Just Jinjer will perform their first show back on South African soil after returning from the United Stated two weeks ago.
The semi-finals was held at the Carnival City Supersport Showbar on July 21st and was a hotly contested affair between the 12 semi finalists who made it through the 1st round over the past fourteen weeks.
About 2500 people came out this winter to watch the event at Carnival City which is in it’s second year. The Klipdrift Battle of the Bands established itself as South Africa’s premier bands competition over the past two years and organizer Wimpie van der Sandt was very happy with the competition this year. “It’s a great competition and all the hard work from last year paid off in spectacular style with a full house virtually every Tuesday night for the competition. We’re extremely happy to have just Jinjer, fresh from the states and with a new CD on the cards, as part of the event as our guest band at the final on August 1st!”.
Ard Matthews lead singer for Just Jinjer said it’s all about supporting South African music. “It’s great to be back in South Africa and we’re looking forward to our first show back in South Africa. We were very pleased when Wimpie asked us to do the gig and we’re looking forward to playing with new young talent from our own country!”.
Last year’s winners of the Klipdrift Battle of the Bands, Scintillate will be launching their new CD at the event as well. Andre Leibrandt was one of the judges of this years Battle and doubles up as Scintillate’s bass player. “It’s a huge honor for us to be able to launch our CD at the same event where it all started for us last year when we won the Klipdrift Battle. To do it in the company of Just Jinjer whom we’ve always admired, is just the ultimate honor” he said.
Tickets for the event which starts at 19H00, are available at Computicket.