The ostriches are bracing themselves for a whole lot of noise on Saturday 2 April, when the Get Laid Festival takes flight at the ostrich farm on the N7.The outdoor music festival will see bands playing from 12:00 and will include lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained.The line-up for the day includes performances by The Diamond Back Blues Band, Boulevard Blues, When Karma Sleeps, Kevin Floyd Band, Cannon, Shy Guevaras, McCree, Hard Drive, Firefly, and Ripcord.There will be a fully stocked bar, picnic baskets for sale, a dam with lifeguards on duty, a designated children’s area with activities and carers, tractor rides, jumping castles, slides and food stalls.Tickets cost R150 for adults and children under 14 get in free. Gates open at 10:00.Tickets are available from Computicket and all pre-sold ticket holders get a free drink from the bar. For more information, visit http://www.getlaidfest.co.za.
They have been called the keepers of the flame, and judging by the online samples of their new album, 12th Avenue is keeping old school rock ’n roll alive.Their new self-titled album will be released on 1 April with a launch show at Mercury Live.When TygerBurger last spoke to the band, they had gone through a quiet patch, but frontman Mark Haze says all that has changed.“It’s busy as hell now,” he says.In the last year, 12th Avenue has played shows for the Soccer World Cup, and toured in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and even played in Namibia for the first time.“You haven’t drunk until you’ve drunk in Namibia,” Mark jokes.They are planning to return to Namibia and visit Swaziland later this year.“It’s been a rollercoaster ride,” says Mark.The band started working on their new album in October.Drummer, Gareth Haze, says they even dug up old material they hadn’t had a chance to record before.In mid-November, Mark and the band’s manager, Nicci Hayden travelled to America to meet with people in the music industry there to discuss in which direction to point the band’s music. This was with the intention of the band eventually working overseas in mind.While in the US, Mark gave Americans a little taste of the talent from South Africa when he won the American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando.12th Avenue finished last year off with an unplugged session at Bertie’s Mooring.The band has released three albums previously, namely: Sober, Crazy and Insane.They all agree that they took a very different approach to this one. “We are taking the do-it-yourself approach,” says Gareth.The album was recorded at their home studio, Juxta Studios and was mixed and recorded by bassist Brian Lee. It was mastered by Matthew James at Sound and Motion, engineered by Brian and produced by the whole band.Mark explains that the album is self-titled because, “It’s all us”.Brian says the band has managed to create something very different with this album.“We have never been able to capture what we are like live before,” Mark adds.“It has more raw energy,” Gareth points out, referring to the album’s sound.Guitarist, Bjorn Faree adds: “We went old school with this.”The band made use of live off the floor recording and drew on their influences when creating this six-track EP. Mark says they wanted to keep the album short and sweet and that fans can expect a part two in the next six to seven months.12th Avenue will be launching their new album at Mercury Live on Friday 1 April with performances by The Undefind, DJ B-Wise and the Roxi Williams dance crew. Mark says there will be a few other surprises and giveaways on the night.“It’s going to be a huge night,” he says.To find out more about the band, visit http://www.12thavenueband.com, join their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.