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The inaugural Rock on The Lawns festival will feature international rock icons Pixies alongside a stellar South African rock line-up

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With six studio albums and a fan base stretching several generations, international rock icons Pixies will finally be hitting South African soil for the first time this month. Set to headline the inaugural Rock on The Lawns music festival, the group are set to perform two landmark sets during their tour – one in Joburg, and one in Cape Town.

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It’s undeniable that the Pixies sound is synonymous with the alternative rock scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Influencing bands like Nirvana, Radiohead, and The Strokes, they established themselves in the music world, and even the band’s break up between 1990 and 2002 couldn’t make fans fall out of love with their unique music. Since then, the band has released two new albums: Indie Candy in 2014 and Head Carrier in September of last year. This album will form the basis of their tour, and is described as a 12-track collection of Pixies unique aural mix of surrealism, psychedelia, dissonance, and surf rock. Coupled with their string of ’90s hit anthems like Gigantic, Where is my mind, Here comes your man, and Monkey gone to heaven, it’s guaranteed to be the epic rock concert that South African Pixies fans have been waiting nearly 30 years for.

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Not to be outshone by their stellar international headliners, the cream of the South African rock music crop will also be performing at the festival. Springbok Nude Girls, Prime Circle, aKing, Crash Car Burn, Shortstraw, and The Sweet Resistance have all bagged slots at the day-long festival, so even if you’re not a major Pixies fan, the festival will be well worth attending just to see the abundance of proudly South African talent. Cashing in on the remaining days of summer, the event will take place outdoors at the Carnival Festival Lawns at Carnival City, which is guaranteed to add to the festival atmosphere. Expect ample food and drink options at the venue. Gates open at 11am, so you can arrive early and enjoy a full day of your music.

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Rock on The Lawns takes place on 16 March and tickets are available at Computicket.

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Words: Lucy Sarah Heaney | Images: Supplied

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