Global independent music platform and cultural curator, Boiler Room, returns to South Africa this April to bring its latest experience to local fans – Boiler Room Festival. South African music lovers are no strangers to Boiler Room: the platform has hosted events across the country over the last few years, exposing audiences to fresh sounds and exciting new talent across amapiano, qgom, house, and hip-hop.
The Boiler Room Festival continues this legacy by harnessing Johannesburg’s vibrant energy to push all limits at a one-day-only, multi-stage event. Broadcast online to the world, the ambitious programme will feature international and South African headliners alongside local artists at the cutting edge. The format will be quintessential Boiler Room: intimate, raw and in-the-round.
As part of its first wave of announcements, Boiler Room has just released the first names on the local line-up. Among the list of incredible local talent are:
Cassper Nyovest: one of Africa’s biggest rappers and certainly one of the most successful music artists to come out of South Africa. A career spanning almost 20 years has seen Cassper perform to sold-out audiences locally and around the world.
BCUC: an eclectic and energetic jazz sensation from Soweto, whose sounds are a combination of the traditional whistle, percussion and a rocking guitar, creating what has been labelled “indigenous funky soul”.
Kabza De Small: the “king of amapiano”. Hailing from Pretoria, he is a pioneer of the genre with many of his tracks hitting record streaming numbers across multiple platforms.
Performance art duo and fashion icons, FAKA, explore a combination of mediums ranging from sound, live performance, literature, video and photography. Their growing appeal stems from their unapologetic representation of black queer culture in South Africa.
“This festival is about the diversity of one city,” says Blaise Bellville, CEO Boiler Room. “We are creating a first-of-its-kind immersive experience with music and installations that epitomise the vibrant underground music and cultural scene of Johannesburg.”
The Johannesburg event is the second in a series of international Boiler Room Festivals and follows the successful launch in London in October 2019, which saw 20,000 people attend across multiple days and venues.
Boiler Room has once again partnered with Absolut Vodka, Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky, Beefeater London Gin, and Jameson Irish Whiskey to bring the festival to South Africa. Building on the strong associations each brand has with music scenes around the world, the festival will see immersive live music experiences broadcasted live from the event, including;
Futures are forged in the club. Boiler Room and Absolut come together to celebrate the collectives pushing boundaries and making space. Music needs space to grow; Boiler Room and Ballantine’s come together to nurture and spotlight the headliners of tomorrow. Drawing on shared London roots, Boiler Room and Beefeater come to Johannesburg to broadcast to the world. Inspired by South Africa’s kinetic energy, Boiler Room and Jameson come together to connect local artists and scenes.
Early Bird tickets are only R150 for a limited time. Get yours online at festival.boilerroom.tv and on the ground via Herotickets. The venue will be announced soon; sign up for updates at festival.boilerroom.tv to be the first to know.
Boiler Room –– watch, listen, dance.