Rise Against to headline RAMfest 2013
American band Rise Against will be headlining annual alternative music festival RAMfest in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Rise Against, hailing from Chicago, Illinois, received great underground success with their first two albums The Unraveling and Revolutions per Minute. Their major label debut Siren Song of the Counter Culture brought the band mainstream success, producing several successful singles.
Their subsequent two albums The Sufferer and the Witness and Appeal to Reason respectively debuted at number ten and number three on the Billboard 200 Chart. All three albums reached platinum status in Canada and Gold status in the USA.
The band’s sixth studio album Endgame was released in 2011. “The songs to me are a selection of who we are as people,” says vocalist Tim McIlrath. “We’re not 100% political or 100% personal.
“We’re people with many different cares and passions. Many different things make up our daily lives. I don’t consider myself any more political than those out there who care about the world they live in.”
And as for the pressure in following up its string of successes—which now includes three gold-awarded albums and gold singles—McIlrath says it’s all internally generated.
“The pressure that we feel is the pressure that we put on ourselves,” he says. “We try to step up our game on each record and create something that’s relevant, new and fresh, and is still Rise Against.
“I want to give my perspective, and from the punk community, take in what’s happening, interpret that and put it into a song, letting the world know how we feel about it. That’s the goal behind a lot of the music.”
After the success of their set at RAMfest 2010, Paul Harding en Ben Verse from Pendulum will also be returning to perform in 2013.
Dates for Rise Against’s performances are as follows:
March 9: Cape Town,
Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend
March 15: Durban, Wavehouse
March 16: Johannesburg, Riversands Farm, Fourways
Pendulum DJ Set & Verse will be performing in all five cities between March 8 and 16.
RAMfest 2013 will be held in five cities including Cape Town back to a weekend Festival and good news for Johannesburg: officially a weekend festival as well.
March 7, 8, 9: Cape
Town, Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend
March 8: Durban, Venue TBC
March 13: Bloemfontein, Venue TBC
March 15: Port Elizabeth, Venue TBC
March 15: RAMfest Durban, Wavehouse
March 15 -16: Johannesburg, Riversands Farm, Fourways
Ticket sales open Monday September 3,
2012 at Ticketbreak.
Cape Town March 7 - 9: R490 early bird (limited amount available) R550 pre-sold, R650 at the gate
Johannesburg March 15 -16: R490 early bird (limited amount available), R550 pre-sold, R650 at the gate.
Durban Wavehouse March 15: R300 early (limited amount available) R350 pre-sold, R450 at the gate.
Ticket sales for side shows will open soon.
Durban March 8: R100 early (limited amount available)R150 pre-sold.
Bloemfontein March 13: R100 early bird (limited amount available) R150 pre-sold.
Port Elizabeth March 15: R100 early bird. (limited amount available) R150 pre-sold.