OneRepublic’s South Africa tour starts tomorrow, 19th June. The pop rockers are returning to the country to do two shows to promote their latest album, with the first taking place at Johannesburg Coca Cola Dome on June 19 – then on to Cape Town’s Grand West Casino on June 21. Gangs of Ballet, the South African rock band, will open for them.
Big Concerts confirmed that OneRepublic will be coming to South Africa touring in support of their latest smash hit album, Native. The following South African tour dates are:
- Johannesburg: 19th June 2015 at The Dome, Johannesburg
- Cape Town: 21st June 2015 at the Grand Arena, Grand West, Cape Town
The band have ties with South Africa and were eager to return.
“We love South Africa, and have often said that Cape Town is the most beautiful place we’ve seen on earth – and we’ve been to about 60 countries,” said Tedder in an exclusive interview with the Saturday Star.
“We also love Johannesburg and Durban, and have recorded there for previous albums. My sister-in-law is from Johannesburg, so I hear a lot about South Africa. It has made us even more excited to headline here.”
Tedder said the band’s previous visit to SA was an “eye-opener”.
“It was our first time on the continent. It’s also how we ended our first album cycle in support of Apologize and Stop and Stare.”
“We went diving with great white sharks, recorded part of our second album in Johannesburg, barely missed meeting Nelson Mandela in Durban, and took a helicopter to the southern-most tip of Africa. It left a very good impression.”
The band said their fans here can expect songs from all three of their albums.
“We make it a point to hit most – if not all – the high marks of each album and as concerts are for the fans, we always try to cover the songs that are best known in each territory,” said Tedder, who added that the band have made sure to add some days to their schedule, to do some sightseeing before continuing their tour.
“We’re planning a three-day safari, as well as a couple of days off in Cape Town, and would also love to visit some vineyards, and – of course – Table Mountain.”
Will you be there?
The video below is a remix of one of their songs as part of a campaign with The Coco-Cola Company, together with RED, and invites people from all over the world to join efforts to help end mother-to-child transmission of HIV. South Africa is among the top three nations with the most cases of HIV.