Beatenberg

November 14th, 2022 7pm   Stage 2

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Four years after their last record, Beatenberg – one of the most celebrated bands to emerge from South Africa over the past decade – make their return with a brand new EP.

Beatenberg is made up of Matthew Field (vocals and guitar), Robin Brink (drums), and Ross Dorkin (bass). The three share a creative bond that goes back to their teenage years: Matthew and Robin first became friends in high school, where they played jazz during the day and made beats together when they went home. Later, when Matthew went on to study at the University of Cape Town, he met Ross, only to learn that he actually hailed from the same small town as Robin.

Beatenberg’s sound has grown and evolved over the years, from indie rock to folk to festival-ready dance music to killer pop harmonies, underpinned by Matthew Field’s gentle vocals and contemplative, literary lyrics. One constant throughout the years has been the strong sense of South African identity and an appreciation for both the country’s musical history and the vital contemporary genres born in its dance music scenes.

The EP marks a new chapter in Beatenberg’s story. Following its release, the band will embark on an international tour, including their first show back in South Africa since the pandemic. They will continue to work on their third album, slated for release in 2023.