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SITTER AT KRAKATOA (article first published : 2007-04-6)

Durban-based rock band Sitter, who are heading to the United Kingdom this month to embark on their first international tour will be performing a farewell show at Krakatoa, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom on April 10.

Sitter's guitarist, Gary Wolno, rates Krakatoa as "one of the best live music venues in South Africa". The band has invited the popular punk-rock trio, The Finkelsteins, to perform with them on the night and the music will begin at 20h00.

Sitter, who recently released their second album, has enjoyed great success and exposure over the past year. The band's highlights include performing at the Coca Cola Colab Massive Mix at ABSA stadium alongside international stalwarts Metallica, Simple Plan and Collective Soul, headlining various festivals around South Africa, and receiving extensive airplay on most of the nation's radio stations.

Sitter has high aspirations for 2007. The release of the band's second studio album entitled This Masquerade Called Life, which is produced by Dave Birch, a legend in the South African music industry, has already received rave reviews. Following on from the launch show, the band intend promoting their new album around South Africa and will be performing at this year's anticipated Splashy Fen Festival, taking place over the Easter weekend, together with the likes of The Parlotones, Bed on Bricks and Rory Eliot. Ted-D, the band's drummer, indicates that "last year's Splashy Fen is rated as one of our favourite shows to date, so we can't wait to get out on that stage again and rock out!"

Sitter's official announcement that they will be embarking on their first international tour this April has been met with a great response overseas. The band will be doing a two-week tour of the United Kingdom and are scheduled to perform at some of London's most established rock and acoustic venues including The Clapham Grand and the infamous Troubadour, where musical gurus such as Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan have taken to stage. The band has also just been confirmed to perform at The Hope and Anchor, a venue where international super stars such as U2 and The Clash have appeared. When asked about their first international tour Edan Latz, Sitter's frontman says: "We are obviously over the moon about the UK tour and will embrace this opportunity in the best possible way". Darryn Butcher, Sitter's guitarist and backing vocalist states: "It's definitely going to be an experience of a lifetime, and we're interested to see how the people over there will react to our music".

One thing is for sure, with elements, such as a complete passion for what they do and a solid love for performing, in the mix, Sitter can only carry on climbing the path to success. For any more information on the band check out www.sitter.co.za or go to www.myspace.com/sitter. "This Masquerade Called Life" will be available in all good music stores by May.

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