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PRIME CIRCLE FOR BARNYARD (article first published : 2008-06-17)

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway has established itself as a hugely popular live-music venue with many of South Africa’s top bands and performers. With sold-out shows by outfits such as Watershed, Arno Carstens and The Parlotones, The Barnyard Theatre now brings Durban audiences Prime Circle, SA’s premier rock band, for one show only on June 26. Due to popularity, another show has also just been added towards the end of their national tour before they head for Europe in August.

This performance at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway is their first concert in a national tour to promote their new album All Or Nothing, being released a few days before the show on June 23. In addition to material off their new album, Barnyard audiences can also expect to hear Prime Circle’s hits, including the likes of Hello, My Inspiration, Same Goes For You, Let Me Go, Crazy World, As Long As I Am Here, Maybe Wrong, Live This Life and Miracl. New material includes sure-fire hits, such as their first single Out Of This Place, She Always Gets What She Wants, All I Need, Tear It Down and Hey Now.

Part of the appeal of The Barnyard Theatre for live music is that it is an intimate venue with great sound and lighting. It also offers a laid-back environment where patrons are able to enjoy food and drinks before and during the show seated at tables and counters, and can meet the bands in the bar after the show to buy paraphernalia and get autographs.

Prime Circle have gone from a rehearsal room in Witbank, to become one of South Africa’s most popular and talked about bands. To say that they have been a success story since its formation in 2001 is an understatement!

Prime Circle’s debut album, Hello Crazy World, was released through David Gresham Records in 2002 and went on to achieve Platinum status. Their debut single, Hello, started their roller coaster success trip. Not only was Hello adopted by the South African cricket team as their theme song, but it was also instantly recognisable for its use in a popular television and radio advert. This song also stayed in the High 5 @ 5 on 5fm for 21 weeks, and was the most played local song on national radio station, 5fm, in 2002.

Prime Circle became the most active touring outfit on South Africa’s live circuit, performing in every major city and headlining all the major live festivals in the country. On the back of their major success from their debut album, Prime Circle went back into the studio to record their second album. Live this Life was released in September 2005, and within twelve months the album achieved Gold status. The band consists of Ross Learmonth on vocals and rhythm guitar, Gerhard Venter on drums and backing vocals, Dirk Bisschoff on lead guitar and Marco Gomes on bass guitar.

Tickets R130 and seating will be as for normal shows, with no standing room. Phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 for bookings or e-mail gateway@barnayrdtheatre.co.za for enquiries and further details.

Prime Circle will also perform in Port Shepstone on the South Coast the following night (June 27) at the 22nd Annual Port Shepstone Lions Show. This will be taking place at the Burrugh Grounds and tickets are R40. Further information can be obtained at www.southcoastshow.org.za

For information on the band, visit www.primecircle.co.za




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