Friday, January 11, 2013

The Parlotones Relocate To US: Broadcast Johannesburg Farewell

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS AND SOUTH AFRICA'S BIGGEST BAND, THE PARLOTONES SET TO RELOCATE TO THE UNITED STATES  

JOHANNESBURG FAREWELL PARADE, CONCERT AND VIDEO SHOOT STREAMING LIVE TODAY AND TOMORROW FREE TO FANS WORLDWIDE

Los Angeles, CA, January 11, 2013- The Parlotones have many titles; rock stars, philanthropists, video directors, wine makers and now... the South African superstars are adding a new one to the list... US residents. They are trading in arenas and their individual homes to take over the US...one small venue at a time and while they are in what will be their "home base" of Los Angeles, they will be roommates as well. Prior to them leaving South Africa, today at 1:30PM PST/4:30PM EST they will be broadcasting a live stream of the filming of the music video for their new single, "Shake It Up". This includes a live farewell parade with the band through the streets of Johannesburg. Tomorrow, Saturday, January 12th at 11AM PST/2PM EST, they will be streaming their farewell concert at Ellis Park Arena. Both streams will be available for free via www.skyroomlive.com  

The Parlotones will begin recording their next full length release shortly after they arrive in the US and in the meantime, will be releasing a 5 song EP, entitled the same as the first single, Shake It Up on February 12. Immediately upon the bands arrival in Los Angeles next week, they will be playing an intimate showcase on the Sunset Strip at the Viper Room on Thursday, January 17. In early support of the first single, "Shake It Up," the band has been invited to San Diego on January 31 to perform at The Griffin by 91X as The Next Big Thing. More tour dates will be announced soon.

Giving up the comforts of home and moving to the US is a big step for the group, since although they are still relatively unknown stateside, in their native South Africa, there's no rock band bigger than The Parlotones. The Johannesburg-bred quartet have headlined the 20,000-seater Coca Cola Dome in their hometown in 2009, performed at the World Cup Kickoff Concert to an audience of a billion in 2010, and were handpicked by Coldplay to open the British band's stadium shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2011. Also last year, The Parlotones staged an original rock theater production, Dragonflies and Astronauts, which was broadcast live around the world in 3D via DIRECTV and in 2D on Facebook. (The 3D broadcast was so well received Stateside that the satellite provider scheduled 100 re-airings, while more than half of the worldwide viewership on Facebook hailed from the U.S.) Dragonflies and Astronauts wove a narrative through the band's catalog, including 16 songs that were Top 40 hits in South Africa.  


In keeping with The Parlotones' big themes are big ideals. Ever since these four school friends formed the band in the Johannesburg suburb of Roodepoort in the late '90s they have always aspired not only to have fun making music, but also to give back to their community. Over the years, they have raised funds and awareness for a variety of social and environmental organizations, lending their high profile to initiatives such as Live Earth, Earth Hour, The South African Broadcasting Corporation's Carbon Free campaign, Nelson Mandela's 46664, and Live Earth's Run for Water, among others. They are also ambassadors for the anti-poaching organization Rhino Force, United Against Malaria, and several other non-profits that combat problems that acutely affect South Africa.

Teaser for "Shake It Up" here: The Parlotones - Shake it up
The Parlotones - Shake it up
www.theparlotones.net/

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