Al Bairre (pronounced Al-Bear) are Nic Preen (vocals and guitar), Kyle Davies (guitar), Twins Julia and Tessa Johnson (violin, cello, keys, vocals) and Tom Kotze (drummer). From Cape Town, they combine cello, violin, guitars, and keys with ukulele and drums, and count Arcade Fire, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Dexys Midnight Runners and Fleetwood Mac in their influences. They will bring their Afro beat guitar driven pop to the UK for the first time in May.
Al Bairre recently released their latest single and video for Bungalow in South Africa, and they have announced they will make their UK live debut in London and at The Great Escape in Brighton. They plan to release their debut album in the UK in February 2016.
UK TOUR DATES
11th – The Half Moon, Putney
12th – The Barfly, Camden
16th – The Great Escape, Komedia Studio Bar (Afternoon Set)
16th – The Great Escape, The Prince Albert (Evening Set)
20th – The Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch
London tickets are available from the venues or Ticketweb.
Photo Credits Caroline Mackintosh
Their debut EP When I Was Tall, released in 2012, went on to receive international exposure via campus and online radio stations, and was featured as part of Vodacom’s London 2013 Fashion Week soundbed, and a TV ad for Vodafone, starring Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button. We Move On – Al Bairre’s second video – was featured in a television ad for Hershey’s Bits in the US.
At the beginning of 2014 the band were awarded two of South Africa’s prestigious MK Awards, winning Best Newcomer and Best Budget Video for We Move On. They were honoured when asked to open the Awards ceremony on the night, and duly stepped up with an explosive performance of Tunnels.
Playing in the UK for the first time sees them hugely excited. “Yeah, we’re frothing to perform for people outside South Africa. We heard Brits really know how to dance!” says Kyle. “We are also very excited to spend a few days in Brighton watching all those bands and eating ice cream. We have heard very good things about Brighton’s ice cream.”
Al Bairre – energy, a colourful pop sensibility, African rhythms, twins, and a song called Bungalow, all in the same sentence.
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