International acts in reach of local fans

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MARICELLE BOTHA

The City of Roses may not always be the most exciting place to live in but one thing that most can agree on is the fact that Bloemfontein residents will be within reach of some great international acts in 2013. So grab hold of your diary and pen down some of the amazing artists visiting South Africa next year. Big Concerts recently announced that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will be bringing his Believe tour to South Africa for two stadium shows in May 2013. Bieber, who at just 18 years of age is the biggest name in pop, is set to perform at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 8 May before moving on for a show at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday 12 May 2013.
The US heavy metal band Metallica will also be performing in South Africa next year. They will be performing two stadium shows in South Africa, one in Johannesburg on Saturday 27 April at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium and in Cape Town on Wednesday 24 April at the Cape Town Stadium. Metallica have released nine studio albums, 24 music videos, and 45 singles. This will be the second time they perform in South Africa. Metallica played at Coke Fest in 2006 during their Escape From The Studio tour.Veteran rockers Bon Jovi will be on their way to South African shores again in 2013 with Because We Can – The Tour. They will also debut brand new songs from their new album What About Now, due next year, loading even more ammunition into the band’s huge arsenal of hits including “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”, “It’s My Life”, and many more. They will be performing in the Cape Town Stadium on 7 May and in the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 11 May. Then the Grammy award-winning rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will also be performing live for the first time ever in South Africa. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, 2 February at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg and on Tuesday, 5 February at Cape Town Stadium. The legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez is also heading to South Africa early next year. Two performances have been scheduled and will take place on Friday, 15 February at the Big Arena Carnival City in Johannesburg and Wednesday, 20 February at the Grand Arena, Grand West in Cape Town. The Mexican-American singer-songwriter, known simply as Rodriguez, has been working on his music career in Detroit since the early 1960s. Other international acts also coming to South Africa early next year are the dance sensation, Tap Dogs, the French-Canadian circus Cirque du Soleil performing Dralion and Bollywood singer, Shreya Ghoshal. Most tickets are available at Computicket.