Goldfish bowling in to PE

GOLDFISH fans can expect a “fantastic party”  when the electronica jazz group hits the stage in Port Elizabeth tomorrow (Friday, 04). Group member Dom Peters has promised some favourites, but warned fans that it might sound slightly different from the sounds they had become used to hearing on  radio.

“We are really lucky in South Africa that we have such a massive following and radio plays a huge part  in people knowing our music, but we like to remix,” he said yesterday.

“We also like our favourites. We will play them all. Fans can expect a fantastic party. They are going to jump around and sing and have a great time.”

The national tour comes just weeks after the group supported British electronica group Faithless on their South African tour, and not for the first time.

“It was awesome. We have played with Faithless in a few places around the world and we are playing with them in Dubai in April,” Peters said.

“They are the godfathers of the dance music concept and to be able to play with them is awesome.”

Peters and his bandmate, David Poole, started out as music students who, with  bass, a saxophone and a couple of synths, recorded their debut hit, Caught in the Loop, in a locked bedroom in Cape Town.

Since then, they have performed at venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House and Ibiza super- club Pacha. The Netherlands and Brazil rank among their top concert destinations, but Cape Town will always be their favourite.

Peters said operating on a “frugal budget” allowed the group to perform in venues, like Port Elizabeth, usually overlooked by international acts.

“It’s a privilege to play around the world, although it’s not always easy,” Peters said. “It’s hard sometimes to grasp it. It still blows our minds.”

And if you do not manage to see them on the stage, chances are you might just bump into Goldfish – not in a fishbowl – but  at one of the local surf spots.

“I don’t know if we are any good at surfing, but we are very keen surfers. We surf every day,” Peters said. “We are going surfing and we’ll have a bite to eat somewhere. That’s it. We are pretty simple guys.”

Goldfish appears live at Shhugar in Walmer at 9pm tomorrow. Doors open at 7pm.

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