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The Wailers Live in Cape Town

23.04.2012

The legendary Wailers will be in Cape Town this Friday supporting RhinoProtect at the Stand Up! concert. We’d hate for you to miss out on this one, so we’ve got 2 tickets to give away and here’s what we want you to do:

– Like RhinoProtect on Facebook

– Show your support for RhinoProtect and tag them in a status, remember to tag Mahala too.

– The one who we think showed the most support, will win two tickets to the show on Friday.

Winners announced on Thursday.

The Wailers come to Cape Town for a worthy cause
Reggae giants and local talent to stand up for the rhino

Reggae legends The Wailers will take a special detour from their world tour to play the Stand Up! concert on Friday, 27th April 2012 at Trinity nightclub in Cape Town. The Wailers will share the stage with local ska and reggae favourites The Rudimentals, funk-rock newcomers Fox Comet and the crowd-drawing, dub step collaborative Mix n Blend. Electro heavyweight Dino Psaras is the final addition to this stellar line-up and is set to take the crowd in to the early hours.

The concert is the brainchild of Damien Vergnaud, owner of Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge and founder of RhinoProtect – the organization that Stand Up! will support. RhinoProtect was born out of desperation when it became clear to Vergnaud that the three rhinos at Inverdoorn were under imminent threat of poaching. “We had been considering for a long time what more could be done to safeguard our three rhinos when nearby game reserve Fairy Glen’s rhinos were poached,” says Vergnaud. “That shocked us into action and we took the controversial decision to treat the horns with a substance that would firstly make it hard to smuggle through airports and secondly, if ingested, could result in severe illness in humans.”

With the success of the treatment in warding off potential poachers thus far, the mandate of RhinoProtect has since expanded to offer the treatment to other game reserves around the country to help protect more rhinos. As a result the concept of a concert to raise the much needed funds was borne. The concert will have a triple function – raise awareness, raise the necessary funds for RhinoProtect and raise the roof with a sublime reggae party the likes of which Cape Town has never seen before.

“When Damien contacted me with his idea for a rhino benefit concert, I knew The Wailers would jump at the chance,” says Clyde Finlayson, founder of Concerts for a Cause. “They were heading to South Africa for a gig in Johannesburg anyway before travelling to Livingstone in Zambia, so it was a perfect opportunity to add their influential voice to this important cause.”

The supporting acts were all eager, to not only share a stage with The Wailers, but also to take a stance against rhino poaching. “The poaching and killing of rhinos solely for their horn, is the cruelest form of animal abuse I can think of. Such a majestic animal condemned to death for the sake of someone else’s perception of pleasure is sad,” adds The Rudimentals lead bassist Bong. “So when we heard that The Wailers were headlining and throwing their weight behind this movement, we knew we couldn’t miss out.”

RhinoProtect has secured financial management services from Swiss-based, registered NPO – The Caleo Foundation. The foundation, which is primarily concerned with art and nature conservation, will manage and administer all funds raised for the work of RhinoProtect.

This one-night-only concert will be held this Freedom Day, Friday 27th April. Tickets are priced at R235 for standard tickets and R420 for VIP tickets. Doors open at 8pm till early hours.

VIP Tickets available at www.webtickets.co.za only
Standard tickets available at:
Long Street, Claremont: 021 671 9846
Long Street, Tygervalley: 021 914 3136
Skint, Long Street: 021 801 3536
Skint, Noordhoek: 021 785 7777
Gypsy, Durbanville: 021 976 2604
Gypsy, Stellenbosch: 021 886 7157
Gypsy, Kalk Bay: 021 788 6802
Hoodoo Tattoo, Big Bay: 021 554 4086
The Surf Centre, Canal Walk: 021 555 4970
Pakololo, Hout Bay: 021 790 0700
Ska, Observatory: 021 447 6014

Follow us at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rhinoprotect
Twitter: @RhinoProtect
Websites: www.rhinoprotect.org or www.standup.rhinoprotect.org

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