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Counting down to The Cure: We speak to Ard Matthews & Hellcats

The very next time The Cure walks on stage to give a live performance will be in Johannesburg, South Africa. Let that sink in for a minute.

That, my friends, is just a few weeks away.

And when they’re done with SA, Robert Smith and the boys will be playing a not-to-be-missed Disintegration gig in Australia. So if you happen to be a traitor [jokes] and live down under, enjoy, because that’s one of those ‘where were you?’ gigs.

While we won’t be getting the exact same Disintegration treatment, we’re almost 99.7% certain the self-titled track, Lullaby and others will make it on to their usually long setlist.

Another certainty on The Cure’s tour bill is our very own Ard Matthews.

“Being invited to be on the bill with The Cure in my solo capacity is certainly the biggest milestone in my career so far,” says the Just Jinjer star.

He’s also a big Disintegration fan with a penchant for Pictures of You.

But Hellcats guitarist Warwick Rautenbach is more of a fan of the older stuff.

A Forest. It’s haunting but you can shake a leg to it. A great fucking combo,”

His two-piece band’s also opening for the post-punk icons and they just released some brand new material.

The Healer from our new album I think would relax Robert Smith’s teased hair as if he’d used a hair straightener on it,” claims Rautenbach.

For Ard Matthews, though, he’s not leaving anything to chance.

“This might be the most I will have ever rehearsed a show so you can expect a very slick combination of old and new slammers, in a way you’ve never heard before!”

Ard Matthews and Hellcats will be bringing their A-game when they, Fokofpolisiekar, Karen Zoid, Zebra and Giraffe, Southern Wild, Diamond Thug, Opposite the Other, and The Robfather [DJ] open for The Cure at Rock the Lawns 2019:

16 March – JHB: Carnival City

21 March – CPT: Kenilworth Race Course

You can buy your tickets at Computicket here. We’ve also put together playlists on Google Music and Spotify of The Cure’s most underrated music.