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Friday, April 17, 2015


(Connell Cruise)

South Africa’s latest international pop export Connell Cruise will launch his CD, Into The Wild at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on April 25. This will form part of his first tour of South Africa in 2015.

Cruise will perform music off his critically acclaimed SAMA Award nominated debut album, including the hits Not Just Friends, 99% and I Oughta Tell You, as well his current hit singles Forever and Into The Wild. Fans will also be treated to exclusive new music from Cruise’s soon to be released follow up album which is scheduled for release toward the end of 2015.

“I can't wait to take this show on the road, my first SA tour! My band and I have been working hard for a while now on making this the best musical experience out there. So amped for everyone to see what we've got planned. More than anything, I'm excited to finally meet my fans around the country, face to face. This is going to be one to remember,” says Cruise.

Connell Cruise is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor from Johannesburg. His debut album released in 2013 produced three number 1 radio hit singles (Not Just Friends, 99% and I Oughta Tell You) as well as a surprise number 1 iTunes release covering Avicii’s global smash hit, Wake Me Up.

Cruise has enjoyed chart success in Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, as well as airplay in Switzerland, Brazil and Mexico. He received three South African Music Award nominations in 2014 for Best Adult Contemporary Album, a nomination in one of the most sought after and prestigious categories for Male Artist Of The Year, as well as a nomination for Record Of The Year for the hit single Not Just Friends. Cruise signed an exclusive international recording deal with Island Records in New York City and released his first American release Into the Wild in February 2015.

He will be supported by Durban artist Majozi at his show at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway.

The Barnyard Theatre has established itself as hugely popular live-music venue, with many of South Africa’s top bands and performers. Part of the appeal of The Barnyard Theatre for live music is that it is an intimate venue with great sound and lighting. It also offers a laid-back environment where patrons are able to enjoy food and drinks before and during the show seated at tables and counters. Audience members can also meet the artist in the bar after the show to buy paraphernalia and get autographs.

The performance takes place on April 25. Tickets R120 pp and seating will be as for normal shows, with no standing room. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit

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