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Friday, July 27, 2018


(Jason Andrew, Shaun Dragt & Barry Thomson)

Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof will present The British Invasion with the Reals From August 1 to 5 and again from August 8 to 12, 2018

The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid 1960s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom became popular in the United States and significant to rising ‘counterculture’ on both sides of the Atlantic. Pop and rock groups such as The Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, the Rolling Stones and The Animals were at the forefront of the invasion, furnishing the model for many important global developments in pop and rock music.

In February 1964, The Beatles started the first British Invasion, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. They held the top five positions on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart which to date, no other act has achieved, and it wasn’t long before other UK bands joined the Invasion. The Rolling Stones would become the biggest band other than the Beatles to come out of this era, topping the Hot 100 eight times. In America, the Invasion spelled the end of the popularity of instrumental surf music, pre-Motown vocal girl groups, the folk revival and the teen idols who had dominated the American charts in the late 1950s and 1960s.

The British Invasion had a profound impact on popular music, internationalising the production of rock and roll, establishing the British popular music industry as a viable centre of musical creativity, and opening the door for subsequent British performers to achieve international success. The US no longer had the monopoly and US media proclaimed the United Kingdom as the centre of music and fashion. During the 80s and 90s, the resurgence of British rock bands such as Oasis, The Verve and Blur met massive global success.

Paying tribute to the artistes pioneering and those who continued with the British Invasion is Durban’s favourite band, The Reals with Barry Thomson on guitar, Dawn Selby on keyboards, Mali Sewell on drums, Jason Andrew on bass guitar and guest guitarist Shaun Dragt. In the repertoire of hit songs from decades 60s through to the 90s, are pop and rock hits from top British bands including The Beatles (I Saw Her Standing There), The Animals (We Gotta Get Out Of This Place), The Who (My Generation), Rolling Stones (Start Me Up), Led Zeppelin (Rock And Roll), Oasis (Wonderwall) and many more!

British Invasion shows take place from August 1 to 5 and again from August 8 to 12, 2018. Performances take place from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h00 and on Sundays at 14h00.

(The theatre venue opens 60 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners) and tables seat 6. (No alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises). Tickets are cash or EFT only. Secure parking is available. Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland (also for large group booking discounts of 20 or more) on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof.

(Should you wish to dine before the show at Tina’s, it is recommended that you arrive no later than 90 min before show-time for the restaurant. An a-la-carte menu is available and the Sunday buffet is R135 per head (R110 pensioners). Booking is essential as seating is limited. Payment for restaurant is cash, credit card or zapper. Contact 031 764 7843 or visit Please indicate that you are a theatre booking when making your reservation.)