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Feel the Love with Electric Light Orchestra in South Africa

Electric Light Orchestra’s (ELO) is coming to South Africa.

The orchestra led by Phil Bates will perform two exclusive concerts in Emperors Palace’s Centre Court on the February 13 and 14.

Elo will feature all the classic original ELO chart toppers, including; Rock n Roll is King, Hold on Tight, Roll over Beethoven, Evil Woman, All over the World, Don’t bring me Down and Sweet Talking Woman.

ELO has accumulated a staggering 27 Top 40 hit singles in both the United Kingdom and the United States, with 20 Top 20 UK singles and 15 Top 20 US singles.

The songs are firm pop favourites and have seen much success for ELO.

Phil Bates was a member of the original ELO and led ELO Part 2 from 1993 to 1999, after Jeff Lynne left the band.

The English rocker also played with notable bands Trickster and Quill.

Bates re-formed Electric Light Orchestra in 2011 and has been touring around the world with this unique concert.

“I am excited to tour South Africa again,” says Bates from his home in Berlin.

“I’m looking forward to playing to our fans in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

I love the songs I performed with ELO and I am enjoying touring Europe, and now South Africa, with these songs that have everyone singing along”.

The music of Elo has been a firm favourite with South African fans since the band originally formed in the 1970s.

Electric Light Orchestra sees Phil Bates where he his best – behind the microphone, while playing his legendary style of guitar.

In Gauteng the Electric Light Orchestra concerts will take place in the popular Emperors Palace Centre Court.

ELO’s distinctive sound is a combination of pop and rock fused with a string section of violins.

For the South African tour, the local string sensation The Muses became a perfect fit and will perform with the Electric Light Orchestra.

Gauteng-based, The Muses recently released their new album Pop on Strings 2, fusing the sounds of two violins, a viola and a cello.

The Muses are violinists Ashley Bodill and Mia Snyman, viola player Kate Moore and cellist Laetitia van Wyk.

The Muses have performed as prestigious events including the recent Africa Fashion Awards.

Co-founder, Olivia Kotze said: “We’ve all studied and learnt to master our instruments and the technical focus makes for some wonderful spontaneous moments.” “Whether we’ve brought our laser show along for the ride or not, we love to get dressed up and have some good clean fun,” she added.

“Classical music may be our foundation, but we’ve left the launch pad, thanks to the success of our debut, and now pop on Strings 2 — we are honoured and delighted to be performing alongside the legendary ELO on their South African tour.”

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