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Raise your pickets for pop-rock group

The British pop-rock a capella vocal group, The Flying Pickets, will tour South Africa to perform their Christmas with The Flying Pickets show, at Carnival City Big Top Arena, on Friday, November 22.

The group first enjoyed worldwide success with their debut single, a cover of a Yazoo song, Only You, in 1983.

The single went straight to number one in the UK, and soon found popularity in other countries. This early success led the band to produce no less than 14 albums over the years.

The Flying Pickets was founded by Brian Hibbard in 1982, together with a group of actors, all with strong socialist political convictions.

They put together a musical theatre production that told the story of the 1982 miners’ strike in the UK, and their unusual name refers to mobile strikers of the time who would travel to join pickets in sympathy with the strikers.

The group so enjoyed singing that they began to appear in pubs and clubs in London, where they found success not only for their vocal ability, but also for their flamboyant appearance. Since those early days they have continued performing, recording and touring around the world.

The show starts at 8pm.

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