With previous winners like Al Bairre and PHFat it’s no wonder entries for Vodacom Open The City 2015 almost doubled this year, to an incredible pool of over 140 local bands. All vying for the opportunity to play on the same stage as international titans of music, The Kooks, Milky Chance and The Cat Empire. After heated deliberation the Vodacom Open the City 2015 five finalists have been chosen and they are:

This year’s hotly debated judging session included Catherine Grenfell (5FM), Tecla Ciolfi (Texx and the City), Sophie Abendanon (Seed Experiences), Charlotte Kanter (Morse Code), Natasha Goosen (One-Eyed Jack) and Hein Ferreira (Vodacom). Public voting has opened and there are two ways to vote for the band you want to Open The City on the 4th of October. You can either visit Vodacom in the City 2015 Competition website and click to vote for your band or SMS their name. By voting you stand the chance to win 2 tickets to Vodacom in The City and meet the winning local act backstage.

SMS the band’s name to 48477
SMS “DECEMBER STREETS” to 48477
SMS “TIMO ODV” to 48477
SMS “NOMADIC ORCHESTRA” to 48477
SMS “GRASSY SPARK” to 48477
SMS “EARLY HOURS” to 48477

(Standard SMS rates apply, follow the link in the reply SMS for Ts&Cs).

The standard of entries this year was nothing short of phenomenal and the judges had a tough time choosing the five finalists but now it’s up to us to choose the winner.  In 2014 fans got to see all the finalists at an exclusive Open the City live show. This year not only will they be able to watch the five finalists live at a gig on the 20th of September but we want the public to get to know the #VOTC2015 finalists, so Vodacom is creating videos of each act covering one of our #VITC2015 acts.

Voting closes at midnight on the 20th of September and the winning band, with the most votes, will be announced on the 22nd of September.