STFD Live presents The Big Smoke, JHB’s new annual rock, stoner, psych event featuring The Black Cat Bones, We Kill Cowboys, and more


(Artwork by Alex Muller )


STFD Live presents The Big Smoke – Joburg’s hottest new event featuring heavy hitters, The Black Cat BonesEvert Snyman & the AviaryWe Kill CowboysShameless and Caution Boy!  Taking place at Sognage on the 9th June 2023 The Big Smoke is set to be an annual event showcasing the evolving South African music scene with a focus on heavy rock, stoner and psych. Doors open at 6pm and the first band is on at 7pm.

Early Bird – R100pp (limited)
Online – R150pp
Door – R200pp
Quicket link – HERE
FB event – HERE


The Black Cat Bones


The Black Cat Bones are a multi-genre conglomerate of like-minded music makers from Gauteng, South Africa. Andre Kriel, Kobus de Kock, Gareth Bunge & Casey Rothman form part of the core founded in 2007 and are regularly accompanied by an array of the country’s most talented collaborates and guest artists. The band’s captivating performances and diverse repertoire put them in a class of their own as they evolve from sub-culture champions to a group that’s adored nationwide by a constantly expanding, loyal following from all walks of life. BCB is recognized for its hard work ethic and respected among its peers as one of the most driven musical outfits in the country.


Evert Snyman & The Aviary


One rarely encounters that unique sound that draws you in and alerts your senses…that rare quality in a musician that forces you to listen more closely and pay attention.  Evert Snyman is exactly that – a multi-talented songwriter and performer who has enthralled many an audience with his galvanic melodies, poetic, yet straightforward lyrics, and hypnotic rhythms.  What sets Evert apart from other musicians is the raw honesty of his music.  He is a fearless and unabated songwriter and lyricist, speaking to emotions we often keep hidden – even from ourselves. Based in Johannesburg, Evert Snyman has launched and collaborated on various projects, cementing himself as a versatile multi-instrumentalist.  Perhaps the most well-known of these are alternative rock bands, Pink Noise and Pollinator.


We Kill Cowboys


We Kill Cowboys is a Cape Town-based, 4-piece rock ‘n roll band, the brainchild of tattoo artist and singer-songwriter, Alex Muller. The band fuses elements of psychedelic rock, punk rock, grunge, and stoner blues with anti-establishment lyrical content, delivered by Alex’s raw, sultry, gritty vocals. Jono’s dirty, wielding guitar riffs, Andrew’s metal drum fills blasting alongside Danie’s fuzzy bass grooves … These guys are here to turn the amps right up and blow ear holes and minds.


Shameless Band is a trio from Soweto who plays Rock slightly differently. With the influences of their everyday lives – they have dubbed their sound ‘iRock Yase Kasi’ (Rock from the hood) or ‘Nkabi Rock’ (Hitman Rock). Their creativity is fueled by the music they grew up with: Phuzekhemisi, Stimela, Zola 7, and other South African musical leaders, and then also heavier bands like System Of A Down, At The Drive-In, Thin Lizzie, Deftones, and Tool. 


Caution Boy


Somewhere between the highway & the railroads of the Moot (Pretoria, South Africa), smothered by its suburban industrial coma, came a one-man army (Andi Cappo), filled with punk screams, stoner basslines, pop grooves & screeching guitars. Caution Boy was born to tear your eardrums from your skull. It isn’t all mayhem though – Caution Boy also has a sensitive side, which can be seen during acoustic shows and on the acoustic album Misty Bedroom Blues (2017). What started as a one-man karaoke from hell, singing to his original pre-recorded backtracks, or playing solo sets acoustically, has evolved into a full live band that is set on setting souls ablaze with pure energy, passion & enthusiasm. The live band consists of Treveshan Pather (bass), Archie Kinnon (drums) & Andi Cappo (vocals & guitar).



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