Ard Matthews Rocks on the Lawns

Rock on the Lawns is a one-day celebration of Rock n Roll in all its forms. A beautiful day out on the lawns with an incredible line-up of local and international musicians all sharing one magnificent stage, ending off of course with headliners The CURE. We caught up with Ard Matthews to find out more about his contribution to the day.

How were you convinced to escape your cosy dungeon and go join the festivities at Rock on the Lawns?

I’ve known Andy Mac for a long time so when he invited me to play at this very cool event it really didn’t take much convincing regardless of how ‘comfortable’ I’ve been lately.

When you were up in Joburg to promote your solo work last April you spoke about loving the freedom of being able to do exactly what you want each day. When have you felt most gratified by following your instincts?

I would say the last two years have been the most gratifying of my life. I didn’t know what a profound impact it would have on me to eventually live and work in a property that I own. It seems every day is revealing more and more as I learn to surrender to the process.

A live show to a very big audience this is going to be. When a show isn’t quite working, do you have a fail-safe move / go-to song?

I’m very fortunate to have had one or two songs that have had a pretty good public response so should anything go wrong on the day it should be pretty simple to just bounce onto one of those and keep rocking!

The Cure seem to have been the soundtrack to all of our lives for so long now that would be hard to imagine a world without them.

I think all of us who grew up in a certain generation and listening to their music were influenced by The Cure in some way. Can you tell us your experience?

The Cure have been around almost as long as I can remember knowing anything about music. They seem to have been the soundtrack to all of our lives for so long now that would be hard to imagine a world without them.

Is there any song of theirs that if they play it at Rock on the Lawns it might make you cry?

Pictures of you has always been my favorite song. It is definitely linked to a time and place and a special person I was with at the time. Hoping I won’t cry but I know I will certainly enjoy hearing it 😉

What’s the best way you like to hear live music?

Being a musician I tend to try and gravitate towards the mixing console so that I can better understand how the mixes being set up otherwise, I also just enjoy plonking on a blanket with a good bottle of wine and taking it all in.

What can fans expect from your set on the day?

I don’t remember ever having rehearsed as much for a show as we will have by the time the day comes. People can expect a very slick delivery of old and new songs in a way they have never seen or heard them before!

I don’t remember ever having rehearsed as much for a show as we will have by the time the day comes

I have fond memories of taking all my Antipodean housemates to go see Just Jinger at The Walkabout in Sheybubu and the likes. Do you ever miss London?

I think London is a fantastic city and I always try and get out there as often as I can. Those certainly were very fun days!

Thanks for the chat! We’ll see you at the event.

 

Rock on the Lawns – MARCH 2019

16 March 2019 – Festival Lawns, Carnival City, Joburg

21 March 2019 – Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town (Public Holiday)

Tickets

Tickets from just R495 available at computicket.com

Interview by The Original Colette Carr