Witness blues-rock power with a band who delivers their self-written and composed music with intense passion and honesty! With practice comes perfection which allows for every show to be a truly unique experience with some face-melting guitars, foot-stomping grooves, and a crowd that goes wild from start to finish. Interactive rock 'n roll with each band member intuitively reading each other's body language to create a symbiotic tight-knit experience you are sure to remember!
Lead by Basson Laubscher, previous guitarist for famous Afrikaans band Zinkplaat. Laubscher is no newbie when it comes to rock 'n roll. The Violent Free Peace has released 2 albums to date: their first EP Shakedown and their more recent release titled Testify which will no doubt have you believing in a higher power of good old school boogie! This is one band you don't want to miss.
THE MAN ON THE GUITAR
& ON THE VOCALS
THE MAN ON THE DRUMS
Dubbed South Africa’s Rory Gallagher, Basson Laubscher is one talented musician. Born and raised in Stellenbosch, Basson fell in love with music! At the tender age of 13 he started playing guitar and has never looked back.
During his high school career, he met fellow band member Bertie Coetzee and helped form one of South Africa’s most loved bands, Zinkplaat who performed at all of South Africa's most loved festivals for over 10 years.
After the band split, Basson knew he had to pursue music further, and thus The Violent Free Peace was born, with a passion for Blues Rock.
We have the original slender man on the drums pounding away with his unique furious rock n' roll fury.
Adriaan is no stranger to the heavier side of things with his previous endeavor with the famous Stellenbsoch hard rockers De Wallen he is well versed in keeping the foot-stomping rhythm driving the machine.
Adriaan is also busy with completing his master's in sociology and will not only save the world with his masterful groove but also help to make it a better place!
THE MAN ON THE BASS
THE MAN ON THE KEYS
The rock that keeps the train grooving and steaming full speed ahead. Originally from the north and moving at a young age to the legendary Bellville rock city, this young scrappy lad is our powerhouse on the 4 strings of doom. Divan locks in with Adriaan's solid rock groove to make the Free Peace bounce with the blues
Divan is a staple of the CPT indie scene and has cut his teeth and chops with Blynd Tyger and The Bakers. Do not miss the man lay down the groove and keep the Free Peace funky!
Riaan Nieuwenhuis is a composer, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist and pianist.
After travelling many countries, Riaan co-founded the group Delta Blue along with Gerald Clarke, and played all the major stages of South Africa, including tours to Namibia and the U.K.
He has worked with many other groups and individuals of note and appears on numerous compilation Albums. He has recorded 9 band Albums, as well as 4 very successful solo albums, with more to be released.
Riaan's funk and groovy soul on the keys make him a must have for The Violent Free Peace, perfectly complimenting the other instruments to create a truly unique and lively sound!