U.S. rock act the Killers will play their first South African shows in December.
The announcement of the band's two dates ends the international rock act drought that has marked South Africa since the April Coca-Cola Zero Fest, headlined by Oasis.
The Killers play the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg on Dec. 4 before heading down to Cape Town to play at Val De Vie Estate on Dec. 6. Media support is from two of South Africa's key regional top 40 radio stations, Johannesburg's 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Cape Town's 94.5 Kfm, and sponsorship comes from beer brand Heineken.
"We are truly honored to be associated with yet another talented, award-winning band such as the Killers on their first ever South African tour," said Franco Maria Maggi, Heineken South Africa marketing manager, in a statement.
Promoter BIG Concerts is bringing out the U.S. act for its debut South African shows. The Cape-Town based company is a strategic partner of Live Nation following a June 24 agreement that cemented BIG Concerts' position as Live Nation's exclusive promotion partner for all tours in South Africa.
Universal South Africa reports a strong following for the Killers in the country. According to label manager Stefan de Clerk, the band's three studio albums - "Hot Fuss," "Sam's Town" and "Day & Age" - are all "comfortably gold" (certified 20,000 units). "Sawdust," a collection of B-sides and rarities, has shifted 10,000 units.