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No substitute for Clout on stage

Clout, the original all-female South African rock group, will reunite to perform at the Lush Festival that takes place from 29 March to 2 April in Clarens.

It is the 40th anniversary of their hit single “Substitute”, which reached number one in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Belgium.

This single also sold over a million copies and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and remained in the UK charts for 15 weeks.

They were a major success in Europe, where they scored more top-ten singles, such as “Save Me”, “You’ve Got All of Me” and “Under Fire”.

It will be the first time that Cindy Alter, lead vocalist, performs in Clarens.

“Everybody knows about Clarens – it is such a jewel. We are looking forward to the mixed audience, from young to old,” said Alter.

“We are also looking forward to hanging out with the musicians from all over.”

Music lovers can look forward to hearing their two biggest hits (“Substitute” and “Save Me”), among others, on the Lush-stage.

Clout formed in Johannesburg in 1977.

It started as an all-female band, but soon included men.

They split up in 1981, shortly after the release of their last major single, a re-arrangement of the Hall and Oates song “Portable Radio”.

Their last album, Since They’ve Been Gone, was released in 2005 when they came together for a 12-month reunion tour across South Africa.

In 2017, they performed again at a benefit concert and since then, they have been busy filming a documentary for the 40-year celebrations of “Substi­tute”.

Due to popular demand, the band is in the process of planning an international tour to coincide with the 40th anniver­sary of “Substitute”.

Clout once shared stages in Europe with artists such as The Police, Debbie Harry, Supertramp, Dire Straits, The Village People, Boney M, Gloria Gaynor, Kiss, Thin Lizzy and Van Halen.

They earned five Sarie Samas (South African Music Awards), and numerous platinum and gold records.

The band consists of Cindy Alter, Ingrid (Ingi) Brough, Glenda Hyam, Gary van Zyl and Alistair Coakley.

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