Prime Circle is regarded as South African rock royalty with numerous awards, six studio albums which have achieved multi-platinum status, several chart-topping singles and sold-out tours to its name. Known as the best rock band in this country, the group is also recognised on the international stage and has management in Germany. In the past few years Prime Circle has made strong inroads into the UK and European markets, gigging intensively and being playlisted on radio and headlining major rock festivals.
Prime Circle’s line-up is Ross Learmonth (vocals and guitar); Marco Gomes (bass); Dale Schnettler (drums); Neil Breytenbach (keyboard) and Dirk Bisschoff (guitar).
Albums released are Hello Crazy World (2002); Live This Life (2005); All or Nothing (2008); Jekyll & Hyde (2010); Evidence (2012), Let the Night In (2014), If You Don’t You Never Will released in 2017 and Live World is Prime Circle’s eight album release. This album is very different by bringing their tour straight into your speakers with 25 live recordings done in several countries over the world over their 17 year music career. This album truly captures what this touring band is all about.
In 2016 Prime Circle released a deluxe edition of their acclaimed 2014 album Let the Night In, to coincide with their European tour that included festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop.
The band has received numerous accolades including a Johannesburg Choice Award, FHM Award; MK Award for International Break Through Act; two South African Music Awards (SAMAs); the Short & Sweet Music Video Award for Best Rock Video for Doors and numerous nominations from the SAMAs, MTV Africa Music Awards and the African Music Awards (Nigeria).
To date, the Prime Circle single, She Always Gets What She Wants from All or Nothing, has received more than 789 000 YouTube hits – the most-viewed South African rock song ever.
Since its formation in 2001, Prime Circle has demonstrated unmatched staying power with a dynamic sound that continues to evolve. Its success can be attributed to the fact that the members constantly challenge themselves while exploring new geographical and musical horizons.