Cigarettes After Sex and Big Concerts announce ‘X’s World Tour’ in SA in March

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Cigarettes After Sex, one of the most globally accomplished acts across any genre, will be bringing their X’s World Tour to South Africa in March 2025! 5 March at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town, and 7 March at SunBet Arena, Time Square, Pretoria.

The Discovery Bank pre-sale begins at 09h00 on Wednesday, 6 March from and will run until 08h59 on Friday, 8 March.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 09h00 on Friday 8 March 2024 exclusively from

Ten years ago, Greg Gonzalez was having a really rough Valentine’s Day. Freshly heartbroken with no hope of reconciliation, he spent two hours driving from his hometown El Paso to play a show, and he listened to Sade’s “By Your Side” on repeat both ways. “The experience that day stuck in my bones—it was an idea that I couldn’t forget,” says Gonzalez, the frontman of Cigarettes After Sex. “I thought, how do I make a record that feels like that?

“Filled with raw, imagistic, sometimes smutty vignettes set to entrancing, slow-burn pop songs, Gonzalez knows how to capture every emotion a romantic arc inspires. But where previous albums have drawn from an amalgam of relationships, for the most part, his anticipated third album ‘X’s’ centralizes on just one relationship that spanned four years. “The record feels brutal,” admits Gonzalez. “I could sit and talk about this loss to someone, but that wouldn’t scratch the surface. I have to really write about it, sing about it, have the music, and then I can start to analyze and learn from it. Or just relive it—in a good way. I don’t have that Eternal Sunshine-thing of wanting to forget.

“This period was one of immense personal growth for Gonzalez, but it was also during these years that Cigarettes After Sex—completed by drummer Jacob Tomsky and bassist Randall Miller—hit staggering new levels in their career, transitioning from a preeminent indie act to one of the most globally accomplished acts across any genre.

And still, Cigarettes After Sex maintain their mystique, fans sharing their music like an illicit secret and this poignant ten-song collection will certainly stoke the flames. While continuing to observe classic pop song structures, Gonzalez has moved away from the prior sonic touchstones of the ‘50s and ‘60s, finding himself now drawn to a ‘70s/’80s slow dance. While (in typical Cigarettes style) these changes may be subtle, the overall resulting energy is akin todisco ball-refracted tears on the dance floor.

Listen to Tejano Blue, the new single here:

Important Note: Fans are strongly advised against purchasing tickets from Viagogo. These tickets are unlawfully resold by deceitful sellers for multiple times the face value and are not legitimate tickets. Should you purchase these tickets you will be denied entry into the venue, and you will not be entitled to a refund.

Cigarettes After Sex “X’s World Tour” | South Africa dates:

Cape Town

5 March 2025

Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town

Tickets are only available exclusively from Ticketmaster ( from 09h00 Friday 8 March


7 March 2025

SunBet Arena, Time Square, Pretoria

Tickets are only available exclusively from Ticketmaster ( from 09h00 Friday 8 March.

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