AMP EVENTS is proud to confirm rock icons PIXIES to tour South Africa in March 2017. Marking their first visit to SA, PIXIES will headline the inaugural “Rock on the Lawns” music festival on the Festival Lawns at Carnival City, Jo’burg and will play under the stars at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.
PIXIES are considered to be one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time. Their string of anthems include Gigantic, Where Is My Mind, Here Comes Your Man, Monkey Gone to Heaven and many more.
At the “Rock on the Lawns” music festival at Carnival City, PIXIES will be supported by the cream of the SA rock scene: Springbok Nude Girls, Prime Circle, aKing, CrashCarBurn, Shortstraw, The Sweet Resistance and The Robfather (DJ). They’ll perform on the Carnival Festival Lawns, a premium outdoor setting at a venue that perfectly caters for large-scale music festivals.
The Cape Town “Rock on the Lawns” concert will be a more intimate experience as fans enjoy PIXIES under the stars at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens supported by Springbok Nude Girls.
PIXIES have recently released their new album Head Carrier. The 12-track collection of the band's unique aural mix of surrealism, psychedelia, dissonance and surf rock was produced by Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood) and recorded at London's Rak Studios from mid-February through to mid-March this year.
A special limited edition deluxe box set of Head Carrier is available exclusively through Pixiesmusic.com, which includes the CD, the album on heavy-weight/180 grams black vinyl, and a 24-page, oversized booklet with the song's lyrics and Vaughan Oliver's evocative, original artwork. Also available only through the band's website is a special bundle that includes the deluxe box set, special t-shirt, and a special 12” x 12” record sleeve sized poster.
Venue: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town – SOLD OUT
Date: 16 March 2017
Venue: Festival Lawns, Carnival City, Joburg
Date: 18 March 2017
Prices: From R495
Big Concerts International is thrilled to announce that BLUE MAN GROUP the wildly popular, award-winning global phenomenon will be visiting South Africa for the first time as part of a new World Tour from February – March 2017. The acclaimed stage show, best known and recognised for its trio of bald and blue performers, will be coming to Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2017.
BLUE MAN GROUP is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. To date, over 35 million people in more than 15 countries have seen one of the various BLUE MAN GROUP productions.
The new World Tour showcases classic Blue Man favourites along with brand new content as they continually update and refresh their shows with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.
Co-founder Chris Wink says, “When we first began creating performances centred on this innocent, curious character called Blue Man, we never dreamt where he would lead us. We are so honoured to be able to share our show with the people of South Africa and beyond. We believe the Blue Man’s universal message of joyful exuberance and euphoric celebration resonates within all of us.”
CEO of Big Concerts, Justin Van Wyk said “BLUE MAN GROUP is hugely popular around the world – first time audiences often leave the theatre so exhilarated by the show that it has one of the highest return businesses of any theatrical event. We know it will be the talk of Johannesburg and Cape Town when audiences finally get to experience this innovative, playful and colourful spectacle.”
General Manager – Glenn Joseph commented “We are very excited about welcoming the Blue Man Group to the Teatro, Montecasino. I was blown away by this extraordinary production in Las Vegas a few years ago - the entertainment value is priceless. I know our theatre goers will love this sensory experience.
BLUE MAN GROUP creates experiences that defy categorisation, taking the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. All this culminates in the trademark Blue Man Group finale - a blissful party atmosphere.
BLUE MAN GROUP is accompanied by a live band whose tribal rhythms help drive the show to its unforgettable climax.
BLUE MAN GROUP was founded by three close friends Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton in New York in 1991. Since the group’s inception it has grown to include permanent shows in Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Boston, Chicago and Berlin, as well as a North American Tour and a World Tour. Beyond the stage show,BLUE MAN GROUP has toured the globe with the ‘Megastar World Tour’ rock concert parody, produced multiple albums, including the Grammy-nominated Audio, and the recently released THREE. They will publish their first ever book, Blue Man World, in October 2016.
Van Wyk adds, “With no spoken language BLUE MAN GROUP is perfect for all ages, languages and cultures. It gives everyone the freedom to reconnect with their inner child, to re-experience mischievousness, sheer joy and to see what fun three guys can have with 30 litres of paint and 120 marshmallows in the space of an hour and a half!”
BLUE MAN GROUP is brought to South Africa by Big Concerts International – A Live Nation Company.
Venue: Teatro at Montecasino
Dates: From Tuesday 7th February 2017
Off Peak Shows: Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Evening and Sunday Evening
Peak Shows: Friday Evening, Saturday Matinee, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee
Ticket Prices: Off Peak: R370 – R595 / Peak: R455 – R680
Bookings: From Big Concert and Computicket at 9am Friday 27th May 2016
Venue: Grand Arena, GrandWest
Dates: From Tuesday 21st March 2017
Off Peak Shows: Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Evening and Sunday Evening
Peak Shows: Friday Evening, Saturday Matinee, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee
Ticket Prices: Off Peak: R340 – R570 / Peak: R425 – R655
Bookings: From Big Concerts and Computicket at 9am Friday 27th May 2016
If you haven't already heard, Hilltop Live are busy with an exciting new project. We have put together a music festival with a difference in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga. As the name suggests LEKKERLAND CARNIVAL is an all day music festival on the central Village Green complete with jugglers, stiltwalkers and anything Carnival.
We have a great line up - Riana Nel, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Matthew Mole and legendary Valiant Swart to name a few.
There will be a multitude of unplugged live music sessions at a selection of restaurants and venues on the Friday andSunday, the actual carnival will be held on the Dullstroom Village Green on Saturday 1 April.
The concert is headlined by Die Heuwels Fantasties, Matthew Mole and Riana Nel, and includes a support cast of artists like Valiant Swart, The Oh So Serious, Josie Field and Laurie Levine, with the BDI Street Performance Troupe roaming the streets.
The carnival is family friendly with a kids’ zone, entertainers like jugglers and stilt-walkers, and stalls, food stalls and a craft beer tent.
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Headlined by West End and Broadway star and international recording artist MiG Ayesa alongside fabulous local talents Connell Cruise, Kurt Herman and John Tsenoli
In celebration of her 25th Anniversary in the Entertainment Industry, Collett Dawson of The CoLab Network launches a series of concerts entitled GONE TOO SOON – shows that will pay homage to iconic music legends that have left us before their time, but still live on through their music.
The first in this series; GONE TOO SOON – The Gents will be staged in spectacular fashion at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City for FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY from Thursday 4th May – Saturday 6th May.
Gone Too Soon – The Gents will delight audiences old and young as they celebrate the powerhouse male singers that became legends through their music over the past few decades.
Tribute is paid to a diverse selection of artists including Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, Al Green, The Righteous Brothers, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, Michael Hutchence, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and many others.
A fitting medley will also be included of a selection of South Africa’s own legends who are no longer with us, but still evoke unforgettable memories.
Direct from New York and taking centre stage will be the insanely talented Broadway and West End star and international recording artist MiG Ayesa.
Ayesa was catapulted into stardom through the global reality television series ROCKSTAR: INXS where he went through to the final three. Added to this his countless lead roles on the West End and Broadway and other international stages including amongst many others, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages, Thriller Live, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, RENT, The Bridges of Madison Country, The Music of Queen: The Rock and Symphonic Spectacular and Tenors of Rock, makes him the ideal headliner for Gone Too Soon.
He has a close affinity with South Africa, last being here ten years ago when he joined the South African cast for rehearsals of the International Tour of We Will Rock You, and has long since had a desire for returning to perform here.
Says Ayesa; “I am beyond thrilled to be heading back to South Africa to perform in South Africa for the first time. Ever since I started rehearsals with the super talented cast of the International Tour of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Joburg in 2007, I swore to myself I would come back.”
He continues; “To have been able to come back to perform at Collett’s 25th Anniversary Show was a double celebration. I fulfill my promise of my return and also got the chance to celebrate the achievements of the sweetest person in showbiz, my beloved Collett Dawson. I cannot wait to share the stage in May with these incredible South African talents and to explore a little more of your spectacular country!”
MiG Ayesa will be joined on stage by the equally talented local voices of singer/songwriter, Connell Cruise, now based in New York but also returning to Johannesburg to perform in Gone Too Soon – The Gents while also releasing his brand new album, as well as Kurt Herman, instantly recognisable as a member of 101, winners of Coca Cola Popstars and more recently as one of the country’s foremost record producers.
Continuing The CoLab Network’s commitment to showcase young talent wherever possible, Gone To Soon – The Gents will be introducing the smooth soulful sounds of 18-year old John Tsenoli, a Born To Perform prodigy who makes his professional theatre debut.
With the vibrant arrangements by the world-class creative team Bluberry Entertainment of Kurt Herman and Tima Reece and along with a dynamic live band led by Music Director Llewellyn George, audiences will thrill to instantly recognisable hits including Show Must Go On, Man in the Mirror, Hallelujah, What’s Going On, Unchained Melody, Mercy Mercy Me, Everything She Wants and many more.
Gone Too Soon – The Gents is the ultimate concert experience, honouring a selection of the many men who’ve made an indelible mark on the local and international music industry.
While the show pays homage to these music icons who have left us too soon, the focus will be strongly on the uplifting atmosphere of inspiration that they continue to live on through their music, the memories they still evoke in all of us, as well as the impact that so many of them have made on the industry and world as a whole.
Executive Producer, Collett Dawson of The CoLab Network states “With the company now celebrating 4 years of producing in South Africa and along with this being a tandem celebration of my 25 years in the entertainment industry, I wanted to extend my footprint further in the industry by fulfilling a new vision of bringing out a selection of phenomenal international artists that I have worked with previously, in a variety of shows to join and collaborate with our local talent. Through technology, the world is now so small that I feel it’s a wonderful next step to bring these collaborations together to not only provide a top-notch show here in South Africa and to give the local audiences an opportunity to enjoy their talents, but also to open doors for future collaborations for our local artists internationally through these shows.”
Dawson explains the reason for MiG Ayesa being the first of these international headliners; “I first met MiG in Hong Kong when I visited the South African cast of We Will Rock You there in 2008. He not only blew me away with his exceptional talent, but also the interaction he had with the South African performers and how much they were able to glean from his international stage experience. We have stayed in close contact since then, and was truly humbled at how quickly he came on board when I explained my vision of the cross-continent collaborations and my concept for Gone Too Soon. Already seeing the chemistry between MiG, Connell, Kurt and John as well as the Creative Team during the time in studio preparing for my 25th Anniversary Celebrations has proven to me that I’m totally on the right track, with the guys already talking about possible future collaborations after this show."
Dawson continues; "He has already also committed to giving back to the South African community by attending a rehearsal at National School of The Arts on Saturday 25 February and imparted some valuable words of wisdom to the young performers. When he returns to Johannesburg for the show in May he has also committed to giving a workshop to young industry hopefuls giving them first hand experiences of life in the industry and most especially, on the West End and on Broadway. I am thrilled and honoured to have him on board and hope that it’s the first of many return visits by him to South Africa.”
Performances for Gone To Soon – The Gents will be at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City for four performances only.
Thursday 4th May at 8pm
Friday 5th May at 8pm
Saturday 6th May at 3pm and 8pm
Tickets range from R150 to R250. These are available by visiting www.goldreefcity.co.za or calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on
(011) 248 5000 or through Computicket.
No under 3’s allowed in the theatre due to audience members’ comfort.
Discounts for senior citizens and scholars apply.
Group Bookings of 10 seats or more qualify for a 10% discount if booked directly with The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000. Group Bookings of 50 seats or more qualify for a 15% discount if booked directly with The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000.
Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders enjoy instant savings: 10% (Gold); 15% (Platinum); 20% (Black).
Gone Too Soon – The Gents is proudly produced by The CoLab Network with staging by Gemma Marinus and lighting by Oliver Hauser with grateful thanks to the Creative Team of BluBerry Entertainment.
Gone Too Soon – The Gents is being staged in loving memory of two South African legends Matthew Stewardson and Gugu Zulu – both close friends of Collett Dawson and whose untimely deaths inspired the concept.
Back by popular demand Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games will be performing in Johannesburg & for the first time in Cape Town!
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is a spectacular new staging of the traditional master piece. With all the precision and thrills of the original, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes and choreography.
The show features cutting edge technology including a giant Radiant flat screen that spans the width of the stage, special effects lighting, dancing robots and world champion acrobats.
With some of the world’s most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley and new music by composer Gerard Fahy, this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance.
This will be the first time the show will tour to Cape Town and will be back in Johannesburg due to popular demand since it’s previous run in 2015 which received rave local reviews.
‘Pure sensation –come with an open mind and expect the unexpected!’ Stage & Screen
‘Lord of the Dance : Dangerous Games at The Teatro, Monte Casino was an evening filled with fancy foot work, enthralling fast paced dance routines and a plethora of costume changes’ Get It – Joburg North
Michael Flatley’s innovative and groundbreaking choreography and unforgettable performance at the 1994 Eurovision – saw his work change the world of dance and particularly Irish dance forever.
Followed by massive global success with the creation of hit shows Lord Of The Dance, Feet Of Flames and Celtic Tiger, Flatley’s extraordinary career has seen the artist and musician – holder of a place in the Guinness Book of Records for an incredible 35 taps per second - break box office records and thrill audiences around the world for over two decades.
Cape Town- 8th August - 13th August 2017
Peak Price: R425 - R540
Off Peak Price: R365 - R485
Johannesburg - 15th August - 3rd September 2017
Peak Price: R370 - R540
Off Peak Price: R315 - R485
Tickets on sale now from Big Concerts and Computicket
Presented by RSG, M-Net Channel 101 and Channel 24. Another Big Concerts Experience. Book your tickets at www.bigconcerts.co.za
For more tour information, visit www.lordofthedance.com or www.bigconcerts.co.za
Big Concerts has announced that Lady Antebellum will be touring South Africa for the very first time in 2017 performing in Cape Town on 13th October 2017 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest followed by Johannesburg on 15th October 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome.
Tickets go on sale Friday 3rd March 2017 at 9am from Big Concerts. Discovery Card holders get an exclusive 48 hour pre-sale on Wednesday 1st March 2017 February and Thursday 2nd March 2017. More info at www.discovery.co.za
Presented by Channel 24 and kykNET. Another Big Concerts Experience.
Lady Antebellum formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hilary Scott (lead vocals), Charles Kelley (lead, background vocals and guitar) and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano and mandolin).
With more than 18 million album sales worldwide, seven-time GRAMMY award winning group Lady Antebellum has earned six PLATINUM singles, nine chart topping hits, countless other awards including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row.
Their first three albums are certified platinum or higher by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). The albums have produced sixteen singles of which nine have reached number one. Their longest-lasting number one single is “Need You Now”, which spent five weeks at that position in 2009.
Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought the multi-PLATINUM trio together, Lady Antebellum returns to radio airwaves with "You Look Good,” while concurrently announcing it as the debut single off their sixth studio album HEART BREAK as well as s 2017 world tour.
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Friday 13th October 2017
Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town
Ticket Price: R490 – R915
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg
Ticket Price: R535 - R995
Tickets go on sale Friday 3rd March at 9am available from www.bigconcerts.co.za
For more info go to www.ladyantebellum.com