Dullstroom Winter Festival reinvents itself for what is set to be the beginning of an intimate arts festival feel to this bespoke festival.

2016 promises something new for Dullstroom Winter festival with the festival moving to the second weekend of July for the first time ever, this year the event will also be broken down into smaller style events that showcase all there is to see in this town of wonder.

The program has moved to small shows over the 3 days, with Stephane Maree playing a free show at Wild about Whiskey on Friday night as an early warm-up and Coelacanth making their triumphant return to Dullstroom at the new Coachman.

Saturday will feature a lunch show with The Sextons at the Mayfly Restaurant, and then the biggest show of the weekend kicks off at 3pm at Highland Gate Golf Clubwith Georgetown and Blues Legend Gerald Clark. Just as you thought it is done, the after party kicks off at the Poacher with Bright Lights Big City.

Sunday lets you wind down with Michael Canfield at The Cherry Grove Piazza and leaves enough time to make it back home.

Georgetown is a band that consists of a couple of friends from Pretoria that started out in the early months of 2014. They describe their music as old time hillbilly music with instruments ranging from Mandolin, Ukulele, Double Bass, Melodica, Banjolin, Saxophones, Clarinet and not to mention the 1950's percussion suitcase, calls for fantastic and high energy live performances. They do historic folk and bluegrass songs but also their own renditions of modern pop songs with their signature old school southern sound to really get that 'footstompin' going.

Gerald Clark is an accomplished South African musician recognised for his extraordinary ability to tell a story with his music. He is one of SA’s top musicians – a singer and songwriter famous for his voice that can get down to the soul and honesty that consists within the blues. AfroBoer & the GoldenGoose – his 4th album recorded in an old farmhouse – shared his dynamic musical ideas with attentive ears. It’s raw, it’s blues, it’s rock, it’s a piece of his honesty. The diversity within this album will shake your bones and burn your toes.

Friday 8 July:

18:00 - Stephane Maree @ Wild About Whiskey – Free Show

20:00 – Coelacanth @ The Coachman - R80 (Bookings 013 - 254 0019) 

Saturday 9 July:

12:00 - The Sextons @ Mayfly – Free Show  (Bookings 013 - 254 0332)

15:00 - Georgetown and Gerald Clark @ Highland Gate Golf Club – Tickets R200 Plankton.mobi - R250 on the day

20:00 - Bright Lights Big @ The Poacher – Free Show

Sunday 10 July:

11:00 - Michael Canfield @ Cherry Grove Piazza – Free Show

Hilltop Live and Dullstroom Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Century Properties, Highland Gate Golf Club, Tonteldoos, Midrand Jaguar and Land Rover for their contributions and making this event possible 

For more information log onto:

Facebook Official Page:https://www.facebook.com/DullstroomWinterFestival/


Tomorrowland UNITE SA: One Stage, One World United


Tomorrowland UNITE, the mirror to Tomorrowland is bringing the magic of this fantastical music event and stage production to the Dance Nation Of The Year, South Africa on Saturday 23 July at Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg.


Supporting the best in local music, Tomorrowland UNITE SA have curated an unbelievable lineup that will see SA’s finest mix masters and producers perform live.


The addition of which will guarantee that dance music-lovers of all tastes will have a night of non-stop entertainment as the music draws them into each live performance.


The live crossing will feature International heavyweights like Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Afrojack, Nicky Romero and Axwell & Ingrosso. Complimenting these titans of music you can enjoy live performances from some of SA’s best producers and DJ’s, many of whom are creating special performances specifically designed for the Tomorrowland UNITE audiences that will only be performed once at this explosive event.


These include local house legend and award-winning DJ Fresh, 5FM’s funny man Roger Goodeand chart-topper Timo ODVOne of Cape Town’s biggest DJs, Dean Fuel will be spinning a set curated in celebration of 12 years of Tomorrowland. Kyle Watson will bring the heat with an exclusive mix of his productions, Household Funk have added the supreme voice of Justine Chalice to the their infectious sound, Ricardo Da Costa will be joined by live percussion from Sterra, and Vimo and Chunda Munki will be playing back to back to end off this unparalleled experience!


People of Tomorrow ….. Want to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tomorrowland Belgium, including a festival ticket, flights, accommodation and spending money valued at over R 50,000? 


Join the global gathering with5FM and WeChat South Africa. Visit www.5fm.co.za, scan the QR code with WeChat and register your WeChat Wallet 

General Admission: R450 | VIP: R1200 – includes a raised viewing deck, VIP entrance, VIP Toilets and a VIP Cash Bar. 


*No persons under the age of 18.


Tickets are available from www.ticketpros.co.za


Follow the conversation on socials: #TomorrowlandUNITESA


People of Tomorrow, get ready to Unite




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KONGOS ANNOUNCE SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR

Multi-platinum recording artist KONGOS have added a couple regional tour dates to their recently announced headline appearance at the Oppikoppi festival in August. Two additional KONGOS shows will take place at the Durban Botanic Gardens on the 3rd of August and at The Hillcrest Quarry for One Night in Cape Town on the 5th of August. Great South African Local support will be on the line up in both Durban and Cape Town.

KONGOS is a South African-born American alternative rock band consisting of four brothers: Johnny (accordion, keyboards, vocals), Jesse (drums, percussion, vocals), Daniel (guitar, vocals),and Dylan KONGOS (bass guitar, lap slide guitar, vocals). They spent their childhoods in London and in South Africa. They compose and record in Phoenix, Arizona, where they have lived since 1996.*

KONGOS’ new album, Egomaniac, is set to be released on the 10th June 2016 via Just Music. Take It From Me, the first single off Egomaniac has already hit the U.S. charts. The band will be performing several songs from the new album as well as select cuts from their previous release. The band’s album Lunatic (2012) was chock full of hits, including I’m Only Joking and Come with Me NowCome with Me Now reached double platinum status in both the United States and Canada.

A limited number of tickets will be made available for each evening’s performance. With tickets for the 2015 One Night in Cape Town selling out weeks before the concert date, fans are encouraged to not wait to buy their tickets.

Pre-order Egomaniac at https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/egomaniac/id1101834615

Date: 3 August 2016

Venue: DBN Botanic Gardens

Artists: Kongos & SA Artists

Tickets: R350 from Computicket.

Get your tickets here

Gates opens: 17h00 

Date: 5 August 2016

Venue: The Hillcrest Quarry

Artists: Kongos & SA Artists

Tickets: R400 from Computicket. 

Get your tickets here

Gates open: 19h00

After a gruelling tour schedule including festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop, Prime Circle is set to showcase their Deluxe Edition of Let the Night In. Gauteng fans will be rocked with two picnic style concerts at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 13 August and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on 14 August 2016.

SANBI and Hilltop Live in association with TUKS FM Presents: Prime Circle - To the Roots. A two stop Botanical Gardens tour showing the band have not forgotten where they came from. These two shows are set to welcome back Prime Circle to South Africa and ushers in the outdoor shows that come with the changing of the Seasons. Multi award-winning band, Prime Circle continuously proves that after 15 years in the game, they are as relevant in the world of rock, as they have ever been.

The release of the 18-track Let the Night In – Deluxe Edition sees a further progression of the band’s ever-evolving rock sound, which has ventured into bold new places since Prime Circle was formed 15 years ago.

Prime Circle toured Europe during May and June, playing at the Rock im Revier festival in Dortmund and at Rockavaria festival in Munich, Germany where after they went on to playRock in Vienna in Austria to rave reviews. Aside from appearing on the bill at these massive alternative rock/metal festivals, the band also performed in Hannover, Dresden, Leipzig, Flensburg, Hamburg, Freiburg, Saarbrücken and Mannheim during this period. 

Upon their return to South Africa, Prime Circle are set to play at OppiKoppi 22: For the lovely young taken to THE UNSEA. These will be their first performances back on home soil/dust. The “Back to the Roots” Botanical gardens shows will then be their first family friendly shows.

Show details:

13th August 2016 - Prime Circle and more

Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Tickets R120 per person online at Plankton.mobi or R150 at the gate

14th August 2016 - Prime Circle and more

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

Tickets R150 per person online at Plankton.mobi or R170 at the gate

Tickets for the concert are available Plankton.mobi at. Children under 12 can enter for free. Gates will open at 11h00 and the concert will end at approximately 17h00. Everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets (no glass or alcohol) and blankets.  An on-site restaurant and tea garden are available; both serve alcoholic beverages.

EVENT LINKS 

JHB - https://www.facebook.com/events/1556323728008119/

PTA - https://www.facebook.com/events/1017703461610926/ 

To the Roots FB Page - https://www.facebook.com/To-The-Roots-215014825207413/ 

Prime Circle Links

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An Evening with Steve Tyrell & special guest Diane Schuur

Live in Johannesburg

Big Concerts is proud to announce that legendary Grammy award-winning jazz maestros, Steve Tyrell & Diane Schuur will be coming to South Africa in September 2016

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man. In over four decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer.

With the grit and soul of a lifetime of experiences, producing hits for Grammy-winning Artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, to Rod Stewart and Diana Ross, Steve himself has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and gained a passionate following all over the world. His hits “The Way You Look Tonight,” “The Simple Life,” “Crush On You” and “The Sunny Side of The Street,” have launched thousands of weddings and millions of romances. He’s held top positions at Standards, Swing, and Big Band outlets with a devoted following at key Adult Contemporary Radio.

As an artist, all 9 of his American Standards albums have achieved top 10 status on Billboard’s Jazz charts, 7 of which have achieved top 5, and his first album “A New Standard” was amongst the bestselling jazz albums for over 5 years.

A leading vocalist in contemporary jazz, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Nicknamed "Deedles" as a child by her mother, she grew up surrounded by traditional American jazz, embraced by both of her parents: her father was an amateur pianist, and her mother kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums in their home.

Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur's major vocal influence. She learned the iconic singer's "What a Difference a Day Makes" while she was still a toddler and developed her own rich, resonant vocal style at a very young age. Jazziz Magazine writes, “Schuur’s vocal chops move from little-girl innocence to bawdy-mama blues in a hair’s breadth, but always at the service of the song.” Schuur is also an accomplished pianist, accompanying herself on stage and on many of her recording projects.

That distinguished career includes two Grammy Awards (Best Jazz Vocal Performance) for Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra both on GRP Records, the label that launched her career, as well as three additional Grammy nominations for the albums Pure Schuur, Love Songs and individual track The Christmas Song.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see these jazz legends live!

Tour Itinerary

Johannesburg, 9th & 10th September 2016 at Teatro, Montecasino

Tickets from R400– R850

Pesented by Hot 91-9. Book your tickets from Big Concerts


Big Concerts has announced that the Irish female singing sensation Celtic Woman will return to South Africa as part of their ‘Destiny’ Tour.

It’s been more than ten years since Celtic Woman first captured America’s imagination with their self-titled first public television special. That historic concert performance launched a genuine cultural phenomenon, introducing millions of new fans to the group’s fresh fusion of traditional Irish music, contemporary studio craft and state-of-the-art stage production.

Having been named Billboard magazine’s World Album Artist of the Year six times, Celtic Woman is a one-of-a-kind musical entity that showcases gifted young Irish women: world-class vocalists and a brilliant Celtic violinist, whose talent and charisma help to bring centuries of musical and cultural tradition to vibrant life in the group’s recordings and concert performances.

Since their formation in 2004, Celtic Woman has sold more than eight million copies of their nine CDs and eight DVDs, making them the only all-female act to achieve multi-platinum success in the classical crossover and world music genres during the past decade. Each of their nine CDs has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s World Album chart, where the group has occupied the top slot for a record-breaking 112 consecutive weeks. Celtic Woman has also scored two top 10 debuts on Billboard’s influential album chart and five Top Five DVDs on Billboard’s Top Video chart, as well as achieving platinum-level sales in nine countries.

Celtic Woman has also emerged as an international touring powerhouse, selling out concert halls around the world and racking up cumulative sales of over three million tickets.

2015 marked the tenth anniversary of Celtic Woman’s debut CD and DVD releases and the group’s popular concert tours expanded to include recent performances in Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan, China, South Africa and Brazil. With ever-growing worldwide success, Celtic Woman embark on the next chapter of their musical journey with ‘Destiny,’ a new production that celebrates Ireland’s past while bringing a contemporary musical edge to songs old and new in a way that also reflects the vibrant, modern nation that Ireland has become.

The Destiny tour features and entirely new stage production and the all-female ensemble also delivers other timeless traditional Irish songs such as, “Bean Pháidín” and “Siúil A Run,” highlighting the beauty of Ireland’s heritage and its Gaelic language. Alongside newer songs such as “Walk Beside Me” and “The Whole of The Moon,” the show also features reimagined renditions of audience favourites “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me Up.”

Singing songs of love, loss, hope and inspiration, Celtic Woman has transcended national and cultural boundaries to celebrate the timeless emotion of Ireland’s centuries-old heritage, extending those vibrant musical traditions into the present day.

Celtic Woman Destiny South African Tour Itinerary 

Johannesburg

17th September 2016- Teatro, Montecasino

Tickets from R 565 – R980

18th September 2016 - Big Top Arena, Carnival City

Tickets from R395 – R1020

Presented in partnership with RSG and Channel24. Tickets on sale from Big Concerts on www.bigconcerts.co.za


Big Concerts has confirmed that UB40’s three founding members will be making a triumphant return to South Africa in November 2016 with their ‘Red Red Wine Tour’ having wowed audiences across the world proving they are still a worldwide tour de force.

Britain’s biggest reggae band of all time will be performing classic hits and gems from their many critically acclaimed albums, including ‘Red, Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Tow’ and ‘Can’t help falling in Love’.

Since reforming in 2013, the trio of Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have remained at the top of their game, with highlights including their ongoing World tour, a sell-out UK arena tour headlining London’s o2 arena, a huge sell out USA tour and critical acclaim for their new material in 2014’s ‘Silhouette’ album.

Having embarked on their current world tour the three-piece’s step up to even larger venues is a testament to the longevity of their songs, as well as UB40’s status as Britain’s most successful Reggae band of all time, a true music pioneer since 1979.

Tour Information

Cape Town

Saturday 5th November - Grand Arena, GrandWest

Ticket Price:  R510 – R74 

Port Elizabeth

Tuesday 8th November - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Outer Fields

Ticket Price:  R480

Durban

Thursday 10th November - Durban Botanic Garden

Ticket Price:  R480

Johannesburg

Saturday 12th November - Ticketpro Dome

Ticket Price: R450 – R790

Tickets are on sale from Big Concerts on www.bigconcerts.co.za 

Presented by Heart FM, Algoa FM, East Coast Radio, Jacaranda FM and Channel 24. Another Big Concerts Experience

BLUE MAN GROUP Announce South African tour

EXPERIENCE AWESOME!

Johannesburg: 7th February 2017 - 5th March 2017

Cape Town: 21st March 2017 - 26th March 2017  

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.

TOUR INFORMATION

JOHANNESBURG

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

CAPE TOWN

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 

http://www.bigconcerts.co.za/events/detail/blue-man-group

www.blueman.com

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