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2012-12-30 10:00

Hook up with one of these hot six parties – wherever you are in Mzansi – to see in 2013 in style


» The 5FM Black Tie & Barefoot (NYE) Beach Party

Where: Outer Limits, Broadacres, Joburg

Cost: R150 via

What: 5FM’s official New Year’s Eve event is dubbed “the biggest beach Jozi has ever seen!” (exaggeration, theirs).

The station’s DJs C-Live, Fix and Catherine will be joined on the decks by Global Spin Award-winner DJ Roxxi, Didi, Vybe & Chizzy, Spinn Bad and Shai.

The beach with its crazy dress theme will give guests an eclectic mix of the hottest, most rocking beats.

In case of rain, 70% of the outdoor area will be covered by a tent the size of half a rugby field. You have been warned.

North West

» The Shebeen New Year’s Eve Party

Where: Motseng Cultural Village – Sun City, North West

Cost: R395-R795

What: The Shebeen is the spot to be on the last day of 2012 as they’ll be hosting a party to remember with live entertainment from Pantsula dancers and the resident DJs; food, drinks and music will take revellers through the different decades, from Sophiatown in the 1960s to the birth of kwaito as well as the latest house music hits.

Free State

»Annual Beach on the Track New Year’s Eve party

When: From December 30 to January 2

Where: Welkom Showgrounds

Cost: R120

What: Every year, thousands of party lovers do a pilgrimage to Welkom where there’s one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties.

Yes, in Welkom. The revelry starts on December 30 with Motorshow Mayhem, where guests are treated to a car spectacular complete with spin masters, bikers, modified cars and posh cars on display.

That same night, there’s a comedy show hosted by David Kau at Ferdie Meyer Hall.

Then on NYE, the Phakisa Showgrounds will be packed with people who will welcome 2013 listening to three international DJs and 25 of Mzansi’s hottest artists and spin masters.

To wind down, the first day of the year will be spent at the Metro FM Lounge at Flamingo Lake listening to jazz and the sounds of the love trio Wilson B Nkosi, Eddie Zondi and Paul Mtirara.

Western Cape

» New Year’s Eve Concert

Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens presents...

Cost: R270 at or from the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office

What: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

Summon in 2013 with the soulful sounds of South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela and local band Hot Water.

Enjoy this legendary muso at a relaxed picnic-style show under the night sky on the garden’s expansive lawns.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and cushions, baskets of eats and bottles of bubbly.

Those less inclined to preplanning, Kirstenbosch’s new on-site restaurant, Moyo, will be selling selections of picnic treats on the evening. Gates open at 7pm and the show kicks off at 8.30pm.


» Fact Durban Rocks NYE

Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Cost: Early-bird tickets are R165 and R200 at the door. VIP is limited to 400 people and includes free parking, your own area with bars and toilets, a welcome drink and some shisa nyama for dinner for R400

What: Come party into 2013 listening to Durban’s finest DJ Tira at his popular NYE party with a roster of 30 artists.

These include DJ Siyanda, Big Nuz, Oskido, Professor, L’vovo, Zakes Bantwini, Teargas, Joocy, DJ Fisherman, DJ Bongs, DJ Merlon, Zakwe, Bhar, Bucie, Msawawa and more.

Guests can bring camp chairs and blankets. Alcohol and food will be on sale at the venue.

Eastern Cape

» The Ruins

Where: Next to the fire station in St Francis Drive, St Francis Bay

Cost: R239 for general admission, R290 for Golden Circle and R439 for VIP. Tickets are available at Computicket

What: Tickets sales are said to have hit a record high this year for this popular event.

Thousands of young people descend on this town for the annual party that has become become an institution among many of South Africa’s youth, who tend to congregate at the annual OxBraai at Bathurst on the 29th, before heading off to celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Ruins.

The line-up includes Zebra and Giraffe, The Graeme Watkins Project, Port Elizabeth band Herotide, Goldfish, Lady Lea and 5FM’s Rob Vember and Rob Forbes.

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