Gig Guide 16 to 22 December

2011-12-16 00:00


• Black Coffee’s Africa Rising takes place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium with a 24-piece orchestra, conducted by Brendan Jury. Tickets are available at R150 from and from all Postnet outlets.

• Shabalala Rhythm will be performing at the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown. Doors open at noon, and the first set is just after 2 pm. Tickets are R10 for members and R30 at the door. Inquiries: 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044, or e-mail

• Murphy (Music Unlimited) performs live every Friday from 5 pm at the Willowvale Hotel (Umbilo Road). Inquiries: Kevin at the Willowvale Hotel at 083 227 9101 or Vanessa at 031 205 8427.

• Dee will be performing music for all ages at Mountain View, including a session just before happy hour and a commercial set, including a trance mix. Entrance is free.



• The Drake Music Festival — a small acoustic and blues festival — takes place in Willowvale (Rosetta). The line-up includes John Ellis, Guy Buttery, Nibs van der Spuy, Josie Field, Nate Maingard, Shannon Hope, Joshua Grierson, Naming James and Malory Torr. Tickets are R190, and the concert is from noon to 11 pm. For more information, phone 083 577 7726 or e-mail josie@

• Neil Gonsalves Quartet will be performing at the Rainbow Restaurant, presented by Oudemeester. Music starts at 4 pm. This is a normal day’s trade for the Rainbow, so it will be open from 10 am. Entrance is free. Inquiries: 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044, or e-mail band

• Durban’s Thomas Krane, Aiden Cornhill and The Trees will be performing tonight at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood for the To Skin A Cat fundraiser. An evening of live music, art, illustration and photography is also taking place to raise funds for a documentary film working to save Africa’s leopards. A donation of R50 gets you in the door, and the evening runs from 6 pm until 9 pm.



• Mountain View country entertainment centre offers a day of fun in the sun with a variety of fun activities for old and young alike.



• The Blarney Brothers, Durban’s widely acclaimed Irish group, return to the Riverside Hotel in Durban North for three festive-season performances. For more information, visit



• The Blarney Brothers perform at the Riverside Hotel in Durban North.



• December 26: MTN Durban Jazz Festival at Hazelmere Dam, featuring Zakes Bantwini and Teargas, among others. The festival starts at 10 am. Patrons are encouraged to take camping chairs, tents or umbrellas, braais and cooler boxes. Tickets are R200 (general) or R250 (golden circle). No umbrellas, tent or braais are allowed in the golden-circle area. Tickets can be bought at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets.

• December 30: beach party at North Beach in Margate. 5FM DJ line-up includes Grant and Anele, Poppy, Euphonik, Milkshake, Roger Goode, Sasha Martinengo, KB and Erica Elle, as well as Goldfish, Flash Republic and Lonehill Estate.

• December 31: Smoking Dragon Music Festival, featuring Madala Kunene, Josie Field, John Ellis, City Bowl Mizers, The Brother Moves On and Cortina Whiplash. Tickets start at R200. Inquiries: 084 510 3107.

• December 31: New Years party at the Village Centre in Ballito. 5DM DJ line-up includes Fresh, Euphonik, Roger Goode, Gareth Cliff, C-Live, Poppy and Rob Vember, as well as GoodLuck, Niskerone, Gareth Devore, the Spindoctor, G Funk, Yaron, ­Justin Miller and Harel Salkow.

• December 31: The fourth annual Midmar Music Festival features Theo Kgosinkwe, Zonke and Zahara, among others.

• December 31: De’Monique and Fat Boy Scoop will be performing at the Wavehouse in Umhlanga. Tickets can be bought at Computicket.

• December 31: Rock the River New Year’s party features acts such as Fokofpolisiekar, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Reburn, Half Price, Peachy Keen, Stonecollar, The Modes, Junkyard Lipstick and CY.STR, among others. Tickets are available at the gate, Compu­ticket and from participating bands.

• February 3 to February 5: Up the Creek Music Festival’s line-up includes aKing, Akkedis, Black Cat Bones, Blues Broers, Cameron Bruce, City Bowl Mizers, Fox Comet, Great Apes, Holiday Murray, Hot Water, Karen Zoid and Taxi Violence, among others. Tickets are available from

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