Music festivals: all the major New Year’s Eve parties in KZN today

2009-12-31 00:00

PUT on your party hats and get ready to usher in the new year with a festive bang.

At Midmar, the first annual Arisefest New Year’s Music Festival will provide a variety of entertainment and a host of activities that will cater to assorted tastes.

The venue is Orient Park next to Midmar Dam where you can feast your eyes, and ears, on 19 Christian bands as well as acoustic artists from all over the country for an experience to remember.

Daytime activities include paintball facilities, a skate park, water sports, various rides as well as camping.

A food court will be on site and although the festival started yesterday, day passes are still available at the gates today at a cost of R130.

Also at Midmar, one of South Africa’s premiere music exports, Freshlyground, take the stage at the uMphithi Music Festival.

“uMphithi is the Zulu word for Pietermaritzburg,” Caesar Ngcobo of Lifestyle Events and Entertainment told The Witness. “We are aiming to make this event an annual one.”

The gates will open at 10 am, and Ngcobo said headliners Freshlyground are scheduled to take the stage at 8 pm and will perform for just over an hour.

Also in the line-up are Durban kwaito wizards Big Nuz, whose song Umlilo is uKhozi FM’s song of the year.

The festival is picnic-style — so take picnic bags, camp chairs and braai stands. Security will be tight — no weapons will be allowed on site.

Tickets are on sale at Computicket, Checkers and Shoprite at R150 per person. Tickets will be sold at the venue at a higher price. Parking is free.

If kwaito, hip-hop and house music are more up your alley then Bundumix 2009 at Pom Place is the place to be. Catch some of the country’s top artists alongside Gagasi FM DJs at the annual event. Groove along to the sounds of DJ Cleo, Big Nuz, L’vovo, DJ Chynaman, DJ Bongz, DJ Sox, ZuluBoy, Unkle Licious andother top-selling national acts.

Doors open at 2 pm and quad biking, camping and five-a-side soccer challenges can be enjoyed on site.

Tickets can be purchased at Computicket and range from R150 for general admission to R250 for VIP access.

The Alexandra Park cricket oval will be hosting the first 24-hour annual uMgungundlovu Music Concert today.

For an unreserved ticket price of R120 or a VIP ticket at a cost of R160, you can bump in the new year with artists such as Msawawa, Da Babes and Big Nuz. Gates open at 3 pm and tickets can be bought from Computicket.

Looking for an indoor experience instead? Then head over to Vacca Matta at the Golden Horse Casino where great specials will be available throughout the night and you can win some great prizes. Doors open at 8 pm and tickets can be bought at R100 from Computicket.

On the coast, party animals will be spoilt for choice.

Durban will host a 5FM party at the Absa Stadium outer fields and Eighties Nightclub.

Fuelled by Miller Genuine Draft, the party will start at 6 pm and revellers can expect to party until the sun rises on the first day of 2010.

Well-known 5FM DJ Fresh and Euphonik will be on the decks. Kent, Franky, Milkshake, Lulo Café, Dimples and Vumar alongside international acts Mega DJ and international disc-ripping legend Nick Holder will entertain.

For those chilling on the south coast, Margate and Southbroom are the places to party

The Hunters New Year’s Eve Party at Southbroom will feature top DJ Lady Lea, famous for her great music mixes.

Wozani Africa Events’ Vicky Wentzel said party-goers can look forward to additional bar facilities, waterproof nomadic tents and a beach VIP lounge.

The Margate Makietie party on Margate Beach promises to be a fun-filled family evening.

“Karen Zoid and Dozi will be providing an evening of superb entertainment,” said Wentzel.

There will be cocktails and alcoholic beverages available within the event zone, and party-goers can bring picnic hampers that do not contain glass bottles.

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World will host an exclusive New Year’s Eve party which includes a three-course meal followed by a live comedy and music show by Lisa Bobbert and Aaron McIllroy. Tickets are available at Computicket.

In Ballito, a massive street party with four dancefloors, plasma screens and a laser show is planned. Justin Miller, DJ Roxxi and Blair will provide the music. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket.


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