Warm city will party up a storm

The battle between Joburg and Durban for party-scene capital of South Africa enters fresh ­waters as ANC delegates, party members and ­other VVIPs jet into the coastal city for the national general ­council (NGC) ­today.

Durban’s top clubs are ready to roll out the red carpet, with several exclusive events lined up for the ­influx of monied, party-loving comrades.

The comrades and their alliance partners – the SACP and labour federation Cosatu – ride into town with lots of bad vibes in the air.

So that should call for a few drinks to ease the tension.

The city’s restaurants and clubs are ready to milk the BEE types, tenderpreneurs and other VVIPs who will be there all week, ­culminating in the Heritage Day celebrations on Friday.

The main event will be at the world-class Moses Mabhida ­Stadium and will be addressed by President Jacob Zuma.

Durban heavyweights Big Nuz, Tira, L’vovo, Professor & T’zozo are expected to perform, but the arts and culture department couldn’t confirm the final list ­because contracts had not been signed.

Everything should be ­finalised by tomorrow.

Entertainment organisers are pulling out all the stops with ­several events.

ANC delegates and other visitors can use this guide City Press has compiled to find all the fun:

Where, what, who and when

»? Plush Ultra Lounge Event: Durban International Music ­Festival Preparty, September 23.Charge: R80 (First 100 ladies free before 10pm).On stage: DJs Siyanda, Sox, Bongz// Chynaman, Sindara, King Sfiso, Feel, Websta, Twitty and P-Kuttah.Address: 47 Intersite Avenue, ­Springfield (opposite Makro).

»?Afro Fashion Lounge Event: DJ Claude’s Muzikology LaunchCharge: R80 (ladies free before 11pm).On stage: DJ Claude, King Sfiso, ­Ntukza and Phephe.Address: 135 Stamfordhill Road, ­Morningside.

»?Dela Sol Cocktail Bar Charge: R80Wednesdays: Durban popping Wednesdays with deep house music and hip-hop (live performances).Thursdays: Fresh Thursday. Strictly ­hip-hop.Fridays: Deep house sessions, old school house and hip-hop.Saturdays: Strictly house music.Address: 258 Florida Road.

» ?Durban International Convention ­Centre (ICC) Event: Give Xenophobia a Boot ­concert, September 24 at 3pm.On stage: Lira, HHP, Teargas and many more. Charge: R120.
 
»? Cuba Lounge (inside Moses Mabhida) Event: Give Xenophobia a Boot ­afterparty.Charge: R80On stage: DJ Sox Birthday ft Fistaz Mixwell, Tbo Touch, Tira and Sox, ­Cndo, Milkshake, Deep and Deelo.Dress code: Pink and white.

»?ICC Event: Fifth anniversary of South African Traditional Music Awards Date: September 25.Charge: R220 and R2 000 for VIPs.

»?Max’s Lifestyle: Shisanyama spot Charge: R20; On stage: DJ Syanda, DJ Muntu//DJ Bongz. Address: 1328 Umlazi V Section.


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