OneRepublic return to SA

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Attention OneRepublic fans… The band are heading back to South Africa next June. Big Concerts announced the Chasing Stars hit makers will return to South Africa for two shows; one on the 19th of June in Jozi followed by a show in Cape Town on the 21st. This is part of their Native world tour

Tickets go on sale Friday the 28th of November at 9am. Go to www.bigconcerts.com for all the information. 

Tour Information:

Johannesburg

Friday 19th June 2015

The Dome, Johannesburg

Ticket Price:  R340 – R650

Tickets go on sale Friday 28th November at 9am from www.bigconcerts.com and Computicket

 

Cape Town

Sunday 21st June 2015

Grand Arena, Grand West, Cape Town

Ticket Price: R395 – R595

Tickets go on sale Friday 28th November at 9am from www.bigconcerts.com and Computicket

Lira to support Jill Scott

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Fact: Jill Scott is going to be bringing a lot of soul to Joziwood next month. She’s hugely popular and the show promised to be good fun. Now it has been elevated from good to great because the news of Lira supporting Scott has just been announcement. Lira is one of SA’s most loved and celebrated stars. She oozes style, elegance and her talent is undeniable. So it’s only fitting that the the Phakade singer has the duties of warming the crowd up with her soulful sounds come the 13th of December.

Concert Itinerary

JOHANNESBURG

Saturday 13th December 2014

Coca-Cola Dome

Tickets from: R390 – R1020

Tickets are on sale from Computicket.

 

Want to meet the Foo Fighters?

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John Legend and Thirty Seconds To Mars have come and gone… While they love their fans here, they just don’t do press conferences, one on one interviews or meet and greets sadly. If you’re as bummed as I was, then here’s something to bring a smile to your face. You could meet the Foo Fighters at an exclusive Meet & Greet when they head out to SA in a few weeks. Here are the details:

Big Concerts announced today that one lucky fan could win a meet and greet with Foo Fighters when they come to South Africa on their first ever tour.

 

Winning is easy!

1) Video yourself rocking out to Monkey Wrench

2) Upload it to YouTube

3) Post it to the Big Concerts Facebook or Twitter page with #FooFanVideo

You could win some awesome prizes.

Check our video example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O4xR3Ku11I&list=UUUQUjnS27fmdjpnF3kXi6vg

If you haven’t got your concert tickets yet go to www.bigconcerts.com to book before it is too late. 10th December at Cape Town Stadium and 13th December at FNB Stadium. Presented by 5FM and M-Net.

Terms and Conditions Apply:

Competition entries close on Sunday 30th November at 9pm.

Winners will be announced on Friday 5th December

Prize 1: Foo Fighters meet and greet at the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, 2 tickets for either the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, 1 copy of Foo Fighters latest album ‘Sonic Highways’ and tour merchandise. This prize will be for one winner only.

Prize 2: 2 tickets for either the Cape Town or Johannesburg concert, a copy of Foo Fighters latest album ‘Sonic Highways’ and tour merchandise. This prize will be for 10 winners only.

Winners will be chosen internally

All prizes are non refundable

All entrants give permission for their video to be used on a final fan video edit with all the entries.

By accepting to enter the #FooFanVideo competition you are accepting all terms outlined here.

For a full list of the terms and conditions go to www.bigconcerts.com

Hanging out with Vincent Bones

Earlier today I got to meet and Hangout (Google-wise) with #IdolsSA winner, Vincent Bones. The now 30 year-old was crowned the winner of the tenth season during Sunday night’s live finale. Honestly speaking, he is one of the most genuine, down to earth people I have ever met. Very humble, very appreciative and very friendly. Really, really nice guy. Check out the Hangout below:

After the interview I asked (pleaded with) Vincent to please, please, please realise the magnitude of this, the platform he has been given etc. I asked that he use it to its full potential because so often we see these Idols winners take the title and do nothing with it. I wont mention names, but Khaya, Elvis and Heinz have used it really well ;) Vincent assured me that he plans to use it wisely and fully, which is great to hear. Can’t wait to see his journey continue and to see what sort of music he has in store for us!

 

Vincent Bones wins #IdolsSA

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Vincent is your new South African Idols winner. The 29 year-old was crowned the winner during the two hour, live finale at Carnival City. He beat out his fellow contestant Bongi, to take season ten’s title. Over 24million votes were cast in the week leading up to the finale, which is incredible! The biggest season yet! On being named the winner, Vincent said, “Thank you so much for the support. I have never experienced so much support in my life. Guys, thank you so much. Thank you so much”. Here’s what Vincent wins:

  • a R700 000 cash prize from headline sponsor Telkom, M-Net and Mzansi Magic;
  • a 24 month SmartHome Supreme internet connectivity package from Telkom including a 55 inch Samsung SmartTV, a wi-fi router, a 3G mi-fi router, a range extender, and 100GB data, worth R50 000;
  • a R247 300 Ford Fiesta Titanium with award-winning 1 litre Ecoboost Engine from Ford South Africa;
  • R80 000 worth of fashion from Truworths;
  • a Shure ULXD Digital Wireless system and personal monitoring system worth R118 000;
  • R60 000 worth of Yamaha musical equipment
  • An installed DStv Explora decoder and three months DStv Premium subscription worth R4219 from DStv

Let’s be honest, it was a foregone conclusion really, but I’m really hoping Randall signs Bongi to Universal Music too because she is incredibly talented. She embodies the songs she sings and given the opportunity to write and record her own tracks, I think she will become an incredibly successful recording artist. Let’s see what happens, but well done to Vincent Bones. He is truly deserving of this title too. Good luck to them both!

Hey, listen tomorrow I’m doing a live Google Hangout with both Bongi and Vincent. If you have questions leave a question/ comment below or tweet me ;)

#IdolsSA finale – Bongi vs Vincent

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Can you believe it’s the end of another #IdolsSA season? That came really quickly, damn… This season has been good and the talent has been superb. In season eight we all knew who was going to win, as far back as theatre week. Last year it looked like Brenden was going to take it and then right at the end Musa walked away with the title. So if that is anything to go by, the title is still very much up for grabs. I’m not going to jinx it but I do think Vincent has the advantage in this one. I think it would be nice to see either one of them win, but I’d love a bit of a change now, so Bongi is my ideal winner. Let’s see what happens though.

The live finale is taking place at Carnival City (urgh) on Sunday evening. The two will get to perform twice during the finale. Bongi will sing her favourite song from the entire season – Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” and Vincent will reprise his version of Miguel’s “Adorn”. They will then perform a duet of “Almost Is Never Enough”, by Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes. Going to be a good night as far as they are concerned, but they’re not the only performers for the night. Cassper Nyovest, South African supergroup Prime Circle, and Season 9 Idols winner Musa Sukwene and DJ Sbu will all take to the Idols stage too.

Catch all the action on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:00 and sign off in the comments section about who you think will be the winner!

Gallery – Spud 3 stars at the autograph signing and premiere

It’s one of the most loved stories in South Africa and clearly the fans of the movie franchise are a very dedicated bunch! On Saturday afternoon, Times Media Films hosted an autograph signing session with Troye Sivan, Caspar Lee, Alex McGregor, Blessing Xaba and the rest of the Spud 3 stars in Nelson Mandela Square. As the hours passed and the news of their favourite stars being in town spread, the crowd numbers grew. I saw many tears, lots of screams and just an overwhelmingly positive response to the movie and its stars. Later that night, the Spud 3 stars hit up the premiere in Sandton, and again the fans turned up in their numbers. I instigated a bit, by getting Troye, Sven, Caspar and Travis to get the fans revved up and screaming… Naturally the obliged and naturally their fans reacted positively.

Step aside Justin Bieber, the YouTube sensations are in the building and ready to shine! I’ve got some videos to post too, but here are some pictures from the premiere and autograph signing.

Gallery Shine/Skitter 2015 launch

One of the more glamorous launches of the year took place at Summer Place in Sandton Johannesburg on Tuesday evening. The Shine/ Skitter launch drew in some major names including Jennifer Su, Maps Maponyane, Top Billing’s Ursula Chikane and Simba Mbhere and many others. Above is a look at some of the stars and a sneak peak at the two cover stars, Bonang Matheba and Candice Boucher.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars want to UpTown Funk you up

Mark Ronson is back and bringing the funk to the forefront… In his latest track, UpTown Funk, Ronson has enlisted the help of the awesome Bruno Mars. The track is taken off the hit producer’s forthcoming album, ‘Uptown Special’ which is due for release on January 26th on Columbia Records. He’ll be the musical guest on SNL on the 22nd, where he and Bruno will perform the track and I reckon it’s going to be a super funky performance. Make a date with them and more on this release to follow soon.

Idols SA Top Three song choices

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The Top four are living it up in London town at the moment, but only three of them will get to sing for your votes this coming Sunday. This week the top three will sing not one, not two but three songs for you – and this is what they will be singing:
Round one – Songs from the year they were born:

Bongi Silinda will sing Phil Collins’s 1990 hit, “Another Day in Paradise”.

Lize Mynhardt will sing the 1993 hit “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” from the Scottish one-hit-wonders The Proclaimers.

London Louw will sing Sinéad O’ Connor’s “Nothing Compares To U”, from 1990.

Vincent Bones will sing Lionel Richie’s “Stuck On You”, from the year he was born, 1984.

Round two – Personal favourites

Bongi will sing Drake’s hit “Find Your Love”.

Lize is going with the Leonard Cohen standard “Hallelujah”

London goes uptempo with The Darkness’s “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

Vincent chose a contemporary hit from newcomer Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”.

Round three – Songs chosen by the Idols producers

Bongi drew Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful”

Lize they chose the Kanye hit “Church In The Wild”

London got Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”

Vincent has to prepare the John Legend ballad, “You & I (Nobody In The World)”.

 

Nice song choices… I think we’re definitely going to see Bongi and Vincent and my gut tells me London will be singing too. Who knows what SA has decided, in terms of the voting. We’ll find out on Sunday I guess. Another thing I’m looking forward to seeing this week is who mentored the four this week. If they’re in London, I’m almost certain they’ve pulled out the big dogs. Who could it be? Find out on Sunday evening on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:00 or visit www.mnet.co.za/idolssa for all the latest news.