Lady Antebellum to tour SA in October

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It’s a quarter after 8, I’m a little excited to tell you nowwwwww….. Lady Antebellum will jet out to South Africa for their first tour to the country. The Grammy winners will be performing in Cape Town and in Johannesburg this October. Dates are as follows:

Cape Town – 13th October 2017 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. Ticket Price:  R490 – R915

Johannesburg – 15th October 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome. Ticket Price:  R535 – R995

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 3 March 2017 at 9am from Big Concerts

With over nine number one hit singles, five award-winning albums and sixth on the way, the tour should be a real winner. Watch out for their new single “You Look Good,” off the new album, HEART BREAK and for more details visit www.ladyantebellum.com

 

 

 

Gallery: SEAL live in Johannesburg

Soul superstar SEAL kicked off his South African tour in Johannesburg on Sunday, 12 June 2016. The show was held at the Ticketpro Dome in Jozi. Thousands of fans braved the cold weather and flocked to the venue to see the Kiss From A Rose hitmaker live in concert. He was supported by SAMA winner, Tresor, who definitely held his own at the gig.

SEAL’s voice is impeccable, still so magical and soulful… Just what you would expect from the star. Check out the gallery of SEAL live in concert below

BLUE MAN GROUP announce South African tour

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Are you ready to experience awesome? Something so cool, wildly popular and something that is fresh and hasn’t been to SA before? Good, because what you’re looking for in on the way in the form of the BLUE MAN GROUP. Big Concerts announced earlier that the highly acclaimed group will be touring South Africa for the first time next February. The

If you’re unfamiliar with the group, they offer a full on entertainment package in the form of a comedy show, some theatre and a dance/ rock party. Fun times. Over 35 million people in some 15 countries have seen them perform and now we’re going to get to experience them right here on our own turf.

Co-founder Chris Wink says, “When we first began creating performances centred on this innocent, curious character called Blue Man, we never dreamt where he would lead us.  We are so honoured to be able to share our show with the people of South Africa and beyond.  We believe the Blue Man’s universal message of joyful exuberance and euphoric celebration resonates within all of us.”

CEO of Big Concerts, Justin Van Wyk said “BLUE MAN GROUP is hugely popular around the world – first time audiences often leave the theatre so exhilarated by the show that it has one of the highest return businesses of any theatrical event.  We know it will be the talk of Johannesburg and Cape Town when audiences finally get to experience this innovative, playful and colourful spectacle.”

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October 21 2012
Photos By Denise Truscello
Las Vegas Nevada USA
Photos By: Denise Truscello

Check out more on the group at www.blueman.com

TOUR INFORMATION

JOHANNESBURG

Venue:                   Teatro at Montecasino

Dates:                    From Tuesday 7th February 2017

Off Peak Shows:   Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Evening and Sunday Evening

Peak Shows:       Friday Evening, Saturday Matinee, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee

Ticket Prices:      Off Peak: R370 – R595.

Peak: R455 – R680

Bookings:             From Big Concerts and Computicket at 9am Friday 27th May 2016

 

CAPE TOWN

Venue:                   Grand Arena, GrandWest

Dates:                    From Tuesday 21st March 2017

Off Peak Shows:   Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Evening and Sunday Evening

Peak Shows:       Friday Evening, Saturday Matinee, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee

Ticket Prices:      Off Peak: R340 – R570

Peak: R425 – R655

Bookings:             From Big Concerts and Computicket now.

 

Big Concerts presents The Legends of R&B Series

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R&B fans in Mzansi will be excited to hear about a brand new series to be put on by Big Concerts. It’s called The Legends of R&B, and it kicks off in Johannesburg this July. It will then move on to Cape Town. So who will be on the lineup? First up with be The Manhattans with Gerald Alston and Regina Belle.

If you’re keen, these are the dates you need to diarise:

Johannesburg

Thursday 21st July 2016

Friday 22nd July 2016

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Teatro, Montecasino

Ticket Price: R430 – R775

Tickets go on sale Monday 18th April at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket

 

Cape Town

Sunday 24th July 2016

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Ticket Price: R405 – R750

Tickets go on sale Monday 18th April at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket

Tickets are on sale from today from Big Concerts and Computicket. Continue reading “Big Concerts presents The Legends of R&B Series”

Attention Nicki Minaj fans

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Are you going to Nicki Minaj, or did you miss out on tickets in Jozi? The good news is that you now have another chance to see her live in JHB, as the superstar as just added another date to her tour. More details below:

Local fans just can’t get enough of the first lady of hip-hop

Due to unprecedented public demand for Nicki Minaj tickets, the promoters of the American rap sensation’s upcoming South African tour have announced an extra Johannesburg date.

Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour will now invade Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome on 17 and 18 March 2016, with Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium hosting the flamboyant Anaconda hitmaker on 20 March 2016 and Cape Town’s Grand West Arena wrapping up the tour in style on 22 March 2016.

Tickets for the new and existing concert dates are currently on sale at www.ticketpros.co.za and Edgars stores.

Says David Airey, of tour promoter Airey Scott Entertainment: “We have been blown away by South Africans’ response to Nicki Minaj’s upcoming tour, proving that she is unquestionably one of the world’s hottest live entertainment acts at the moment. Tickets have literally been flying and we are thrilled that we could persuade her management to add an extra concert to accommodate the massive demand for tickets.”

Grammy-nominated superstar Nicki Minaj is touring in support of her critically acclaimed third album, The Pinkprint, which topped the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In what has been described internationally as an “epic” concert experience, complete with a series of jaw-dropping outfits, she will be performing a selection of hits from her three albums, and South Africans can look forward to a spectacular show that pulls out all the stops.

Tickets for the Nicki Minaj Pinkprint Tour can be purchased from www.ticketpros.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores, with prices starting at R490.

South African tour itinerary:

Johannesburg: Ticketpro Dome – 17 & 18 March
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium – 20 March
Cape Town: Grand Arena, GrandWest  – 22 March

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint tour is presented by Airey Scott Entertainment, 5FM, Metro FM and Channel O.

Mumford & Sons in Pretoria, South Africa

If you’re going to see Mumford and Sons in Pretoria tonight, you are in for a treat. I’ve been a fan of this band since album number one, which if you know me you’ll kinda scratch your head going really? This genre? I absolutely adore them. Album two wasn’t my favourite, no lies but number one is so hauntingly good, timeless, emotive, classic really. Their latest offering, Wilder Mind is different to what most are used to, but it works for me… And clearly 25000 (according to Marcus) at the gig last night.

On stage? Amazing. There is nothing I can fault them on, other than not playing all their songs. They could’ve played for ten hours and I would’ve been happy. At first, I was hanging out at the back… Bad move if you want to be with the dull bunch. I was singing and dancing, as you do at a concert right? Damn but the side eyes I was getting from the two couples standing next to me was so strong. Eventually, I told my friend that we had to ditch this bunch and head forward. Best move ever! We weren’t right up front, but the view was much better, the crowd was epic and the timing in terms of the set list but perfect! My voice is a little hoarse today and I’m going to be nice and tired later on, but it doesn’t matter… The band made up for it.

If I had a ticket for today, I’d go back BUT I’d do things a bit differently. Read this if you’re going, PSA:

– The queues are ridiculously long. So if you’re looking to get drinks or food, rather get there at 3 pm and eat early, get your drinks then too. Don’t waste time in the queue. Organisers, I’m giving you this feedback so that you can avoid such in future. The cashless system, in theory, works nicely… in the real world, it is stupid. We stood in a queue for the bar for forty minutes… That means we missed Beatenberg! We heard them but that was it. The queue mess meant my group split up, with some opting to stay in the queue. It took them, at least, another half an hour to get the drinks and then it was like finding a needle in a haystack because the signal was jammed and it was dark. It also meant that they bought all they could buy on those cards because let’s be frank, who wants to stand in a queue that long? It’s really stupid that you can’t have one drink in your hand like a normal person, but rather you have to walk around with as many as the hands can carry in order to avoid the queues. FYI, this includes water and soft drinks if you’re wondering, just so you know. We didn’t even bother trying to get food

– Parking is a mare. We did the bus thing so nobody had to worry about driving. Responsible all the way. But it meant that we were stuck in the traffic to get out for almost two and a half hours. The band finished just before eleven, I got into bed after 2:30. So if you’re going to the gig and you’re Ubering, walk down to the main road and request your driver down there. If you’re in a bus, message your driver just before the show ends and tell him/ her to drive out the venue and meet on the main road. If you’re driving and you’ve parked in the venue, best you leave before the last song. Trust me on this one. Again I go back to logistics… These organisers knew how many people were coming. Between them and the city of Tshwane officials, there must be a simpler way to ease the congestion.

– Toilet queues are BAD. If you have a weak bladder, you are not going to enjoy this. Stay hydrated yes, but just be aware that the queues are so long. Organisers, have more toilets around the venue and if there were more, your signage needs to be better

– Take a black bag, or a rain coat and not a brollie. They’ll take it away! While singing and dancing in the rain at the end of the show was amazing and we were all in it together, you can get over it. So have this just in case 😉

– Have fun! There were some people who really looked like they had been forced to go to the gig. Do you know how many others didn’t get tickets? Seriously it’s a concert with live music. It’s going to be loud and people are there to jol. If you’re boring, rather watch the boring 8 pm movie on TV.

Mumford & Sons, despite all the queues and long wait to leave, you were everything… Come back!

Adele and James Corden sing Hello… Carpool style

I love this… Both of them! Amazing, incredible, so entertaining:

 

Confirmed: Mariah Carey coming to SA in May 2016

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MARIAH CAREY’S SWEET SWEET FANTASY TOUR TO SA

Live Nation and Big Concerts are proud and delighted to announce that Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time, will be performing in South Africa for the very first time in 2016 with her ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour. On the heels of a sell-out Las Vegas residency and one of the most exciting years of her extraordinary career, the global superstar will be taking her fans on a thrilling journey of wonder as she performs her biggest, career- defining hits. To reward her legions of super-loyal South African fans, the Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour will visit Johannesburg on 1st and 2nd May 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome. Presented by 947, 702, Mzanzi Magic Music and Channel 24. Another Big Concerts Experience.

“Lambily, it’s been too long!! I’m so excited to be coming to South Africa to perform for you all. I promise we’re going to share the most amazing moments together and I have so many surprises in store for you daahhlings! Can’t wait to see you all in your hometown. Love Mariah xx”

Drawing on a back catalogue of over 18 No. 1 singles, Mariah will be performing her biggest hits, including the timeless ‘Hero’, ‘Fantasy’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, the global smash hit ‘We Belong Together’ and many, many more.

Mariah Carey is a music icon, a soul legend, a pop phenomenon, a breathtaking live artist and planet Earth’s best-selling female artist of all time. She has sold over 220 million records and 17 of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles have been self-penned, including ‘Fantasy’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, ‘Hero’, ‘Touch My Body’, ‘One Sweet Day’, and ‘We Belong Together’, more than any other solo artist.

With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop artist. As a singer/songwriter/producer, amongst her countless awards, she has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting.

She has topped the charts globally and has played to packed audiences in stadiums and arenas around the world. Her combination of stellar talents has inspired her dedicated fans in almost every country and set new standards for excellence in the music industry.

Mariah Carey’s ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She has made substantial marks in film with critically acclaimed roles in Precious (2009), Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013) and most recently Mariah made her directorial debut in A Christmas Melody, a special festive feature for Hallmark, in which she also stars. A Christmas Melody airs in the US on December 19, on the Hallmark channel, followed immediately after by her Christmas special. A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children’s charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.

Tickets for the Johannesburg dates go on sale at 9am on Thursday 17 December from Big Concerts and Computicket

Stay up to date with tour announcements at http://www.mariahcarey.com/tour and follow Mariah on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mariahcareyand Twitter at @MariahCarey

 

Press Ends

 

Tour Information:

 

Johannesburg

Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May 2016

The Ticketpro Dome

Ticket Price: R565 – R1415

Tickets go on sale Thursday 17th at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket

 

A special members-only pre-sale for Mariah Carey’s official online fan community, Honey B. Fly, will begin Tuesday, December 15 on www.mariahcarey.com. Honey B. Fly Legacy members will receive first access to tickets and official VIP Packages. Fans may purchase a “Honey B. Fly Live Pass” now, which gives them access not only to ticket & VIP Package pre-sales, but also a free membership to Honey B. Fly, access to the HBF Community forum and exclusive members-only promotions. Fans who are already registered may upgrade their account with the Honey B. Fly Live Pass on www.mariahcarey.com.

 

VIP & Hospitality

Meet and Greet Package – R7190

– Exclusive Meet & Greet with Mariah Carey

– Professional photo opportunity with Mariah Carey

– Top priced seated ticket in the 2nd row

– Souvenir Mariah Carey tour laminate & lanyard

– Exclusive Mariah Carey tour gift

– Designated check-in with our on-site event staff

 

Front Row Package – R3290

– Top priced seated ticket in the front row, guaranteed!

– Souvenir Mariah Carey tour laminate & lanyard

– Exclusive Mariah Carey tour gift

– Designated check-in with our on-site event staff

 

Hot Ticket Gold Package – R2430

– Top priced seated ticket in rows 3-10

– Exclusive Mariah Carey tour gift

– Souvenir Mariah Carey tour laminate & lanyard

– Designated check-in with our on-site event staff

 

#AVonVoyage to Sun City – you should do the same

Do you have a place that takes you back to your youth, or brings back good memories? Be it a resort, a beach house, or say a trip to the bush that always takes you back to a time where you were relaxed, calm, and that always make you smile when you reminisce? I have a couple, but one that I still seem to visit a lot is Sun City up in the North West Province. The resort has been around since the 70s. I’ve been going there since I was young, and if you’re trying to do the math, I’m not that old.

I remember going to Sun City when I was around 9 or so. My mom, my uncle and aunt decided the beach was too far, but Joburg’s answer to the beach aka the Valley of the Waves was well worth the trip. The Lazy River, the Temple of Courage and some of the other rides were a perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and to keep them/ me busy. At the end of the day, we went and chowed some deliciousness at the entertainment centre and that would be followed by some fun at the arcade. Who remembers those crocodile games? Such fun – and such grand memories too.

In more recent years, I’ve been going to the resort in a working capacity, be it Miss South Africa; Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland and Marcos Hernandez at the Sun City Superbowl, or the South African Music Awards and each and every time, the fun in Sun City was had. So recently, I went through to the resort again. Only this time for a slightly different occasion. I was there for a triathlon – you know, my new life and all. It was my first 11Global triathlon. I decided to make a weekend of it because well, you know… Fun City. I left Joburg at around 3pm and after hitting peak hour traffic, I finally made it through to Sun City by 6pm. Immediately I felt a sense of relief to be out of the hustle and bustle that is Jozi, and it was great to be back in a place I really enjoy. My room in the Sun City Hotel was one of the luxury rooms. It had been a long day and a long week, so I decided to kick back and relax for a few minutes. That bed is so comfortable. So comfortable in fact that I almost fell asleep, but being an athlete now, the body must eat and so I headed downstairs with the intention of going to the entertainment centre, where a lot of the restaurants are. I saw the new Mugg & Bean in the restaurant, so I decided that would be perfect for the evening. That is just one of the many new additions to the resort by the way. There’s a helluva lot of construction and refurbishment going on at Sun City, but I’ll chat about that in a bit.

I kept the evening calm and headed to bed quite early – and luckily so. The next day was a lot busier than I had actually planned. I went to cheer on my family friends participating in the triathlon in the morning, and it was good to see what was in store for me too. A few friends and I then headed into the lake for a practice swim, which was too rad. A good warm up and a nice way to ease into the day too. I retreated back to my hotel for breakfast, and besides The Palace breakfast which is amazing, the Sun City Hotel breakfast is awesome too. If you’re heading through soon, try their home-made carrot muffins and/ or the crumpets. Deliciousness!

Sun City is one of those places that honestly just functions like a city. It’s a lot smaller, but obviously it works. The buses come regularly – the signage around the resort ensures that you get to the destination you’re wanting to go to etc. Take my situation for example. I wanted to go see my friends at Vacation Club. We decided an afternoon drive in the Pilansberg would be a good idea, so the bus took me from the entertainment centre right up to the Vacation Club. Look, I could’ve walked but it was hot out there, so I opted for the AC’d bus instead 😉 This year, my love for the bush was reignited when I went off to the Kruger National Park in April. So any excuse I get to into the bush is one I’m willing to make. We saw a lot of elephants, several rhinos and then the regular impala, zebra and giraffes. I would’ve loved a leopard or a lion, but a break in the bush is good enough to make the soul feel content. It was also a great way to clear the head of the week gone by and prep mentally for the triathlon the next day.

The triathlon itself went really well. I mean don’t get me wrong. The heat was intense, as was the wind, but I managed a good time and a podium spot for coming third in my agegroup. I had no idea that I’d actually got a podium spot, so luckily my friends were around to accept on my behalf. I missed my one shot, haha. After the triathlon, I took some time to lap up the Sun City lifestyle. We’re now into the last few weeks of the year, and I could definitely feel the holidays, the good times that await us when I absorbed the Sun City fun. People are chilled, happy, laughing, drinking, relaxing at the various pools. It’s a good place and a good time of the year. It’s also perfect for those wanting a weekend escape. It’s quick enough to get there. So you really should utilised this opportunity if you get the chance. Moms and dads can enjoy the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which kicks off very soon, and of course the kids can enjoy the Valley of the Waves and some of the other attractions among the four hotels.

I mentioned earlier that there was a lot on the go at the resort. Besides refurbishments at the Cabanas and the Vacation Club, there’s some major change to come in 2016. So big, they’re investing R800-million to make sure the resort is in exceptional knick and perfect for both local and international guests. For starters, the Santori is no more, but don’t fret there’s a new Mediterranean restaurant called Bocado, which opened in August this year. The resort now also boasts a new steak restaurant called Harvest Grill and Wine in the Entertainment Centre. Families frequenting the Vacation Club will also be glad to hear that there is now a Spur on the resort too… Best burgers, and a great place for the whole famdamily to to enjoy. There’s also an adventure hub called Adrenalin Extreme, which is targeted at the teenage market (not limited to them only I hope, haha). Why? Well because there’s a Human Sling Shot, a quad 4×4 challenge and Hovercrats to name a few things. The Valley of the Waves will offer two new rides in the next couple of months.

There are two things I’m particularly keen to see next year. The first is the Sun Park, which will be a multipurpose facility for events and music festivals. I know a couple of artists have already been booked to attend several events this holiday season, so check out the site to find out more, but Sun Park is going to be such a jol when it’s open. The Entertainment Centre will undergo a massive renovation. It’ll close very soon, and it’ll be making room for a full Experiential Centre in 2016. There will be a South African Hall of Fame, which will honour the country’s top sportspeople, as well as performing artists. There will be a lazer tag game, a ten pin bowling ring, the arcade will still be there and there will be plenty more. I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be back at the Sun City resort in 2016, and I cannot wait. If you’re not heading down to the coast this December and you’re in the North West, Gauteng or MP, you really should consider a trip to Sun City. It’s relatively close by, and everyone can something on the resort!

For more information about Sun City visit www.suninternational.com. Like Sun City on Facebook SunCitySA and follow on Twitter SunCityResortSA

 

 

Mumford & Sons to tour South Africa in 2016

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Monday has officially been made, thanks to Mumford & Sons. According to their Facebook page, they are on their way to South Africa next year. Happiness. Here’s what they had to say:

“**South Africa**

The last eight years have taken us to some incredible parts of the World, from Goa to Tasmania… Orkney to Walla Walla. The fact that we get to visit these places, meet fascinating and inspiring people, and play our songs everywhere we go is pretty much the whole reason we started this band in the first place – you guys know how much we love touring, we’ve mentioned it enough times!

Well, it is with great excitement, that we can announce one of our most anticipated adventures yet, South Africa! Many times we’ve tried to make it work, but this coming January, it’s happening and we couldn’t be happier about it. We’ve got a handful of shows across the Country, some really great artists sharing those stages with us.

We know it’s been a long time coming and we hope to see you there to toast the occasion.
Long Live! T, W, M & B. x

Tickets on sale 3rd September www.computicket.com