Bruce Springsteen heading to SA in 2014

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And so they just keep on coming… Rock superstar and legend, Bruce Springsteen will be heading to South Africa for the first time at the end of January next year. He’ll be joined by the E Street Band for the three gigs; two in Cape Town (weird) and one in Johannesburg (I’m almost certain they’ll add another date here).

Are you a fan? Will you be going? Well best you take note of the ticketing information below. Tickets go on sale on the 30th of October for the Johannesburg leg, while the Cape Town sales go live on Friday the 1st of November. Prices are really good too. Trust me, you will not want to miss this one!

LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014

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Big Concerts is excited to announce that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be coming to South Africa for the very first time to perform 3 concerts. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band live Tuesday 28th January 2014 and Wednesday 29th January 2014 at the Bellville Velodrome Cape Town and 1st February 2014 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. Another Big Concerts Experience. Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen heading to SA in 2014”

Justin Bieber in Jozi: FAQs

Cape Town had its chance last night and now we prep for Bieber’s big performance in Jozi this coming Sunday (Mother’s Day). If you’re making your way through to the FNB Stadium, here’s all the info you need to know:

All you need to know to make sure you get into the stadium as quick and easy as possible:

1. Make sure you book your transport ticket before show day:

Park and Ride: Click here for more information

Park and Rail: Click here for more information

Parking: Click here for more information

2. If you have a GOLDEN CIRCLE STANDING or GENERAL ADMISSION STANDING ticket then you must enter through GATE M to collect your armband. Please note that there will be two separate queues. One for Golden Circle ticket holders and one for General Standing ticket holders. There is no armband collection inside the venue. If you enter through the wrong gate you will have to go all the way back to GATE M.

3. SEATED ticket holders please enter through GATE C, GATE H and GATE K.

4. If you purchased tickets to the Stadium Management Lounge you must enter through GATE C and proceed to Foyer A.

5. Click here to download the detailed venue map. Please print a copy of the venue map and give it to your children regardless of whether they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. It shows entrance points and the location of the information point.

6. If you bought your tickets online (print at home) please make sure you print out your E-ticket, fold it as indicated on the ticket prior to arriving at the event to avoid creasing and damaging the barcodes, and ensure that you bring your E-ticket with you to the venue as we cannot reprint E-tickets at the venue for safety and security reasons. Your E-ticket needs to be of high print quality to ensure a positive scan at the venue. Please note we cannot scan tickets off any mobile device.

7. For E-tickets purchased from bigconcerts.co.za, please review your printer settings before you print. The document must print to its actual size so that the folding lines print to the edge of the paper. If the document is fit to print to the paper size it will print the barcode too far away from the edge of the paper, and the barcode scanners at the turnstiles will be unable to read your ticket. Click here to see instructions on how to fold your E-ticket.

8. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian

9. Children between the ages of 14-18 years of age who are not accompanied by a legal guardian must have the emergency contact number for their parent or legal guardian saved under the name ICE on their mobile phones, or it must be written on a small piece of paper which is to be kept inside their wallets so that medical personnel can contact this person in the event of a medical emergency.

 

  1. We have set up a Lost and Found centre at the venue, which is located at Entrance U by Turnstile 15. Click here to view the map. Please print this map out and educate your children on how to find this facility in the event that they are separated from their group, parent or legal guardian.

 

  1. We have also set up a dedicated call centre number which can be reached on 011 759 7215 should you need to contact the Lost and Found Centre.

 

  1. Please make sure that your make your children aware of the dangers of talking to strangers, accepting food or beverages from strangers or getting into any vehicle with strangers. Please advise your children to call 011 759 7215 or go to the Lost and Found centre if they can any concerts about their safety and security.

 

  1. Anyone caught drinking underage or giving alcohol to minors will be arrested.

 

  1. Don’t forget to bring with you on the day: your tickets, ID (if you intend to consume alcohol), cash (NO ATMs on site) and appropriate clothes for any weather conditions.

 

  1. Umbrellas, cameras or recording devices including iPads are NOT permitted.

 

  1. Food and beverages will be available for sale inside and outside the stadium. No alcohol may be brought to the stadium and no drinking will be allowed in any areas other than the licensed public bars outside and inside the stadium. Security will confiscate any alcohol in the car parks, and refuse entry into the venue to any persons that are intoxicated.

Complete event information can be found at www.bigconcerts.co.za.

 

Extra tickets for Red Hot Chili Peppers released

Take note Peppers fans:

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

EXTRA TICKETS ON SALE NOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Big Concerts today confirmed that additional tickets have been made available for fans wanting to attend the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Johannesburg on the 2nd February 2013 at FNB Stadium.

 

The concert has been sold out since it went on sale in August 2012 however due to additional production sight lines a limited amount of certain tickets have been made available. Fans can now purchase:

 

  • seated tickets in block 102 and block 124 (restricted view) priced R515 from Computicket
  • a dry hire suite ticket for R400 – this is a seat only offer in a private suite with no amenities,
  • a ticket in the Hi-Sense Vision Club for R600 which is a seat in a large shared suite with access to a private cash bar. To purchase tickets please visit Computicket or bigconcerts.co.za. Offer valid while stocks last.

 

www.redhotchilipeppers.com

 

 

Tour Itinerary

 

Johannesburg – presented by 5FM and M-Net

2nd February 2013

FNB Stadium

 

Cape Town – presented by 5FM and M-Net

5th February 2013

Cape Town Stadium

 

Justin Bieber to tour SA in May 2013

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Belieb it because it’s true… It has officially (finally) been announced that Justin Bieber will be heading to South Africa is May 2013. Cape Town and Jozi get ready because Bieber will be rocking out in your cities on the 8th and the 12th of May respectively. They’re both stadium tours, so moms and dads, if you’re taking your daughters… best you go and purchase your earplugs now because it’s going to get LOUD in there.

Tickets go on sale on the 10th in Jozi and the 11th in Cape Town, just in time for Christmas. Clever Big Concerts, clever… Let’s hope Computicket can handle the load. I expect this to be one of the fastest selling shows in history.

Side bar, Gaga was the first female artist to perform at Soccer City this past weekend. Bieber will now become the youngest… History being made again. I really am looking for ward to seeing him performing. I think it’ll be a great show! Official press release below:

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Bon Jovi heading to SA

 

International acts, they keep on coming. Big Concerts announced this morning that rockers, Bon Jovi will be heading to South Africa next year as part of their “Because we can” world tour. The band will be playing two concerts in May 2013. Cape Town, you’re up first on Tuesday the 7th at the Cape Town Stadium. This is followed by a performance at the FNB Stadium on the 11th of May.

Check out the Big Concerts website for ticketing information.

MBay Megafest postponed for now… Read the statement

Sadly the Mbay Megafest wont be happening this weekend. The concert was set to take place in Port Elizabeth over the weekend with a star-studded lineup including Neyo, Ludacris, Shaggy, Micasa and others. Unfortunately is has had to be postponed until further notice. Read the full statement below.

29 May 2012

MEDIA STATEMENT

BAY MEGAFEST WILL HAPPEN

The Mbay megafest which will feature artists like Neyo, Ludacris and Shaggy will happen but not in June organisers today confirmed.

A new date for the concert is yet to be decided but June has been ruled out.

Zeranza SA CEO Andrea Wessels said the international artists’ fees had been paid in full into a trust account which would be disbursed to the artists after their performances “as per agreement, which is binding.”

She said the artists remained “very keen” to perform in South Africa and the concert will happen.

Wessels apologised to fans who had bought tickets and made travel arrangements from across South Africa to attend.

“The decision to postpone was not made lightly’’, she said.

“The postponement gives us a chance to market more widely and ensure that when the concert does take place it is not only economically viable for us and many local suppliers who benefit,  but that the experience for fans and artists of a full stadium will be fitting of what is a globally noteworthy occasion.”

“A postponement was the wisest decision under the circumstances and we trust that fans will appreciate the sincerity of the decision and our apology for inconvenience caused.’’

Wessels said tickets purchased would remain valid for the new concert date and that purchased tickets would be honoured at the gate.

“Those who need the cash can also get a full ticket refund from Computicket or the outlet from which they purchased the ticket, no quibble,’’ Wessels said.

She said the company would alert residents as soon as a new date for the megafest was established.

Kings of Leon in Jozi


This weekend I got to go and see the Kings of Leon performing live at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. This is the third ‘Big Concert’ I’ve attended at one of our most iconic structures in the city and it was awesome. I must admit, I’m not the biggest Kings of Leon fan but I know enough of their material to enjoy the show. Plus, when an international artist/ band comes to SA, I make a concerted effort to attend the gig because we usually aren’t as lucky as we have been this year.

I got my accreditation to take pics (video was a no-go this time) and I headed off to the stadium. There were three support acts that opened up for the American rockers. First up were the Black Hotels, a descent way for fans to get into the groove. It was then time for Shadowclub and Die Heuwels Fantasties followed Good Morning Killer hit makers. It’s really nice to see how the crowd responded to these two bands. Singing along, dancing about. One observation. It’s interesting that the Black Hotels got to open for Kings of Leon. They’re good, but quite niche and specific to a very small market I’d say? That’s just my opinion.

So let me tell you about the pit, that’s the area where media get to stand and take pictures or take video from. For the support acts it was super chilled. Nobody stops you, but when international acts come on, well that’s a whole different ballgame. Photographers are allowed to take pictures for the first three songs, (standard) and security is usually pretty hectic. With this band, it was as if President Obama was in the building. We were ushered out of the area, briefed as to what we were allowed to do and then ushered back in. The security was very tight and we had to say whether we wanted to be stage left or right. Once we’d chosen where we wanted to be, that was it. No moving around, no swapping, nothing. That is where we were for the duration of the three songs. Why the security was so tight still baffles me but whatever.

My view wasn’t too bad; I just had a camera guy on stage coming into my shot pretty often, so I wasn’t able to take descent photos of front man Caleb Followill for the first two songs. You can see some more of my photos below.

In general, their performance was great. The sound in the stadium was brilliant, the production effects were great and their set list was good enough to make everyone in attendance happy. The only thing I didn’t like about the concert was their lack of stage presence/ interaction with the crowd. Yes people will say you’re there to watch a rock show, not hear them talk a lot, fair enough. For me though, I like it when the talent interacts with their fans. It’s a sign of acknowledgment and not necessarily “I’m here for an hour. Lets just get it done so that we can get trashed afterwards”. That’s the vibe I got from Caleb, but then he does look pretty arrogant if you ask me. He has reason to be I guess. He fronts one of the biggest bands in the world. It wasn’t a major issue, but it was an observation I had. Did you go to the gig? If so, what did you think?

Jon Savage from 5FM was the MC for the night. He encouraged everyone to do a specially choreographed dance for the song Sex is on Fire. I managed to grab 13 seconds of that song. Check it out here below: