And the finalists for the #5GumExperience tickets are

Thank you to everyone who entered The Kooks, #5GumExperience ticket giveaway. You have all been awesome, but there are a few people who really stood out. So we’ve narrowed it down to just a handful of people and now we’d like your votes. Who deserves those tickets? Remember I only have two doubles to give away, so vote for those you think deserve to go to the show:

1. @Jade_Waller21 

@JasonVonBerg @5GumSA this is my favourite 5 gum ☺ #Watermelon ♥. Please, I really wanna go with my best friend ☺ ♥

2. Eloise Ella Winton is leaving the country, but before she does she wants to complete her 3 Ks concert experience.

She says, “I am a HUGE Kooks fan! I always said my ultimate three concers would be the three Ks. the Kooks, the Killers and Kings of Leon. 2 down and one to go, pretty please! plus I am leaving the country on the 22nd of April, so what a rad rad way to bid my lovely home farewell!!!”


@JasonVonBerg @5GumSA #5GumExperience

He started a Twitter profile just for this competition. Go and check out his tweets to see how much he wants this.

4. @Lee_Mavuso created a short video showing how much she loves the band and how much she really wants to go. Check this out:

5. Ricky Sandler is prepared to “bare-ass naked” to the show.

“I am willing to come to the concert bare-ass naked as long as I get the experience! Only found out about the concert today! Gonna share 5gum on Facebook…what else can I do for tickets?”


Want to see someone in their birthday suit at The Kooks? Well best you vote then.

This poll will be closed at 2pm today.

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:

It’s Kings of Leon weekend in Jozi

American rockers Kings of Leon are in South Africa! The band kicked off their first tour to the country at the Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town earlier this week. Now they’re heading up to the Highveld to perform in Jozi. They’ll be playing at the FNB Stadium in the City of Gold tomorrow night. Now according to the accreditation agreement, I’d only be allowed to film thirty seconds of the third song. That’s all. So instead of lugging around all that equipment, I’m rather going to focus my energy on taking some pretty cool pictures. I can’t wait.

From what I’ve heard, the concert in Cape Town was amazing. The sound was good, the energy of the band on stage was electric and the Capetonians were overall impressed. I feel the rest of us will be loving it just as much when they take to the stage at Soccer City. In the video above you can hear them talking about their first tour to SA and how this happens to be one of their biggest gigs to date. BOOM! South Africa, you represent you beautiful thing you 😉

So who’s with me? See you at the stadium tomorrow!

Newsflash: Extra standing tickets for Kings of Leon in Jozi

Thursday 15th September – Due to popular demand Big Concerts has announced that additional general admission standing tickets have been released for the Kings of Leon Johannesburg concert only on 29th October at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium. Tickets can be purchased through Computicket.

Demand for Kings of Leon tickets has been exceptional and the concert is one of the most anticipated events of the year.  Earlier this week Die Heuwels Fantasties, Shadowclub and the Black Hotels were confirmed as the support artists.

Kings of Leon will be performing for the first time in South Africa headlining two huge stadium shows at Cape Town Stadium (on the 26th October 2011) and the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium (on the 29th October 2011).  Tickets for the two concerts are available through Computicket. The Kings of Leon is brought to you by Nokia, 5FM and SABC3.

Timbaland, Ciara, WWE and Kylie all set to visit SA

I love doing this because it shows South Africa is a destination where international artists feel the need to visit and perform for their fans. Love it. So here’s a list of who has been and is coming this year:

– U2

Neil Diamond

Esperanza Spalding

– Sean Kingston rocked out in SA for the second time recently.


Kings of Leon

Now here are a few more names of artists and events coming up:

– Pitbull will be performing at Emperors Palace tomorrow night. The first I heard about this was on lightpost poster on Wednesday. Still dont know any other details, but enjoy the show if you’re going.

Kylie Minogue is heading out to SA for her first concert in the country. Here are Kylie’s tour details:

“Aphrodite Live” 2011 South African Dates
Sun City Superbowl Johannesburg
Friday 8 July 2011
Saturday 9 July 2011
Sunday 10 July 2011
Grand Arena in Cape Town
Wednesday 13 July 2011 & Thursday 14 July, 2011

Tickets available from Computicket from R450 excluding service charges

– Timbaland,Lil Kim are coming out this May. They’re coming out for ZAR’s birthday celebrations. Other names such as Ciara and Fat Joe are also coming out and according to the ZAR site, there are more. Damn, Kenny Kunene has some serious dosh.

© 2011 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.”
© 2011 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.”

WWE is on its way to the country too. Names such as WWE Superstars Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Alberto Del Rio, Justin Gabriel, Kelly Kelly and many more are coming. Details for the shows are as follows:

Event Details:

Cape Town – presented by 94.5 KFM and

Wednesday, July 6th and Thursday July 7th 2011

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tickets from R270.00 to R505.00 (all inclusive)


Durban – presented by East Coast Radio and

Friday July 8th 2011

Westridge Park Tennis Stadium

Tickets from R215.00 to R480.00 (all inclusive)


Johannesburg – presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and

Saturday July 9th and Sunday July 10th 2011

Coca-Cola Dome

Tickets from R270.00 to R505.00 (all inclusive)

Then there are several other names I’ve heard about, but because the negotiations are ongoing, I cannot mention any of them yet. They’re big, they’re massive, you will love them. Trust me!

Grammys 2011: Lady Antebellum win Best Country Album

After a performance by Lady Antebellum, Miley Cyrus and the Kings of Leon presented the award for the Best Country album to Lady Antebellum:

“We just want to start of by saying thank you to Capital Records and EMI for making this such a big year for us. We also just want to thank God”

Jamie Foxx introduces Cee Lo Green and special guest Gwyneth Paltrow. They performed Cee Lo’s track forget you on what looks like the set of Sesame Street or the Muppets. A super performance by them two. I’m still at a bit of a loss as to why Gwyneth was asked to be the person to collaborate with him, but for the purposes it worked.

New Kings of Leon dates announced

Yesterday we were officially notified of the fact that the Kings of Leon had postponed their tour dates to South Africa and Australia. We were also told that we’d be informed of the new dates as soon as possible. Well those are out and they are as follows:

Cape Town 26th of October
Johannesburg 29th October

If you bought tickets for the March dates, hold onto those tickets because you’ll be able to use them in October.

Happiness reigns? Good let’s hope they dont pull out!