RIhanna’s Diamond World Tour at Soccer City FAQs

Rihanna Diamonds World Tour comes to South Africa

Rihanna Navy, the moment has arrived. The starlet is making her way to South Africa once again. Only this time she’ll be the headline act and she’ll be shining like the diamond that she is. Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour kicks off in South Africa this coming Sunday and believe you me it is going to be epic! A lot of you will be making your way to the FNB Stadium on Sunday and you might have a few questions for organisers. So here’s a little something that might answer those questions you might have:



Show Information:

Gates Open: 5pm

GTA (Opening Act):  6.30pm

Rihanna: 8pm

Please note times are subject to change. We recommend arriving early to avoid queues.


Venue Map & Information:

Please view the venue map sent with this document.

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.

Prohibited Items

Umbrellas, motorbike helmets, cameras or recording devices including tablets (iPads) are NOT permitted.

Food and beverages will be available for sale inside and outside the stadium. No food or beverages (including 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.

Please note that tickets are not available to purchase at the stadium. SAPS will be taking action to anyone caught buying or selling tickets or illegal merchandise outside the venue.

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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.


Win 1 of 2 double tickets to the #5GumExperience ft The Kooks


Forget Bieber, Bon Jovi, Metallica and Rihanna folks because The Kooks are heading into town this weekend. The Brits are rolling in to be apart of the 5 Gum Experience. Tickets to this gig have got to be some of the most requested and yet rare things out there. The demand has been outstanding. A lot of you will know if you’ll be going through to the gig at a secret venue in Jozi and in Cape Town, but some of you might not have been successful in your attempts to win tickets. Cue the *sad faces* for many.

Well I’m here to help… I wish I could make all of your Mondays, but as I said these tickets are hard to come by. What I can do is give you the opportunity to win tickets to the gig in Jozi. Sounds easy enough right? Not so much… If you want to win you have to you have to:

– Be a fan of the band

– Someone who is desperate to see them.

– Someone who logged on to get your tickets to the gig as soon as the news was announced.

– Someone who really wants to be at the 5GumExperience.

I’m looking for creative ways to prove that you are one of two people deserving of a double ticket. You can:

– Sing one of their songs

– Record a message, (a video, voice note) and post it here or on YouTube and send me the link.

– Take a photo with your favourite 5 Gum flavours

– Post a FANtastic question to the band using the hashtag #5GumExperience


If you’re up for the challenge drop me a comment in the section below or use the hashtag #5GumExperience in your tweets/ responses to me. I’d love to give you one of two double tickets to the gig and it would be rad to party with you. Continue reading “Win 1 of 2 double tickets to the #5GumExperience ft The Kooks”

Extra tickets for Red Hot Chili Peppers released

Take note Peppers fans:





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.





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


Need ‘Feel the Beat of Subzero’ tickets to see Drake?

Now you can get them! Nothing can be better than attending an exclusive concert, especially one where you will have a unique VIP-like experience to see Drake performing live in Mzansi. Tickets to the Castle Lite Feel the beat of Subzero Experience featuring Drake sold out within 6 hours through an announcement made on social media networks and word of mouth via Tbo Touch, Dineo Ranaka & Slikour.

And with so many Drizzy fans clamouring for tickets, Castle Lite has made it easy for those dedicated fans who originally missed out in securing their place at the #SubzeroExperience. The brand will be giving away double tickets daily until the 3rd of December, with the ultimate prize of winning Castle Lite beer for a year (one case per month). In order to not miss out on this insane opportunity simply visit Facebook.com/castlelite

Coldplay Public Transport Details for Jozi

Going to Coldplay next weekend? Not wanting to take your cars? Here are some alternatives:

Coldplay will be performing live in South Africa during October 2011. The tour, brought to you by 94.5 KFM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net, is scheduled for Cape Town Stadium (on the 5th October 2011) and FNB Stadium (on the 8th October 2011). Tickets for the two concerts are still available through Computicket

Big Concerts, the promoters of the Coldplay stadium shows, scheduled for Saturday 8th October at FNB Stadium, are anticipating capacity crowds and have therefore urged fans to use public transport to get to and from the concert.

The public transport plan for this specific event is based on the successful Soccer World Cup plan, in which extra event-related public transport supplements the usual public transport system. In particular, various rail and bus park-and-ride facilities will be available on the day of the event.

With all these options, and the fact that various roads around the stadium will be closed for the match, fans are urged to make use of the public transport options offered on the day.

The various security checks in place at the stadium often take time and it is best to try and get to the stadium early to avoid disappointment. Gates for the show will be open from 16:00, and the concert will kick-off from 19:00.

The following public transport options are in place for fans travelling to and from the concert:

Park and Ride:

Tickets are R90.00 per ticket (return) from any one of the four Park n Ride locations – Constitution Hill, The Coca-Cola Dome, WITS University (West Campus) and Gold Reef City. Tickets can be bought from Computicket. Visit www.computicket.com and search for ‘Coldplay Parking and Transport’.


Park and Rail:

Tickets are R80 per person (return).  Tickets can be bought from Computicket. Visit www.computicket.com and search for ‘Coldplay Parking and Transport’. For more information/timetables visit www.prasa.com


Concert Tickets in both cities are still available through Computicket (www.computicket.com or 083915800).  In addition a few select hospitality packages are still available through Warwick Hospitality on 011.385.9879.

Ek Joke Net coming soon

Tomorrow night I’m going to check out a new candid camera movie. It’s called Ek Joke Net and it releases countrywide on the 24th of this month. A lot of people are asking why should we watch yet another movie like this when Leon Schuster seems to be doing a good job at it already? Well I think it’s refreshing to have new filmmakers venturing into this space and in light of Leon’s ongoing success at the box office, it’s hard not to understand why they’d be venturing into this genre. Watch the trailer above. It’s hilarious. I’ll have a full report after the screening tomorrow night.

Michael Jackon- "This Is It" tickets on sale now

Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images
Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

On the 25th of June we lost one of the greatest entertainers of all time- Michael Jackson. The star was set to make his come back at London’s O2 arena in July, but sadly that was never meant to be. In the build up to this series of concerts, MJ was filmed rehearsing, dancing, singing. In fact producers have over 100 hours of footage, which they have made into a documentary film and that will be released similutaneously around the globe on the 28th of October. It’ll show in theatres for two weeks and is expected to be the biggest money-spinner of the year. Wow, if I had millions I would pay a small fortune to be at the premier in LA… Really I would!

So tickets have gone on sale… anyone keen, going? Got theirs already? Holler.

I’m hoping though that this will be it though, let the King of Pop rest in peace once the hype of this film drifts away.

R.Kelly update

Right here are the details for R.Kelly‘s first visit to South Africa and the African continent. In addition to performing at the Sandton Convention Centre this weekend, R Kelly will be performing at the Sun City Superbowl (Sun City) and the Grand West Casino in Cape Town. He then departs for Nigeria and finally onward to London. Here are the dates to diarise.

Concert dates:

Saturday, June 27th at the Superbowl in Sun City

Monday, June 29th at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town

Tickets for Sun City range from R250 to R550 and for Cape town, tickets are from R200 to R550 excl service fees. Tickets available at Computicket.

Friday, July 3rd at the THISDAY Dome in Abuja, Nigeria

Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th in Lagos, Nigeria

Wednesday, July 8th at Wembley Arena in London, UK

Depeche Mode's new album

EMI Music South Africa
They’ve been in the music industry for almost thirty years, released eleven albums and sold over 75 million of those worldwide. Now Dave Gahan, Andrew Fletcher and Martin Gore- aka Depeche Mode– are getting ready to release their 12th studio album entitled “Sounds Of The Universe”. The album is due out on the 20th of this month, 21st in the U.S. and already they’re getting loads of airplay with the first single ‘Wrong’. Here is something that might interest all South African readers/viewers… The Sunday Times Magazine and EMI Music South Africa are giving two are offering two lucky readers the chance to travel to Luxembourg to watch and meet the chart toppers at an exclusive event on May 6.

In addition to flights, accommodation and concert tickets, winners will also receive limited edition Depeche Mode merchandise and a box-set of the new album. All you need to do is answer this simple question: “Who is the lead singer of Depeche Mode?” Email your answers to magazine@sundaytimes.co.za. If I didn’t work here I would most certainly enter this competition, so let me live through your experience… who knows, if you win, perhaps you could blog all about your experience and share it with the rest of us 🙂

Below is a video of the guys in studio and that will also give you an indication as to who the lead singer is… so check it out:

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