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Epic Music Festivals For Durban This December

Matthew Mole, Locnville and Kyle & Shekinah for the Vodacom Beach Festival with East Coast Radio



Four of the country’s much-loved music stars are set to turn up the heat further at the Vodacom Beach Festival with East Coast Radio. Matthew Mole, Locnville, Kyle Deutsch and Shekinah will perform at the festival at Durban’s uShaka Beach from 21-24 December 2016.


In addition to some cool music from hot stars, the festival will offer fun activities for the entire family including touch rugby, limbo competitions, Little Miss and Mr Vodacom contests, dance-off competitions, beach dashes, beach volleyball, treasure hunts and sandcastle-building contests.

Matthew Mole is looking forward to performing at 1pm on 21 December 2016; Locnville will jet into Durban on 22 December 2016 and will hit the stage at 1pm; Kyle & Shekinah are set to get everyone on their feet at the same time on 23 December 2016 while #BeTheBand winners, The Audinarys, will entertain beachgoers at 12pm on 24 December 2016.

East Coast Radio’s Deon Govender and Jane Linley-Thomas will add to the vibe by broadcasting live from the beach between 9am and 3pm on 21, 22 and 23 December 2016. Presenter, Lubs, will take care of the 10am to 2pm show on 24 December 2016. The station’s Msizi James and Erin will be on stage during the entire four-day festival, entertaining locals and holidaymakers and giving away loads of spot prizes!

So, round up family and friends and head down to the Vodacom Beach Festival with East Coast Radio for some extra sizzle this summer!




Following its success in 2015, the 2nd annual ‘Durban Summer on

Smash’ draws the year 2016 to a close with a festive bang.

The charming coastal province of KwaZulu‐Natal, which has been the centre of the South African entertainment industry, is set to come alive on Saturday, 17 December 2016 with the ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ event.

This ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ event, promises a myriad of scintillating performances from South Africa and International’s best musicians; the likes of Ricky Rick, Babes Wodumo, Monique Bingham (USA), Ralf Gum (Germany), OkMalumKoolKat, DJ Bongz, WTF, to name a few.

Native Shades Entertainment team has created a fun‐filled day paired with a dominant lineup done the Durban way. Event creator and organizer Ntokozo Shozi of Native Shades Entertainment says this year will be more authentic and will truly live up to its ‘SMASH’ name.

“This time around we have included the best of national and international artists. We are expecting double the number of guests to come and enjoy good music and summer fun. We have also for the very first time included Maskandi’s biggest artist, Igcokama Elisha for another smash flavour. We are looking forward to hosting music revellers in Pinetown for another EThekwini experience.”


Tickets:  @Computicket


VENUE: Lahee Park, Pinetown, Durban

TIME: 10am till Late

DATE: 17th December 2016 (Saturday)


GA: R150

VIP: R350


GA: R200

VIP: R400

Cooler boxes allowed until 4PM: R50 per cooler box.




and many more …





Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers and US Based Todo Mundo Join Epic Smoking Dragon Festival New Year’s Lineup


Only 3 hours away from Johannesburg and Durban, nestled between the colossal Drakensberg Amphitheatre mountains, looking onto The Tugela Falls, is a New Year’s event unlike any other. The Smoking Dragon Festival is back for it’s 6th year and has expanded to 4 stages including The Main Stage, Cherch Electric Jungle, Fringe Stage and the sparkling new Ripple Zone, complete with a dam, lookout deck and bar. The perfect location to jam in the water while watching some incredible acts!

Upping the game this year they have packed over 40 acts into this 3day festival from 29 Dec – 1 Jan 2016. With the best in local talent from all over South Africa already announced including Grassy Spark, The Rudimentals, The Kiffness, Tidal Waves and so many more,

Smoking Dragon is making this a New Year to remember with the addition of the supremely talented Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers and Tudo Mundo.

Stelth is a creator; he’s a talented multi instrumentalist, spirited poet and composer of vulnerable, honest, and rich music. Able to balance heavy truths with the lightness of humor and observation, his songs share the wayfaring nature of his heart. His unique ability to transform living rooms, basements, backyards, kitchens, and even large venues into an intimate moment of storytelling, makes his carnival style performance and confessional lyrics appealing to the human experience. “Ulvang leaps barefoot around the stage like a manic musical imp, shaking maracas, booting his piano stool off the podium and tinkling the ivories with his toes.” Daily Mail, London.

Todo Mundo (“All the World”), who was voted “Best World Music” band at the 2011, 2014 & 2015 San Diego Music Awards, blends the musical flavors of Spanish Rumba, Reggae, Brazilian, Balkan and Middle Eastern styles into an irresistible groove that has been moving dance floors and connecting with audiences across the world since 2009. Through music, Todo Mundo has learned to share their soul and experiences with the world. The power of music allows them to transmit their messages of unity, equality, and diversity. Their music and performances possess explosive energy that celebrates life, with the aim of connecting with people from all over the world, and encouraging them to live in the present, as one. They have toured the world with acts like The Roots and The Wailers and will be performing live on South Africa soil this December.

Complimenting these international must see acts, is a music lovers lineup which will offer something for everyone’s taste.

Including Qadasi, which means ‘white person’ in isiZulu, an accomplished Maskandi musician who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and has toured internationally with Johnny Clegg. Wandile Mbambeni Music ZA is typically recognized for his smooth afrosoul sound which carries a special kind of magic as he tells stories with his music intertwining it with rap, beatboxing and electronic collaborations. Native

Young, with band members hailing from South Africa to Spain, bring a fresh twist to the traditional indie genre utilizing unusual instruments in their performance, including marimba, banjo, and djembe drums. Hezron Chetty’s music experience has been described by Mahala as “Psychedelic, eclectic sounds surround the senses and momentarily the crowd forgets where they are and sit patiently in Hezron’s palm begging for another song.” With some big announcements coming your way this week you have to get your tickets to this unbelievable New

Year’s festival. Joining these incredible artists on stage will be Native Young, Crimson House Blues, Sol Gems, Michael Lesar, Vukuzithate, Retro Dizzy, Goldilox, Yolanda Fyrus, Matthew F, TheCity, The Kickstands, The Shabeen, Mudblud, Red Tape Riot, Josh Roxton and Herkie, Ben Day and the Concrete Lions, Josh Wantie, and the Kings Down South.

The Ripple Zone also includes The Pink Tent, a fun and friendly area where all must feel welcome. This is a space where the LGBTIAQ community is able to be visible and be acknowledged as a vital part of the community. It is powered by the Proud Initiative and designed to welcome everyone whatever your age, race or sexual preference, the perfect space to be yourself and a percentage of bar proceeds go to charity!

Full weekend tickets are only R695.

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29th Dec, Divas Stage

Saarkie, Push Push, Ann Jangle, Nonku Phiri, Bye Beneco, Dope St Jude, Nicky B

30th Dec, Best Of Stage

Diamond Thug, Tidal Waves, Boxer, The Dandies, Boo, BCUC, The Kiffness Verandah Panda.

31st Dec, Main Stage

Grassy Spark, The Rudimentals, Sublime Tribute Show, 7th Son, Trenton & The Free Radicals, Stone Jets, DJ inviZAble ft. Komputa General, Silva Black.

Ripple Zone

Stelth Ulvang, Todo Mundo, Qadasi, Wandile Mbambeni, Native Young, Hezron Chetty, Crimson House Blues, Sol Gems, Michael Lesar,

Vukuzithate, Retro Dizzy, Goldilox, Yolanda Fyrus, Matthew F, TheCity, The Kickstands, The Shabeen, Mudblud, Red Tape Riot, Josh Roxton and Herkie, Ben Day and the Concrete Lions, Josh Wantie, and the Kings Down South.


Basic festival ticket which will grant the buyer access to the event grounds, basic ablution facilities (hot showers are an additional R25), main food court and bar.

Full Weekend Pass: R695

Day Pass 29

Dec: R250

Evening Pass 29/30 Dec: R550

Day Pass 30 Dec: R350

Evening Pass 30/31 Dec: R700

Day Pass 31 Dec: R400

Add Ons

VIP Campsite Full Weekend: R695

Ticket will include access to the Jacuzzi, Sauna, Swimming Pool, DStv and chill lounges, Private Cocktail bar, SelfCatering kitchens,and free hot showers.

Kids Zone Full Weekend: R200*

*Kids Zone full weekend and day passes allow children under the age of 12* access to fun, child focussed activities in a safe and secure area.

**Kids Zone evening passes allow children under the age of 12* access to 1x guardian per two children overnight, who will make sure the child(ren) are safe and fed.


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