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Howick – The 41st edition of the aQuellé Midmar Mile got underway under clear blue skies, warm temperatures and a gentle wind as swimmers of all ages, shapes and sizes tackled the opening four events of the globally renowned open water swim event at Midmar Dam in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 8 February.

With the racing snakes only set to take to the water on Sunday, the opening day’s events were all about the characters of the Midmar Mile that make the event such a unique swimming occasion and contribute largely to the ‘Midmar Magic’ that has captured the hearts of thousands throughout South Africa.

Race one of the weekend saw both elderly and disabled swimmers take on the Midmar challenge, together with those taking part in the Pope-Ellis Iroman, Ironwoman and Biathlon events.

Mentally impaired Craig Groenewald continued his remarkable Midmar Mile run as he claimed his fifteenth consecutive victory in the Disabled category of the event he holds close to his heart.

“The vibe and all the people is amazing. I enjoy open water swimming and I am getting into it more and more. I was doing pool swimming, but I’m now trying to mix it up,” said Groenewald.

“I do put quite a bit of pressure on myself. I like to win!” he added passionately.

81 year-old Mike Arbuthnot, founder of the event and Midmar Mile legend, completed his 81st crossing and continued his run as the only man to successfully have competed in every Midmar Mile since its inception.

Despite being very proud of his own achievement, Arbuthnot also had a special word for oldest female finisher Lorna Cochran who successfully completed her crossing at 90 years-old.

“I’m just so very proud of Lorna, and envious,” he chuckled. “Hers really is a tremendous achievement and I hope she can do many more in years to come!”

Surrounded by her family from start to finish, Cochran shaved over eight minutes off her 2013 time and, as always, dedicated her feat to her family afterwards.

“It was a wonderful, wonderful swim for all the family,” said a strong Cochran after crossing the finish line.

“I must also congratulate all the swimmers, especially all the disabled swimmers. To me, that really is something to be admired and such an achievement. They’re fantastic people!”

When asked about her plans to return in 2015 and continue her remarkable run Cochran replied, “As I always say, you can’t pick green tomatoes!”

Race organiser Wayne Riddin was full of praise for Cochran while her son, Neil, complemented his mom on her achievement.

“If I had to organize the event and put in all the effort just for Lorna, I would!” said Riddin. “Just to see her go eight minutes faster (than last year) and what she has achieved is great!”

“It was fantastic. I couldn’t believe her rhythm,” added Neil Cochran. “She is a lot fitter this year and the reaction of the crowd was wonderful. Truly, she has become quite the princess of the Midmar Mile!”

Charity is a major element of the Midmar Mile that the event’s organisers pride themselves on with numerous participants showing their support of various initiatives and campaigns via the popular 8 Mile initiative.

The PinkDrive campaign is one such charity involved in the event and Neil Cochran voiced his support of the breast cancer awareness initiative.

“The PinkDrive is probably the most amazing initiative to support,” said Cochran.

Former South African swimmer Melissa Williamson (neé Corfé) was one of numerous 8 Milers to return in 2014 and had a positive start to her campaign.

“So far so good,” said Williamson. “I really enjoyed last year’s 8 Miles so hopefully we can keep things going for all eight this year.”

UK-based adventurer Sean Conway, who recently became the first person to swim the length of Britain, returned to his homeland to complete his second Midmar Mile after his debut in 1996.

“I did my first one this morning in the same time as I did it in 1996, 33 or 34 minutes,” said Conway after his first of eight 2014 crossings.

“I hadn’t been in the pool for three months so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. The first few hundred meters were a bit of a shock to the system, but by halfway I was fine. By the end of tomorrow, I think I will be hurting a bit though.

“The Midmar Mile is amazing! I know the weather makes things look a lot better, all slick and organized, but it truly is an extremely well organized event.

“It is so good to have everyone working together and to see things running so smoothly. It is amazing. It’s a great event and I just love it!” he added.

Local radio personality Abi Ray, swimming for the RedCap Foundation, was another to get their 8 Mile initiative underway in the event’s opener on Saturday morning.

The main races of the aQuellé Midmar Mile took place on Sunday 9 February at the Midmar Dam, just outside Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. For more info visit www.midmarmile.co.za

Photos by: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

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Win Tickets to Milky Chance in Durban!

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Milky Chance recently announced their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The German Duo are excited to confirm that both Neon Dreams and Sean Koch will join them as support acts on the line-up for their shows in Cape Town (15 February) and Johannesburg (17 February), and Neon Dreams will also join Milky Chance in Durban (18 February) as support act.

Canadian duo Neon Dreams are no strangers to the South African music scene. Their 2019 single “Life Without Fantasies” reached the top of the South African viral charts amassing millions of streams in 2021 during the lockdown. The band connected with tens of thousands of fans online which led to their first sold out headline tour. They have continued to cement themselves in the industry here, having toured the country a number of times over the past few years and return in February 2024 to share the stage with Milky Chance in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Sean Koch is one of SA’s most-loved indie-folk artists who brings a mixed bag of African and western, influence alongside messages of home, a connection to nature, the ocean and the people around him; to his storytelling, feel-good music. While rooted in his flowing-folk style, his music is diverse. From dance infused songs like ‘Lift You Up’ the standout single from his collection (including the Double MZK & G DOM remix) to the dreamier songs like ‘Feel the Energy’ that carry deeper messages of connection to the natural world and the people that surround us. There is something for everyone in Sean’s catalogue.

How to Enter:

Instagram
1. Follow Durbanite, Milky Chance & Breakout Events’ Instagram pages.
2. Tell us who Milky Chance’s supporting act is in Durban & tag who you’d take with if you win.

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Facebook
1. Follow Durbanite, Milky Chance & Breakout Events’ Facebook pages.
2. Tell us who Milky Chance’s supporting act is in Durban & tag who you’d take with if you win.

Closing Date:
Monday, 12 February 2024

Winner Announced:
Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Entries limited to 5 per day.
Winners will be selected at random from valid entries.
Durbanite Competition T&Cs apply.

Tickets are on sale from https://breakoutevents.co.za/ and are selling fast, so get yours now!


Neon Dreams

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024 details:

DURBAN

Date: Sunday 18 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 18:30
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field
Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-durban-5c47
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/181914891636282/

#MilkyChanceSouthAfrica

For more info, go to:
Ticketing link: https://breakoutevents.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abreakoutevent
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abreakoutevent
Twitter: https://twitter.com/abreakoutevent

Follow Milky Chance online:
Official Website: https://www.milkychance.net/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milkychance_official/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/milkychancemusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/milkychance

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch)

17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced)

18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban
(supported by Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced)

 

 

 

 

 

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Milky Chance Announce Support Acts for Their “Living in a Haze” South African Tour This February

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Milky Chance recently announced their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The German Duo are excited to confirm that both Neon Dreams and Sean Koch will join them as support acts on the line-up for their shows in Cape Town (15 February) and Johannesburg (17 February), and Neon Dreams will also join Milky Chance in Durban (18 February) as support act.

Canadian duo Neon Dreams are no strangers to the South African music scene. Their 2019 single “Life Without Fantasies” reached the top of the South African viral charts amassing millions of streams in 2021 during the lockdown. The band connected with tens of thousands of fans online which led to their first sold out headline tour. They have continued to cement themselves in the industry here, having toured the country a number of times over the past few years and return in February 2024 to share the stage with Milky Chance in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Sean Koch is one of SA’s most-loved indie-folk artists who brings a mixed bag of African and western, influence alongside messages of home, a connection to nature, the ocean and the people around him; to his storytelling, feel-good music. While rooted in his flowing-folk style, his music is diverse. From dance infused songs like ‘Lift You Up’ the standout single from his collection (including the Double MZK & G DOM remix) to the dreamier songs like ‘Feel the Energy’ that carry deeper messages of connection to the natural world and the people that surround us. There is something for everyone in Sean’s catalogue.

Tickets are on sale from https://breakoutevents.co.za/ and are selling fast, so get yours now!

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch)

17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced)

18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban
(supported by Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced)

Philipp from Milky Chance is extremely excited for their return to South Africa and the tour has a special reveal as well. “It’s been way too long since we were over in SA. Back then it was so special for so many reasons and we really felt welcomed by the people. We have plenty of new music since our last visit that we want to share and we grew into the live band we always wanted to be. We can’t wait to play for the people in SA.’’

Milky Chance originated in Kassel, Germany, where childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch formed the indie-pop band and rose to fame with their breakout folk/electronic hit “Stolen Dance” which reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in multiple countries and became one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.

Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience (7 Billion career streams, 13 million Spotify monthly listeners) and by going fully independent in 2021 have evolved to thrive in an increasingly precarious music industry, building an enviable touring resume (including festivals like Coachella, Reading & Leeds, and Lollapalooza) and an audience stretching from the US, Canada and Mexico to the EU, Australia, and beyond.

Their latest album, released in June 2023 on their own Muggelig Records, has already delivered over 500 million streams from 3 global hits – “Colorado,” “Synchronize” + “Living In A Haze” – and allowed the band to embark on their biggest-ever North American tour weaving their way across 65 cities including iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.


Milky Chance

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024 details:

CAPE TOWN

Date: Thursday 15 February 2024
Time: 16:00 – 22:00
Venue: Green Point A-Track
Address: 11 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town 8051
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + Sean Koch
Tickets:
Golden Circle Phase One: R995 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase One: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1536722398
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/894719432015836/

JOHANNESBURG

Date: Saturday 17 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 19:00
Venue: Marks Park
Address: Orange Road, Emmarentia, Randburg 2195
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
Golden Circle Phase One: R995 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase One: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-johannesburg-faf9
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517727672321227/

DURBAN

Date: Sunday 18 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 18:30
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field
Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-durban-5c47
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/181914891636282/

#MilkyChanceSouthAfrica

For more info, go to:
Ticketing link: https://breakoutevents.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abreakoutevent
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abreakoutevent
Twitter: https://twitter.com/abreakoutevent

Follow Milky Chance online:
Official Website: https://www.milkychance.net/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milkychance_official/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/milkychancemusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/milkychance

About Milky Chance
Milky Chance originated in Kassel, Germany, where childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch formed the indie-pop band and rose to fame with their breakout folk/electronic hit “”Stolen Dance”” which reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in multiple countries and became one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.

Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience (7 Billion career streams, 13 million Spotify monthly listeners) and by going fully independent in 2021 have evolved to thrive in an increasingly precarious music industry, building an enviable touring resume (including festivals like Coachella, Reading & Leeds, and Lollapalooza) and an audience stretching from the US, Canada and Mexico to the EU, Australia, and beyond.

Their latest album, released in June 2023 on their own Muggelig Records, has already delivered over 500 million streams from 3 global hits – “Colorado,” “Synchronize” + “Living In A Haze” – and allowed the band to embark on their biggest-ever North American tour weaving their way across 65 cities including iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

 

 

 

 

 

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German duo Milky Chance announces “Living in a Haze” South African tour

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Milky Chance Durban “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024:

Date:
Sunday 18 February 2024

Time
11:00 – 18:30

Venue:
Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field

Address:
9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001

Line up:
Milky Chance, Neon Trees & More

Tickets:
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee

Ticket Link: Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 2 November –
breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-durban-5c47

Facebook Event: facebook.com/events/181914891636282/
#MilkyChanceSouthAfrica

Milky Chance announces their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Tickets are available from https://breakoutevents.co.za/.

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban

Philipp from Milky Chance is extremely excited for their return to South Africa and the tour has a special reveal as well.‘’It’s been way too long since we were over in SA. Back then it was so special for so many reasons and we really felt welcomed by the people. We have plenty of new music since our last visit that we want to share and we grew into the live band we always wanted to be. We can’t wait to play for the people in SA.’’

Milky Chance originated in Kassel, Germany, where childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch formed the indie-pop band and rose to fame with their breakout folk/electronic hit “Stolen Dance” which reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in multiple countries and became one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.

Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience (7 Billion career streams, 13 million Spotify monthly listeners) and by going fully independent in 2021 have evolved to thrive in an increasingly precarious music industry, building an enviable touring resume (including festivals like Coachella, Reading & Leeds, and Lollapalooza) and an audience stretching from the US, Canada and Mexico to the EU, Australia, and beyond.

Their latest album, released in June 2023 on their own Muggelig Records, has already delivered over 500 million streams from 3 global hits – “Colorado,” “Synchronize” + “Living In A Haze” – and allowed the band to embark on their biggest-ever North American tour weaving their way across 65 cities including iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

For more info, go to:

Ticketing link: breakoutevents.co.za/
Facebook: facebook.com/abreakoutevent
Instagram: instagram.com/abreakoutevent
Twitter: https: twitter.com/abreakoutevent

Follow Milky Chance online:

Official Website: milkychance.net/
Instagram: instagram.com/milkychance_official/
Facebook: web.facebook.com/milkychancemusic
Twitter: twitter.com/milkychance

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