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Massive entry on the cards as Tour Durban normal entry deadline looms

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Durban – As the flow of entries for the 2014 aQuellé Tour Durban turned into a flood ahead of the closing of normal entries at midnight on Tuesday 22nd April, the event’s three races on Monday 28 April look set continue their meteoric growth.

Almost 24 hours before the closing of normal entries the race entry was heading towards the total participation levels experienced last year, which also enjoyed significant growth year-on-year from 2012.

Organisers of the races confirmed that entry levels were “substantially larger than they were this time last year.”

eThekwini mayor Councillor James Nxumalo rode the 45km race at the aQuellé Tour Durban last year, riding one of the city cycling prototype bicycles. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

eThekwini mayor Councillor James Nxumalo rode the 45km race at the aQuellé Tour Durban last year, riding one of the city cycling prototype bicycles. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

The race, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, started as a KwaZulu-Natal equivalent of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour but, after a promising start, numbers started to drop when the race changed hands during the late 1990s.

The race was however resurrected by the enthusiastic cyclists in Club Cappuccino and in less than three years the race entry started to swell appreciably thanks to a return to the popular route for the 105km road race and the introduction of the cyclo-cross race for the mountain biking enthusiasts.

The fun 45km ride, the third of the Tour Durban’s three features, from the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium to Mdloti and back offers popular sea views along the M4 highway and road cycling that is comfortably manageable for social riders.

The aQuellé Tour Durban is now also an official qualifying event for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, which has also contributed to the snowballing participation numbers of late.

The names of defending champion Nolan Hoffman (Team Abantu) and his rival in recent years Herman Fouche (Team Bonitas) both feature prominently on the entry list that was edging ever closer to the 4000-rider mark on the day that normal entries close.

Last year eThekwini’s mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo, rode the 45km race, riding one of the city cycling prototype bicycles in support of the municipality’s plans to make the city more cycle-friendly.

The overall entry for the aQuellé Tour Durban grew 80% year-on-year and a large turnout of social cyclists took part in the fun 45km ride. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

The overall entry for the aQuellé Tour Durban grew 80% year-on-year and a large turnout of social cyclists took part in the fun 45km ride. Photo: Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

The races will once again enjoy full road closure, with the race committee assuring local residents that roads will be re-opened as soon as the last cyclists have cleared that section of the race route and the race safety officer and Durban Metro Police officers are satisfied that the road can be safely re-opened to vehicular traffic.

Durban looks set to enjoy ideal Autumn weather conditions for three races that make up the aQuellé Tour Durban, with cool partly cloudy weather on the morning of Monday 28 April, giving way to clear skies in the afternoon and moderate temperatures.

Normal entries for the aQuellé Tour Durban close at midnight on Tuesday 22 April, after which late entries will be taken at a R100 penalty.

Please note the following road closures will be in force on race day:
Masabalala Yengwa (NMR Avenue) 05h30 – 14h30
Margaret Mncadi Avenue 05h30 – 08h00
M4 South 05h30 – 08h30
M7 Edwin Swales & M19 to Pinetown 06h00 – 09h30
M19 Pinetown to Umgeni Road 06h15 – 10h00
Inanda Road (Springfield Park) 06h30 – 10h15
Riverside Road 06h30 – 10h30
M4 North both sides 05h30 – 14h30

The aQuellé Tour Durban road races takes place on Monday 28 April 2014. More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za

Over 4000 riders too part in the three races of the aQuellé Tour Durban last year, and the surge in entries before the close of normal entries points to another substantial growth in the field for the 2014 event. Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

Over 4000 riders too part in the three races of the aQuellé Tour Durban last year, and the surge in entries before the close of normal entries points to another substantial growth in the field for the 2014 event. Dave Macleod/ Gameplan Media

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Durban Mother’s Day Concert: Top 5 reasons why the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert is the ultimate Mother’s Day outing this Sunday.

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Top 5 reasons why the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert is the ultimate Mother’s Day outing this Sunday.

 

Tickets on sale from Webtickets.

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

As Mother’s Day approaches, families in Durban have the perfect opportunity to celebrate in style at the highly anticipated Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Durban Botanic Gardens, this special concert on Sunday, May 12 promises an unforgettable experience for all.

 

Here are the top five reasons why you should spend Mother’s Day at Music at the Lake:

 

Legendary Live Performance:

Prepare to be mesmerized by the legendary Mango Groove as they take the stage with their unique blend of pop, rock, and traditional South African music. Their infectious energy and timeless hits will create a magical atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day.

 

Comedic Entertainment:

Alongside Mango Groove, comedian Aaron McIlroy will keep the laughter flowing with his comedic talents. From hilarious anecdotes to clever observations, Aaron’s performance guarantees a side-splitting experience for all ages.

 

Spectacular Venue:

Nestled around the picturesque Lake area of the Durban Botanic Gardens, this event offers more than just music. Attendees can immerse themselves in the beauty of one of Africa’s oldest botanic gardens, surrounded by lush greenery and serene waters.

 

Community Spirit:

Sponsored by Old Mutual, the Music at the Lake series is a testament to the power of community and cultural heritage. Through their support, Old Mutual aims to create lasting memories and bring people together through the universal language of music.

 

Picnic-Style Experience:

Bring your own food and drinks and relax on the shaded lawns of the gardens as you enjoy a delightful picnic-style afternoon. With Cooler boxes charged at only R50 at the gate, attendees can indulge in a feast for the senses while soaking in the vibrant sounds of the live performance.

 

“We’re thrilled to be part of such a special event, celebrating love, connection, and kindness on Mother’s Day,” said Claire Johnston from Mango Groove. “Join us at the Durban Botanic Gardens for an unforgettable afternoon of music, laughter, and cherished moments.”

 

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with your loved ones in a setting that blends nature, music, and laughter. Secure your tickets now from Webtickets and make memories that will last a lifetime.

 

EVENT INFO:

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

Date: Sunday 12 May

Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens

Times: Gates open 13h00 – Music starts 14h00 – Show ends 17h00.

PLEASE NOTE: Cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate. Bring your own picnic, drinks, chairs and blankets.

Ticket link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1546391165

 

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Official Website: ww.musicatthelake.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MATLDBN

Instagram: www.instagram.com/musicatthelake

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Durban Mother’s Day Concert: The Old Mutual Music at the Lake

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The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series returns for a special Mother’s Day concert on 12 May at the Durban Botanic Gardens.

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

Date: Sunday 12 May
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens
Times: Gates open 13h00 – Music starts 14h00 – Show ends 17h00.

PLEASE NOTE:
~ Cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate.
~ Bring your own picnic, drinks, chairs and blankets.

 

Ticket Prices

Phase 1:

Adults (Over 12) R195
Kids (U12) R100
Kids (U4) R10

Phase 2:

Adults (Over 12) R225
Kids (U12) R110
Kids (U4) R10

Phase 3:

Adults (Over 12) R250
Kids (U12) R120
Kids (U4) R10

 

Ticket Link:
https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1546391165

 

The highly anticipated Old Mutual Music at the Lake series is back with a special concert in celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12. The event will take place at the stunning Durban Botanic Gardens, nestled around the picturesque Lake area.

Music enthusiasts and families alike can look forward to an unforgettable live performance by the legendary Mango Groove, known for their unique sound that blends pop, rock, and traditional South African music. In addition, comedian Aaron McIlroy will entertain the audience with his comedic talents, making this concert an unmissable experience for all ages.

Claire Johnston from Mango Groove is excited to return to Durban Botanic Gardens for the concert, saying “We’re so thrilled to be coming back to this glorious venue for the first time in several years. Mothers’ Day is the perfect opportunity as we get to celebrate love, connection and kindness”.

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series is the longest-running live music series in KwaZulu-Natal, offering a relaxing and entertaining Sunday afternoon in a beautiful outdoor setting. The event is staged at the Durban Botanic Gardens Lake area, the oldest botanic gardens in Africa, providing a serene backdrop with its lush gardens and abundant wildlife.

“Old Mutual’s sponsorship of the Music at the Lake series underscores our deep-rooted commitment to nurturing community spirit and celebrating cultural heritage. We believe in the power of music to bring people together and create lasting memories, especially on occasions as special as Mother’s Day. Our support for this series shows our dedication to the arts and the communities we serve. We are proud to create platforms where talent, laughter, and family joy can flourish in the heart of Durban’s historic Botanic Gardens,” said Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Brand at Old Mutual.

Attendees are invited to bring their own food and drinks (cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate), blankets, and camping chairs to enjoy a delightful picnic-style afternoon on the shaded lawns of the gardens. Concert-goers can soak in the vibrant sounds of the live performance while observing an array of birdlife, including pelicans and spoonbills flying overhead.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your loved ones at the Durban Botanic Gardens and experience an afternoon of exceptional music and comedy. Don’t miss out on this unique event that blends nature, music, and laughter! Get your tickets now from Webtickets.

 

Follow Music at The Lake online:

Official Website: www.musicatthelake.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MATLDBN

Instagram: hwww.instagram.com/musicatthelake/

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Durbanite Spotlight: The Kickstands

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In our latest Durbanite encounter, we step into the world of The Kickstands, a band that’s as vibrant and energetic as the city we all love. Welcome to another feature on Durbanart, where today we’re hanging out with Gary Nixon from The Kickstands. As they get ready for Splashy Fen and continue to make music that resonates with so many, we’re excited to chat with Gary about a few things: their tunes, what they love about Durban, and some fun, little-known facts.

Let’s jump into our chat with Gary and discover some new angles on both the band and our beloved Durban.

 

1. What draws you to Durban?

An active, outdoors lifestyle and the strong sense of community people share here.

2. Where is your favourite place to have breakfast in Durban, and why?

Mayfair, Durban North! Delicious, consistent and holds loads of memories

3. What Durban experience do all visitors need to try?

Promenade run/walk in the morning, swim around the peer and a Springbok game at Kings Park.

 

4. Nothing beats water, but where is a good Café or Bar in Durban?

Surf Riders

 

5. If you had to recommend a Durban spot to stay for the weekend, to an out-of-towner, where would you suggest?

If you’ve got the bucks, Oyster Box is mint! Otherwise come crash on my couch!

 

6. When did you know that music was your thing?

When people started paying me to do what I loved doing anyway

 

7. What’s your go-to shower song?

NOFX – Linoleum

8. You’re playing at Splashy Fen again this year. How many Splashy Fen’s have you been to? How many of those have you performed at?

I’ve been to 12 Splashy Fens, this will be my 11th time performing.

 

9. What’s your favourite thing about Splashy Fen?

The people, it’s what makes it what it is. Revelry.

 

10. Your Top Three Things to take to Splashy Fen?

My guitar, the vibes, and every year I try to convince a friend that’s never been to Splashy to come with me!

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