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Do you love the Stig, fast cars and the sound of engines roaring… well folks, Top Gear is heading back to Durban this June and we have an AWESOME deal for all of our fans!

To qualify for a DURBANITE 20% discount when purchasing your Standard, Superior and SuperSport elite tickets all you need to do when purchasing your tickets is use the following Coupon Code: GEARUPDN20. Note: This discount is only valid to the end of April.

To purchase your tickets check out the easy to use app “BUY TOP GEAR TICKETS” installed on the top bar of our Facebook page next to our “LIKES” tab.
-> Visit our Facebook page (Durbanite.Official)
-> Click on “BUY TOP GEAR TICKETS” app
-> Click on “Top Gear Festival 2014” (below the image)
-> Select which tickets you would like (Note: to qualify for the DURBANITE discount you will need to purchase either Standard, Superior or SuperSport elite tickets)
-> Enter the Coupon Code: GEARUPDN20 and the rest is quite self explanatory

What are you waiting for!


Following two hugely successful years the award winning Top Gear Festival is bolstering its team to ensure it delivers one hell of an event for the third part in its trilogy in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Previous Top Gear events have seen the likes of: two-time Formula 1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen,  triple World Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing with António Félix da Costa at the wheel of their hugely successful, record-breaking RB7 car, Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell, Queen of Nürburgring race track, Sabine Schmitz and Sam Bird of Mercedes AMG Petronas take to the track in everything from F1 world championship cars to tuk tuks and taxis so the bar is set high for the local self-proclaimed petrol head.

In a bid to create the best street circuit yet, popular and respected motoring media personality, Marius Roberts has joined the Top Gear Festival Durban team bringing with him the promise of more motortainment than ever before.

Marius said of his appointment;

“I am a huge fan of Top Gear, a huge fan of cars and a huge fan of Durban, so when I got the call regarding the position of Content Manager for the Top Gear Festival 2014 in Durbs, I didn’t have to give it much thought.  I plan to combine these passions to put together the best Festival Content to date – I’m not saying it’s going to be easy – after all, the Festival has been incredibly successful over the past two years, but I am up for the challenge”.

As anchor-presenter on South Africa’s first motoring channel, Ignition TV since 2008 and racing competitively for the last four years in a variarty of race series, Marius has extensive knowledge of the motoring industry within South Africa.  Combining this with his plans for Top Gear Festival – Marius has already put in place an ALL NEW enhanced and city-approved Durban Street Circuit for 2014.


The new layout has additional benefits including bringing the street circuit action even closer – building it around and contained to specific areas. Because the circuit loops back on itself along Battery Road, the new grandstand positions create a stadium feel around the Street Circuit, allowing Top Gear fans to get even more bang for their buck. From the moment the sun rises on the 21st & 22nd of June to the time the sun sets, there will be non-stop action right in front of them!

On track there is a lot for spectators to get excited about with more competitive racing taking the form of an ALL NEW Time Attack Invitational, where 30 of South Africa’s bravest drivers take each other on in 30 of South Africa’s fastest cars. This format of racing has reached global acclaim due to its high-octane entertainment factor and it’s bound to have fans on the edge of their seats this June. The Stig will be unleashed in a variety of cars as he completes power laps synonymous with the Top Gear television shows – always a favourite with the crowds. Also new to this year, the street circuit introduces an incredible parade of Porsches and Ferraris – thanks to local clubs here in KwaZulu-Natal, whereby lucky competition winners will be able to experience hot laps around the infamous Durban Street Circuit. Expect nail-biting, jaw dropping spectacle as the Porsche and Ferrari drivers provide prize winners with their own personal dose of rip-roaring action in true Top Gear style.

Festivalgoers can expect a day packed full of entertainment both on and off the track as this year’s Top Gear Festival in ‘the warmest place to be’ offers a true celebration of all things motoring. Visitors are encouraged to book early to avoid missing out on the most exciting event on this year’s entertainment and motoring calendar.  


Visitors with Grandstand tickets will still be required to attend their respective Street Circuit Shows at either 8h00 or 13h30 on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June, and organisers encourage arriving early so as not to miss out. Grandstand seats are included in the SuperSport Elite and Superior Ticket Packages and are available for sale now for those with Standard and Basic ticket holders at R200 per person via the all new festival website ( For more information on ticket prices or to book visit


TWITTER HANDLE:           @topgearfestSA

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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.



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.




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.

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



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.

~ 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


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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.


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Durbanite Spotlight: The Kickstands



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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