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WIN TICKETS: The Parlotones back in SA for one day only



Internationally acclaimed and multiplatinum selling rock band The Parlotones, are set to perform at the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert, Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday, 8 June. Accompanying The Parlotones is Durban-born singer, Michael Lowman and we have 5 x double tickets to giveaway to 5 x lucky readers. Simply comment below telling us why you should win. *T & C’s apply.

The Parlotones, whose experimental style incorporates traditional folk structures with modern rock sounds, are known to regularly champion the cause for sensitivity and care for the environment.

Over the years, The Parlotones have lent their celebrity status to initiatives such as Earth Hour and Live Earth. They have also opened for bands such as LIVE, Maroon 5 and Coldplay.

Back from Los Angeles, their return to the Durban Botanic Gardens ensures that funds are raised to assist the garden to carry out its mandate: to maintain and improve biodiversity, to educate the public and to look after an important space for community use.

“Music is a powerful force that highlights important issues and The Parlotones’ role in the environmentalism space is welcome,” commented Bandile Mngoma, Old Mutual sponsorship manager.

“Through this series at the gardens we raise awareness of the part each person plays in waste management, our impact on the environment as city dwellers and the role of plants in our environment,” said Mngoma.

Supporting act, Michael Lowman, will bring his Eric Clapton and Beatles inspired music to the Durban Botanic Gardens. With his gift for storytelling and an underlying rhythmic and melodic sense on the guitar, this young singer/songwriter will bring heat to the gardens.

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This year, KZN’s premium outdoor music venue, the Durban Botanic Gardens, has already presented live concerts of some of the most talented and accomplished musicians such as Gangs of Ballet and Mi Casa, who received five nominations at the SAMA20. Both bands recently played to sold-out crowds, proving the rise in popularity of outdoor music in South Africa.

For more information about this and other events at the Durban Botanic Gardens, visit the website – or call the Info Centre 031 322 4021.

Tickets are available online at Ticket prices: Pre-sold tickets are R150 and R170 on the day Kids between 8-12 pay R50, kids under 8 are free. All children are welcome at the KidZone for some extra fun and games Drinks, cooler boxes and picnic baskets are welcome Gates open at 12:30 for pre-sold tickets and at 13:00 for on-the-day ticket sales. Show starts at 14:30 Secure parking is available on the Juventus ground. Entrance to all parking is off lower John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and the Munies Hockey Field also off lower John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road.

Follow @OM_Concerts and @dbnbotgardens on Twitter for all the action on the day, and ‘Like’ the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens page on Facebook for all the updates and info.


*Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. Comment below to stand a chance of winning one of five double tickets to watch The Parlotones on the 08 June 2014.
  2. Competition opens on 30 May 2014 and closes at midday on 04 June 2014, South African Standard Time.
  3. Winners will be drawn on the on 04 June 2014. Durbanite reserves the right to change the draw date.
  4. Winners will be notified via email within 12 hours of the draw taking place.
  5. Winners will be required to confirm receipt of email within 12 hours of notification in order to claim tickets.
  6. Winners who do not confirm receipt of email within 12 hours of notification will forfeit their prize and a redraw will take place.
  7. Subject to these competition rules, Durbanite’s determination of the winners is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  8. The prizes are non-transferable for cash. If you are the winner, a copy of your South African identity document or passport may be required as proof that you are in fact the winner whose name was drawn.
  9. Employees, agents of or consultants to Durbanite and, their immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters), spouse(s), life partners, business partners and associates are excluded from this competition.
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  1. Catherine Schmuhl

    30 May 2014 at 10:07 am

    Awesome opportunity! Thank you. Parlotones are my favourite band!!! So excited.

  2. James Engelbrecht

    30 May 2014 at 10:12 am

    Sounds like a cool day at the Bot Gardens 🙂 Good to see Durbanite getting involved in these local events!

  3. Tarryn Rademeyer

    30 May 2014 at 10:15 am

    Woohoo, so glad they back just to remind us of how much they rock! And in such a beautiful setting…who could resist!

  4. Chantal Hindson

    30 May 2014 at 10:16 am

    My husband and I would love to see The Parlotones and Michael Lowman live for the first time. You couldn’t ask for a better setting to do this – at Durbans Bot Gardens on a beautiful afternoon in Durban!

  5. Lydia

    30 May 2014 at 10:17 am

    aah this would be so lovely, and such a nice venue, with awesome acts!!!!

  6. Esivani Naidoo

    30 May 2014 at 10:17 am

    What an awesome experience. Would love to win these tickets!

  7. Patricia Barker

    30 May 2014 at 10:20 am

    So excited! Already telling all my friends they are coming with me! Love The Parlotones. So very happy they are hitting Durbs!

  8. Tammy

    30 May 2014 at 10:33 am

    I love supporting SA music and they’re rocking at the moment!!

  9. Rene

    30 May 2014 at 10:54 am

    wow this sounds like its going to be an awesome concert! very excited to see them perform live!

  10. Nicola Meyer

    30 May 2014 at 10:56 am

    Fabulous! Would love to attend!!

  11. Asha

    30 May 2014 at 10:56 am

    Would be so great if I won tickets to this:-)

  12. Roxanne Chutthergoon

    30 May 2014 at 11:02 am

    Omgosh, would soooo love to win! My boyfriend and I are dying to go to my all-time fav South African band! What pure SA talent, I love that it’s local and rocking! Pleeeeeez send me! 🙂

  13. Cyn

    30 May 2014 at 11:25 am

    OMWord, would be sooo Awesome to win tickets

  14. Kayla McKenzie

    30 May 2014 at 11:37 am

    My husband and I would love to go because there’s nothing better than chilling and listening to great music with friends in a great venue in our amazing city!

  15. Sharen Opie

    30 May 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Need a break after a hectic few weeks of sorting out to go overseas for our sons wedding as well as our 40th Anniversary and my 60th Birthday.

  16. Birgitta

    30 May 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Visiting a friend in Durban, I’ve never been in the Botanic Garden before. Would love to explore this place and treat him with a great concert!

  17. Ashishta Gokhul

    31 May 2014 at 5:02 am

    Wow Parlotones, one of my favourite banks, <3 I would love to be there <3

  18. Chantell van den Blink

    31 May 2014 at 5:09 am

    I just love the Parlies! Would really love to see them!!! Fingers crossed!

  19. Chantell van den Blink

    31 May 2014 at 5:12 am

    I just love the Parlies! It would be such an awesome father’s day gift to my hubby!

  20. Cathy

    1 June 2014 at 11:15 am

    WOW!! Would so love to attend and see one of my fav SA bands perform live and the added bonus of Michael Lowman is priceless………….pleaseeeeeeeeeee this would be so memorable for us to go 🙂 🙂

  21. Dan

    2 June 2014 at 12:15 am

    this be be so great to attend as my cuz and I are totally besotted with the Parlotones and Michael Lowman 🙂 🙂

  22. brenda finch

    2 June 2014 at 10:51 am

    I should win these tickets because I absolutely flippen LOVE the Parlotones end of story xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  23. Kerry

    2 June 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I would love to win because I haven’t seen the Parlotones in ages and I’m dying to go for a picnic. 🙂

  24. Dawn W

    3 June 2014 at 10:22 am

    I have never seen the Parlotones ever before so this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.

  25. Brendan

    3 June 2014 at 10:38 am

    Wow! awesome band. Haven’t seen them live before. Great stuff

  26. Shelley

    3 June 2014 at 10:45 am

    I would love to win tickets because I have been battling with a very sore foot! Just been to the doctor and it’s not broken thankfully. Deserve some chill time in the gardens.

  27. Michelle

    3 June 2014 at 10:47 am

    I absolutely love and always support SA music. 🙂

  28. Wesley Coetzee

    3 June 2014 at 10:52 am

    I would love to take my girlfriend for a picnic and concert at the gardens. She would appreciate it so much!

  29. Desray

    3 June 2014 at 10:57 am

    I would love to go to this concert as I love listening to their music but have never been to their concert.

  30. Neil

    3 June 2014 at 10:59 am

    I enjoy going to the botanical gardens but haven’t been to a concert there before.

  31. Anton van Kan

    3 June 2014 at 1:59 pm

    My Wife has never been to a concert at the Botanical Gardens and I would love to take her to experience one of the best chilled out relaxed day venue

  32. Nicole

    3 June 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Can’t wait to see the Parlotones in durbs again! It’s been too long!!!

  33. Tyson

    4 June 2014 at 1:05 am

    I would love to go and enjoy spending the day with good friends listening to great music!!

  34. Babalwa Salman

    4 June 2014 at 9:12 am

    My husband if the biggest fan of the parlotones & we love to spend our Sunday afternoon @ the botanic gardens having a picnic with the kids

  35. vanessa

    4 June 2014 at 9:17 am

    to see them for the first time I’ll be Begging You For More ! I beat my chest with all the biggest flame and passion for the Parlotones ! it will be my Blessing

  36. Jessica

    4 June 2014 at 9:48 am

    I am a HUGE fan of the Parlotones so this is something that I would truly appreciate

  37. Joelene

    4 June 2014 at 10:33 am

    Would really love to win these tickets as Parlotones are AMAZING!! I went to their last concert at the Gardens and I couldn’t have asked for a better day to spend with my Family listening to an amazing group!! Can’t wait to spend yet another amazing day in the Gardens this Sunday<3

  38. Anja

    4 June 2014 at 11:02 am

    What a fantastic venue and great opportunity to watch this incredible outstanding band – The Parlotones… Would love to win tickets for a special afternoon with my friend!

  39. Shireen

    4 June 2014 at 11:09 am

    I should win because a family afternoon listening to the awesome Parlotones and Michael Lowman is just what we need to chill out during exam time, and, if I don’t win I can’t afford it.

  40. Nicky

    4 June 2014 at 11:17 am

    Please please please please please! I would give an arm and a leg (okay, maybe not a body part but you get the picture) to see the Parlotones live. Been trying for years and it just never seems to happen. So, pick me!

  41. Jacs Bate

    4 June 2014 at 11:22 am

    It’s been a great couple of months for me and I’d love to add to my “winning streak” by claiming tickets to this show 🙂
    Not for myself, though … I’m donating my tickets to a friend who really, really, really would love to attend!

  42. Jon Dreyer

    5 June 2014 at 7:06 am

    Would love to go for free, world class band!

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Win Tickets to Milky Chance in Durban!



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:

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.


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 and are selling fast, so get yours now!

Neon Dreams

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


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
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link:
Facebook Event:


For more info, go to:
Ticketing link:

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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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Win Surf Lessons with Surf School Durban!



Surf School Durban, led by the experienced local surfer Fika, stands as a beacon in the surfing community. Known for its inclusive and friendly approach, it’s a place where beginners and seasoned surfers alike can enhance their skills and embrace the surf culture.

The school’s ethos revolves around unity and inviting individuals of all backgrounds to share the excitement of surfing. The team, made up of passionate local surfers, emphasises personalised coaching, ensuring a welcoming learning environment for everyone.

Adding to its allure, Surf School Durban has launched a competition that’s creating a buzz. The prize: five group lessons for the winner and two friends, offering a unique blend of fun, friendship, and expert instruction.

This surf school is more than just a place to learn; it’s a community hub where the spirit of Durban’s surf culture thrives, making it an ideal destination for anyone keen on experiencing the joy of surfing in a supportive and vibrant setting.

Win Surf Lessons for You and 2 Friends, with Surf School Durban!

How to Enter on Instagram:
1. Follow Durbanite & Surf School Durban Instagram page.
2. Share the competition post from the Surf School Durban Instagram page and tag who you’d take with if you win.


How to Enter on Facebook:
1. Follow Durbanite & Surf School Durban Facebook page.
2. Share the competition post from the Surf School Durban Facebook page and tag who you’d take with if you win.

Entries limited to 5 per day.

Closing Date:
Friday, 9 February 2024

Winner Announced:
Monday, 12 February 2024

Durbanite T&Cs apply.

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Ziggy Alberts announces his debut South African tour as he heads to Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town this October




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Musically, Ziggy’s sound has raised comparisons to the likes of early Ben Howard or Jack Johnson. His sound is laid back, soulful and folk-tinged, and his songwriting is honest and personal. Whilst Ziggy Alberts is similar to his contemporaries in writing about his personal experiences, his music is layered with subtextual references to issues close to his heart, such as the natural world, the human experience and the wider planet.

DANCING IN THE DARK has been driven by real-time releases, including the singles I BELIEVE, TATTOOS, THE GREAT DIVIDE and most recently, THE SUN & THE SEA featuring Donovan Woods, which all find their home on the album. The new record sits in a genre – self-titled by Ziggy – as “Future Folk”. In his own words, “the album is a blend of the honest and raw, with the smoothness and touch of synthesised soundscapes, intentional tuning and programmed organic samples… that reflects accurately the range of experiences we are having as humans in our current world.” Matched with Ziggy’s storytelling and sincere songwriting, DANCING IN THE DARK shows yet another step in Alberts’ growth as an artist, his music and personal explorations, both introspectively and in the natural world.

Founder of his independent label, Commonfolk Records, and book publishing house, Commonfolk Publishing, Ziggy Alberts has managed to craft what many musicians and authors dream of – the ability to tell a story on their own terms. In 2022, Ziggy was awarded an APRA for his track letting go. He has also earned ARIA Platinum certifications for Laps Around The Sun (Double Platinum), Gone, Runaway, Heaven, Love Me Now, Stronger and Four Feet in the Forest (EP), plus Gold certifications for his Laps Around The Sun album and six tracks in his catalogue.

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