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Inaugural DBN X FST (Durban X Fest) Starts 27 June

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27, 28 June & 2 July 

Bay Of Plenty Beach, Durban

Introducing DBN X FST, a core skate and surf lifestyle festival established in the birthplace of South African surfing; the Durban beachfront. Presented with the support of eThekwini Municipality, this event helps mark 50 years of surfing for Durban. DBN X FST is a collaborative effort with local brands to showcase the power of the Durban surf, skate and related industries, with events on the 27, 28 June and 2 July at the Bay of Plenty.

The festival will play host to a range of events including: Kimberley Diamond Cup Qualifiers, Vans Skateboarding for Hope, Roxy Yoga and Learn to Surf, DBN X TAG event, O’Neill and G-Force Jordy Smith Grom Invitational, Volcom Airstrike, Channel Island surfboard demos, Surf Afrika comp, Gunslinger long-board skate clinic, Fox BMX Jam, I HEART Market, music entertainment, films and more.

Partner brands include: Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, Skullcandy, Rip Curl, Holmes Brothers, Gunslinger, Vans, Fox, Volcom, O’Neill and Red Bull.

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SURFING

Surfing takes centre stage at the historic Bay of Plenty beach as DBN X FST hosts a number of epic surfing events.

Saturday 27 June:

O’Neill and Gee Star Surfboards are proud to announce the Jordy Smith Super Grom Invitational event. World Surf League competitor Jordy Smith will be inviting 28 of KZN’s best up and coming surfers from 6 – 14 years of age, to compete for a once in a lifetime prize, including an air ticket to watch the J-Bay Open, O’Neill wetsuit and clothing package, as well as a G-Star Surfboard! The winner will also get a VIP Surfers Guest Pass to the J-Bay Open and will be able to rub shoulders with the best surfers in the world at Super Tubes, J-Bay, while he supports Jordy in the event. The 28 surfers have been announced and the event will take place at The Bay of Plenty on the 27 June from7:30am – 12pm as part of the DBN X FST. Jordy will be on the beach to judge the final and spend time with the surfers.

The DBN X TAG surfing event will see teams of 4, made up of professional and development surfers, who go head to head in an “old skool” tag team surf competition format. The winning team will walk away with R10 000 in prize money.

The Volcom Airstrike will invite top aerial surfers to take to the air for a chance to win R5000 in prize money.

The Quiksilver Whipped Session will see some of South Africa’s best and most innovative surfers teaming up with the Red Bull jet-ski team where man and machine meet for an explosion of aerial maneuvers and high impact surfing. Surfers will be whipped in to waves at pace by Red Bull jet-skis to see who can who can boost the highest and shred the hardest.

Sunday 28 June:

The Holmes Brothers present the Modern Retro Surf Jam where style points are everything. Surfers are invited to bring along their fish/twin-fin/single-fin/log/ bonzers/inverted rail boards and stand a chance to win a year’s supply of Holmes Brothers gear. To enter email holmesbros3@telkomsa.net

Roxy Learn 2 Surf will be holding free surf lessons for ladies on Sunday the 28th June from 9am-1pm.

Thursday 2 July:

Surf Afrika is a development surf competition that will be run by the Surfers Not Street Children organisation. This event will give up-and-coming surfers from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to showcase their talents for all to see.

SKATEBOARDING

The main attraction in the skateboarding segment of DBN X FST is the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC) grand slam qualifying rounds. On Saturday 27 June the stage will be set for a showdown of Durban’s best skateboarders to see who will take a share of R50 000 prize money for this event, and also to determine which skaters will go on to compete in the main KDC event later in the year with a chance to win a staggering US$100 000 in prize money.

Sunday 28 June will see Skateboarding for Hope presented by Vans where top local skaters will hold demos, teach skateboarding and hand out skateboards to disadvantaged youth.

Gunslinger will host long-board skate clinics daily from 10:00am – 11:00am, allowing the public a chance to get a taste of the adrenalin-fuelled action. Beachgoers are invited to test ride new boards and get tips on how to better one’s skate skills.

BMX

The Durban Beach skate park will be alive with action on Sunday the 28th June for the Fox BMX Jam brought to you by BMX Direct. SA’s best BMX athletes will be competing in a “Jam style” format from 11am to 3pm to see who can throw down the biggest, most technical and stylish tricks on their BMX bikes. The winner walks away with R2000. Freestyle BMX riding is more of an art form than a sport and the rider who creatively makes the best use of the park, whilst performing innovative tricks that are flawlessly linked together with style and finesse will be deemed the winner on the day.

YOGA

Roxy presents a free yoga session from 8am – 9am on Saturday 27th. All are welcome; interested members of the public should bring a towel or a yoga mat.

I HEART MARKET

The ever-exciting I HEART Market will be serving up some tasty treats and awesome crafts on the lawns on Saturday from 9am – 2pm.

FILM

Each day from 18:00 – 20:00 will feature a selection of local and international adventure and surf films. Films include: Now Now featuring Jordy Smith, Sampler from Dane Reynolds, On Any Sunday courtesy of Skullcandy, A selection of short surf films from local videographer Mathew Gardner, a Faces of Africadoccie about Ntando Msibi directed by Michael Cross, a preview of the film Uncharted featuring Twiggy Baker and the short film Lost4Word by Benji Brand.

MUSIC

Saturday will be capped off with local young-gun groove rock band Black Math at 8pm, followed by JHB surf-rock band The Moths at 9pm to drive it all home.

Sunday’s sounds will be made by local soul-rock group Nje from 4pm and followed by the natural grooves of the Hinds Brothers at 5pm to cool it all off.

 

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For more information check out www.facebook.com/dbnxfst  or www.dbnxfst.co.za or mail letsbelocal@gmail.com

DBN x FST is organised by letsbelocal with the support of Ethekwini Municipality, Durban Tourism and in partnership with Ethekwini Surfriders Association, Surfers Not Street Children, Rip Curl, O’Neill, Quiksilver, Skullcandy, Holmes Brothers, Red Bull, Gunslinger, Roxy, Vans, Fox, Volcom and el Jimador.

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Drakensberg Hikes with PathFinders_SA

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Explore the Drakensberg mountains with PathFinders_SA!

The purpose of PathFinders_SA is to provide more people with the opportunity to experience the majesty of the mountains and all they have to teach us. They achieve this through offering guided adventures in the Drakensberg, South Africa: their guides are qualified and registered with CATHSETTA. PathFinders_SA offer both calendar hikes (pre-planned adventures that any individual or small group may join) as well as customised group trips. We are able to guide anywhere in the Drakensberg, and are not limited to a few commercial routes. However, here are some of their community favourites:

Mnweni Circuit
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 30km, 1500m elevation gain
Level: intermediate
Cost: R2000pp including permits, guide and tents


Mnweni Circuit

Mafadi
Duration: 3-4 days
Distance: 52km, 1800m elevation gain
Level: intermediate to advanced
Highlights: Highest peak in South Africa
Cost: R2500pp including permits, guide and tents

Pillar Cave
Duration: 2 days
Distance: 5km
Level: beginner. Suitable for children
Cost: R1200pp including permits, guide and dinner and breakfast on the mountain


Pillar Cave

Rhino Peak
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Distance: 21km
Level: intermediate (2days), advanced (1day)
Cost: R1000pp including permits and guide


Rhino Peak

Didima Circuit
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 35km
Level: intermediate to advanced
Highlights: Tseketseke Hut and Roland’s Cave
Cost: R2200pp including permits, guide and tents


Roland’s Cave

Amphitheatre Adventure
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Distance: 12km
Level: beginner to intermediate
Cost: R2500pp including permits, shuttle to the start and guide


Amphitheatre

For more information or to book your next adventure, connect with us:

Website: www.pathfinderssa.com
Instagram: @pathfinders_sa
Call: 071 411 0768
Email: pathfinderssa@gmail.com

 

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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.

OR

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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