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Brew and bemusement on tap at the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest 2015

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Rain or shine, it’s Bierfest time! Lads don your Lederhosen, lasses get your dirndl ready, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest is back with great entertainment and new beers to boot!

Now in its 5th fabulous year, SA’s ultimate ‘brewhaha’ and festival of all things frosty, frothy and fun will get the Bavarian-inspired party started in Durban at Suncoast from 4th – 5th September, move onto Johannesburg for two weekends at Montecasino, 9th – 11th October & 16th -17th October, and finally transform the Village Green at the Newlands Brewery in Cape Town into a brilliant old-style beer hall from the 6th – 8th November.

At each event, the world-class TOPS at SPAR Bierfest, in association with Tsogo Sun, Jagermeister, Gearhouse, Dryver, Good Fellas and Jiguja, will be hosted inside a 4 000-seater Bavarian Brauhaus festooned with festival décor direct from München. Modeled on the much-loved Munich Oktoberfest, the ever-popular TOPS at SPAR Bierfest will once again recreate the reveler, tradition and, of course, the wunderbar tastes of this epic annual celebration (but on home soil!)

For this year’s uproarious event, presenting partner and new specialty beer brand No. 3 Fransen Street will be bringing their three small-batch brands to the event in the form of a delicious Cream Ale, a pert Irish Red Ale and a traditional Krystal Weiss. The event’s Master Brewers will of course again be bringing fans the long-time favourite, limited edition Bavarian-styled Royal Bavaria Oktoberfest Bier. Bier lovers can again look forward to a true journey of discovery.

Master Brewers will be on hand to enlighten beer-curious attendees with insider info and anecdotes at Bierfest’s “Braumeister Ecke” (a.k.a Brewmasters Corner). Live oompah music (performed by a seven-piece authentically German oompah band), costumed ale-carrying Frauleins and lip-smackingly beautiful Bavarian food (eisbein, German sausages, pickles, pretzels und sauerkraut) make Bierfest the unmissable festive appreciation of all things bier!

Hosted by The ‘Mayor of Munich’, Brendan Murray – the comedian, voice artist and actor best known as a frequent stand-up comic on the Cape Town comedy circuit – this year’s hotly anticipated Bierfest activities range from the traditional (‘Tapping of the Keg’, ‘Best-Dressed,’ and ‘Mass-Heben’) to the madcap; cow milking competitions, treasure hunts, and the full cast of the Brothers Grimm fairytales at your service. For those that love some rock with their party roll, SA’s best-loved party band, Me and Mr Brown will delight and have you screaming for more.

Value for money and an all-round entertainment spectacle, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest has fast established itself as a not-to-be-missed annual event. Getting together a garrulous gathering of friends or colleagues couldn’t be easier as Bierfest offers a broad variety of specially ‘crafted’ ticket packages (everything from pre-booked tables, meals and costume hire) ensure all the preparation is arranged before you arrive at your table, should you wish.

#DrinkSmart, TOPS at SPAR Bierfest’s responsible drinking programme spearheaded by TOPS at SPAR’s mobile phone app DRYVER, in association with Good Fella’s, Uber, Beck’s Non-Alcoholic and JIGUJA detox drink, proudly provides Bierfest patrons with a broad range of safe and affordable choices to drink responsibly and get home safely; rehydration stations, Good Fellas memberships and Designated Driver Rewards Programmes are all on tap.

As in previous years, all purchases of food, drinks and merchandise at the festival are made with “Crowns” (which can be purchased along with the tickets themselves). These are available in denominations of R30 and sold in packs of five. Crowns are non-refundable.

All packages can be booked through the official TOPS at SPAR Bierfest (www.bierfest.co.za) website or through the event’s Facebook page, SA Bierfest.

The event is not open to visitors under the age of 18.

 

WIN WIN WIN!!!

Durbanite together with Bierfest are giving away a table. Simply leave us your best ‘beer’ themed poem in the comments below.
Competition closes Wednesday 2 September.

 

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  1. Marietjie Du Plessis

    31 October 2015 at 3:02 pm

    “I ordered a beer and then I ordered another beer, because why finish one when I can finish two? Having only one is great for love, but bad for beer.”

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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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Win Surf Lessons with Surf School Durban!

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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.

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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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Ziggy Alberts’ first ever South African visit will anticipate the release of his forthcoming sixth studio album, DANCING IN THE DARK, out 04 November 2022.

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.

Tickets to the REWIND TOUR – SOUTH AFRICA 2022 are on sale from https://breakoutevents.co.za

 

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