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Durban- TOPS at SPAR Bierfest is back for a six!



It’s no coincidence that in the world of beer, good things come in sixes. It’s why we have the six-pack and why the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest celebrates its sixth year in existence as SA’s favourite proudly national annual touring festival of Bavarian bier culture! With a brand new venue, refreshed festival layout and a richly expanded entertainment programme, TOPS at SPAR Bierfest 2016 invites you to get in touch with your inner Germaniac, lug on the lederhosen, dust off the dirndls and get ready to party with added oompah at Sibaya, from Friday the 30th of September to Saturday the 1st of October.

The TOPS at SPAR Bierfest bring its barrels of beautiful bier to Sibaya. Whether you’re eighteen or eighty, whether you’re a loslappie or a Heidi wannabe, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest brings together the best elements of the legendary Bavarian Oktoberfest in a uniquely South African setting. Amidst a menu packed with traditional Bavarian foods will again be the legendary 1 litre (half-litre for the ladies) steins of freshly-brewed Bavarian recipe craft biers, traditional Oktoberfest games, on-the- spot competitions, oompah music, party pop rock favourites and of course, a chance to win a trip to the actual Oktoberfest in Munich 2017 in the offering.

As with all its events, the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest supports responsible drinking and will have a range of options on hand to make getting home safe after a few drinks the most hassle-free and affordable experience it can be. #DrinkSmart!

Tickets on Tap: There are four different ticket options to get your oompah on:

– Braumeister (V-VIP option) from R875 per person (excl. VAT); a 3-course meal and a limited bar tab plus some fun dress-up options included!

– Brauhaus (VIP option) from only R445 per person (excl. VAT) a 2-course meal, limited bar tab and costume accessories.

– Über Bier Hall: Only R195 per person (excl. VAT) for the day-time session (Saturday), R215 per person (night time session) includes 1 x 500ml bier, bier tastings and a dress-up item.

– Standard Bier Hall Ticket: only R125 per person (excl. VAT) for the day-time session (Saturday) and R140 per person (excl. VAT) for the night-time session includes entrance to the event, along with a complimentary bier tasting.

All tickets can be booked through iTickets or through Bierfest’s Facebook page.
All food and drink purchases at the festival are made using Bierfest “Crowns.” Crowns are available in denominations of R30 and are sold in packs of five (non-refundable).
Pre-Order your Bierfest food platter online now (see the Bierfest Facebook page), and your Fraulein will deliver it directly to your table.

The event is not open to anyone under the age of 18.
For more details and bookings, go to
Follow the event on Twitter @SABierfest (#SABierfest) and on Facebook TOPS at SPAR Bierfest and on Instagram @SABierfest.


We have x2 Standard Bierhall tables of 8 to give away.
To enter, drop us a comment below and tell us why we should pick you.

– Winners will be contacted on 23 September 2016. –

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  1. Terry Munsamy

    24 August 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I like to drink a lot. Thank you 🙂

  2. Rudolf de Bod

    24 August 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I have the perfect 7 friends to fill that table. Please, please, please let us win.

  3. Kristen Pretorius

    24 August 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I have been a head fraulein at this event for 4 years and have travelled with the band and the bier! However, have never had the opportunity to be on this side of bier served. It would be nice to let my braids down and to let loose a little along with family and friends!

  4. Crystal Govender

    24 August 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I have never been for the bier fest. This would be an awesome way to celebrate my husband birthday which is coming up soon. Been full time working parents we dont get to go out much. I cant remember when last we spent time with friends, drank the night away and just social. This would be a perfect way to catch up with friends and celebrate my husband bday #im_A_Durbanite #bier_FEST crossing fingers

  5. Sharon Friedland

    24 August 2016 at 8:22 pm

    My two sisters have both had babies recently and i would love to take them and their long suffering hubbies out for a child free booze up, i think they really deserve it after giving up alcohol for the pregnancies and early months, lots of catching up to do. And who knows, maybe after dressing up and a few beers they might get some siblings for their little ones!

  6. Reece Williamson

    25 August 2016 at 7:55 am

    Thats easy. I love beer and therefore would appreciate the experience. ????????

  7. Marc Forrest

    25 August 2016 at 10:17 am

    I have 7 friends who need this more than I do. I think that should be a good enough reason to win 🙂

  8. Nathan Goosen

    25 August 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I love beer.. I have friends that love beer too…please sir, can I have some beer?

  9. Miles Jacoby

    25 August 2016 at 5:52 pm

    There the 7 of us sat, at a pub table, commencing our first Gentlemen’s Hunters and Diners Club meeting. The minutes book was out and beers were handsomely brim-filled. Amongst the mindless banter and BS, some business was discussed. Our first project was a beer pong table which we handcrafted in a garage and so dearly named ‘Beirut’ (apparently this was a foreign language term for beer pong). And so, the Beirut Beer Sessions were born. We now had the table and troops, all we needed was our own beer. The crew headed to the local home brewing outlet and purchased our first (“first”) home brewing kit. Needless to say, our next gentlemen’s meeting was brought forward for some reason… The gents rocked up to an evening of beer making, boerie rolls, 80’s TV games and some other locally made beer that would no longer be drunk once our brew had seduced us. The Beirut Beer Sessions were under way and our self indulgent evening of manly activities were not without some well thought out production line techniques. The beers were bottled by each hand of a fellow brewmaster and put away in the naughty corner to fester until they were ready for their judgement day. Our annual Christmas Party was on the rise and as attendees, we thought it fitting to proudly unveil our newborn brew to the masses (well, ourselves). Labels were made and an unsuspecting little bar fridge was packed to the rafters with all 68 bottles – with a red ribbon and bow. The day was upon us and we all huddled around the fridge. An unwarranted speech was attempted as the gents salivated and urged for the bow to be cut and fridge to be opened. It is at this point that most of us were praying that our first brew be somewhat bearable and not punish us with a lifetime of food poisoning (I mean, if the beer had some flavour and was mildly enjoyable, we would be over the moon). Alas, the beer was sensational! I could go so far to say that it was comparable to a foreignly brewed beer that rhymes with Lion King. There was some discussion and judgement on it’s low alcohol percentage, however, the opinions of the sceptics were corrected once they had had their second beer. Unfortunately, no close friends or family got to share in our experience as we all quite comfortably and happily drained the fruits of our labour. Of course, the evening could only have been completed with the addition of a beer pong table, which conveniently had been lurking in the garage.

    That very first beer was a Munich Lager: something that is clearly synonymous with the original Oktoberfest.
    Please grant us the pleasure of reminiscing this great tale with our plus ones this coming TOPS at SPAR Bierfest!

    The Beirut Brewers

  10. Kerry-Lee Gurr

    26 August 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve never been before and would really like to hare this experience with my sister’s and their partners

  11. yajna

    29 August 2016 at 10:21 am

    I live for beer and I’d love to take my friends with me to bierfest 2016????????????

  12. K SINGH

    31 August 2016 at 10:59 am

    Love beer! And heard fantastic things about this festival and would love the opportunity to experience it!!!!

  13. Siphephelo Maphumulo

    31 August 2016 at 11:12 am

    In recent year I have become a beer enthusiast, I have drunk and tasted as many beer as i can and i have since realized that there is more in beer than I initially anticipated.
    All in all I enjoy well Crafted, Malt, Lager,Draught,Cream Ale, Traditional beers from both international and local breweries.

    This event is for me not to miss.

  14. Yogan Moodley

    31 August 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I have never been to this event before. I am sure that it would be an incredible experience.

  15. Joao Paulo Rodrigues

    31 August 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Pick me. I like beer. A lot. Seriously. Beer is awesome. I am awesome. Free things are awesome! Free + Beer + Me = Triple awesome!

    Oh and I like beer.

  16. Cindy Liu

    5 September 2016 at 10:06 am

    We’ve gone every year with the same group of friends and this is the last year that we’ll be able to celebrate together as a few of our close friends are moving to the UK. Please let us celebrate the good old times together, one last time! 🙂

  17. yajna

    13 September 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I’m the biggest briefest fan ever! Winning this would be so amazing I could take all my friends along with me ????????????????????????

  18. yajna

    13 September 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I’m the biggest briefest fan ever! Winning this would be so amazing I could take all my friends along with me

  19. yajna

    13 September 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Please pick me ????????????

    I’m the biggest briefest fan ever! Winning this would be so amazing I could take all my friends along with me

  20. yajna

    13 September 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Pick me because I love beer and I love festival’s ????????????

  21. yajna

    13 September 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I’m the biggest briefest fan ever! Winning this would be so amazing I could take all my friends along with me


  22. yajna

    13 September 2016 at 1:24 pm


    I’m the biggest briefest fan ever! Winning this would be so amazing I could take all my friends along with me

  23. yajna

    13 September 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I’m the biggest briefest fan ever! Winning this would be so amazing I could take all my friends along with me

  24. yajna

    21 September 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I should be picked because i love bierfest ????????????????

  25. yajna

    21 September 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I’m the biggest bierfest fan ever! Winning this would be so amazing I could take all my friends along with me ????????????????????????????

  26. yajna

    21 September 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I’m the biggest briefest fan ever! Winning this would be so amazing I could take all my friends along with me ????????????????????????????????????????????????

  27. yajna

    21 September 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Please pick me … For the love of beer ????????????????????

  28. yajna

    21 September 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I should be picked because i love bierfest…

  29. Joe Nina

    22 September 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve been to every bierfest in Durban these last two years, please help me keep the streak going!!

  30. Martin Grondein

    22 September 2016 at 2:31 pm

    ‘Becoz it’z good ja! Prost!

  31. Sadesh naidu

    22 September 2016 at 2:59 pm

    This will be very fantastic…. my family and I love bonding and spending great quality time. Word of mouth is based with excitement and great company. Please allow us the opportunity to go. We will surely have a great time and give you feedback

  32. K SINGH

    22 September 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Omw I would to treat my friends and myself to this fantastic event! We’ve been wanting to go from foreverrrr! Please make this possible ????

  33. Lee Folkard

    22 September 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Pick me • Pick me

    I want to drink beer ????

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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:
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For more info, go to:
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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!



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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.

Tickets to the REWIND TOUR – SOUTH AFRICA 2022 are on sale from


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