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Q & A with Stelth – Smoking Dragon Festival

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Our contributor Tee had the opportunity to have a Q & A session with Stelth (from the Lumineers) in the build up to his performance in December at the Smoking Dragon Festival!

If you have been living under a rock, there will be over 40 acts performing at this 3-day festival from 29 Dec – 1 Jan at the Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge.

Don’t forget about our AWESOME competition running until midday on the 8th December,  where you stand the chance to win TICKETS to this incredible festival! To find out how to enter scroll DOWN / check our our competition tab on our website. Std. T&C’s apply.

Stelth (from the Lumineers) is all set to perform at the Smoking Dragon Festival

Stelth (from the Lumineers) is all set to perform at the Smoking Dragon Festival

Q & A

Q1. We know you have toured South Africa with the Lumineers not so long ago. What did you love most about our country?

I’ve now been down there a few times since then, and have managed to explore quite a bit! I’ve had an amazing time traveling in between Durban and Port Elizabeth, staying along the coast, as well as exploring Cape Town and Durban’s music scenes, and getting to know musicians from around both.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to doing / seeing when you come over in December?

I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to hang out in the Drakensberg. I didn’t get a chance to explore/ hike around too much when I was there, but thought the area was stunning.

Q3. We hear you are a multi-instrumentalist. Which is your favourite instrument to play and why?  

I am considering dragging my accordion down there for this one, because I enjoy playing it most.  It’s surprisingly versatile yet specific and weird, a bit of a head turner, and I feel comfortable enough on it to goof around a bit.

Stelth (from the Lumineers) is all set to perform at the Smoking Dragon Festival

Q4. On your days off, what can one expect you to be doing?

I like getting out on hikes, or jumping in the water. Surely that’s an option anywhere in South Africa, any suggestions on hikes or swimming holes, let me know!

Q5. What has been your favourite live-music performance to date?

I think about which shows I’ve played have been my favorite, quite often. But only because it happened last month….

The Lumineers just played at the White House (Obama threw a party) and we’ll probably never get a chance to play there again (at least for that cool of a president). The performance was quick, and we were all a little nervous, but in the end it was very fun.

Otherwise, I think often of the time playing at Youngblood in Cape Town with a whole slough of SA musicians including Albert Frost, Bonj Mpanza (The City) and Lee Lips (Hog Hoggity Hog) among others… It was fun learning and teaching all these songs to make such a magical night happen.

Q6. What is the inspiration behind your music?

I am inspired quite a bit by the sciences, natural wonders, and stories I hear- only about half of my music is Autobiographical, and I’d like to lean further away from it, and stick to all the amazing stories I hear while traveling, and meeting new people.

Q7. What CD are you currently listening to?

I’ve really been obsessed with this Kevin Morby record, “The singing saw”   Definitely Check it out, his sparsity and deep cool bass lines, with a sudden track with a wall of sound, or catchy hook, really pull the whole record together.

Q8. We would all like to be successful in life, what is “success” to you?

Aha! Success to me is finding the balance of being able to do the things that relax and please you, while still challenging yourself with new projects and ideas- Whether that is working a job doing what you love, or being able to fund your hobbies with an equal amount of Work to play, it’s all about that balance!

Stelth (from the Lumineers) is all set to perform at the Smoking Dragon Festival

Stelth (from the Lumineers) is all set to perform at the Smoking Dragon Festival

Thanks Stelth for taking the time out to let us and our readers get to know the man behind the incredible talent a bit better. We look forward to welcoming you in December!

WE ARE GIVING AWAY 2X DOUBLE TICKETS TO THIS INCREDIBLE EVENT! 1 WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN VIA FACEBOOK AND THE OTHER VIA TWITTER. *STD. T&C’S APPLY.

TO ENTER VIA FACEBOOK FOLLOW BOTH OF THESE STEPS:

1. Comment on any of our Smoking Dragon posts up on our Facebook Page –> and tag 2 friends
2. Use the hashtags #SmokingDragonSA and #ProudlyDurbanite

TO ENTER VIA TWITTER FOLLOW BOTH OF THESE STEPS:

1. ReTweet any of our Smoking Dragon Tweets (search @durbanite_za)
2. Use the hashtags #SmokingDragonSA and #ProudlyDurbanite


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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.

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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.

 

EVENT INFO:

 

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.

Ticket link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1546391165

 

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Official Website: ww.musicatthelake.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MATLDBN

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

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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.

PLEASE NOTE:
~ 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

 

Ticket Link:
https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1546391165

 

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.

 

Follow Music at The Lake online:

Official Website: www.musicatthelake.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MATLDBN

Instagram: hwww.instagram.com/musicatthelake/

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Durbanite Spotlight: The Kickstands

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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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