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Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Magic

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With panoramic views of the Drakensberg mountains as our backdrop, tents of all colour, shapes, and sizes started to spring up in the early morning air. The 29th December 2016 brought with it the 6th year of Smoking Dragon Festival to Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge. The people started to slowly filter onto the grounds with eager helpers wheeling in their equipment using wheelbarrows. As excitement and laughter built, so did the anticipation of a great 3 days filled with some of the best musical acts! With the 5 music areas including the Ripple Zone, The Pink Tent, the Fringe Stage, the Church Electric Jungle, and the Main Stage, one was spoilt for choice this year!

The first day kicked off with the Fringe Stage artists easing us into some great music. Food stalls set up and Howler cards loaded, people set to getting their drinks and eating in the food market area. The evening brought us the Smoking Divas lineup which included Nonku Phiri, Push Push, Ann Jangles and so many more! The Electric Jungle in collaboration with CHERCH pulled the crowd in with unparalleled beats by talented DJs.

The days were started with Yoga guided by a seasoned yogi, and music was lead by Raggae band, Rusman Spice at the Fringe. The clues parted and the Ripple Zone filled up with everyone enjoying the cool waters at the dam, and the shade at the Pink Tent. The grounds filled with people as they hiked different trails around Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, absorbing the natural beauty. The Muffin hit the Ripple stage with their Afropop sound and thick soulful harmonies. The audiences meandered between the Fringe and Ripple stages through they day as they watched their favourite artists performing. Seasoned DJ and Kaya FM radio host, Nicky B, was an instant hit with the crowd as they prepared for the evening’s lineup.

The heart of Smoking Dragon Festival is to build a community of loving, embracing humans, and the acts who’d performed at this year’s festival embodied just that. BCUC hit the Main Stage and transported us to a new word of sound! Their authentic African inspired music combined with their energy, was absorbed by the crowd from the very first note played. Headlining act, The Kiffness, unified with music and dance with their lighted hearted yet impactful music. The Electric Jungle also had a world class set of DJs including Kid Fonque, Yanoss, and Cards on Spokes.

As they ushered in the New Year, the artists chosen brought the right amount of excitement to the table. The festival was moving full-speed ahead into 2017 with Crimson House Blues and their gypsy-rock tunes, Sun Xa Experiment and their afro-fusion vibe, and Mr Cat and the Jackal fun-funky tracks. Stelth Ulvang of the Lumineers set the evening’s pace at the Ripple Zone as the crowd watched the sun slowly set behind the mountains. Kitted with a piano, standing double bass, violin, drums, and a special feature of his much-loved accordion, the audience was wooed by his songs with relatable stories.

The Rudimentals with Jamaican, American, Zimbabwean and South African artists set the Main Stage on fire! Their Ska blend music got every bouncing bouncing along. Todo Mundo followed accompanied by their combination of Colombian, Korean, American, Spain, and Namibia! Together they brought us pure magic and light – reminding us that music can transcend any language barrier!

The New Year had to be brought in with magic. An immaculate wooden sculpture of a dragon was built on the empty field beside the Main Stage. The countdown had begun with Sublime Tribute band on the Main Stage, and electricity filled the air as a new dawn was eminent. The clock struck 12am and the dragon was set alight. Beautiful flames of pink, blue, and green engulfed the structure, and the worries of 2016 burnt along with it!

With the fire still smouldering in the morning light, people left elated and filled with hope that this new year will bring!

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The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series returns with THE PARLOTONES performing live at the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday 28 July.

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Durban, June 12, 2024 – Old Mutual Music at the Lake returns with their next concert in the exceptional series and welcomes The Parlotones who’ll perform on Sunday 28 July at the Durban Botanic Gardens, nestled around the picturesque lake area.

Music enthusiasts and families alike can look forward to an unforgettable live performance by one of SA’s legendary bands, The Parlotones. Frontman Kahn Morbee will be traveling in from the Netherlands for this very special concert and can’t wait to perform at the Durban Botanic Gardens, saying “We’re all super excited to be playing in Durban. We have fond memories of our shows at the botanical gardens and we look forward to creating more.” 

Two amazing support acts are set to light up the stage with the wonderful Angel Mazibuko and Tristan Cole Boltman making their debut at the Durban Botanic Gardens and complete what will be a very special lineup.

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. 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, 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 the beauty of a Durban Winter’s Day in the sun with your loved ones at the Durban Botanic Gardens and experience an afternoon of exceptional music. Don’t miss out on this unique event that blends nature, music, and relaxation! Get your tickets now from Webtickets.

 

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Old Mutual Music at the Lake: The Parlotones

Date: Sunday 28 July

Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens

Times: Gates open 13h00 – Music starts 14h00 – Show ends 17h00.

Ticket link here.

Drinks and food welcome. You may bring picnic blankets and camping chairs

Follow Music at The Lake online:

Official Website: https://www.musicatthelake.co.za/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MATLDBN/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicatthelake/?hl=en 

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The Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Durban

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Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival in Durban
Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival in Durban

Swirl, sniff, and sip your way through some of South Africa’s best wines 🍷 at the annual Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival in Durban.

 

And we are giving away 4 x double tickets valued at R275 each! 🥳 Read to the end to find out how to enter!

 

The retailer brings the Cape Winelands to Chris Saunders Park in uMhlanga for one day only on 27 July, accompanied by delicious food and an afternoon of live entertainment.

 

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With every imaginable varietal on offer for wine lovers to sample, alongside a sumptuous selection of fresh and delicious food offerings, wine enthusiasts are invited to discover new wines and enjoy old favourites, from elegant, crisp white wines and full-bodied, robust reds, to the finest sparkling wine, Cap Classiques and MCCs.

 

Some 30 farms will be showcasing their wines at the Festival, and a general ticket includes a tasting glass and 20 wine-tasting vouchers. Producer representatives will guide festivalgoers through the various tasting options and explain each wine’s unique flavours and aromas for a renewed appreciation for the different wines.

 

Guests who want to level up their tasting experience can also book one of the 30-minute Pick n Pay Tasting Room wine and food pairing sessions, limited to 40 guests per session.  A sell-out in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Durban Tasting Room tickets are flying too.

 

On the food front, the Pick n Pay Fresh Food Market 🍲 will ensure you don’t go hungry with a selection of delicious pizzas, burgers, cheese and charcuterie platters, fish and chips, grilled Chicken Espetada, curry & rice, as well as oysters and sushi, along with vegan and vegetarian offerings.

 

👉 Check out their latest menu and pricing here.

 

🧺 The popular Pick n Pay Picnic Bag is available for pre-booking and is jam-packed with a curated showcase of delectable offerings, including cheeses, cured meats, freshly baked bread, biltong, hummus, and more.

 

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Live music 🎶 will provide the perfect backdrop to the afternoon, featuring local musicians The Black Lapels, Afro Divas, and saxophonist Tim Lewis 🎷 on stage.

 

Tickets are available at Webtickets, priced from R275 per person (includes tasting glass and 20 wine tasting tokens).

 

🚗 Limited Designated Driver tickets are also available on request via info@pnpwineandfoodfestival.co.za.

 

Booking tip: Pick n Pay Wine Club members qualify for exclusive early access. Click here to become a member, or send your Smart Shopper card number to 36775 to join free of charge.

 

Click here for information.

 

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🔥🔥 WIN WIN WIN 🔥🔥

We are giving away 4 x double tickets valued at R275 each!

 

How to Enter:

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1. Follow Durbanite and Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Instagram pages.
2. Comment your best wine & food pairing & tag a friend.

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Facebook
1. Follow Durbanite and Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Facebook pages.
2. Comment your best wine & food pairing & tag a friend.

No Under 18s are permitted to enter.

Closing Date:
Wednesday, 24 July 2024

Winners Announced:
Thursday, 25 July 2024

Entries limited to 5 per day.
Winners will be selected at random from all valid entries – tickets will be emailed to winners.
Durbanite Competition T&Cs apply.

Please always drink responsibly, more on the events recommendations here for your review.

We encourage all patrons to Uber to the event, or have a designated driver who will not consume alcohol at the event.

Do not drink and drive.

 

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THE EAST COAST RADIO HOUSE + GARDEN SHOW

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Come out to play! We’re all going to be at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024, opening from the 29 June to the 7 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre.  Every day and every night for 9 full days, you’ll get to discover a brand-new world of fresh and fabulous takes on Creating Happy Homes… and you’ll leave with a headful of different ideas, hands full of goodies and gadgets, and a heart full of joyful spoils and inspiration.

IT’S A WIN-WIN!

We’ve got all the spoils this year, with over R300 000 worth of competition prizes in cash, products and experiences; not including our legendary Show discounts and specials available every day! Join Plascon as they take you on a fun digital Treasure Hunt, and ka-ching, a chance to step out with R10 000 cash in your pocket. Eye and try your luck at Hirsch’s Mysterious Big Blue Box, packed with appliances, little and large. Peer into the box’s peepholes, check out the contents, estimate the total value, and pop your golden guess into the Entry Box. Best Clue Ever… snoop around the Hirsch’s stand to discover the goods and their prices! Then, for all our budding creatives, Cricut is giving away a whopping R100 000 worth of awesome products when you design a custom shopping bag that everybody loves best! The Cricut experts will assist you with making your actual bag right then and there. Let the voting begin!

The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show caters for dreams too! One Stop Travel has FIVE competition prizes to transport you to other worlds… from local to global, from land to sea, to three hot pairs of rugby tickets for the Castle Lager Rugby Match where SA take on Ireland in Durban on the 13 July, 2024! Sail away, travel north, south, east or west, or snap up two air tickets on Qatar Airways to Doha for four nights! R100 000 worth of dreams, and all prize winners will be announced at the Show!

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR

This year’s Show is big on families! It’s the holidays, so bring the children along for the fun and games. We’ve got everything awesome from an outdoor Jungle Gym, Bubble House and Sand Art to the magical indoor Play Space by Melissa and Doug. Your kids can meet their favourite fairytale characters, play dress-up and make-believe and join other friends in a dozen different kids-only workshops – painting with Rapunzel, decorating take-home toadstools, or creating super cool snow globes. Let them listen in to story time, and escape to a fantasy storybook world where they can be whoever they’ve dreamt of being! The great outdoors or the fun-filled indoors – there’s a whole heap of good kids’ things going on at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. It’s going to be the best fun ever for kids and parents alike.

IT’S A FOODIE FAIR

Food glorious food! This year’s Foodie Fair is a playground of flavours and fresh faces, from tasty newcomers to equally tasty old favourites – they’re pulling out the stops to ensure everybody’s tastebuds are catered for! With around 40 fabulous, hand-picked food stalls, what’s it to be today or tonight? Grand gourmet burgers or delectable eisbein, go Mexican or Korean, choose sweet and sticky or something artisanal and curated? All the best brands! And at the heart of it all, is the coolest Gin Garden – bag your barstool for insane cocktails, craft beers, and mellow tunes. Think bright gin cocktails and beer on tap, all washed down with a line-up of musicians ready to entertain at scheduled times throughout the Show. Meet up with mates at the Gin Garden stage to watch and listen to the cool sounds of Matt Gardiner, Freddy L and Tatum Holder. Before, during or after you tour the Show, the Gin Garden will be the best place to be… and be seen. Don’t just visit the Show, come for a day or night on the town. Make it a meal and a Show. It’s all happening at this year’s Foodie Fair at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024!

IT’S AN OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND

Go on, take the family, the Great Outdoors awaits, whether it’s as close as your garden, or as far as unexplored corners of the globe. Stroll through our outdoor lanes, snooping, plotting, planning and shopping your next wild getaway. From rugged little off-roaders to adventure accessories, garden gadgets and 4×4 vehicles, this is where nature waves her wand. A fresh world of adventure awaits you outside at this year’s East Coast Radio House + Garden Show.

IT’S A DÉCOR DELIGHT

What’s in, what’s out, what’s hot, what’s not – decor and designs, quick fixes and slow burns, colours you can taste… they’ll all be there at the 2024 East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Welcome to this year’s powerhouse of local and global design concepts, all collated for you to Create a Happy Home. Come and Discover KZN Design, where local is king – a hand-picked collective of exciting artists, crafters and entrepreneurs, producing dynamic, world-class work right on our doorstep. From unique ceramic pieces to iconic artwork, you’ll want to take one home.

The Show loves to showcase local, but global always gets a big look-in. Whether it’s our favourite demonstrators conjuring up international aromas, flavours and recipes in the madly popular Hirsch Test Kitchen, or the thrill of mind-blowing technology advances as Hirsch’s parades good-looking appliances and very cool gadgets.

We go glocal, too, with glorious colour and decor trends in Plascon’s Showrooms, where we put an up-and-coming interior design agency in the spotlight using two of the latest colour palettes. We lust after the exquisite custom-made Barbet Interiors furniture, and plot how to make one of those pieces our very own.  It’s all about dreaming and scheming at the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show 2024 – and we provide all the stuff of dreams!

The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is sponsored by Plascon with Durban Tourism as destination partners.
For more information visit www.housegardenshow.co.za or follow the Show on Instagram and Facebook using @housegardenshow.

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