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Smoking Dragon Music Festival Announces Line-up for New Year 2017

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The annual Smoking Dragon Music Festival promises to set the Northern Drakensberg afire once again from 29 to 31 December 2017 with its rich array of music and a colourful crowd of interesting creative, artistic and fascinating festival-goers.

At the foot of the iconic Amphitheatre, in the KZN Northern Drakensberg and a mere three hours drive from Durban and Johannesburg, Smoking Dragon takes place at one of the country’s most popular travel destinations – Amphitheatre Backpackers, a beautifully creative eco-lodge that attracts a diverse range of people from across the globe.

With stages set around dams and overlooking truly gob-smacking views, Smoking Dragon is regarded as one of the most experimental festivals in the country. “We like to push the boundaries by breaking through the barriers that exist between music genres and ultimately the people of South Africa,” says Ilsa Roberts one of the organisers of the festival. “Music is a universal language that unites people and that’s what we do at Smoking Dragon. So we are pleased that the range of music offered goes from the simplistic sounds of Gqom to the complex, syncopated rhythms of jazz and everything in between.”

Musicians, bands and DJ’s featured at this year’s event include Nonku Phiri, Moonchild Sanelly, Holly, Lo-Ghost, Chiano Sky and others on the Smoking Diva stage on 29 December.

Then on 30 and 31 December good vibes continue which includes Desmond & the Tutus, The Kiffness, Bombshelter Beast, Southern Wild, Retro Dizzy, PHFAT, Haezer, Bittereinder, BCUC , Leeu and Weston & Engine, Hezron Chetty and the Zugzway, Funk the DJ and more.

“Of particular interest this years is the Pink Tent,” says Roberts. “This is a space where it goes without saying that, all sexual preferences, genders and orientations are welcome. A space to remind all of the need for inclusivity and honouring. We are particularly delighted to have Nakhane perform for us, as not only is he an extraordinarily talented singer and performer who is very vocal about LGBTQIA rights, but we are also holding thumbs that the film Inxeba (The Wound) in which he stars, will be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Oscars. There will also be DJ’s like Simstar, Miss Li▲ng and Kim-E.”

Curator of the Pink Tent Taya Heath says, “With the divide between the heteronormative world and the LGBTQIA community ever-widening, it seems, with many incidents of abuse being reported, even in the supposedly “liberal” environment of a music festival, there is a need to remind people, that we all have a right to dignity, respect and security no matter our personal viewpoints. So Smoking Dragon has stepped up to the plate and created this Pink Tent to make the statement that everyone has a right to love without feeling unsafe or inhibited.”

The festival is a project of the Non Profit Company R.A.I.S.E, which is involved in workshops and THETA learnership programmes that support families in need, sponsoring school children, building schools as well as generating income for musicians and artists through Smoking Dragon. R.A.I.S.E has introduced “PINK Workshops” where members of the LGBTQIA community in the area attend lectures and discussion groups around issues that directly affect them.

Smoking Dragon Music Festival as always has a gourmet food village, clean ablutions, and five zones of music. Entry to the festival, which includes the camping facilities in a general camping area or a VIP zone, are R745 and R1490 for the three days with day tickets available.

For more info or to book go to www.smokingdragon.org or contact 0825512495 / 0768227508.

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The Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival Durban

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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:

Instagram
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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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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