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GET READY TO ROCK, BALLITO. PRIME CIRCLE IS COMING TO TOWN!

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Hello Ballito! We’re back.
And to kickstart the 2020 Marriott Ballito Beats music series, we’re bringing one of the greats to your very backyard: Multi-award winning rock band, Prime Circle, are ready to rock you this summer as part of their national LIVE SUMMER TOUR!

Since their debut in 2002, Prime Circle have been one of the most celebrated rock acts in South African history. Having toured extensively, performed at major international festivals in the past 17 years, been awarded a handful of prestigious South African music awards and celebrated chart-topping hits… they’re coming to Ballito!

As part of their 4-month Live Summer Tour, which started in December last year, the 5-man band are making their way along the coast, spoiling fans with live performances of all their classic hits. “This tour is a combination of hits from all our albums but louder and more explosive, we can’t wait to see you on the road” says lead vocalist Ross Learmonth.

Bringing fun, entertainment and outdoor family-time to an already community-based lifestyle in Ballito, locals can once again look forward to an afternoon of fun at the first of the Marriott Ballito Beats concerts for 2020. Great music, good company and delicious food and beverages on offer, not to mention a host of activities for the little ones at Sugar Rush Park venue.

Opening the day will be local band trio Bradley Grey Band, for their second performance at the series. With a debut album gaining swift momentum with fans new and old, the band is made up of songwriter, pianist and lead vocalist Bradley Grey, and brothers Ryan and Barry De Beer on bass and drums, respectively. A selection of self-penned songs showcase the band’s musical and instrumental talents and their passion to reignite hope for the SA Rock scene with their on-stage passion for making music that people love.

The Prime Circle concert will take place on the afternoon of Sunday the 8th of March.
Gates open at 13h00, with music starting at 13h30. Tickets range from R140 for adults, R80 for children between 6 and 12, and R20 for children under 6.
Chairs and picnic blankets are welcome, as well as your fully stocked picnic baskets. Unfortunately no drinks or glass allowed onto site.

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SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL IS READY FOR YOU

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Splashy Fen has 4 unique stage areas, over 150 local musicians, yoga, trail running, drumming, belly dancing, and didgeridoo classes, campsite flag competitions, a local SA day, a creative craft market, and inviting food court, silent disco, pop-up parties, dedicated kid-zone, art in the forest, cocktail viewing deck, Easter egg hunt, Sunday Easter service and so much more… not to mention fresh open air, star-speckled campfires, and glorious mountain views… all surrounded by a bunch of like-minded people who are grateful to be back on the Splashy Fen Farm after two years of being away.

The countdown to Splashy Fen is finally over!

This time next week, festival-goers will be lapping up the fresh mountain air as they embark on a 4-day sensorial experience at the 31st edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival. Local duo Liam and Jane Magner of Veranda Panda are two such fans, who have been eagerly awaiting their return to Splashy Fen.

Veranda Panda

“Splashy Fen is a part of who we are now,” says Liam. It’s a kind of annual pilgrimage that helps us to reset, re-think and centre ourselves. Personally, my first Splashy Fen was an incredible experience. I remember being struck by the sense of freedom, kindness, and community. In recent years the festival has really managed to rekindle that spirit.“

When asked, as artists, how the pair coped through the early Covid months, they too were shaken to their core but have used the experience to adapt and find positivity in their challenges. “The whole experience has been horribly divisive and has definitely left the world with a hangover of mistrust and fear. We suffered financially in the first year as we lost every single performance job over the space of two weeks. We are grateful to have had other revenue streams, but it took us a while to adapt. However, we have changed for the better. Living through chaos, and coming out the other side, has helped us see things more clearly.”

Fans can catch this electrifying Durban act and listen the some of the great new music they have been creating, at 20h30 on Friday night at the Corona Splashy Fen Main Stage. Other acts to catch on Friday night in the impressive dome marquee include Mali Zulu, 4 AM, Steve Umcolo, a heart-warming Johnny Clegg Tribute, and Mango Groove.

Mango Groove (Mark Andrews © Daily Dispatch)

“We cannot wait to see Good Luck, Mango Groove, and Sean Koch this year,” says Magner. “But also, hanging out, laughing, relaxing, and meeting people is the part that we love the most. We have always been a fan of the energy between people there. Something magical happens under those mountains and for a few days, people are good to each other. We can’t wait.

Fans can take advantage of Splashy Fen’s brand new App. Log on and see who is performing when and where, find your friends, and build your own festival experience with reminders, updates, live tracking, and interactive community chats. The App is FREE to download here or visit http://woov.to/splashyfen

South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from next Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and tickets are still available online or at the gate.

Buy Tickets Here or visit https://splashyfen.howler.co.za/events/splashy-fen-2022-e8fc

Visit Website: www.splashyfen.co.za

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DURBAN’S FIRST DAY CLUB OPENS ITS DOORS!

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This past week brought another first for Durban with the grand opening of Cuba Premium Day Club (situated in SHOP 1, Moses Mabhida Stadium). Embodying the cities ‘fresh and cool’ scenery, the opulent day club establishes a fine social scene from mid-day to the evening.

The line-up was hot as durbanites were treated to performances by one of the pioneers of Amapiano, DJ and producer Kabza De Small, the ‘Adiwele’ hit maker – Young Stunna, as well as Touch of Soul, Stanky DeeJay and Gqom duo Distruction Boyz, just to name a few.

“From Thursday – Sunday, 13h00 – 00h00, patrons can expect premium cuisine in a luxurious setting as well as high levels of service whilst enjoying the sounds of first-class selections of music maestros.” Says Zweli Dlamini – General Manager.

Cuba is situated in Durban’s most prestigious stadium, Moses Mabhida.
This is a unique concept for an all-day entertainment experience.

The Day Terrace makes for a perfect 5-star breakfast setting on weekends and as the day transitions to dusk, watch this space turn into an experience of its own.

Premium Lounging is the second part of this incredible venue. Dine and Lounge in style as you experience the highest level of service, whilst enjoying the sounds of our first-class selection of music maestros.

Embodying Durban’s ‘fresh and cool’ scenery, our day club establishes the social scene from the morning to evening.

Their luxurious setting forms an idyllic platform for story-telling and at times will simply be a place to exhale and be spoilt by the sublime offering on hand.

Cuba have a selection of fine dining cuisines that are inspired from around the world. Our dishes are made with the finest and freshest ingredients.

Operating hours:

Friday – Sunday 13h00 – 00h00

DURBANS FIRST DAY CLUB!
For more information or reservations, please visit www.cubadayclub.co.za

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THE COUNTDOWN FOR SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL HAS BEGUN

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The show will go on… in the rolling foothills of the Drakensberg as fans eagerly count down the days until the 2022 Splashy Fen Music Festival kicks off, after a 2 year covid-induced break. And as is to be expected, plans are well underway to ensure that festival goers get to enjoy the very best of local music talent, a beautiful outdoor environment, and a chance to be around like-minded people all longing for a sense of freedom and normality.

South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and a stellar line-up of local musicians has been released to get fans even more excited for a long-weekend of LIVE entertainment.

“It has been absolutely devastating to have missed out on two years of hosting Splashy Fen Music Festival”, says Splashy Fen Festival Director Stu Berry. “Not just for our fans, but for the musicians and artists who have had to struggle without work for so long. This is why this is a particularly special event for us, as we work together to reignite the LIVE music scene and to prioritise our local artists in the process. To say we are excited for the Easter long weekend is an understatement.”

Thursday will kick off the festivities with a selection of musicians across the 4 unique stage areas. Fans can look forward to the sounds of the Honeymooners, Mahala, Holy Funk, Isigqisasekhaya, and Freddy-L on the Acoustic Stage. The Treehouse Stage will host Lindo M, Angel Mazibuko, The Kickstands, and more; while The Main Stage area will be quiet on Thursday, but only for those not wearing the Silent Disco headsets blasting a selection of golden oldies and latest dance releases.

Friday’s line-up will include Hayden Rattray, Nipho Hurd, Jason Gladwin, Faraway George, Zen Garden, and more on the Acoustic Stage; Shawn Miller, Dawn Morey, David Fisher and a selection of DJs at the funky Treehouse Stage; while the River Stage will blast the sounds of Tanner Wareham, Out Cry and South Wolves from 10h45, and the Main Stage festivities will kick off with Mali Zulu, 4AM, Steve Umculo, Veranda Panda and the legendary Mango Groove.

The Main Stage will open with Abaqgqobi on Saturday afternoon from 5 pm, followed by Martin Gill, Neon Dreams, the Jägermeister Brass Cartel, Goodluck, and all-time crowd-pleasers Mi Casa. Fans can also catch 4AM, The Kickstands, Faraway George and Full Swing at the River Stage from 10h45; Seth & Reece, Tiaan the Muzo, Gav Ferguson, Matt Gardiner, and Jared Volschenk on the Treehouse Stage; and South Bear, TATUM, Apollo Motel, Rowan Stuart and more on the Acoustic Stage in the Food Court area.

The final day of the festival will not disappoint, with a jam-packed line-up to remind fans why LIVE music and entertainment are so good for the soul. Catch Kat & Kirst, Upbeat Demeanour, Musa Mashiane, and more on the Treehouse Stage from midday; wander over to the Acoustic Stage for some Rorke Hunter, Braxton Hix, Qadasi & Maqhinga, Robin Auld, and Sol Natives, head down to the river for a refreshing dip while enjoying the sounds of the Bradley Grey Band, The Mavericks, Crystal Park and Zebra, then back up to the festival site for some Main Stage awesomeness with Bad Peter, Sean Koch, Rubber DUC, Desmond and the Tutus and Jeremy Loops.

A very limited amount of tickets are still available on the Splashy Fen website: www.splashyfen.co.za. No day visitors will be allowed to the 2022 festival, and Covid protocols will be announced to ticket holders in the weeks leading up to the festival. For any additional information, please email the team at info@splashyfen.co.za.

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