Grassy Spark Photo Credit: Hylton Boucher

Smoking Dragon Festival New Year’s 2016

Only 3 hours away from Johannesburg and Durban, nestled between the colossal Drakensberg Amphitheatre mountains, looking onto The Tugela Falls, is a New Year’s event unlike any other. The Smoking Dragon Festival is back for it’s 6th year and has expanded to 4 stages including The Main Stage, Cherch Electric Jungle, Fringe Stage and the sparkling new Ripple Zone. Complete with a dam, look-out deck and bar. The perfect location to jam in the water while watching some incredible acts!


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 ALL of these steps:

1. Comment on our Smoking Dragon posts up on our Facebook Page

2. Tag 2 friends you cannot, NOT celebrate the New Year with!

3. Share the post with your Facebook friends (be sure to set this as PUBLIC for us to view)

4. Use the hashtags #SmokingDragonSA and #ProudlyDurbanite

To enter via Twitter follow ALL of these steps:

1. ReTweet our Smoking Dragon Tweet (search @durbanite_za)

2. Tag 2 friends you cannot, NOT celebrate the New Year with!

3. Use the hashtags #SmokingDragonSA and #ProudlyDurbanite

Upping the game this year they have packed over 40 acts into this 3-day festival from 29 Dec – 1 Jan 2016. With the best in local talent from all over South Africa already announced including Grassy Spark, The Rudimentals, The Kiffness, Tidal Waves and so many more, Smoking Dragon is making this a New Year to remember with the addition of the supremely talented Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers and Tudo Mundo.

Stelth is a creator; he’s a talented multi­-instrumentalist, spirited poet and composer of vulnerable, honest, and rich music. Able to balance heavy truths with the lightness of humor and observation, his songs share the wayfaring nature of his heart. His unique ability to transform living rooms, basements, backyards, kitchens, and even large venues into an intimate moment of storytelling, makes his carnival style performance and confessional lyrics appealing to the human experience. “Ulvang leaps barefoot around the stage like a manic musical imp, shaking maracas, booting his piano stool off the podium and tinkling the ivories with his toes.” Daily Mail, London.

Todo Mundo (“All the World”), who was voted “Best World Music” band at the 2011, 2014 & 2015 San Diego Music Awards, blends the musical flavors of Spanish Rumba, Reggae, Brazilian, Balkan and Middle Eastern styles into an irresistible groove that has been moving dance floors and connecting with audiences across the world since 2009.

Through music, Todo Mundo has learned to share their soul and experiences with the world. The power of music allows them to transmit their messages of unity, equality, and diversity. Their music and performances possess explosive energy that celebrates life, with the aim of connecting with people from all over the world, and encouraging them to live in the present, as one. They have toured the world with acts like The Roots and The Wailers and will be performing live on South Africa soil this December.

Complimenting these international must-see acts, is a music-lovers line-up which will offer something for everyone’s taste. Including Qadasi, which means ‘white person’ in isiZulu, an accomplished Maskandi musician who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and has toured internationally with Johnny Clegg. Wandile Mbambeni Music ZA is typically recognized for his smooth afro-soul sound which carries a special kind of magic as he tells stories with his music intertwining it with rap, beat-boxing and electronic collaborations.

Native Young, with band members hailing from South Africa to Spain, bring a fresh twist to the traditional indie genre utilizing unusual instruments in their performance, including marimba, banjo, and djembe drums. Hezron Chetty’s music experience has been described by Mahala as “Psychedelic, eclectic sounds surround the senses and momentarily the crowd forgets where they are and sit patiently in Hezron’s palm begging for another song.” With some big announcements coming your way this week you have to get your tickets to this unbelievable New Year’s festival.

Joining these incredible artists on stage will be Native Young, Crimson House Blues, Sol Gems, Michael Lesar, Vukuzithate, Retro Dizzy, Goldilox, Yolanda Fyrus, Matthew F, TheCity, The Kickstands, The Shabeen, Mudblud, Red Tape Riot, Josh Roxton and Herkie, Ben Day and the Concrete Lions, Josh Wantie, and the Kings Down South.

The Ripple Zone also includes The Pink Tent, a fun and friendly area where all must feel welcome. This is a space where the LGBTIAQ community is able to be visible and be acknowledged as a vital part of the community. It is powered by the Proud Initiative and designed to welcome everyone whatever your age, race or sexual preference, the perfect space to be yourself and a percentage of bar proceeds go to charity!



Smoking Dragon Festival: Ripple Zone
Full weekend tickets are only R695.

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Recap of the Announced Lineup:
29th Dec, Divas Stage
Saarkie, Push Push, Ann Jangle, Nonku Phiri, Bye Beneco, Dope St Jude, Nicky B

30th Dec, Best Of Stage
Diamond Thug, Tidal Waves, Boxer, The Dandies, Boo, BCUC, The Kiffness Verandah Panda.

31st Dec, Main Stage
Grassy Spark, The Rudimentals, Sublime Tribute Show, 7th Son, Trenton & The Free Radicals, Stone Jets, DJ inviZAble ft. Komputa General, Silva Black.

Ripple Zone
Stelth Ulvang, Todo Mundo, Qadasi, Wandile Mbambeni, Native Young, Hezron Chetty, Crimson House Blues, Sol Gems, Michael Lesar, Vukuzithate, Retro Dizzy, Goldilox, Yolanda Fyrus, Matthew F, TheCity, The Kickstands, The Shabeen, Mudblud, Red Tape Riot, Josh Roxton and Herkie, Ben Day and the Concrete Lions, Josh Wantie, and the Kings Down South.

Basic festival ticket which will grant the buyer access to the event grounds, basic ablution facilities (hot showers are an additional R25), main food court and bar.
Full Weekend Pass: R695
Day Pass – 29 Dec: R250
Evening Pass – 29/30 Dec: R550
Day Pass – 30 Dec: R350
Evening Pass – 30/31 Dec: R700
Day Pass – 31 Dec: R400


VIP Campsite Full Weekend: R695
Ticket will include access to the Jacuzzi, Sauna, Swimming Pool, DStv and chill lounges, Private Cocktail bar, Self-Catering kitchens, and free hot showers.
Kids Zone Full Weekend: R200*
*Kids Zone full weekend and day passes allow children under the age of 12* access to fun, child focussed activities in a safe and secure area.
**Kids Zone evening passes allow children under the age of 12* access to 1x guardian per two children overnight, who will make sure the child(ren) are safe and fed.

*Competition Terms and Conditions.

1. Enter via Facebook or Twitter following ALL the steps to stand a chance of winning one of two double general access tickets to The Smoking Dragon Festival 2016.
2. Tickets are General Access to the event ONLY. It does not include food, transport, or accommodation. It is upon the winner/s to make their own arrangements in this regard.
3. Competition opens on 15 November 2016 and closes at midday on 16 December 2016, South African Standard Time.
4. Winner/s will be randomly drawn on 16 December. Durbanite reserves the right to change the draw date.
5. Winner/s and their partners will need to be over the age of 18 and proof of ID will be required for both.
6. Winner/s will be notified via email / Facebook / Twitter and are required to confirm their attendance within 24 hours of notification or a redraw will take place.
7. Winner/s voluntarily assume all risks and dangers incidental to an Event, whether occurring before, during or after the Event, and you waive any claims for loss, damage, personal injury or death against Durbanite, the management of Durbanite, affiliated entities, agents, officers, directors, owners and employees on behalf of yourself and any person accompanying you or for whom you won a Ticket.
8. Durbanite do not accept responsibility for damage to or loss of any personal property at this Event.
9. Subject to these competition rules, Durbanite’s determination of the winners is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
10. The prizes are non-transferable for cash. If you are the winner, a copy of your South African identity document or passport may be required as proof that you are in fact the winner whose name was drawn.
11. By entering this competition you agree to all the terms and conditions stated above.
12. Employees, agents of or consultants to Durbanite and, their immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters), spouse(s), life partners, business partners and associates are excluded from this competition.
13. Failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions will result in immediate forfeiture of the prize.

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