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  • 20|25 concert set to celebrate South Africa and Germany’s peaceful revolutions

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    The German Embassy and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with Hilltop Live, are inviting  you to celebrate South Africa’s 20 years of Democracy and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. 20|25 will take place on the 9th November at Moretele Park in Pretoria. On the line-up are some of Africa’s most loved artists, including the internationally-acclaimed Lira and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, one of the country’s legendary musicians.

    Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been an integral part of the South African music industry for more than 25 years. Her relationship and dedication to the African continent has earned her the title “Princess of Africa”. Chaka Chaka is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and United Nations Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador for Malaria in Africa.

    Lira’s albums have achieved platinum status. She has won numerous South African Music Awards and her live shows have been described as electrifying. She has shared stages with international superstars Alicia Keys, Shakira and John Legend as a featured performer in the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert, and is now poised for a major breakthrough on the US with her debut US album release Rise Again. With the largest Facebook following of any South African musician Lira is truly a South African superstar.

    “During his visit to Germany in 1996, President Nelson Mandela emphasized that Germany and South Africa shared and peacefully shaped a significant moment in world history”, underlines Germany’s Ambassardor to South Africa Horst Freitag. “Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany in 1989/1990, the South African people embarked upon the last leg of their own historic mission – the famous “Long Walk to Freedom”, replacing the Apartheid regime with a strong and vibrant democracy. 20|25 is a celebration of these events that changed the face of the globe for the better.” 

    Tickets will be available for R50 at both Computicket (stores and online) and www.plankton.mobi. They will also be available at the gate for R70.

    A full programme of activities will be released later in October.

    The 20|25 concert is presented by the German Embassy and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with Hilltop Live.

    Business and Arts will support the event through it´s diverse media partners.

  • Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek – hartklop van die gemeenskap

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    Huisgenoot se Hart van Windhoek 2014 fees is om die draai en vanjaar sal Namibië se toptalent sorg vir ’n fees wat nog vir weke daarna op almal se lippe sal wees. 

    Namibiese kunstenaars gaan vanjaar saam met Suid-Afrikaanse talent weer ń fees soos min sorg. Vrydag 5 September sal die jeug vermaak word deur die groep Fate of Miss H en die Hip-Hop-sensasie Gazza. Die Namibiese platejoggies DJ Chello en JT sal ook sorg dat die dansbaan op hete kole bly. Wambuseun en Suid-Afrikaanse trio Bittereinder, sal vir die rap liefhebbers ook ń aand vol vermaak beloof. Uit die Suid-Afrikaanse stal sal kunstenaars soos Kahn Morbee (The Parlotones), Crazy White Boy en Black Coffee die gehoor ook met hulle musikale talent bekoor.

    Saterdag beloof ook ’n dag vol pret en vermaak met plaaslike optredes deur Shannon Grellmann, Sanet Lambrechts, DJ JT en DJ Renier. Riana Nel is een van Namibië se gunstelinge, wat saam met mede Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaars (Springbok Nude Girls, Karen Zoid, Ray Dylan, Jay, Snotkop en meer) haar geboorteland gaan kom vermaak. Mannie’s Bike Mecca gaan ook die harte behoorlik op hol jag met die Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek MTB  Fiets resies. Familie dag gaan behoorlik kook die jaar!

    Die Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek vier elke jaar die rede agter sy klop, die gemeenskap. Deur middel van werk en onthaal standaard skepping, maak die Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek deure oop vir talle organisasies in die gemeenskap, soos die Amos Meerkat Skool Projek wat ʼn stalletjie gaan hê ten bate van hulle fondsinsameling. Die Liewe Heksie toneel stel word ook trots deur plaaslike informele meubel vervaardigers gebou. 

    Kom spandeer die dag saam met Namibië se gunsteling omgee fees, want local is altyd lekker by die Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek-fees.

    Die Hart van Windhoek-fees vind plaas op 5 en 6 September en word weer gehou op die Doc Jubber-sportterein in Windhoek. Die hekke vir Vrydag se konsert maak oop om 16:00 en Saterdag om 10:00. 

    Vrydag Line-up

    Line-up:

    16:00 Gates open

    16:30 DJ CHELLO

    17:30 Wambüseun

    18:30 The Fate of Miss H

    19:30 Kahn Morbee

    20:25 Crazy White Boy

    21:25 Bittereinder

    22:20 Gazza

    23:00 Black Coffee

    00:00 DJ CHELLO 

    Saterdag Line-Up

    10:00 Hekke maak oop

    10:15 DJ Reiner

    11:00 Sanet Lambrechts Music

    11:35 Shannon Grellmann

    12:25 Dans Dans Lisa

    13:15 Joshua na die Reën

    14:00 Nadine

    14:55 BlackByrd

    15:45 Radio Kalahari - RKO

    16:45 Jay

    17:40 Riana Nel

    18:35 Karen Zoid

    19:25 Snotkop

    20:20 Elvis Blue

    21:15 Emo Adams

    22:05 Ray Dylan

    23:00 Springbok Nude Girls

    00:00 Radio Kalahari Orkes

    Kaartjies vir beide dae is te kry by Computicket of  Shoprite Checkers en wissel vanaf N$90 tot N$135. Kinders onder 12 kry toegang vir net N$25. Kaartjies sal ook by die hekke beskikbaar wees. Gaan na www.hartvanwindhoek.com vir nog inligting of bel ons by +264-81-627-8801 

    Die Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek fees word aangebied in samewerking met Huisgenoot, FNB, Windhoek Draught, Shoprite Checkers, kykNet, Coca-Cola, Republikein, Kosmos Radio, and Hilltoplive Namibiё.

    Lugdiens vir die span en kunstenaars na die jaarlikse Huisgenoot Hart van Winhoek is met trots geborg deur Air Namibia.

  • Windhoek se geliefde kos en musiek fees is terug

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    Windhoek se geliefde kos en musiek fees is terug

    Dis amper weer tyd vir die fees wat harte laat gons, die Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek fees is om die draai en vanjaar se fees beloof om een vir die boeke te wees. 

    Soos elke ander jaar is Vrydae se vermaak spesiaal vir die Jeug. Die jaar se feesvieringe skop af met ‘n program wat die jong klop gaan laat ritteltit tot middernag en sluit optredes van bekende kunstenaars soos Khan Morbee  die voorsanger van die ikoniese rock groep die Parlotones, Black Coffee, Crazy White Boy en nog vele meer Suid-Afrikaanse sowel as plaaslike talent in. Die jong klomp wat laas jaar se Jeugdag vieringe bygewoon het kan weer uitsien na die trio vanaf Pretoria, Bittereinder, wat weer terug is die jaar met hulle “klink soos rap maar voel soos Afrikaans” vernuf.

    Geen onder 18s word in die kroeë toegelaat nie en verversings sal vir die jongklomp beskikbaar wees by die stalletjies.

    Saterdag nooi ons oud en jonk uit om ‘n dag saam met ons te kom geniet, daar sal van te kies-en-keur wees vir die tong, spesiaale vermaak vir die kinders asook optredes deur van Suid-Afrika se top kunstenaars insluitend Jay, Ray Dylan, Riana Nel, Country trio Blackbyrd en vele meer plaaslike en Suid-Afrikaanse optredes. Die Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek dien as platvorm vir alle plaaslike kunstenaars om die verhoog te deel met Suid-Afrika se bestes. 

    Die Huisgenoot Hart Van Windhoek Fees vind plaas op 5 en 6 September en ons sal weer by die Doc Jubber sportterrein in die hoofstad wees. Die hekke vir Vrydag en Saterdag se fees vieringe maak 10 uur oop.

    Moet nie die grootste fees in die hart van Namibiё misloop nie en kry jou kaartjies vandag nog!

    Kaartjies vir beide dae is te kry by Computicket of Checkers Shoprite en wissel vanaf N$95 tot N$135. Kinders onder 12 kry toegang vir net N$25. Kaartjies sal ook by die hekke beskikbaar wees. Gaan na www.hartvanwindhoek.com vir nog inligting of bel ons by +264-81-627-8801

    Die Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek fees word aangebied in samewerking met Huisgenoot, FNB, Windhoek Draught, Checkers Shoprite, Republikein, Namibian Sun, Kosmos Radio, Radiowave, kykNet and Hilltoplive Namibiё

    Lugdiens vir die span en kunstenaars na die jaarlikse Huisgenoot Hart van Winhoek is met trots geborg deur Air Namibia

                                                                                                                                                                                   

     

     

  • Fiets wedren gaan ekstra adrenalien by die Fees van Harte verskaf op 6 September 2014

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    Fiets wedren gaan ekstra adrenalien by die Fees van Harte verskaf op 6 September 2014

    Op julle merke, gereed, KLOP! Die HvW MTB  Uitdaag resies, die nuweling by die jaarlikse Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek  bied ʼn 1km kleuter en skopfiets, 5km junior, 20km familie, 35km intermediêre en die 65km “challenge” aan wat met ʼn elektroniese tydhou stelsel ʼn ekstra opwindende dag gaan beloof. Aangebied deur Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek en Mannie’s Bike Mecca, ʼn berg fiets wedren vir oud en jonk wat hulle hartspiere wil kom opwarm vir die dag se optredes op Saterdag 6 September 2014.

    Die wedren begin en eindig by die Doc Jubber sportsgronde waar die jaarlikse Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek feesvieringe gaan plaasvind. Voormalige Mej Suid-Afrika finalis, aktrise en die gesig vir talle gesondheids bewusmakings projekte, Vanessa Haywood gaan saam met Mannie Heymans die HvW MTB Uitdaag resies bywoon en sy gaan selfs deelneem aan die resies.

    Om geesdrif en sportmanskap onder die deelnemers aan te spoor, is daar ook groot  pryse ter waarde van N$30 000 op die spel. ʼn Gelukkige trekking gaan ook plaasvind, waar die wenner van die intermediêre kategorie kan wegloop met  ʼn 4-span FNB Desert Dash inskrywing, en die algehele gelukkige trekker van die “challenge” twee retoer kaartjies na Kaapstad kan wen. Die kaartjies kan gebruik word om aan die jaarlikse Argus resies deel te gaan neem. Indien jy nie die Argus kan maak nie, is die kaartjies geldig vir enige ander tyd se gebruik. Wenners moet teenwoordig wees om pryse te ontvang. Inskrywings koste begin by N$20 wat ‘n kaartjie vir Saterdag se Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek feesvieringe insluit. 

    Dis ‘n dag wat jy en jou gesin nie moet misloop nie! Vind jou digitale inskryfvorm hier: https://plankton.mobi/Events/EventBooking/c883b959-59fd-4e40-9d1f-9d777c580179

    Vir enige navrae oor die wedren en pryse, kontak gerus vir Mannie Heymans by +264 811240320 of hvw@mr-african.com

  • ALOE BLACC LIVE IN SA - ONE NIGHT ONLY IN CAPE TOWN

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    ALOE BLACC LIVE IN SA - ONE NIGHT ONLY IN CAPE TOWN 

    Hilltop Live and GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World are happy to announce that the “Wake Me Up” co-writer and singer, Aloe Blacc will be performing a “One Night Only” performance in Cape Town ahead of his performance at OppiKoppi in August.  

    Aloe Blacc is known for his hit singles “I Need a Dollar” which launched his career in early 2010.  “The Man”, his first single off his new album Lift Your Spirit (available now) is a sweetly boastful single that gives a sly nod to Elton John’s “Your Song” and has already climbed to the top 10 on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart in early 2014. This talented singer/songwriter combines folk, soul and pop into irresistibly powerful tracks that capture the complexities of human emotion. 

    Show Details

    Date: 7 August 2014

    Venue: Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World

    Tickets: From R200 from Plankton.mobi - We notice that scam sites such as Viagogo and others are selling ALOE BLACC LIVE IN SA tickets at much inflated often Euro/dollar currency prices. These sites have no right to on-sell tickets and they can be cancelled at any time (in fact they are usually doubles). The only official outlet is PLANKTON.mobi, be wary of third party sales through Ticketbiz, Gumtree and Junkmail as well. Don’t get conned or pay crazy prices (for any problems with cancelled or double booked or triple priced Viagogo tickets feel please contact info@plankton.mobi).

    Line-Up: Aloe Blacc (US)

    For more information log onto: 

    Facebook Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/HilltopLive

    Twitter Official Account: https://www.twitter.com/hilltoplive

    For interviews or high res images of the artists or festival, please contact media_assist1@hillto- plive.co.za 

    Media Accreditation is now open and will be done via the website - www.hilltoplive.co.za Media must register on the top of the page to access the application form. Should you have any queries or problems, please email erin@hilltoplive.co.za 

  • Rolling Stone Original Voices launches in Cape Town with Sarah Blasko (AUS), Willy Mason (US) and Cat Power (US)

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    Rolling Stone Original Voices launches in Cape Town with Sarah Blasko (AUS), Willy Mason (US) and Cat Power (US)

    The team that brings you One Night in Cape Town, Hilltop Live will be launching a new festival to hit Cape Town - the Rolling Stone Original Voices - that will take place at the Baxter Concert Hall, Cape Town on 6 August 2014.

    Featuring three of the most talented international Folk and Blues performers, Original Voices will launch with a trio of performances from Sarah Blasko (AUS), Willy Mason (US) and Cat Power (US).

    Willy Mason, a 29-year-old performer is no stranger to festivals and venues across the globe.  With performances at Glastonbury Festival and with Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons, KT Tun-stall, Radiohead, Beth Orton, Death Cab for Cutie, this seasoned musician will make his South African debut in Cape Town. 

    His singles, ‘Oxygen’, ‘Save Myself’, ‘We Can Be Strong ft KT Tunstall’ and 2013 single ‘Talk Me Down’ have established Willy Mason as the future of Blues and Country.

    Australian native, anti-Folk solo artist, Sarah Blasko will add two South African performances to her already impressive list of festivals and artists she’s performed with; including Tom McRae, Ray LaMontagne, James Blunt, The Temper Trap and Snow Patrol.  The ‘I Awake’ singer will perform first at the Original Voices show in Cape Town before heading to OppiKoppi. 

    Last but not least, rounding out the performance will be American native, Cat Power.  The con-stant evolution of Cat Power has resulted in her sound being a mix of Punk, Folk and Blues as well as elements of Soul.  Cat Power has collaborated with major names including recording vocals for Faithless, El-P, Beck as well Jesse Harries and Terry Manning.

    Tickets for Rolling Stone Original Voices will be open to public during the week of 10 June.  Tickets are priced from R300 person and are available exclusively on www.computicket.com

    Concert Details:

    Venue: Baxter Concert Hall

    Date: 06 August 2014

    Line-up: Cat Power (US), Willy Mason (US) and Sarah Blasko (AUS)

    Tickets: From R300 via computicket.com or at Computicket outlets. 

  • ONE NIGHT IN CAPE TOWN IS BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER.

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    Announced at the end of May, both Editors (UK) and Wolfmother (AUS) will be making their South African debut performances at this year’s OppiKoppi festival.  Cape Town fans of the bands, who aren’t making the 3000km round trip to the Northam Limpopo, are in luck, for Hilltop Live have confirmed that ONE NIGHT IN CAPE TOWN will be taking place from it’s new home - GOOD HOPE CENTRE in the city-bowl. 

    British alternative rock band, Editors will be making their debut South African tour that will include a performance at One Night in Cape Town.  Having released two UK number one albums and two further top 10 UK studio albums, (including top 10 tracks in both the UK and South Africa), gained numerous awards, and headlined festivals across Europe, fans of the band can expect to hear the tracks “Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors”, “Munich”, “Papillon”, “Sugar” and more of the band’s best from their 2013 album The Weight of Your Love.

    Wolfmother is coming South Africa!

     

    Straight shooting modern rock ’n roll with a respectful nudge to the founding fathers, this band comes at OppiKoppi like an open top gasoline filled rocket ship looking for a naked flame.

     

    Expect chaos.

     

    All of this on the back of a brand new recording “New Crown”. Like all their previous albums “New Crown” features what will become rock ’n roll standards such as “She’s Got It”, “Tangerine Dream”, “I Don’t Know Why” and more and more and more.

    Add a few of these to rock ’n roll classics like: “New Moon Rising”, “Joker and the Thief”, “Dimension”, “Woman” and it becomes clears why the Hilltop Live family considers this one of their favourite acts of the last decade.

     

    “We have not been able to sleep properly since confirming the band’s performance” - said a visibly tearful Misha Loots - “We have been trying to get them onto our stage for the last 4 or 5 years. 

  • THABAZIMBI WILDSFEES, 'N WILDSFESS SOOS DIT MOET WEES ...

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    Thabazimbi Wildsfees, ‘n wildsfees soos dit moet wees...

    Die 31ste jaarlikse Thabazimbi Wildsfees by Hoërskool Frikkie Meyer, aangebied deur Hilltop Live, se program vir 28 Junie is pas bekend gemaak! Daar is aktiwteite vir jonk en oud en almal tussen in, pret en plesier vir die hele familie word beloof en stalletjies na elke smaak sorg vir ure se eet- en koopgenot.

    Robbie Wessels sluit die jaar aan by Thabazimbi Wildsfees, hy is ‘n kunstenaar eie in sy soort. Hy kan jou laat lê van die lag, maar hy kan jou ook diep laat dink. ‘n Grapjas is hy beslis, maar dis ook daardie ander sielvolle kant wat hom oor die jare ‘n groot gunsteling onder Afrikaanse musiekaanhangers gemaak het.

    Ander kunstenaars vir die jaar sluit in Chenelle, Zandre, Dans Dans Lisa, Dewald Wasserfall, Blackbyrd en DJ Ossewa vir ‘n program waar kunstenaars die verhoog vol hou van vroeg tot lank na die perde huis toe kom.

    Die beplande program sien so daaruit:

    08:00 Hekke en Stalletjies maak oop

    09:00 Wildspraatjie

    10:00 Kinder Aktiwiteit

    10:30 Chenelle

    11:00 Thabazimbi Idols

    12:00 Mej Wildsfees

    13:00 Zandre

    13:45 Dans Dans Lisa

    14:45 Dewald Wasserfall

    15:30 Bokafslag

    17:00 Wildswors Braai Kompetisie

    17:15 Rugby

    17:40 Toutrek kompetisie en Jagpakette Veiling *Rugby se halftyd

    19:00 Blackbyrd

    20:00 Robbie Wessels

    21:00 DJ Ossewa

    Afterparty in die Biertuin saam met Canadian Tuxedo’s

    * Boogskiet, Hengel en Skyfskiet vind ook plaas maar nie op die feesterrein nie.

    Program. Program onderhewig aan verandering.

    Kaartjies:

    Kaartjies sal by die hek beskikbaar wees teen R100 op die dag

    Kinders onder 12 jaar R20 ook op die dag. 

    Met die aanloop na die Wildsfees sal daar verskeie kompetisies loop op die amptlike Thabazimbi Wildsfees Facebook blad. Bly op datum met al die nuus, aankondigings en kompetisies by www.facebook.com/thabazimbiwildsfees

    Wildsdinee:

    Kom kuier saam die Thabazimbi Sakekamer op ‘n aand vol glinster en glans.

    Ons nooi u uit om saam met besigheidskollegas, vriende of selfs familie die jaarlikse Wildsfeesdinee te kom geniet.

    Die spyskaart hieronder sal goed ondersteun word deur die pragtige musiek van ‘Die Anders’ Orkes.

    Die koste per kaartjie beloop R350,00 waarvan 'n gedeelte vir die plaaslike pogings teen teen renoster / wildstropery in ons omgewing gaan en 'n klein gedeelte vir die Thabazimbi Sakekamer om ons plaaslike ekonomiese ontwikkelingspogings te bevorder.

    Om jou kaartjie te bespreek of vir enige verdere navrae , kontak 083 303 9230. Beperkte plek beskikbaar.

  • STUNNING LINE UP OF MUSICIANS FOR THE 2014 OLD MUTUAL MUSIC IN THE GARDENS SEASON

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    STUNNING LINE UP OF MUSICIANS FOR THE 2014 OLD MUTUAL MUSIC IN THE GARDENS SEASON

     

    Experience the best music in the most beautiful and tranquil settings

     

    It’s time to get the picnic baskets, blankets and friends together for a great musical experience in the most beautiful and tranquil settings as the 2014 season of The Old Mutual Music In The Gardens gets underway from May to November.

     

    Jimmy Dludu, The Muffinz, AKA, Reason, Johnny Clegg, Mi Casa, Donald, Mango Groove, Josie Field and Shortstraw are just some of the artists lined up for the 2014 concert season at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens and the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens.

     

    The Old Mutual Music In The Gardens season is a sister project of the iconic Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch in Cape Town and the Old Mutual Music At The Lake concerts in Durban. 

     

    “Held in idyllic settings amongst an assortment of indigenous and exotic plants, the concerts are not only an opportunity to listen to some great South African music in the company of family and friends, but also contribute directly to the maintenance and development of these beautiful gardens”, said Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma.

     

    The first concert of the season at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on Sunday 18 May features the evergreen Mango Groove and the critically acclaimed contemporary folk singer songwriter Josie Field.

     

    A week later on Sunday 25 May the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens will sway to the beautiful jazz fusion guitar of the legendary Jimmy Dludlu, and the eclectic soul of the superhot Muffinz. 

     

    Gates to the Gardens open at 10am with the concerts taking place from 2pm until 5pm. Concert goers are encouraged to come early, bring a picnic basket and spend a leisurely day in the sunshine.  There is a supervised kids zone with a host of activities as well as food and refreshments on sale.

     

    Tickets are available in advance on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens Facebook page or at the Gardens from R100 and on the day from R120.

     

    Follow @OM_Concerts on Twitter for all the action on the day, and ‘Like’ the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens page on Facebook for all the updates.

     

    The confirmed line up for the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens season is as follows:

     

    Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

     

     25 May                           Jimmy Dludlu & The Muffinz

     

    15 June                           Aka, Reason & Tumi

             

    24 August                       Mango Groove, Josie Field & Laurie Levine 

     

     

    Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

     

     

    18 May                            Mango Groove & Josie Field  

     

    8 June                                      Mi Casa & Donald

     

    6 July                                       Johnny Clegg & Shortstraw

     

    For more on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens music series, go to www.dogreatthings.co.za

  • World class acts to perform at the Extra Cold Music Concert, exclu-sively produced by Timbaland

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    Timbaland, Nas, Mi Casa, Reason and more to perform at Supersport Park Cen-turion on 7th June for Castle Lite’s Extra Cold Music Concert

    First they brought you international Hip Hop heavyweights such as Drake, Kanye West and Wale. Now, Castle Lite is taking it to the next level with this year’s biggest and most anticipated live concert experience!

    On Saturday the 7th of June 2014, Castle Lite will be hosting the next gener-ation in concert experiences – the Extra Cold Music Concert at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Exclusively produced by Grammy Award winning music legend Timbaland, this will no doubt prove to be a world class musical experi-ence.

    Not only will the legendary producer be performing at the event, but fans can also expect acclaimed rapper Nas to perform a selection of tracks from his de-but album, Illmatic, reworked with his specially created Illmatic orchestra. Fol-lowing on with Castle Lite’s support of local music, a host of artists including multiple SAMA award winning Mi Casa, Spoek Mathambo, DJ Clock with Beatenberg and Reason will also feature. 

    “We are unbelievably excited to be bringing our fans the Extra Cold Music Con-cert, a premium live music experience like no other! As a brand, we continually strive to give our consumers mind-blowing entertainment experiences and what we have in store for this event is truly taking things to the next level,” commented Andrea Quaye, General Manager of Castle Lite. “We are thrilled to have the legendary Timbaland on board to exclusively produce this next gener-ation music event that focuses on the freshest local and international music.” 

    Supersport Park, Centurion will not only play host to the best in local and in-ternational music; the venue itself will be transformed into a state of the art, open air musical experience, with sensational sound, epic LED visuals as well as innovative Castle Lite bars and chill zones. 

    Tickets are priced at R1500.00 for VIP, R750 for Golden Circle and R440 for General Access and are available only through Computicket outlets or online on www.computicket.com . For concert details, visit www.castlelitesa.co.za! 

    For one week only, fans can take advantage of the early bird special – where General Access tickets will be priced at R350 ! Early bird tickets will be on sale from Friday 11 April till noon on Friday 18 April and only through Computicket stores and online. 

    Find Castle Lite for more details:

    Follow us on twitter @castleliteSA

    Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/castlelite

    Go to www.castlelite.co.za

  • OppiKoppi 20: The Odyssey

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    Greetings dustlings and other members of the great unwashed. Also sophisticated far flung friends of the tunes.

    Time to gather your most princely possessions and your ferns. And if you own princes you can bring them as well.

    Contrary to most people’s expectations, including the family’s own, we have survived 20 years.

     

    OPPIKOPPI: 1994 -2014. – Just think about that.

     

    Not bad for an opening statement.

     

    Against the police, for the police, amongst the policeless (mostly), creating police and permutations of policii not easily captured in the English lexicon.

    In the small bar.

     

    With one or both or all eyes closed tightly. Arms around a moving body (Hold me fast). Diving forth.

     

    And we lived.

     

    And all of you friendly Soft Africans with a hooligan party disposition, has built the story with us.

     

    Canyoufuckenbelieveit.

     

    Then a friend of ours said there were equally descriptive journeys in the past (Although he did admit that there were no double-decker buses driving over the knees of well-endowed Mediterranean demi-gods 3000 years ago. Athena thought it short sighted.)

     

    But the themes sounded similar:

     

    The entire Trojan campaign lasted 10 years, thereafter Odysseus / Ulysses travelled another 10 more until he was reunited with Penelope on his home island Ithaca.

     

    10 + 10 =20

     

    OppiKoppi (without sheep) = Odyssey (with sheep)

     

    Even if you are not mathematically inclined, the connections sounded too good to be true.

     

    So, with that, please rise and give a really warmly clapping of the hands, for here we have Miss OppiKoppi 2014: THE ODYSSEY

     

     

    So there it is. And sits.

     

    May the gods bless you. Verily.

     

    More info to follow, but brush up on your Greek mythology and Greeks in general.

     

    Good night

     

    The OK Family

    *Note 1:  Have a look at the dates for the festival. You may have to take a day off, so start faking a disease almost immediately.

    *Note 2: The Odyssey concept was crafted by the AAA school of Advertising (CPT). Really nifty gimmicks.

    *Note 3: The images for the campaign was designed by Louis Minnaar.

    *Note 4: Early bird tix will go on sales presently. Please have a look at the facebook page for more info on ticketing.

     

    OppiKoppi The Odyssey

     

    7 – 9 August, 2014 (unfortunately the public holiday now falls on a Saturday so you’ll need to take a day’s leave from work)

    Tickets:

    Kreesmas Tickets – SOLD OUT

    Early bird tickets: R650 per person – Limited offer.  Includes the event t-shirt, collected at the festival, and camping. Available on www.plankton.mobi ONLY

    General tickets: R700 per person. Includes camping for the weekend.  Available on the OppiKoppi Facebook page or on www.plankton.mobi.

    Stay up to date with all things Greek by joining the online platforms:

    Official website: www.oppikoppi.co.za

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/oppikoppifestival

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/oppikoppifest

    Instagram: www.instagram/com/oppikoppi

  • DRUM Beat 2014

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    DRUM Beat 2014

    The fourth annual DRUM beat Music Festival, proudly presented by Toyota and Drum Magazine, returns to the Soweto Theatre.

    This year’s event takes place on the 10th of May, with Toyota leading the way to a spectacular showcase featuring some of Africa’s legendary musical talents, more than 5,000 people are expected to see 12 incredible acts performing on three stages. 

    The three stages will be include performances from Ringo Madlingozi, The Soil, Indwe, Reason, Zakes Bantwini, Nancy G, alongside headline artist Oliver Mtukudzi. 

    Mtukudzi began performing in 1977 when he joined the Wagon Wheels. With his husky voice, he has become the most recognized voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and he has earned a devoted fol-lowing across Africa and beyond. 

    “Festival goers will be experiencing three blockbuster shows in one day,” says Makhosazana Zwane-Siqua (Editor of DRUM Magazine) “We are absolutely de-lighted with this year’s top quality line-up. We believe the event will appeal to a wide audience of music lovers, and as usual festival goers can expect a well organised event with top quality sound and performances, all in a safe and se-cure environment.  All of this for just R150.” 

    Tickets are available at Computicket at R150. 

    Keep up-to-date with all the event information at www.drumbeatconcert.co.za or www.facebook.com/DRUM-Beat-Concert 

    This event is only open to persons over the age of 18 years. 

    DRUMBEAT is presented by Toyota and DRUM in association with Hilltop Live, White Star Super Maize Meal, Mzansi Magic and KayaFM.

  • Musical ATKV-Oesfees is a Harvest Finale with 'Gees'

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    Theuns Jordaan, Robbie Wessels, Loukmaan Adams and Karen Zoid are some of the headliners taking centre stage at South Africa's most authentic harvest festival, the ATKV-Oesfees, to be held on Saturday, 22 March, 2014 at the Solms-Delta wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley. The seventh annual Oesfees, in association with RSG, kykNET, MyEdit and Wesgro, which takes place over the long Human Rights Day weekend, is a feast of real Boland music and culture, and features over 100 uniquely South African performers.

    An event like few others on the South African cultural calendar, the ATKV-Oesfees gives thanks for, and celebrates, the end of the harvest, bringing together farm workers and farm owners from the Franschhoek Valley to kuier and vastrap, along with thousands of other music lovers who enjoy a day of rural Cape sounds and flavours, under the estate's shady oak trees.

    The annual event is also a showcase for the Music van de Caab project run by Adriaan Brand of Springbok Nude Girls and an important part of this festival is the performances by the project’s very own home-grown bands amongst all the top talent. The Music van de Caab project seeks to preserve and develop the diverse musical heritage of the rural Cape, including the fostering of local musical talent. 

    The Solms-Delta music acts range from the Klein-Handjies pre-school choir and the "Kaapse Klopse" style walking band - Delta Valley Entertainers; to a top wind and percussion band - Langbroeke; a female choir ensemble - Soetstemme and the home-grown Delta Vastrap Genootskap and Lekker Lekker Delta.

    Tuned Up from Morning ’til Night

    Known for his deep gravelly voice, popular Afrikaans singer and songwriter Theuns Jordaan returns to the ATKV-Oesfees, along with Karen Zoid, a performer lauded for her emotionally charged rock music with cross-cultural appeal. Zoid's act will incorporate a full band and school choir collaboration (Hoërskool Stellenbosch). Robbie Wessels hits the Oesfees stage for the first time, along with entertainer Loukmaan Adams of District Six: The Musical and Kat and the Kings fame. Legendary folk singer Valiant Swart will once again wow the Oesfees crowds! 

    Masterful blues guitarists Albert Frost and Nick Turner will collaborate with guitar students from the Music de Caab programme. Spoon-slide guitarist Hannes Coetzee is a long-standing Oesfees favourite, and Afrikaans hip-hop/folk fusion band Tribal Echo lends its unique sound to the festival once again. 

    Besides being a platform for established artists, the ATKV-Oesfees has introduced unknown cultural gems from some of South Africa's most remote rural areas to its audience, over the past several years. In January 2014, Music van de Caab director Adriaan Brand went on a talent scouting mission to the Richtersveld National Park, where he discovered six ‘unpolished diamonds’ who will perform at this year's festival. "What makes the songs they sing special is that they are in a very old dialect of Afrikaans that is spoken only in this area traditionally inhabited by the Nama and the Griekwa," explains Brand, who adds that their Oesfees debut will be "characteristically Richtersveld."

    An annual Oesfees highlight is a performance by winners of the ATKV Riel Dance Final.  This year the 2013 junior champions, Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers (from Wupperthal), will take to the stage! 

    The festival emcee will be actor and funnyman Siv Ngesi, whose one-man comedy; Race Card was a hit at the 2013 Grahamstown Festival and the Baxter Theatre. 

    Kaapsekos and Kids

    What's a rural music festival without tasty, soul-satisfying home-cooked food? From the Oesfees kitchen comes Kaapsekos favourites made with local love, like chicken breyani, beef afval curry, venison pie and waterblommetjie bredie, as well as all the salads, along with hand-held treats like samoosas and koeksisters. Solms-Delta wines, aptly named Langarm, Vastrap, Cape Jazz Shiraz, Lekkerwijn and Hiervandaan are the 'hiervandaan' accompaniments to the authentic Boland fare.

    A total family experience, the ATKV-Oesfees caters for children too with the secure Bashews Kidz Zone, where parents can sign in their children between the ages of 2-12 years for fun, supervised entertainment and play. Arm bands for both children and their parents will be issued and children will not be allowed to leave the zone without their parents. There will be a wide selection of arts, crafts and activities, from balloon modelling and face painting to crafts and carnival games, floor games and croquet on the lawn for the kids.

    Tickets are available online from www.plankton.mobi for R130 (adults) and R30 (Children 2-12 years – includes access to the secure 'sign-your-kid-in' Bashews Kidz Zone with supervised entertainment and play) or at the gate for R150 on the day.  Children under 2 years get in for free. Gates open 9am; music from 10am - 9pm. For more information, go to www.solms-delta.co.za, call 021 874 3937 or email info@solms-delta.co.za. Follow us on facebook.com/solmsdelta and Twitter @solms_delta. Twitter hashtag: #ATKVoesfees

  • KRIS KRISTOFFERSON IN SA

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    Who better to support Kris Kristofferson on his SA tour than Kris himself?

    Hilltop Live and kykNET recently announced the first South African tour by country hall of fame inductee, Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson will perform at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg on 22 March 2014 and Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Cape Town on 26 March 2014. Tickets are on sale now on www.plankton.mobi 

    Grammy-winning Kristofferson, has decided that he will be treating his fans to an extra-long acoustic set at each of his two stops instead of making use of the opening act formula. With a repertoire spanning 28 albums including his most recent album Feeling Mortal, there is no lack of material. Fans can look forward to the songs, Me & Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through The Night as well as tracks off his latest album including Feeling Mortal.

    Kris Kristofferson had this to say when asked about coming to South Africa, "My father flew supply planes in Africa during the Second World War and it's one of the few places on the planet that I've never seen. I'm really looking forward to singing there."

    Ensure you purchase official Kris Kristofferson tickets www.Plankton.mobi. Hilltop Live cannot guarantee validity of tickets purchased off any third party Ticket resellers.

    Tour Dates:

    22 March 2014 

    Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg

    Tickets: R600 Floor Seated – SOLD OUT

    R550 Retractable Seated

    R500 General Seating (Raked Auditorium)

    26 March 2014

    GrandWest Arena, GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World, Cape Town  

    Tickets: R600 Floor Seated

    R550 Retractable Seated

    R500 General Seating (Raked Auditorium)

  • XOOXITY: IT CREEPS CLOSER LIKE THE UNDERTOW TO THE ANIMALLED*

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    As the date for the inaugural XOOXITY festival creeps closer, Hilltop Live continues to add both a wide selection of musicians and artists to the already impressive line up. 

    Announced earlier this month, local artists Bittereinder and Sibot & Toyota with UK producer, DJ Fresh with Messy MC will now be joined by Spoek Mathambo, Yesterday’s Pupil, The Frown, Christian Tiger School, DJ Fresh (5FM) and Mr Sakitumi and the GRRRL and Haezer.   

    Veering away from the dark, serious side of the sound, Rusko brings a highly driven energy and fun approach to the dubstep massive, quickly coining his own take on the genre that infected millions around the world.  His sound appeals to many people outside of the dubstep world, as his productions are more adventurous in formula, sound and energy.  

    Making up the trio of headline internationals, one of the most exciting producer duo’s from the UK, multi award winning, platinum record selling producers, writers and musicians – Chase & Status.

    Performing their DJ set at XOOXITY Pre-Party (1 May 2014) and at the main event in JHB (3 May 2014), fans of the drum and bass group can expect to hear the tracks that shot the group into playlists and festivals across the globe including – ‘Count on Me’, ‘Let You Go’, ‘ Lost & Found’ as well as ‘Duppy Man’, ‘Alive” and ‘Blk n Blu’.

    XOOXITY is not an EDM festival.  XOOXITY is about the combining of the senses and experiences, through art, tech and music genres. Debuting at the XOOXITY Pre-Party on 1 May and heading to the main XOOXITY festival on 3 May will be Champions of the Sonarverse (COTS).  Brainchild of Cape Town DJ and producer – DJ Invizable, Champions of the Sonarverse is an epic superhero story set in Azania (a futuristic earth with only one continent – Africa) that revolves around music – where the weapons of choice for our hero’s and villians – musical instruments.  DJ Invizable is joined throughout the battle by Computer General (Dubmasta China – one of SA”s leading reggae MC’s), The Shadow (Andre Geldenhuys from Machineri), Admiral Anarchy (Maurice Paliaga from The Dirty Skirts), Sephooko (Eve Rakow from The Frown),  Hlaho (Lindiwe Suttle) and Inge Beckman.  This is NO LOVE STORY! Expect a fast pace, incredible and creative visuals performance with music, all with the theme of Africa as another planet in our galaxy!

    * taken from Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

    XOOXITY Tour Details

    XOOXITY Pre-Party, Cape Town

    Date: 1 May 2014

    Venue: Zip Zap Circus, Jan Smuts Street, Cape Town

    Line up: DJ Fresh (DJ Set) ft Messy MC (UK), Rusko (UK),  Chase & Status DJ Set (UK), Bittereinder, Sibot & Toyota, Spoek Mathambo, Christian Tiger School, Yesterday’s Pupil, Champions of the Sonarverse, Haezer, Mr Sakitumi and the GRRRL and many more to be announced

    Tickets: R500 on www.plankton.mobi 

    XOOXITY Inaugural Art / Tech / Music Festival

    Date: 3 May 2014

    Venues: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg.

    Line Up: DJ Fresh (DJ Set) ft Messy MC (UK), Rusko (UK), Chase & Status DJ Set (UK) Bittereinder, Sibot & Toyota, The Frown, Spoek Mathambo, Yesterday’s Pupil, DJ Fresh (5fm), Haezer, Mr Sakitumi and the GRRRL and many more to be announced

    Tickets: R500 on www.plankton.mobi and includes a R50 cashless card for use at the event bars

    Tech4Africa

    Dates: 2, 3 May 2014

    Venue: Sci-Bono, Newtown, Johannesburg

    Line Up: To be announced

    Tickets:

    Tech4Africa: R1000 on www.plankton.mobi 

    Find us online:

    Official Website: www.xooxity.co.za

    Twitter: @xooxity

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/XOOXITY

    Instagram: XOOXITY

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  • Thabazimbi Wildsfees 2014

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    Die Thabazimbi Wildsfees kom weer en die jaar is hy in die kol! 

    Die 31ste jaarlikse Thabazimbi Wildsfees by die Hoërskool Frikkie Meyer, aangebied deur Hilltop Live, is oppad! Die jaar val die Fees op Saterdag, 28 Junie, maar net omdat die fees korter is, beteken nie julle moet minder verwag nie! Die jaar spog die fees ook met ʼn uitgebreide lys van kunstenaars wat die verhoog vol gaan hou deur die dag. Groot name sluit in DJ OSSEWA, Zandré, Dewald Wasserfall, Blackbyrd en Robbie Wessels. 

    Thabazimbi Wildsfees is net so bekend vir die aktiwiteite soos vir die musiek en natuurlik sal die aktiwiteite nie teleur stel nie. Jag pakkette sal weer opgeveil word, bokke sal geslag word, boë sal geskiet word en bokdrolle sal gespoeg word. Die volle lys van aktiwiteite en volledige program sal op ons webtuiste en Facebook blad bygehou word. 

  • OppiKoppi 20: Odyssey

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    Greetings dustlings and other members of the great unwashed. Time to gather your most princely possessions and your ferns. Contrary to most people’s expectations, including the family’s own, we have survived 20 years.

    So, please rise and give a really warm clapping of the hands, for here we have Miss OppiKoppi 2014: THE ODYSSEY

    So there it is. And sits. May the gods bless you. Verily. More info to follow, but brush up on your Greek mythology and Greeks in general.