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  • 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 the event t-shirt and 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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  • OppiKoppi 20: 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.

    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.

  • Drum Beat Returns To Rock Soweto

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    The annual Drum Beat Music Festival, proudly presented by Toyota and Drum Magazine, in association with Hilltop Live, Mzansi Magic Music and KayaFM, returns to the Soweto Theatre this year, on the 10th May, and will once again feature top quality local acts.

    Zimbabwean maestro Oliver Mtukudzi and Ringo Madlingozi will headline the festival alongside performances by Indwe, Nancy G , The Jaziel Brothers,  The Soil, Zeus, Tumi, Zakes Bantwini and many more.

     Last year the more than 5000 people attended the festival over two days, and the crowds are expected to return again thanks to a line-up which features an enticing mixture of jazz, Afro-pop and dance. 

    Tickets are available at Computicket for R150 per day.