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  • Carly Rae Jepsen South African Tour

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    Hilltop Live Africa and Universal Music South Africa, in partnership with 94.7 and MTV announced today, two dates for Carly Rae Jepsen, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum-selling Ca-nadian recording artist, as part of her E.MO.TION album release in South Africa.

    The “Call Me Maybe” and “I Really Like You” singer/songwriter will perform at Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town on 21 October 2015 and the Monument Amphitheatre, Pretoria on 24 Oc-tober 2015.

    Show Details:

    Date: 21 October 2015

    Doors: 7pm

    Venue: Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town

    Tickets: 

    Golden Circle - R550

    General Standing - R500

    Mezzanine Seating - R450

    Tickets open 30 July 2015 at midnight

    Tickets from Computicket and Shoprite Checkers Date: 24 October 2015

    Doors: 12pm

    Venue: Monument Amphitheatre, Pretoria

    Tickets:

    General Standing / Seating - R375

    Tickets open 30 July 2015 at midnight

    Tickets from Computicket and Shoprite Checkers

    Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album, E-MO-TION, is the follow-up to Jepsen's U.S. debut album Kiss, which featured her blockbuster break-out hit "Call Me Maybe." "Call Me Maybe" climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries and has sold over 17 million singles worldwide to date. It earned Jepsen 2012 GRAMMY nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. Kiss also spawned the follow-up hit "Good Time," a duet with Owl City, which has been certified double-platinum. Jepsen spent much of 2014 starring in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, earning rave reviews. The first single released from E-MO-TION, "I Really Like You," became a global Top 40 hit and earned a host of positive reviews from such outlets as Spin, People, TIME, Nylon, Paper, BuzzFeed and more.  The video for "I Really Like You," which co-stars Tom Hanks, has racked up more than 85 million Vevo views.

    Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album E.MO.TION will be released to South African stores on 21 August. The new single “Run Away with Me” can now be heard on 94.7 Highveld Stereo

    For interviews or high res images of the artist, please contact erin@hilltoplive.co.za 

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

    Carly Rae Jepsen Biography

    Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian recording artist and singer-songwriter from Mission, British Columbia.  Her new album, E-MO-TION, is the follow-up to Jepsen's U.S. debut album Kiss, which featured her blockbuster break-out hit "Call Me Maybe." "Call Me Maybe" climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries and has sold over 17 million singles worldwide to date. It earned Jepsen 2012 GRAMMY nomina-tions for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. Kiss also spawned the follow-up hit "Good Time," a duet with Owl City, which has been certified double-platinum. Jepsen spent much of 2014 starring in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, earning rave reviews.

    The first single released from E-MO-TION, "I Really Like You," became a global Top 40 hit and earned a host of positive reviews from such outlets as Spin, People, TIME, Nylon, Paper, BuzzFeed and more.  The video for "I Really Like You," which co-stars Tom Hanks, has racked up more than 85 million Vevo views.

    E-MO-TION was recorded and produced in Los Angeles, New York, and Stockholm. Jepsen co-wrote the album with several A-list producers and co-writers, including Sia, Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson "Stronger"), Peter Svensson (Cardigans, and Ariana Grande "Love Me Harder"), Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Madonna, Vam-pire Weekend, Major Lazer), Mattman & Robin (Tove Lo, Taylor Swift), Carl and Rami (Ariana Grande "One Last Time"), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange), Shellback (Maroon 5, Taylor Swift), and more. TIME Magazine declared that “Carly Rae Jepnse has the current frontrunner for pop album of the year.”

  • The best in South Africa to complete the line ups for One Night in Cape Town

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    Fans of the One Night in Cape Town shows have had strong opinions on who should be opening for both evening of shows.  Since the announcement that the international artists will be performing over 2 separate evenings, the Facebook and Twitter accounts have received numerous sugges-tions.  Hilltop Live & Jägermeister have listened and at times felt that the fans have been reading our minds and are excited to announce the local line up.

    Joining Gogol Bordello on Thursday 6 August, two Capetonian artists, both who bring their unique blend of punk, gypsy, blues, pirate, folk to the scene - Nomadic Orchestra and Mr Cat & The Jack-al.  Both are infamous within the local scene for re-igniting a once dying genre, there could be no better pairing. 

    Nomadic Orchestra is a five-piece instrumental dance group who’s primaryy goal is to get people moving.  The band makes an infection kind of high-energy music - even the most prudish find themselves unconsciously tapping their feet.  They are influenced by Klexmer, gypsey and circus music as well as contemporary western party music.

    Mr Cat & The Jackal is a unique five piece multi-instrumental group often described as experi-mental acoustic folk whilst exploring blues, tango, pirate, Balkan and Irish themes. With a circus of sounds created by foreign and handmade instruments – their live performance calls for a complete theatrical experience.

    Last but by no means least, joining Twin Atlantic (SCO) and Brand New (US) on Friday 7 August, will be Cape Town artist, The Plastics. The Plastics have become household names since they broke onto the scene with their debut album ‘Shark’ which included the tracks ‘Caves” which went to No1. on Campus Radio stations as well as spent 4 weeks at No1.  on 5fm’s Rock Chart hosted by Jon Savage.  Since then, the band released ‘Best Pretenders’ which saw them being nominated  for two MK awards for “Best Group” and “Best Indie Band”.

    Tickets for both evenings performances are selling fast.  With a limited number of tickets being made available, people are encouraged to get their tickets early.  

    Show Details:

    Date: 6 August

    Doors: 

    Artist: Nomadic Orchestra, Mr Cat & The Jackal, Gogol Bordello (US) Date: 7 August

    Doors: 

    Artist: The Plastics, Twin Atlantic (SCO), Brand New (US)

    Venue: Shimmy Beach Club, 12 South Arm Road, V & A Waterfront

    Tickets: R400 from Computicket.  TICKETS ARE LIMITED!

    For more information log onto 

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

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

    Instagram Official Account: https://www.instagram.com/OneNightInCT 

    For interviews or high res images of the artists or festival, please contact erin@hilltoplive.co.za 

    Media Accreditation IS LIMITED and 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 .

  • Enjoy a family sunday out with Afro-soul, Jazz song bird, Simphiwe Dana at the 2nd Old Mutual Music in the Gardens Pretoria show

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    Hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba”, Old Mutual Music in the Gardens welcomes, for her debut performance in the series, Afro-soul, Jazz song bird, Simphiwe Dana to the stage.

    Sunday 5 July, the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens will feature performances from Sne and Simphiwe Dana.

    Simphiwe Dana, who has been likened to singers such as Miriam Makeba and Dorothy Masuka, sings an artful musical form that blends traditional African music with contemporary soul and hence shows hints of gospel and blues. The depth of her musical portrayals is such that she has drawn approval from an older generation of South Africans, especially women, while her youth and grasp of contemporary pop has endeared her to the young audience. Among the songs in Dana’s repertoire are ‘Ndiredi’, ‘Troubled Soldier’, ‘Chula Ukunyathela’, ‘Bantu Biko Street’, ‘Zundiqondisise’, ‘Uzobuya Nini’, ‘Sonini Nanini’ and ‘Naphakade’. She also sings the theme song of the Yizo Yizo television show.

    Simphiwe Dana has made a major impact on the South African music industry.  She has released 4 critically acclaimed albums that have garnered radio play and awards including a South African Music Award (SAMA) for “Best Newcomer” and “Best Jazz Vocal Album” in 2005 and “Best Female Artist in 2007.

    Simphiwe Dana will be joined on stage by Eshowe singer and dancer Sne Mdlalose. 

    The remaining dates and performers for the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens season are: 

    5 July Simphiwe Dana & Sne Pretoria National Botanic Garden

    23 August Freshlyground & Mathew Gold Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden

    30 August The Parlotones & Trevor Rebello Pretoria National Botanic Garden

    30 August Johnny Clegg* Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden

    13 September Ringo & Bantu Soul Pretoria National Botanic Garden

    27 September Zolani, Bobby van Jaarsveld & Janie Bay Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden

    4 October AKA, Tresor & Yanga Pretoria National Botanical Garden

    28 November Carols by Candlelight ft. Bala Brothers Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden

    Tickets prices for the 2015 Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series: 

    Tickets are available before concert day via www.plankton.mobi for R50 per adult and on the day from the entrance for R100 per adult. Children under the age of 12 enter for free.  

    Tickets are available before concert day for the Johnny Clegg’s performance on 30 August 2015 at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden via Computicket for R190 per adult and children under the age of 13 for R80. Event gates will open at 3pm and concert will start at 5pm.

    For more on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens music series, go to www.dogreatthings.co.za or follow the series on Facebook (Old Mutual Music in the Gardens) and Twitter (@OM_Concerts). 

    Great things start here.  Great things start now.

  • Dullstroom Winter Festival Turns 5!

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    Good times ahead at Dullstroom Winter Festival 2015! Hilltop Live and Dullstroom Chamber of Business will again ignite the winter spirit in the pristine town of Dullstroom this July. 3 to 5 July will be remembered as one of the all-time greats, with the town showing that just because it’s Winter out, it’s not a time to quieten down, but rather the best time to be celebrating with friends and family.

    The undisputed “Best Small Town in South Africa” offers ample shops and eateries to pursue, along with activities ranging from Whisky tastings, cheese tastings, food markets, and a wide range of arts and crafts activities for the children, all create a unique festival atmosphere. 

    The Concert in the Park on the 4th of July will feature new talent as well as all-time favourites. Dullstroom has yet to see what Naas Veld can do and their chance has come! He has been churning out blues for years and will cure your winter moans. Bark’s success speaks for itself. A blues trio consisting of 2 Swiegers brothers (Die Tuindwergies), and a former member of ISO (Franco Schoeman), they have made waves since bursting onto the scene this year. Josie Field and Laurie Levine need no introduction, with Laurie having performed at Dullstroom Winter Festival in 2013, and Josie being a household name, their collaborative project called Side by Side, will highlight their talents in a way never seen before. With their 5th album recently picking up the South African Music Award for ‘Best Rock Album’, aKING could not have come to Dullstroom at a better time, playing out the show with their soothing rock sounds. With these musical powers combined Concert in the Park offers fun for the entire family!

    The main concert will start at 13h00, however your ticket will gain you entry to this festive area all day from 10h00. Children 12 years and under get in for free and tickets will be R150 at the gate on the day, but only R100 if booked online in advance (https://plankton.mobi/Events/EventBooking/db969981-be15-4557-9d3b-942e7cc988d5). There  will be a ‘kids zone’, stalls, exhibitors, artists exhibits, takeaway food, whiskey and chocolate pairings and much more to enjoy.

    This year’s side shows will host Smook and the 3 Beans at The Royal Coachman on Friday 3 July at 20h30, for bookings please contact them on Telephone: 081 828 2433 or 013 254 0019. Sunday Morning Brunch will host Al Stander at Papa Luca’s at 11:30 to round out the weekend. For brunch bookings contact 079 952 9627. 

  • One Night in Cape Town returns with 2 nights instead of 1

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    With Oppikoppi announcing international artists Gogol Bordello, Twin Atlantic and Brand New, Hilltop Live and Jägermeister are proud to announce the dates (yes dateS) for One Night in Cape Town.

    With the demand for tickets surpassing expectations in 2014 and the event reaching sold out status days before the show, the organisers and sponsors decided on 2 separate dates, and rather than an antique, dusty hall, One Night in Cape Town will be moving to one of the hottest clubs in town - Shimmy Beach Club.  As the sun sets over the Mother City, fans of Gogol Bordello can look for-ward to a stand-alone performance on Thursday 6 August, while alternative rockers Twin Atlantic and Brand New will close down Shimmy Beach Club on Friday 7 August. 

    A limited number of tickets will be made available for each evening’s performance.  Fans of the bands can experience each band in an intimate setting while still getting the full stadium show.  Buy tickets early as these shows will sell out. 

    Show Details

    Date: 6 August

    Doors: 

    Artist: Gogol Bordello (US) & SA artists Date: 7 August

    Doors: 

    Artist: Twin Atlantic (SCO), Brand New (US) & SA artists

    Venue: Shimmy Beach Club, 12 South Arm Road, V & A Waterfront

    Tickets: R400 from Computicket.  TICKETS ARE LIMITED!

    For more information log onto 

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

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

    Instagram Official Account: https://www.instagram.com/OneNightInCT 

    For interviews or high res images of the artists or festival, please contact erin@hilltoplive.co.za 

    Media Accreditation IS LIMITED and 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 .

    Gogol Bordello

    “We’re not a whimsical band with a whimsical message”.

    With their uncategorizable blend of international influences, anchored by the gypsy rhythms, Italian flavoured mandolin, a reggae pulse and scorching Russian violin, it’s no surprise that Oppikoppi welcomes, Gogol Bordello to the dust bowls of Oppikoppi 21.

    Formed in 1999, Gogol Bordello have toured endlessly and with their theatrical stage shows made them international headliners.  Having released 9 albums in their career, fans of the group can look forward to tracks like ‘Wonderlust Kings’, ‘ Movement One: Wearing Purple’, ‘Immigraniada’ as well as tracks off their 2013 album Pura Vida Conspiracy, ‘We Rise Again’ and ‘Dig Deep Enough’.

    For a group that believes “if you have true human spirt, you can’t fit into any genre, nationality or culture. To be a true citizen of the world, you can only be an ultimate outsider”, our family of outsid-ers awaits their performance.

    Twin Atlantic

    Ferocious shows across Scotland, Europe and America while supporting their idols, My Chemical Romance, Circa Survive, Taking Back Sunday, Blink182, Foo Fighters and even Bruce Spring-steen, have solidified themselves as one of the mainstream artists in the world.

    Formed in 2007, the Scottish group have released 3 albums, and their latest offering has seen the hits ‘Heart and Soul’ and ‘Hold On’ move away from the bands punk rock background to addictive, arms-aloft anthems with catchy choruses.

    After performing 4 years running at both Leeds and Redding festival and confirmed for their 5th year at both, the band wondered how they’d take their music further. 

    Brand New

    Although the members of Brand New cut their teeth in various hardcore bands, the group took a more melodic approach to its own work, the band took shape in 2000 around the talents of drum-mer Brian Lane, vocalist/guitarist Jesse Lacey, bassist Garrett Tierney and guitarist Vin Accardi.

    Post hardcore seems like a short sell, but Brand New, has evolved from a pop-punk outfit to the heavier sound that some might call “post hardcore”. Brand New have released 4 albums that have stepped up in a natural progression that together forms the messiest love story you will ever hear. Asking all the right questions and answering it in the next line, with songs such as ”The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot”, “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows”, Sic Transit Gloria”, “Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't”, “Jaws Theme Swimming”, this has become the gospel of the Brand New fans. Brand New are set to release their first album in 6 years at the end of 2015.

  • Hottest names in SA music will set the gardens alight this Winter.

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    The 5th season of the winter series, Old Mutual Music in the Gardens, will again feature the hottest names in South African music between June and November.  Held in the idyllic Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gar-den and Pretoria National Botanical Garden, the series will ensure that you and your family stay toasty while the temperatures dip this Winter.  

    From Jaziel Brothers, Simphiwe Dana and Freshlyground through to Shortstraw, The Parlotones and South African icon, Johnny Clegg, concert goers can expect an afternoon of music that will entertain the whole family. 

    Launching in Pretoria on the 14th of June, concert goers can expect an afternoon of exceptional urban-pop from the Jaziel Brothers. South African Music Award Winners for Best Duo or Group, ‘The Journey’ and ‘You’re The Voice’ singers will touch the hearts and minds of all who hear them perform with their conscious messaging and rich lyrical content. The Jaziel Brothers define their music as Urban pop but they they would prefer to call it “South Africa on another level” with their music being influenced by an eclectic mix of Afro, Soul, Pop, Gospel and Kwaito.

    Following close behind, the launch of the Johannesburg shows on 28 June with a double header from Shortstraw and Matthew Mole.  Both are no stranger to music lovers, with Matthew Mole being nominated for both ‘Best Pop Album’ and ‘Best Male Artist of the Year’ at the South African Music Awards, this talent-ed singer and songwriter brings to the Gardens his unique blend of Folk music with an Electronic backbone as a multi instrumentalist, performing with kick drums, guitar, harmonica’s and more.  Known for his singles ‘Take Yours I’ll Take Mine’ and ‘The Wedding Song’ fans of Matthew Mole can look forward to his first show back in South Africa after spending 2 months in London writing and recording his new album.

    Shortstraw are the 5 piece indie rock band from Johannesburg whose comical lyrics along with dashing good looks have catapulted the band to multiple nominations and awards including the ‘Best 2014 Album’, ‘Best Music Video’, ‘Best Indie Band’ and ‘Best Alternative Band at the MTV Africa Music Awards’.  Their singles ‘Bikini Weather’ , ‘Good Morning Sunshine’ and ‘Couch Potato’ have seen success on radio and in 2015 released their second full length studio album - Youthless. 

    Gates to the National Botanical Gardens open at 8am with the concerts taking place from 1pm until 5pm. Concert goers are encouraged to come early, bring a picnic basket and spend a leisurely day in the mild Winter sun. 

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

    14 June The Jaziel Brothers & Tsoake Pretoria National Botanic Garden

    28 June Shortstraw & Matthew Mole Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

    5 July The Parlotones & Trevor Rebello Pretoria National Botanic Garden

    23 August Freshlyground & Mathew Gold Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden

    30 August Simphiwe Dana & Sne Pretoria National Botanic Garden

    30 August Johnny Clegg Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden

    13 September Ringo & Bantu Soul Pretoria National Botanic Garden

    27 September Zolani, Karen and Bobby Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden

    4 October AKA, Tresor & Yanga Pretoria National Botanical Garden

    28 November Carols by Candlelight ft. Bala Brothers Walter Sisulu National Botanic Garden

    Tickets prices for the 2015 Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series: 

    Tickets are available before concert day via www.plankton.mobi for R50 per adult and on the day from the entrance for R100 per adult. Children under the age of 12 enter for free.  

    Tickets are available before concert day for the Johnny Clegg’s performance on 30 August 2015 at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden via Computicket for R190 per adult and children under the age of 13 for R80. Event gates will open at 3pm and concert will start at 5pm.

    For more on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens music series, go to www.dogreatthings.co.za or follow the series on Facebook (Old Mutual Music in the Gardens) and Twitter (@OM_Concerts). 

    ENDS 

    Issued by: HILLTOP LIVE AFRICA

    Phone: +27 12 326 0560

      Erin Crous

    erin@hilltoplive.co.za

    On behalf of: Bandile Mngoma

    Old Mutual South Africa

    Phone: +27 (0) 11 217 1000

    Email: BMngoma@OLDMUTUAL.com

    About: 

    Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

    This 76 hectares urban oasis is a pristine getaway situated in the eastern suburbs of South Africa’s adminis-trative capital, Pretoria.

    A 35 m high quartzite outcrop divides the Garden in two sections. Its frosty south-facing section and the north-facing, warmer section present two different worlds to the visitor and botanist. A paved nature trail gives access to the fascinating natural vegetation on the ridge, which boasts a diversity of indigenous fau-na and flora.

    50 hectares of the total area is devoted to developed garden, using almost exclusively South African plants. All the flowering plant species to be seen, including 50% of the country’s tree species, make this Garden a botanical tapestry. Visitors are offered a glimpse of different biomes such as savanna and forest biomes. Different theme gardens are being developed.

    The Garden is home to the Head Office of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and suc-cessfully bridges the gap between scientific research and the recreational environment.

    Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

    Against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this Garden covers almost 300 hectares and consists of both landscaped and natural veld areas. This Botanical Garden was founded in 1982, but has been a popular venue for outings since the 1800′s. The Garden has been voted the best picnic spot in Gaut-eng for 5 years in a row.

    The natural vegetation of the area is known as the ‘Rocky Highveld Grassland’ and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams. The variety of habitats accommo-dates over 600 naturally occurring plant species.

    A breeding pair of majestic Verreaux’s Eagles nests on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. The Garden is home to an abundance of wildlife with over 220 birds species recorded on site. There are also a number of reptiles and small mammals, including small antelope and jackals, which occur naturally in the Nature Re-serve.

  • DRUMBEAT LINE-UP extended

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    To ensure that nobody misses out on the incredible line-up, this year’s Toyota Corolla DRUMBeat Concert has changed the venue layout and has added two more artists to its all-star line-up.

    The Soweto Theatre will now showcase talent across 3 outdoor stages. Talent includes jazz 

    legends Jonas Gwangwa and Paul Hanmer, soulful house trio Mi Casa and the king of hip-hop Cassper Nyovest.  Joining the already announced line-up are Funi and Nonku Phiri.

    Tickets are still on sale at Computicket. Get yours before they sell out. Tickets cost R160 per person.  Toyota Corolla presents DRUMBeat in association with White Star Super Maize Meal, Kaya FM and Mzansi Magic Music.  Be there on 28 March at the Soweto Theatre. 13 acts, 3 stages, 

    1 night only!

    Line-up: SATURDAY 28 March 2014  

       

      Drum Stage           Main Stage                    Beat Stage  

    15:00 Gates                 15:00 Gates                      15:00 Gates  

       

    16:00                         16:00 Funi                       16:00  

    17:00 Planet Lindela     17:00                                17:00 Nonku  

    18:00                           18:00 Afrotraction            18:00 DJ Kenzhero

    19:00 BCUC                  19:00 19:00 Blaklez  

    20:00                            20:00 Jonas Gwangwa    20:00 DJ Kenzhero

    21:00 Paul Hanmer        21:00 21:00 Cassper Nyovest  

    22:00                            22:00 Toya Delazy            22:00 DJ Kenzhero

    23:00 Max-Hoba             23:00 23:00 AKA  

    00:00 END                     23:15 Mi Casa                   00:00 END  

       

    Show details:

    Date: 28 March 2015

    Time: Gates open at 3pm

    Tickets: R160 via computicket.com or at the gate

    Line Up: Planet Lindela, BCUC, Paul Hanmer, Max-Hoba, Funi, Afrotraction, Jonas Gwangwa, Tresor Riziki, Blaklez, Kenzhero, Toya Delazy, Blacklez, Toya Delazy, AKA, Mi Casa, Cassper Nyovest.

  • OppiKoppi 21: The Fantastic Mr. VOS VOS #MrVosVos

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    OppiKoppi 21: The Fantastic Mr. VOS VOS #MrVosVos

    Out brothers, out. And sisters, from each of your fox holes. To the hills (or hill). To the dust. To the trees.

    TO THE TUNES!

    For a spectre of hohumnity and unfun is hanging over South Africa.  And no self-respecting fox will have anything to do with that/it/them. Time to move out. And on. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, which is just about 13kms outside of Northam.

    Time to chase your own tail. Or that of others. Or just chase. Or just tail.

    Downhill!

    More importantly: dust off your sassy bestbest’s and point your dreams to Limpopo. To join the equally suave but not-super-sophisticated little Bushveld dustbowl rock-nroll-ish get together just outside Northam.

    (Aaaah Northam – Brigadoon of the north, but that is very fluffy tailed story for an-other time of which Mr Dahl himself would have been proud).

    So tag the date (knot in the tail) and prepare yourself for the weekend of 7-9 August (Monday is a holiday for even the most committed.). In other words lots of time to learn to cook ham or fly. And with luck/uncluck land.

    It is just Mr. Vos Vos for me: The Artwork for Mr. Vos Vos was super capably put to-gether by Renee Rossouw (concept/art) and by designers Jana+Koos (logo). 

    Find more of their work here: http://reneerossouwstudio.com. 

    Graphic design concept work by Jean Lombard Creative, find their work here: www.jeanlombardcreative.com. Prints of the poster will be on sale at the festival.

    Goodwill, intention, gusto and everything else in English: DJ Bob and netWillie.

    The theme for this year’s festival is of course linked one part to the book by Roald Dahl and also the hooligan friend of the family whom we’ve run into several cash bars in a row.  When you find him, hug him

    www.oppikoppi.co.za

    Looooots of info on the website and social media pages.  From now until August. Drop in, or feel out.

    Raait.

    See yous guys in the bushveld. Or on the other side.

    Turn me free or turn me loose.

    The OppiKoppi Family, Sunny side of Northam, Limpopo province, People’s free and relative-ly fair republic on South Africa.

  • ATKV Oesfees Strikes the Chord at Harvest End

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    ATKV Oesfees Strikes the Chord at Harvest End

    Elvis Blue, Radio Kalahari Orkes and Emo Adams are some of the headliners taking centre stage at the ATKV Oesfees (#ATKVoesfees), to be held on Saturday, 21 March 2015 at the Solms-Delta wine estate in Franschhoek. The eighth annual Oesfees, South Africa's most authentic harvest festival which takes place on 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 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.

    Launched in 2008, the Oesfees has grown from a small farm celebration to a popular regional festival with over 5000 in attendance in 2014. "While now a large-scale event, the ATKV Oesfees is still as authentic as ever, touching all who perform and attend, with the power of music and gratitude," said Mark Solms co-owner of Solms-Delta. "We are especially delighted that this year's Oesfees falls on Human Rights Day – there couldn't be a more appropriate day on the calendar to enjoy this unifying celebration," said Solms.

    Japie Gouws, managing director of the ATKVgroup says, “The ATKV Oesfees has shown from the very beginning  that its impact is exponential, not only by showcasing acts of good existing and new talent, but also by demonstrating the potential for nation building through  language and culture. Year after year the spirit and quality of the festival amaze people, and it can be said without fear of contradiction that the festival is one of the highlights on the South African culture calendar.”

    The festival is also a showcase for the Music van de Caab project run by Adriaan Brand who rose to fame with the very successful rock band Springbok Nude Girls and an important part of this festival is the performances by Solms-Delta's very own home-grown bands amongst all the top talent. The 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 "Kaapse Klopse" style walking band, the Delta Valley Entertainers, to a top wind and percussion band, Langbroeke, with choir ensemble, Soetstemme. Also performing on their own turf will be the Papier Langarm Orkes and Lekker Lekker Delta. 

    Tuned Up from Morning till Night

    Hannes Coetzee, a much-loved, long-standing Oesfees favourite, will be on-stage again this year. His finger picking style - "optel en knyp" combines with his unique teaspoon slide technique and he ranks as one of the most unusual slide guitarists in the world. 

    Performing at the Oesfees for the first time will be Elvis Blue, platinum selling singer and songwriter and Idols South Africa winner, and maverick Afrikaans singer Koos Kombuis. RKO (Radio Kalahari Orkes), returns with a repertoire of fun and festive folk tunes, backed by every instrument from guitar to kazoo. Funnyman Emo Adams, who stars in kykNET’s Jou Show met Emo has been performing on stage and television for over 15 years and has also made many appearances on the Oesfees stage. 

    Hot Water, called "SA's most happening band" by the Mail & Guardian, whose music incorporates elements of traditional South African music (such as kwela, mbaqanga, sakkie-sakkie, ghoema, maskandi and kwasa kwasa) with folk, blues and indie-pop rock, joins the line-up. 

    Besides being a platform for established artists, the ATKV Oesfees has, over the past several years, introduced unknown cultural gems from some of South Africa's most remote rural areas, including the Richtersveld. 

    Music Museum 

    This year's Oesfees has extra meaning as it is the first at Solms-Delta since the establishment of the farm's Music van de Caab Centre, which gives visitors yet another interactive experience with the music of the rural Cape. Opened in 2014, the centre is an integral musical piece of the heritage pie that has characterised Solms-Delta Wine Estate since the three hundred year-old Delta farm came under the stewardship of Solms, and is also the only museum in the world dedicated to Cape music.

    Kaapsekos and Kids

    What's a rural music festival without tasty, soul-satisfying home-cooked food? From the Oesfees kitchen come Kaapsekos favourites made with local love, like waterblommetjie-bredie, snoek en patat and koeksisters as well as all the salads, along with hand-held treats like samosas and hertzoggies. Solms-Delta wines, some 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 Kidz Zone, where parents can sign in their children between the ages of 2 and 12 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.

    Tickets are available online from  www.plankton.mobi for R120 (adults) and R35 (children 2-12 years – includes access to the secure 'sign-your-kid-in' Kidz Zone), or at the gate for R150 on the day. Members of Gemeenskap, Solms-Delta's community-based wine club, can purchase tickets for R99. Entry for children under 2 years is free. Gates open 9am; musical acts from 10am - 8pm. For more information, go to www.solms-delta.co.za or www.oesfees.co.za, call 021 874 3937 or email info@solms-delta.co.za. Follow us on Facebook solmsdelta and Twitter @solms_delta and @DieOesfees. Twitter hashtag: #ATKVoesfees.

  • Oppikoppi Early Bird tickets live

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    Hear ye, hear ye! 

    It gives us more than a bit of joy to be able to announce a limited period early bird offer to Oppikoppi 2015 before the theme announcement in a week or so.

    So for ONE WEEK ONLY, opening at 12pm today, you’ll be able to purchase tickets to the festival for R650 – this includes a free t-shirt, as per normal. 

    Thank you for supporting the festival over the years and adding to the craziness and the mayhem. 

    Long may hedonism reign. And you in the middle of it.

    Early Bird Ticket sales close on 03.03 at midnight 

    Get yours here http://goo.gl/DMTSqb now.

  • Explore the Night with the best in House & Dance Music at the 2015 Campus House Tour

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    Campus House Tour brought to you by Smirnoff Double Black invites you to Explore the Night with a 3 stop tour in February.  

    For the first time since the Campus Tour series kicked off, the show will be heading to the East Coast and Vaal.  Durban will be host to the first Campus House Tour on 6 February before heading inland to Vaal University on 7 February.  Wrapping up the trio of shows, the predominantly student town of Pretoria on 14 February.

    The line up? Only the biggest names in the house scene with performances from Black Coffee, Oskido, Crazy White Boy, Shimza, Skeelo and Holly at all of the shows, backed by some of the choicest house DJ’s from each campus and region.  

    Arguably one of the most influential musicians in Africa. Black Coffee got his big break shortly after being chosen as a South African participant in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy held in Cape Town. Today he is known for the tracks Africa Shine, Trip to Lyon, Ready for the World, We Are One to name a handful and is a 4 time SAMA winner including “Best Urban Dance Album” and “Best Dance Album”.

    Producer, House/Kwaito club and radio DJ, Oskido is a household name for both on the deck and behind the scenes work.  14 albums and numerous awards behind his name, Oskido is responsible for the tracks Jezebel and Amafluit.

    Gold and platinum selling, “Ghetto Tech” duo, Crazy White Boy have performed across stages internationally and locally.  Their tracks Love you Better and What You Do To Me secured them performances with international DJ’s David Guetta and Steve Aoki.  Over 15 year’s of combined production experience, the guys want to take their unique African kwaito style to the masses.

    Where will you be when the Campus House Tour takes over your town?  

    Tickets are now on sale for only R80 via www.plankton.mobi , Plankton Portal on MXIT and from the event Facebook Page (Campus House Tour). Tickets are limited so don't wait to get them at the door.  Tickets will be available for R100 at the door on the evening.

    Tour Details

    Durban

    Date: 6 February 2015

    Venue: Wavehouse, Gateway

    Line up: Black Coffee, Oskido, Crazy White Boy, Shimza, Skeelo, Holly

    Tickets: R80 at www.plankton.mobi, Plankton Portal on MXIT or Campus House Tour Facebook Page

    Vaal

    Date: 7 February 2015

    Venue: VUT Lapa Lounge

    Line up: Black Coffee, Oskido, Crazy White Boy, Shimza, Skeelo, Holly

    Tickets: R80 at www.plankton.mobi, Plankton Portal on MXIT or Campus House Tour Facebook Page

    Pretoria

    Date: 14 February 2015

    Venue: Pretoria National Botanical Garden

    Line up: Black Coffee, Oskido, Crazy White Boy, Shimza, Skeelo, Holly

    Tickets: R80 at www.plankton.mobi, Plankton Portal on MXIT or Campus House Tour Facebook Page

    Follow us on social media to keep up to date. 

    Official website: www.campusinvasion.co.za

    Facebook official page: Campus House Tour

    Twitter: @Campusinvasions

    Instagram: CampusInvasions

    For interviews or high res images please contact Erin Crous (erin@hilltoplive.co.za).  Media accreditation will be available via www.hilltoplive.co.za

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  • Final line-up for DRUMBEAT 2015 announced

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    he final line-up for the long-awaited music concert DRUMBEAT has been announced. 

    DRUMBEAT – presented by Toyota – was sold out last year and organisers are positive it will reach the same status this year. Thirteen proudly South African acts will set the three 

    stages ablaze with jazz, hip-hop, house and pop music alike. All this will happen on one night only, 28 March 2015 at the Soweto Theatre.

    The last names to be added to the list are Planet Lindela, Afro’traction, Blaklez, DJ Kenzhero and 

    Jonas Gwangwa. The organisers announced that this year jazz pianist Paul Hanmer, Soweto locals BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness), AKA, as well as Cassper Nyovest, Mi Casa, Toya Delazy and Max-Hoba will be part of this packed line-up.

    Jonas Gwangwa has been an important figure in South African jazz for over 40 years. He first gained significance playing trombone with The Jazz Epistles. After the group broke up he 

    continued to be important to the South African music scene and then later abroad.

    In the 1960s he began to gain notice in the US and in 1965 he was featured in a "Sound Of Africa" concert at Carnegie Hall. He became important as a composer doing the scores of films like 

    Cry Freedom and at the 60th Annual Academy Awards in 1988 he performed his nominated song of the same name. Also in 1988 he performed at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute in Wembley Stadium. In 1991 he returned to South Africa and in 1997 he composed the theme for London Olympic bid.

    Blaklez, the Pretoria-based started shaping his career with appearances on Slikour’s Ventilation Vol2 and Tuk’s album Footprints.  In 2013, Blacklez released his debut album CapCity which

    includes his radio hits Hush and Don’t Be Scared.  Blaklez made such an impact on the industry that he was nominated for four SA Hip Hop Awards in 2013 including Album of the Year, Most 

    Valuable, Best Video and Best Male.

    The full programme is as follows (programme subject to change)

    Red Room Main Stage Amphitheatre Stage

    15:00 Gates 15:00 Gates 15:00 Gates

    16:00 16:00 BCUC 16:00 c/o

    17:00 Planet Lindela 17:00 c/o 17:00 Blaklez

    18:00 c/o 18:00 Toya Delazy 18:00 c/o

    19:00 Afrotraction 19:00 c/o 19:00 DJ Kenzhero

    20:00 c/o 20:00 Jonas Gwangwa 20:00 c/o

    21:00 Paul Hanmer 21:00 c/o 21:00 Cassper Nyovest

    22:00 22:00 TBC 22:00 c/o

    23:00 Max-Hoba c/o 23:00 AKA

    0:00 END 23:15 Mi Casa 0:00 END

    DRUMBEAT 2014, saw the event reaching SOLD OUT status a few weeks before the concert date.  An estimated 5 000 attendees filled the Soweto Theatre to the brim to celebrate the best in local music. The public is encouraged to purchase their tickets early to avoid missing out.  Tickets are now on sale at Computicket outlets and online at computicket.com.

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

    Show Details:

    Date: 28 March 2015

    Venue: Soweto Theatre, Soweto

    Artists (announced to date): AKA, Blaklez, Cassper Nyovest, MiCasa, Toya Delazy, 

    Max-Hoba, Paul Hanmer, BCUC, Planet Lindela, Afro’traction, Jonas Gwangwa and DJ Kenzhero.

    Tickets: R160 presale via Computicket (online and at stores) and R180 at the door (if available).

    For more information visit www.drumbeatconcert.co.za  or check out the Facebook page or Twitter account.

    For high resolution images, interviews or media accreditation, please contact Erin Crous erin@hilltoplive.co.za 

  • Toyota and Drum Magazine launch DRUMbeat Concert for 28 March 2015

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    DRUMbeat, presented by Toyota and DRUM magazine, is back for its fifth consecu-tive year and will once again be a highlight on the calendars of jazz, hip-hop and af-ro-soul music lovers on 28 March. 

    An eclectic line-up will perform across three stages at the iconic Soweto Theatre in-cluding AKA, Cassper Nyovest, MiCasa, Toya Delazy, Max-Hoba, Paul Hanmer and BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness).

    The “Prince of SA Rap” will be making his debut appearance this year. Not only has AKA won two South African Music Awards (SAMA’s), he’s also won 5 SA Hip Hop Awards for his singles ‘Do It’, ‘In my Walk’ and ‘Victory Lap’, and has performed alongside Kanye West, Snoop Lion, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kendrick La-mar.

    Johannesburg house band MiCasa have performed at almost every major festival in South Africa and are also multiple award winners including for Best Dance Album, Group of the Year and Record of the Year. Catch their hits ‘These Streets’ and ‘Jika' as well as new offerings off their latest album, Su Casa.

    Paul Hanmer is at the forefront of jazz musicians.  Composer and pianist, Paul Han-mer has worked with numerous Grammy Award Winning artists as well as releasing his own material includng Window to Elsewhere, Playola, Naivasha, Water and Lights and the SAMA-winning Accused No 1: Nelson Mandela.

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

    Last year saw the event reaching sold-out status a few days before the concert date so the public is encouraged to buy tickets early to avoid missing out. Tickets will go on sale on 15 December and the final line-up will be announced in January next year. Five thousand attendees filled the Soweto Theatre to the brim to celebrate the best in local music last year so don’t miss out!

    Date: 28 March 2015

    Venue: Soweto Theatre, Soweto

    Artists (announced to date): AKA, Cassper Nyovest, MiCasa, Toya Delazy, Max-Hoba, Paul Hanmer and BCUC.

    Tickets: R160 presale via Computicket (online and at stores)

    For more information go to drumbeatconcert.co.za, Facebook or Twitter.

  • SA music legends unite at Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival

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    The Soweto Cricket Oval will groove to the sounds of some of South Africa’s world class music legends on 29 November when Hugh Masekela, Tsepo Tshola and the Soul Brothers perform at the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival. These three artists, whose careers have influenced and defined the SA music, both locally and internationally, are excited to unite to celebrate our country’s diverse rainbow nation.

    Presented by Assupol and Kaya FM, the Heritage Festival is taking place for the second year running and lies close to Bra Hugh’s heart; the world-renowned trumpeter and heritage activist who is passionate about promoting and growing the heritage and culture among the youth of South Africa.

    “My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are,” says Masekela, “and this Festival will be a great showcase of our traditional and modern musical talents. It’s going to be a great party!”

    Speaking about how they felt about performing alongside bra Hugh, The Soul Brothers said, “We are very thrilled to be performing in this festival, because we haven’t been on the same stage as Mr Masekela in a while, we are also excited about performing in Soweto, it is one of our favourite places, even though we are not originally from Soweto we love the kind of vibe and energy we get from people in this township.” 

    “Bra Hugh is an old friend of mine and performing on the same stage as him is always a pleasure. I am really looking forward to what will be another great memory for us”, added Tsepo Tshola.

    The eclectic line-up also includes Beatenberg – the new face in SA pop music, modern folk musician Jeremy Loops, as well as Laurie Levine & Josie Field. 

    The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is a day of music, celebration, fun, food and entertainment for all ages. Tickets are now available at Computicket. 

    The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is presented by Assupol and Kaya FM.

    About the event

    Event: Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival

    Date: Saturday 29 November 2014

    Venue: Soweto Cricket Oval (Elkah Stadium), 1667 Lefatola Street, Moroka, Soweto, 1818

    Line up: Hugh Masekela

    Tsepo Tshola

    The Soul Brothers

    Beatenberg

    Jeremy Loops

    Laurie Levine

    Josie Field

    Tickets: Presale: R100 online at www.computicket.com or from Shoprite Checkers stores. 

    On the day: R150 at the gate.

    Children under 6 enter for free.

    Pensioners qualify for half price.

    Follow us on social media

    Twitter: @hmhconcert

    Facebook: Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival

    Pinterest: HMHFestival

    Website: assupol.co.za 

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    For hi-res images, interviews, or more information, contact:

    Mariëtte Oosthuizen

    Senior Specialist Branding & Advertising - Assupol

    012 741 4268

    Marietteo@assupol.co.za

    Baithuti Mabiletsa

    Communication Specialist - Assupol

    072 204 9941

    baithutim@assupol.co.za

    Annelie Reynolds

    Project Manager – Hilltop Live

    083 308 1251

    annelie@hilltoplive.co.za

    Helga Klizanie

    Public Relations Director

    011 0518 708 / 084 400 3003 

    helga@dinokocommunications.com 

  • German artists Konrad Kuechenmeister feat. Mad Flows and University of Pretoria youth choir to join 20|25 line up

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    Multi-instrumentalist Konrad Kuechenmeister, featuring Mad Flows, and the University of Pretoria youth group, will be joining South African stars Lira and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, as well as international DJ Ralf Gum, live on stage for the 20/25 concert on 9 November 2014 at Moretele Park in Pretoria.

    German-born Kuechenmeister is a captivating contemporary underground musician who started his career as a street musician in Berlin. Since then he has played more than 700 shows globally, combining traditional music skills with multimedia techniques of the new millennium which allow him to compose, arrange, create and mix, all live on stage. 

    Incorporating traditional instruments such as guitar, djembe, melodica, didgeridoo, Brazilian percussion and shakers, Kuechenmeister creates a sound that you would usually expect from a full band. This loop station master creates his own interpretation of genres such as Reggae, House, Hip-Hop, Latin music and Dub, delivering unforgettable show experiences with every performance.

    Joining him on stage is Californian Mad Flows, a West Coast MC with the freestyle skill of a ninja, best known for his EP titled Hellaween. Mad Flows has shared the stage with a host of recognised artists including Mobb Deep.

    Concluding the full lineup is the award winning University of Pretoria Youth Choir. These talented teenagers have shared stages with the likes of Zonke and King Nova, and have hosted a number of professional choirs including The Chicago Children’s Choir, The Soweto Gospel Choir and the Leuvens Meisjes Belgium Choir.

    After a highly successful European tour the Pretoria Youth Choir has benchmarked itself internationally, coming 1st in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music competition in Vienna and having won 3 gold medals in the 8th World Choir games in the Mixed Choirs, Scenic Folklore and Spiritual categories in July 2014.

    Date: 9 November 2015

    Venue: Moretele Park, Mamelodi

    Artists: Lira, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ralf GUM, Konrad Kuechenmeister, U.P. Youth Choir, Drama For Life

    Time: 12 - 18:00

    Tickets: R50 online (www.plankton.mobi) or R70 at the gate

    The 20|25 concert celebrates South Africa’s 20 years of Democracy and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. It is presented by the German Embassy and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with Hilltop Live.

  • 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)

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  • OppiKoppi 21: The Fantastic Mr. VOS VOS

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    Out brothers, out. And sisters, from each of your fox holes. To the hills (or hill). To the dust. To the trees.

    TO THE TUNES!

    For a spectre of hohumnity and unfun is hanging over South Africa. And no self-respecting fox will have anything to do with that/it/them. Time to move out. And on. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, which is just about 13kms outside of Northam.

    Time to chase your own tail. Or that of others. Or just chase. Or just tail.

    Downhill!

    Artists announced to date:

    Albert Frost, Toya Delazy, Lee Thomson (collaboration)

    The BLACK CAT BONES

    Livingston (UK)

    The Ts & Cs

    Red Helen

    Hokum

    Trancemicsoul

    The Bearded Ladies

    Southern Wild

    Meth Breath

    Crystal Park

    Filth

    Bark

    Steadyrock!

    New Academics

    BCUC

    P.H.fat

    Shortstraw

    Francois van Coke

    Card on Spokes

    The Parlotones 

    Guy Collins

    The Foolish Braves

    After Robot

    Satanic Dagga Orgy

    Okmalumkoolkat

    Hyphen

    Poverty Of Ideals

    Nonku Phiri

    Frank Freeman

    Kings Down South 

    Sannie Fox

    Desmond & the Tutus

    Albert Frost (Robin Auld collab)

    KonradKuechenmeister ft. Mad Flows

    Tweak

    Gerald Clark and Luna Paige 

    aKING

    Facing the Gallows

    Atom Band

    Scarlotte Will

    CMR

    Boxer

    State Society

    Kabaal Klankbaan

    Nomadic Orchestra

    Anton Goosen

    Adventure Man

    Cortina Whiplash

    Crimson House

    Bye Beneco

    Blazin Gooch

    Go Barefoot

    Die See

    Bombs And Issues