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WIN A Double Golden Ticket to Rocking the Daisies for life!
20 Sep 17
Rocking The Daisies 2017 Is Sold Out! And one dedicated fan will win a "Golden Ticket" for lifetime access.
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Zakifo - It's What You Need
07 Jun 17
Lurking on Durban’s beachfront is a music festival done a bit differently. It has eschewed the grubby campgrounds and 24 hour rumbling basslines for a carefully curated inner city experience. This isn’t original – we’ve seen day fests come and go – but what sets Zakifo apart is its emphasis on importing talented and often underrated artists from across the globe.
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3 Tons of Fun
24 Apr 17
I was tipped off that 3 Tons of Fun were exactly that, and so I was looking forward to reviewing the show at the Alexander Bar on Friday night.
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Adjusting to life after Up the Creek
09 Feb 17
There’s always a period of readjustment when returning from a festival. As you sit under the cold fluorescent lights of a fast-food café, you realise that the guy across the counter is unlikely to want to chat. Opening bleary eyes after your first nap in a real bed, you’re forced to quash the urge to run down to the river for a wake-up swim. Morning beers are no longer part of your life. It’s a period of confused alignment with the harsh realities of the real world.
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Endless Daze: Magic, music and mayhem
16 Nov 16
It’s rare to be able to attend a festival’s virgin performance, to watch it sprout like a mushroom at midnight. But a privileged few of us were lucky enough to witness the first incarnation of Endless Daze. The brand new psych rock festival emerged from the earth as a beautiful beast, shrouded in plumes of purple smoke.
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Negotiating the masses at Rocking the Daisies
12 Oct 16
I haven’t been to Daisies in ages – 5 years, I think, since I last ventured into the temporary slice of music and mayhem. So imagine my delight when Sedgwick’s Old Brown, one of this year’s sponsors, popped me a casual mail to see if I was keen to attend as their guest. “Yes!” I hurriedly replied, calling a mate of mine whose birthday fell on the self-same Saturday, and before I knew it we were on our way.
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Happy music and blonde dreads at the Grassy Spark album launch
22 Sep 16
Last weekend I made the pilgrimage to the Cape Farmhouse to watch Grassy Spark launch their new album, Portal. It was a cresting wave of sunshine, positivity and happiness, feeling like a magical space carved out especially for this one event – I half suspect it disappeared as the last car left the lot.
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Albert Frost: The Wake Up
24 Apr 16
Albert Frost has been in the music industry for over 2 decades, and heÂ’s still having the time of his life. He has played with some of SAÂ’s best musicians, becoming a much-loved icon in the blues-rock scene. Now, almost 7 years after his last original release, heÂ’s back with one of the most carefully crafted albums to come out of South Africa in years.
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Durban - where’s the music?
15 Jan 16
I'm a huge fan of music. That statement seems trite, but it's true - my love for music extends, naturally, beyond any single genre. Hip hop, metal, punk, prog rock, weird electronica, classical... you name it, I can appreciate it. The only exception to this love stands in a predictable place - almost all of what plays on the radio and in clubs. This repetitive, unimaginative twaddle is unforgivable, the soundtrack to a slow death with all the creativity of a washing machine on rinse cycle. It should go without saying that when one goes hunting for live music, this does not count. However, my quest for music in Durban was characterised by high praise of super-clubs peppered with stories of 'booze, boobs and betties.'
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Sad news about 947 Joburg Day
24 Jul 15
Every year we look forward to Jo'burg Day because, well, it drives massive traffic to our site with people looking for ticket prices or the line-up or the venue. Of course, we also love the day out itself. But sadly, 947 have decided to can Jo'burg Day.
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