WHERE TO TURN UP THIS SPRING

The days are getting warmer, the sun is hanging out for longer, it’s time to start hanging outside and getting into the best music concerts and festivals about. Here’s the low-down of the festivals taking place between now and end of October

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JOHANNESBURG
9 Sep – Indian Music Festival ft Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty – Joburg Theatre
9 Sep – Jonas Gwangwa – South African Musicians Birchwood Hotel
9 Sep – Bennie’s Big Bash ft GoodLuck, Timo ODV, Kyle Watson – St. Benedict’s College
9 Sep – #DoubleBlackHipHop – Plantation Cafe
14 Sep – Cafe Unlimeted ft Lulo Cafe – Cantare, Montecasino
15 – 17 Sep – Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – Sandton Convention Centre

Now in it’s 19th year, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is the the foremost jazz festival and features a star studded line up including Grammy Award winning Bill Champlin, Jose James, Houston Person, Ranee Lee, Barney Rachabane, Sibongile Khumalo, Wouter Kellerman, Lira, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuso, Ringo, Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler.

17 Sep – Major League Gardens ft Riky Rick, Kweata, Nasty C, Emtee & A-Reece, Shekhinah, K.O., DA L.E.S, Okmalumkollkat, Babes Wodumo, Maraza, Stilo Magolide, Usanele, Mzekezeke, Nadia Nakai, Gemini Major, Du Boiz, Tshelgo, Prodigy Ugly, Black Motion, Shumza, Tira, DJ Kent, DJ Dimplez, DJ Bongz, Speedsta, Sphetacula & DJ Naves, Slique, PH, Maphorisa, Hudson, Mr X, 2KZA, Snow Deep, Sandiso, Lebza – FNB Stadium
18 Sep – King Kong Sundays ft DA L.E.S, Double D, PS DJZ, DJ Snypes, King Deetoy – Kong
23 Sep – Township Councillor Experience ft Ma-E, DA L.E.S, KidX, Maggz, Milkshakre, Dimplez, Vigi, Speedsta, Mr X, Kamo Kaofela, Sean Kros N Vino, Hudson, China, Nhlangano, Big Sky, Wireless G, Brian Blaq, Stokie, Sbu Korbotjo, Rogers
24 Sep – Back 2 The Old School ft KD Kool, DJ Hugo, Charlie B, DJ Marlon, Cutmaster JT and DJ Shane – Joziburg Lane
24 Sep – The Hill Takeover ft Kris Davis (U.K) – Constitution Hill

1 Oct – Phela Re Phele African Music Festival – The Soweto Theatre
1 Oct – Cool for the City – The Sands
8 Oct – Octopia Fstvl ft Paul van Dyk, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Ferreck Daw, Liquid Soul, Protoculture, F.EU, Timo ODV, DJ Warras, Morgan Beatbox, DJ Switch, Sliqe, PH – Wild Waters Complex

PRETORIA
16 Sep – Flashback to the 80’s, 90’s Party ft Dean The Wolfman, Pistol Pete – Recess, The Venue
24 – 25 Sep – KwaMashu Festival 2016 – Freedom Park

CAPE TOWN
16 Sep – Soul Rhythm Blue Band Concert – CTICC
17 Sep – Stay Fresh Supa Mega Show – Shimmy Beach Club

Stay Fresh Saturday features the Supa Mega, AKA, joined by a few of SA’s best DJ’s.

23 Sep – Amandla Freedom Ensemble ft Andile Tenana, Lous Moholo Moholo, Prof. Salim Washington – Guga S’Thebe Cultural Centre
24 Sep – Cape Town Live Loud powered by 5fm ft Black Coffee, Mi Casa, aKing, Gangs of Ballet, Dirty Skirts, Timo ODV, Desmond & The Tutus, GoodLuck, Matthew Mole, Riky Rick, Jimmy Nevis, Al Bairre, DJ Fresh, Roger Goode, Ms Cosmo, Ryan the DJ, Pascal & Pearce, Nick Hamman, Steph B, Rob Forbes, Fix & Vic Naidoo – Kenilworth Race Course

6 – 9 Oct – Superbalist is Rocking The Daisies ft Foster the Peoples, Eats Everything, Matador, AKA, Mango Groove and more – Kloof Wine Estate
8 Oct – SACM Jazz Festival ft UCT Big Band, Andrew Lilley, Mike Rossi, Amanda Tiffin, Darryl Andrews, Jason Reolon, Mike Campbell – Baxter Concert Hall

DURBAN
9 – 11 Sep – Durban International Blues Festival ft Raoul, Red Hand Blues, Electric Blues with Jimmy D, The Muddy Waters Blues Summit, The Reals – The Plant
24 – 25 Sep – Amajuba Jazz Festival ft Ringo Madlingozi, Zahara, Naima Kay, Robbie Malinga, Bingelela Mpanza, Berita, DJ Munto – Newcastle Showgrounds

1 Oct – Fun in the Sun – Hazelmere Dam
15 Oct – Old Mutual Music at the Lake ft GoodLuck, Pascal & Pearce and Rubber Duc – Durban Botanic Gardens