Explore Two Oceans Aquarium at night with After Dark concerts + SA winter music events to attend

2018-06-18 11:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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A series of live music events are set to take place at the Two Oceans Aquarium, featuring local acts performing against a backdrop of ocean animal exhibits.

Two Oceans Aquarium and Texx and the City present After Dark, a series of gigs set to take place at the aquarium at night.

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The gigs will take place on 25 June, 25 July and 29 August in front of the I&J Ocean Exhibit at the Aquarium, which will be transformed into a living-room set-up oozing a relaxing vibe.

Doors open at 19:00 for the concert that starts at 20:00. A cash bar will be available for drinks only.

There are only 180 tickets available, so if live local music in this unique set-up is what you want to experience, then be sure to book those tickets asap. Tickets are R295 per person at Quicket.

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The first gig is on Monday, 25 June featuring Southern Wild and Grassy Spark. In July, you can jam to tunes of AKING and Bam Bam Brown, and in August catch the sounds of Majozi and Gemma Griffiths.

The aquarium used to host music recitals in the past, and due to a demand for similar music shows at the unique venue, it decided it was time for a return of the series of gigs showcasing local talent.

The extra special touch to this music event is being able to explore the Aquarium at night. 

In addition to this, Drifter Brewing Company will provide buchu-infused gin and tonic or a Pick Me Up Pale Ale to each guest on arrival, and its range of beers will be on sale at each gig.

Music events to attend across SA

Western Cape

  • V&A Waterfront

In addition to the Two Oceans Aquarium’s monthly music offering at night, V&A Waterfront boasts a museums’ night with a variety of attractions open to the public, including the usual music gigs, buskers and entertainment throughout the vicinity.

When: 28 June 2018, from 17:00 to 22:00.

Where: V&A Waterfront.

Cost: A number of museums will be participating in the night event, offering free admission to the public, while some other attractions in the area will offer half price admission. Music around the Waterfront can be enjoyed free of charge.

  • Back in Black

The AC/DC Tribute band returns to Die Boer to present a must-see show featuring performances of favourites such as "Shook Me All Night Long", "Highway To Hell", "Thunderstruck" and more.

When: 30 June 2018, 20:30 - 22:30

Where: Die Boer

Costs: R120 each. Click here to buy tickets.

  • 126th Rastafari Earth Festival

Earth Day, or the birthday of the Rastafarian's spiritual messiah, takes place on 23 July, and is honoured as part of the annual Earth Festival from 22-30 July.

The festival includes musical acts, dancing and singing of traditional songs. Members wear traditional attire, tell stories and recite poems.

When: 20-30 July 2018.

Where: Judah Square Knysna.

Bookings and info: Contact Br Dawie Afrikaner/ Zebulon/ Zebs at 076 649 1034 or dawieafraker99@gmail.com.

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  • Jack Parow live show

Afrikaans rapper, Jack Parow, takes on jozi in this live gig set to entertain local music fans with fast sounds, hip beats and a colourful performance.

When: 23 June 2018, 17:00 – 23:00

Where: Rumours Rock City, Randburg.

Cost: R80 pre-sale, R100 at the door. Contact Fred on 079 825 7995 for enquiries.

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  • Comfortably country

Enjoy the best of country music at this Barnyard Theatre show featuring Parable Fifteen performing Johnny Cash hits, as well as performances by Zazz, and the blues vocals of Ren Veldman.

When: 23 June 2018, 18:00 – 20:00

Where: Silverstar Barnyard theatre.

Cost: R120 each. Click here for more info.

  • Six String Stories

Hosted by renowned guitarist and rock music aficionado, Nic Rush, Six String Stories shares history of the electric guitar in popular music. Expect to hear the hits of Robert Johnson, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Dire Straits, Prince and Van Halen and more.

When: 30 Jun - (Sat) - 20:00

Where: Gold Reef City Barnyard

Cost: R150 each. Click here for details.

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  • Prime Circle            

Hot off their successful international album tour and their ‘Pretty like the Sun’ summer tour across Southern Africa, rock royalty Prime Circle will be celebrating their new 10-track album

When: 14 July 2018, 18:00 – 21:00.

Where: Barnyard Cresta.

Cost: R200 each. Click here to buy tickets.

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The 2018 Ugu Jazz Arts and Culture Festival, an outdoor live music event, will boast more than 20 artists performing throughout the night. The event is attended by thousands of music-lovers and features mainly jazz performances by SA legends and upcoming artists.

When: 30 June 2018.

Where: Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre, Port Shepstone.

Cost: From R280 per person. Click here for more.

Another athletic highlight on KwaZulu Natal’s winter calendar is the Ballito Pro surfing competition – an international surf and lifestyle event hosted in Ballito. Set to take place over 12 days from 21 June – 1 July, Ballito Pro combines world-class surfing with a vibrant festival.

While surfers compete, spectators enjoy live music performances across a variety of genres, shopping, beach football and other beach and extreme sports, food contests and stalls, among other entertainment.

When: 21 June - 1 July.

Where: Willard Beach in Ballito on the KwaDukuza coast.

Cost: Free entry for spectators.

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This family event aims to bring peace in the city, featuring top local gospel artists.

When: 13 July.

Where: Esikhawini College.

Cost: Tickets from R180 each. Click here for tickets.

DJ Fresh, Shekhina, Tbo Touch, DJ Ganyoni and Khuzani will entertain the crowd at this family-friendly event in celebration of Nelson Mandela. With the theme centred on nation and unity, the event aims to send messages about Madiba’s legacy.

When: 28-29 July.

Where: Umhlathuze Sports Ground, Richards Bay.

Cost: Tickets range from R100 - R500. Click here to book.

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is currently running its 2018 Winter Season at Durban’s Playhouse Opera Theatre, featuring a line-up of top local and international classical musicians. Click here for the full programme.

Satisfy your passion for classical music at the Winter Season shows that form part of the Orchestra’s World Symphony Series launched in Durban 22 years ago.

When: Until 28 June.

Where: Durban’s Playhouse Opera Theatre.

Cost: Season tickets and booking for individual concerts can be purchased through Computicket.