Sorted: The hottest tickets in town

2017-12-03 00:00 - Phumlani S Langa
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nasty c: The Ivyson Tour

Jazz tributes, a classic motor cycle expo and an animal-free circus. Phumlani S Langa has all this and more lined up in the gig guide like no other.


Live Music

Catch Thandiswa Mazwai, one of the most influential South African musicians of this generation, live in concert. 

Thandiswa’s selection is inspired by the music she listened to while growing up and her reframing of these classics serves as commentary on South Africa’s contemporary political landscape.

Where: SA State Theatre

When: 08 December

Cost: R150 to R300 at

R&B Concert

Legends of R&B 

The legends of R&B are returning to South Africa this December for another unforgettable experience with renowned musicians Brian McKnight and Brandy.

Where: Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine

When: 09 December

Cost: R480 to R945 at

Live jazz

Tshwane International Big Band Festival

Catch this brand-new festival in the capitalcity. The festival will feature a headline line-up of such local jazz luminaries as Caiphus Semenya, Madala Kunene, Herbie Tsoaeli, Simphiwe Dana and Marcus Wyatt. Performing alongside them on the two stages over the two-day festival are foreign contingent comprising US-based jazz artists Stefon Harris, Salim Washington and Kenny Garrett. Also on stage will be Dutch national Paul van Kemenade. This is family entertainment you can’t miss.

Where: Freedom Park, Salvokop

When: 09 December

Cost: R500 to R650 at 


Maftown Heights

South Africa’s first Motswako festival is heading home for the very first time. Experience the sound we all love in the place it comes from. It will be an all-Maftown occasion, we’re talking Bonang, Khuli Chana, Cassper Nyovest ... the list is bumping.

Where: Mmabatho Stadium Parking Bay

When: 08 December

Cost: R50 to R270 at

Cape Town 

Bugz Playpark Birthday Bash 

Bugz Playpark is marking their 10th birthday with an exclusive bash. Party-goers can enjoy the park’s rides and take part in the most popular activities that have delighted over the past decade. A mime artist, a magic show by Regardt Laubscher, a performance by Limited Edition Drum Corps, character parade and so much more will add to the celebration. No tickets will be sold on the day, so be sure to buy online.

Where: 56 Tarentaal Street, Kraaifontein

When: 09 December

Cost: R50 to R120 at Bugz 


Nasty C: The Ivyson Tour

Catch all the kids’ favourite rapper dropping hits in his hometown. To be fair though, grown-ups dig him too and I’m sure you’re all welcome.

Where: Wave House, Gateway Theatre of Shopping

When: 08 December

Cost: R150 to R250 at


Tribute performance 

Michael Jonathan as Michael Jackson

French performer Michael Jonathan landed in South Africa 10 years ago and has performed his acclaimed tribute to the late, great superstar Michael Jackson all around the country and abroad. Catch him live performing an exhilarating dance routine to iconic hits such as Billie Jean, Thriller and Beat It.

Where: Roodepoort Theatre

When: 06 - 17 December

Cost: R100 to R120 at


Bikers’ Day

Classic motorcycles and cars, superbikes and muscle cars, helicopter rides, kids’ entertainment, drifting and a beer garden. Make a day of it and take the family for some full-throttle fun.

Where: Nasrec Expo Centre

When: 03 December 

Cost: R20 to R60 at


The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers’ Animal-Free Circus

This proudly animal-free circus brings you an amazing tale called The Story of the Moon. Written and produced by circus legends Mark Collie and Richard Griffin, this enchanting family show will wow even the most jaded palate. Its fantastic mix of acrobatics, comedy and captivating music will have all on their feet by the end.

Where: Emperors Palace

When: 08 - 15 December 

Cost: R140 at 

Pool party

Pandemonium All Hip-hop Pool Splash

Soweto has this pool party thing on lock and this is one won’t be different. Summer bodies, hip-hop and the ever-present sound of bottles popping. You can’t go wrong.

Where: Icon Soweto, Pimville

When: 09 December

Cost: R70 to R100 at the door. Free entrance for ladies until 14:00


The Gibson Kente Music Tribute
Kente is a man regarded by many as the godfather of South African theatre. He will be honoured in this three-week musical celebration of his immense contributions.

Where: The Soweto Theatre

When: 07 -17 December 

Cost: R120 to R220 at


Soweto Braai and Family Picnic

Get the family out of the house for a little fun. Bring your own meat and braai stands will be provided. There are additional costs on cooler boxes, but you know it’s worth it. What is a braai and picnic without an old trusty, the cooler?

Where: Dobsonville Rugby Field

When: 09 December

Cost: R50 to R70 at

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