UB40’s 25th SA anniversary tour ft. Ali, Astro & Mickey

Big Concerts has confirmed today that UB40 will be returning in support of their 25th SA anniversary tour. They will be performing in Cape Town on 15th May 2018 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, Durban on 17th May at the Durban ICC and Pretoria on 19th May at the Sun Arena, Time Square.

Presented by CapeTalk, East Coast Radio,702 and Channel 24. Another Big Concerts Experience.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 20th December at 9am. Go to www.bigconcerts.com for all the information.  Discovery Card holders get an exclusive 48-hour pre-sale from Monday 18th December at 9am. Go to www.discovery.co.za for more information.

Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have up held the status as Britain’s most successful Reggae band of all time, a true music pioneer since 1979 and have been at the top of their game since reforming in 2013 developing into a formidable touring outfit. Performing their all-time classic hits ‘Red Red Wine’, Kingston and Can’t help falling in Love’. They have released a critically acclaimed top 10 album in 2014, Silhouette, and have plans to release a new studio album later this year. 

Their world tours have included visits to North and South America, Nigeria, Dubai, Europe and Papua New Guinea. They are currently in the middle of a sell out North America and Canada tour and next year will see them return to the States, play Australia and visit the vineyards of New Zealand. Earlier this year, they performed songs from the first two Labour Of Love albums on a sell out arena tour that included shows at London’s O2 Arena, the Manchester Apollo and the Barclaycard Arena in their native Birmingham.

‘We’ve had an outstanding four years on the road,’ says Ali. ‘In America, we’re playing huge venues that we last visited twenty years ago, and I can’t wait to play arenas in South Africa again. For me, it’s all about promoting reggae. At the end of the day, fans don’t care about what goes on behind the scenes. They only care about the music, and that’s what we’re giving them. We’re having a great time and we’re doing it in style.

Ali, Astro and Mickey will be performing as an 11-piece band. Don’t miss them live in South Africa.

Tour Information:

Cape Town
Tuesday 15th May 2018
Grand Arena, GrandWest
Ticket Price:  R460 – R860
Tickets available from www.bigconcerts.co.za starting Wednesday 20th December at 9am

Thursday 17th May 2018
Durban ICC
Ticket Price: R290 – R745
Tickets available from www.bigconcerts.co.za starting Wednesday 20th December at 9am

Saturday 19th May 2018
Sun Arena, Time Square
Ticket Price: R460 – R915
Tickets available from www.bigconcerts.co.za starting Wednesday 20th December at 9am


Date: 6 March 2018
Venue:Grand Arena, GrandWest
Cost: From R395

Date:10 March 2018
Venue:Sun Arena, Time Square, Menlyn in Pretoria
Cost:From R395
Tickets:  www.computicket.com

Cult followers of alternative rock music will be able to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience after it was announced that Myles Kennedy, famed lead singer of the multi-million selling rock band Alter Bridge, will be performing in South Africa for two exclusive shows - one in Cape Town and one in Pretoria - during March 2018.

“An Evening with Myles Kennedy” promises to be stripped back, intimate and disarming, and the first time that Kennedy will be performing acoustic versions of songs reflecting the entire repertoire of the magnificent career he has enjoyed to date. With massive success stretching over two decades, Kennedy will be sharing the stories behind the rock anthems that raised him to fame and his musical journey that ensured that he will forever leave his distinctive mark on music royalty history.

Only a limited amount of tickets will be on sale for each performance in Cape Town and Pretoria, so the shows are expected to be sold out well in advance. Tickets are available now through Computicket.

“I could not be more excited about these very special shows” says Andy Mac, Founder of AMP Events. "Watching true, authentic artists performing their material in a stripped-down, acoustic format is one of my great loves. Myles is undeniably one of the greatest rock singers of our time, and the thought of experiencing his artistry in this format is positively goose-bump inducing!”  

As the distinctive voice and frontman of both Alter Bridge and SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Myles Kennedy has become one of the most respected and in-demand rock vocalists on the planet. Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene with the album One Day Remains, which was certified Gold, with millions of additional records being sold worldwide over the course of five studio albums.

During 2008, the legacy of Myles Kennedy found its way to the members of Led Zeppelin. A now legendary part of rock history, Kennedy was asked to jam with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for a potential project that never materialised. In 2009, Guns N’ Roses guitarist, SLASH, was working on a solo project and got Kennedy to record vocals on two of the songs for the release. This partnership led to Kennedy becoming the lead vocalist for SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. They have released two albums under that moniker. Kennedy also further been acknowledged as Loudwire’s Rock Vocalist of the Year for three years in-a-row.

2018 will mark a new chapter in Kennedy’s career as he will be releasing his long-awaited debut solo album, “Year of the Tiger”. The album is a whole new direction for Kennedy creatively, showcasing the talent that has made him one of the premiere frontmen in modern music today.

“An Evening with Myles Kennedy” is proudly presented by AMP Events and will take place at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town on 6 March and at the Sun Arena, Time Square, Menlyn in Pretoria on 10 March 2018. Both arenas are being reconfigured into more intimate, theatre-type layouts to complement the nature of these shows. Tickets are available from R395 through Computicket.

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An Evening with Myles Kennedy is supported by Channel 24 

The Palace of the Lost City is ranked amongst best resorts in Africa

After 25 years, The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City continues to be recognised for its exceptional standard of service and facilities. The luxury hotel, located at Sun International’s iconic Sun City resort in the North West province, has been ranked 39th in the Condè Naste Traveler’s Best Resorts in Africa: Readers Choice Awards 2017.

The awards are the culmination of a stringent survey process whereby candidates are rated based on respondents perceptions with a strong focus on evaluating and measuring customer service and customer satisfaction.

More than 300 000 travelers took part in Condè Naste Traveler’s 30th annual Readers' Choice Awards survey, submitting millions of ratings and more than 100 000 comments to help create a list of winning favourites. Most notably in this year’s survey, guests declared a passion for the authentic, the personalized and the unexpected, finding all three in both newcomers and stalwarts around the world.
The Palace, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was one of only 12 South African resorts to feature in the top 40 Best Resorts in Africa in this year’s consumer survey.

“We are obviously delighted that The Palace has been acknowledged amongst the leading resorts in Africa. That we received such excellent ratings, based on the perceptions of Condè NasteTraveler’s readership, is a great source of pride. There is certainly no greater stamp of approval than the votes of confidence from our guests. They are the lifeblood of our business.

“The award also bears testimony to our employees’ commitment to service excellence, quality, professionalism, and innovation. As ambassadors, living-out the values of Sun International, they have helped build The Palace into one of the world’s most respected hotels. This is an incredible achievement that would not have been possible without their commitment,” says Raul de Lima, General Manager at Sun City. 
The Palace is part of Sun International's SunLux Collection of 5-star establishments. Since it was built – fit for kings – in 1992, the awe inspiring hotel has captured the imagination and the hearts of its visitors who are treated to royal hospitality in what is perhaps one of the most architecturally-fascinating hotels in South Africa.
Despite its age, it remains the preferred hotel of the discerning guests visiting South Africa from the USA, Britain and Europe. Each room is luxuriously appointed and fitted with individually crafted furniture. 

The Palace is set amid lush vegetation in superb landscaping that has achieved its Botanical Garden status in South Africa. Bathe in the grand pool or stroll down to the royal baths, enjoy a cocktail at the poolside or relax in the gracious Tusk Bar. Dining is a veritable gastronomic delight in the splendour of the Crystal Court, The Grill Room or Plume restaurants where food is a treasured art. The restaurants have menus that feature a variety of meals to suit every taste, including young palates.

While the unique experience of staying at The Palace certainly draws guests time and again, its setting at the vibrant Sun City Resort makes it a unique destination. Sun City has a diverse offering that combines a choice of action-packed entertainment for all ages, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy the quietness of nature. It’s ‘A world within a City’.

For more information about Sun City and all the changes visit #NewSunCity connect with us on Facebook SunCitySA or follow us on Twitter SunCityResortSA and Instagram @SunCityResortSA.

Global organised crime drama McMafia to launch in South Africa on 2nd January, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has today announced that the global organised crime drama McMafia will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in South Africa on Tuesday 2nd January. Amazon Prime Video will bring the international thriller, starring James NortonDavid Strathairn, and Juliet Rylance, to customers in more than 200 countries and territories. The second episode will release on Wednesday 3rd January, then the further six episodes of the eight-part series will release on Prime Video on the day after broadcast in the UK on the BBC.

Created by Hossein Amini and James WatkinsMcMafia is inspired by the best-selling non-fiction book by Misha Glenny. Featuring a distinguished international cast, McMafia tells the story of Alex Godman (Norton), an English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, who has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past.  As he starts building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Rylance), his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them and Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.  

Additional cast include, Faye Marsay (Love Nina, Game Of Thrones) and renowned Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan) as Dimitri, Alex’s father.  James Watkins has directed all episodes of the eight-part series.

McMafia is a compelling international story that our Prime Video customers around the world are going to love,” said Brad Beale, Vice President of Prime Video TV Content Acquisition. “With a fascinating premise, talented writers and distinguished cast, McMafia will be a great addition to our stable of high quality hit shows that are available exclusively on Prime Video.”

Creators Hossein Amini and James Watkins say: “McMafia is the story of our contemporary globalised world and the criminal underworlds that compete and thrive just beneath its surface. It is a truly international show, spanning dozens of countries, and we are thrilled that through our collaboration with Amazon we can reach the global audience it was always meant for.

Prime Video Series and popular movies and TV shows are available for Prime Video members to stream or download and enjoy anytime, anywhere at no additional cost to customers in new Prime Video territories at an introductory price of $2.99 USD per month for the remainder of 2017, and $5.99 USD thereafter.  Members can watch via the Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, popular LG and Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android TV by Sony, Sony PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox or online at PrimeVideo.com.

McMafia is a co-production by the BBC, AMCN and Cuba Pictures in association with Twickenham Studios, distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. It is executive produced by Nick Marston, Dixie Linder, Ben Hall, and Robyn Slovo for Cuba Pictures, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One and Hossein Amini, James Watkins and Misha Glenny. Paul Ritchie is producing. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK on 1 January 2018.

Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide says:  “With a stellar cast, brilliant writing and huge international appeal McMafia has all the makings of a modern day classic and we’re delighted that Amazon will be taking the series to its audiences around the world.”

You’re One Move Away From A Rubber Duc Show This December!

Rubber Duc embark on their ‘Lost In The Wilderness’ tour
‘One Move Away’ Single Out Now - http://smarturl.it/onemoveaway

Rubber Duc embark on their ‘Lost In The Wilderness’ tour across the Cape from 17 December and end the year with an unforgettable show at the Vic Falls Carnival 2017 in Zimbabwe for New Year’s Eve.

Before heading down the coast, the Ducs take to the stage in Jo’burg for the last time on Saturday 16 December for their much anticipated ‘The 12 Pubs of Xmas’ celebration at The Good Luck Bar. They are joined by a stellar line-up including the legendary WONDERboom, Durban duo EASY FREAK and party-starters Jerry And The Bandits.

The Ducs also hit the road fresh off the release of their first ever dance track ‘One Move Away’ in collaboration with the mysterious producer PLSTK PIDJN. The music videoaccompanied the single release and is a must watch here: https://youtu.be/3CUjcYvCJWI

Will fans get to meet this mysterious producer at any of the shows? Frontman Nick Jordaan shares what fans can expect from the tour, saying We haven’t done a string of shows in the Cape for a while. We are super excited to get on the road and perform our older and brand-new material with our fans. Whether PLSTK PIDJN will be at any of the shows…Doubt it, but we will definitely try and get him to a show in the future!

Rubber Duc have fast built a reputation as one of the most in demand live bands in SA, with every Rubber Duc show delivering a ‘What a band! I have to see them live again!’experience, and continuously adding new fans to their vast growing following.

Join Rubber Duc at a show this December and dance with your favourite band as we celebrate the festive season. You’re only One Move Away from a much-needed holiday.

Catch Rubber Duc on their ‘Lost In The Wilderness’ tour this December and download or stream your theme song for the holiday, ‘PLSTK PIDJN & RUBBER DUC - One Move Way’ now at http://smarturl.it/onemoveaway.

Rubber Duc ‘LOST IN THE WILDERNESS’ December Tour Dates:

Sat 16 Dec: The 12 Pubs of Xmas – The Goodluck Bar, Johannesburg: http://bit.ly/2jbikd0
Sun 17 Dec:        Balboa, Stellenbosch
Tue 19 Dec:Café Roux, Noordhoek, Cape Town – Tickets: http://bit.ly/1QhhE9i
Wed 20 Dec:      Café Roux, CBD, Cape Town – Tickets: http://bit.ly/2iYNWQL
Thu 21 Dec:        Alma Café, Rosebank, Cape Town
Fri 22 Dec:           Brass Bell, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Sat 23 Dec:          Nameless Pub, Somerset West
Tue 26 Dec:        Milkwood Village, Wilderness
Wed 27 Dec:      Milkwood Village, Wilderness
Sun 31 Dec:        Vic Falls Carnival 2017, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - http://bit.ly/2iAp2oH

The story behind this first ever collaboration is an interesting one and some would say, hard to believe… Rubber Duc was contacted by the mysterious producer PLSTK PIDJN. They thought it had to be a joke at first, with a name so similar to their own, who wouldn’t? But then they heard some of the lit progressive house beats!

"We couldn’t believe it! PLSTK PIDJN is super shy and somewhat strange… A person who hates the limelight and wants to stay in the background and just produce music. The entire collaboration happened on the web, which is pretty cool, isn’t it? Everything happens in the cloud these days!"

The music video for ‘One Move Away’ was shot by the legendary Kyle White, Rubber Duc’s go-to director, who has shot and directed their most memorable videos. PLSTK PIDJN said someone would be at the shoot and someone arrived, but nothing about PLSTK PIDJN was confirmed. Whether it was actually him/her in the video is now as big a mystery as Donald Trump winning the elections.

The guy at the shoot wouldn’t reveal a thing. He just got on with it, took my direction, and when his scene was done, he left. I don’t know who would go through all that effort! But hey, I still don’t know what the Gorillaz or Daft Punk look like, and do I care? No! I love their music!” – Kyle White

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Christmas Giveaways!!!! Includes an Instax Mini 9, Starbucks Hamper and An Authentic Fashions Original

We are so excited to announce that we have three giveaways for Christmas. Competiion closes on the 24th of December 2017. 

Competition Rules: Must LIKE the Facebook Page and Subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Liking and following Instagram and Twitter is a bonus point each. (links down below) 

Here are the Prizes: 

1) A Lime Green Instax Mini 9 Camera with 1 Box of film

The wonderful people over at Fujifilm and Instax have given us an Instax Mini 9 Camera (in LIME GREEN) plus 1 box of film to give to YOU our loyal readers! All you have to do is LIKE our Facebook page and SUBSCRIBE to our Youtube Channel. Follow us on our other platforms for bonus entries. To do this, simply follow the link below to enter! Winner will be announced on the 24th of December 2017. So get your entries in now! 

For Bonus entries, post a picture of yourself doing something FUN, CRAZY, SILLY, SCARY or anything you want to show us why you want the camera. 

Don't forget to LIKE and FOLLOW Fujifilm and Instax for the latest news and updates on their amazing products. Visit  www.instaxsa.co.za for more info on products and up coming news!


2) A Starbucks hamper that has a Christmas tumbler and coffee beans. 

The wonderful people over at Starbucks South Africa have given us a Starbucks hamper that includes a Christmas Tumbler and Coffee Beans, to give to YOU our loyal readers! All you have to do is LIKE our Facebook page and SUBSCRIBE to our Youtube Channel. Follow us on our other platforms for bonus entries. To do this, simply follow the link below to enter! Winner will be announced on the 24th of December 2017. So get your entries in now! 

For Bonus entries, post a picture of yourself doing something FUN, CRAZY, SILLY, SCARY or anything you want to show us why you want the hamper. 

Don't forget to LIKE and FOLLOW Starbucks for the latest news and updates on their amazing products. Visit  http://www.starbucks.co.za/for more info on products and up coming news!


3) An exclusive, hand made Rose jacket form Authentic Fashions worth R850.00. 

The wonderful people over at Authentic Fashions have given us a hand made, Rose Jacket worth R850, to give to YOU our loyal readers! All you have to do is LIKE our Facebook page and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel. Follow us on our other platforms for bonus entries. To do this, simply follow the link below to enter! Winner will be announced on the 24th of December 2017. So get your entries in now! 

For Bonus entries, post a picture of yourself doing something FUN, CRAZY, SILLY, SCARY or anything you want to show us why you want this Authenic Fashions Original. 

Don't forget to LIKE and FOLLOW Authentic Fashions for the latest news and updates on their amazing products. Visit  https://authenticfashions.co.za/ for more info on products and up coming news!


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Making her mark: Tanya Harvey of Richmark Holdings awarded the Stop Sign award for her contribution to the 2017 SheEO SleepOut™

When Richmark Holdings sets out to Make a Difference then nothing can stand in the way. This August, the Head of Marketing and Events at Richmark Holdings, Tanya Harvey, took part in the SheEO SleepOut, which was the 2017 Special Chapter of the CEO SleepOut. In true Richmark style, Harvey rose to the challenge of raising as much money as possible for the beneficiary of the sleepout, Doors of Hope, a shelter for vulnerable and abandoned children. Her efforts were rewarded when she was nominated as the Leading Agent of Change for the 2017 SheEO SleepOut. On Tuesday the 5th of December, at a ceremony including The Philanthropic Collection representatives and her colleagues and peers, Harvey was presented with the prestigious Stop Sign Award in recognition of her contribution to the 2017 event and the difference she has made in the lives of the abandoned children that Doors of Hope works with.

The CEO Sleepout is a global humanitarian effort that encourages business leaders and influential people to experience the difficulties of spending a winters night sleeping outdoors, so that they can empathise with the less fortunate who endure this on a daily basis. Each sleepout event asks participants to pledge money and to raise additional funds that can be donated to a worthy cause. South Africa has been running the CEO Sleepout with great success for several years and in 2017, the ante was upped with a special event aimed at inspirational South African women: The SheEO SleepOut.

Having participated in the 2016 sleepout, founder of Richmark Holdings and well-known South African philanthropist Gavin Varejes immediately encouraged Harvey to enter. He says, Tanya is an incredible force at Richmark, a dynamic and intelligent woman who accomplishes anything that she sets her mind to. I knew that she would do us proud at the sleepout and she has, having pulled out all the stops to become the leading fundraiser of the event. Well done, Tanya, we are so impressed!

Both Varejes and Harvey have reiterated what an impact the sleepout experience has made on them. As Harvey notes, As someone who has the opportunity to go out and make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate, this experience was a big reminder to constantly strive to make a difference. Thank you to Gavin Varejes and Richmark Holdings for the nomination and the support and thank you to The Philanthropic Collection for hosting this amazing and worthy event.

Tanya Harvey (Head of Marketing and Events at Richmark Holdings) and Nadene Grabham (Operations Director at Door of Hope)

Gavin Varejes (Executive Chairman of Richmark Holdings),  Nadene Grabham (Operations Director at Door of Hope), Tanya Harvey (Head of Marketing and Events at Richmark Holdings), Brett Levy (CEO Blue Label Telecoms) 

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers animal-free circus heads to Emperors Palace

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers animal-free circus heads to Emperors Palace The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers animal-free circus will be at Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino, Convention and Entertainment resort from 8 December to 15 January 2018 after to coincide with the spectacular Garden of Lights, a winter wonderland and light extravaganza packed with festive fun activities for the whole family, which will run from 8 December to 03 January 2018. 

Conceptualised and produced by Richard Griffin and Marc Collie, the dynamic creative force behind the iconic Madame Zingara brand, The Story of the Moon is an enchanting family show with a stellar cast of beloved local and international performers who bring a magical and heart-warming tale to life through breath-taking acrobatics, side-splitting comedy and mesmeric music. Presented in a bespoke, traditional Italian Big Top tent, the show is emceed by the vivacious Lilian Khumalo as Mama Circus, supported by singer Ziyanda Yako, the hilarious strong man Gilberto Salgueiro Filho and his comical sidekick, Jonathan De Lima Sbano. A stellar cast include Londiwe Dhlomo-Dlamini who just returned from a tour through Asia of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Gilberto Salguiero Filho, a fifth-generation circus artist from Brazil, Producer, Richard Griffin, describes the production as an inspirational story for children that parents will find impossible to resist.

 Explaining the motivation behind the magic, he says: “After adopting my two boys, I wanted to work on a project that has real meaning; to produce a creative body of work that could stand alone, make a statement and be thoroughly entertaining for young and old alike. “And in doing so, it was equally important to break from the traditional format and take the local cirque industry one step closer to animal-free entertainment. Griffin has always been a firm proponent for corporate social investment and is therefore thrilled to be joining forces with the Peermont group which has a strong CSI commitment. “It was also essential that this new creative would allow us to not only inspire our audiences but to also reach the communities in which we thrive, with a special focus on the children who embody our future.” 

Tickets to The Story of the Moon are R140 per person. Please visit www.grifizzi.com for show times and to book tickets. For school group bookings, please contact 071 400 2250 – tickets are R80 per learner, and includes popcorn and juice. 

Emperors Palace is a Peermont Resort. For more information visit www.emperorspalace.com or call 011 928 1000. Emperors Palace is a Peermont resort. Connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @emperorspalace. Follow The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers on Facebook and Instagram at @GrifizziBrothers 

Dunkin’ Donuts opening at GrandWest this week

GrandWest will become the home of the 10th Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in South Africa when it officially opens its doors on Thursday, 7 December 2017.

“Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the world’s leading coffee and baked goods brands,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “It is a welcome addition to a fantastic range of restaurants we have at GrandWest. We hope our patrons will enjoy their excellent coffee and delicious doughnuts.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is globally renowned for its excellent coffee and the local menu doesn’t disappoint, with a variety of options from iced coffee to cappuccinos. Using only 100% Arabica beans and a propriety recipe developed by a team of the world’s foremost coffee experts, every cup served is brewed to perfection.

The restaurant is best known for its range of delicious, fresh doughnuts, from the ‘classic’ to the ‘gourmet’ there are lots of flavours and colours to choose from.

Doors open at 10h00 on Thursday, 7 December 2017. Dunkin’ Donuts is giving the first 100 guests a half dozen classic donuts and a small hot Original Blend coffee. There will also be loads of spot prizes up for grabs. Get there early to secure your spot in the queue.

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