This morning saw the announcement for the TOP 10 in the Converse: GET OUT OF THE GARAGE 2015 campaign.


On Friday 4th of September, Converse Sub-Saharan Africa saw the close for submissions into the fourth Converse Get Out Of The Garage 2015 competition. A platform dedicated to encouraging musicians from across South Africa to enter their best tracks to win an unforgettable experience. We’d like to thank the 2015 judges, Catherine Grenfell, Okmalumkoolkat and Darryl Torr, as well as each of the 248 bands and artists who entered.

From 248 entries, here are your TOP 10:
1. Card on Spokes
2. Ship Dawg
3. Frat Pack
4. IV4
5. Umlilo
6. Ruby Gill
7. Campbell Colledge
8. The ABC Band
9. Maramza
10. Go Barefoot

Now these artists need your help to secure that wining spot. Your vote could not only see your favourite artist take the title of #GOOTG2015 winner, but YOU could win a chance to join the band when they head to New York City at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, this includes a 7-day gig experience in NYC for you and a friend, visiting 3 of its most infamous live music venues over 7 nights. 

Vote here now!

The winner will be announced on 15th of October, before heading off to New York City to record at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn.

Congratulations to the TOP 10 in this years, our fingers are crossed for you all!



CONVERSE officially opened entries to the hugely successful Get Out Of The Garage platform is back with a bang. Last year, unsigned local bands from a variety of genres submitted their demos to Converse via SoundCloud and YouTube links for the chance to record at the Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in New York. First there was Matthew Mole, then there was Yorke (Jordi) and in 2014, Early Hours took the title of best unsigned band.

Early Hours - Winners in 2104


Converse is again on the hunt for the best unsigned talent in South Africa – whether you are in a band or a solo artist a punk rocker, electro fundi, kickass proponent of kwaito, or a hip hop playa, Converse wants to hear your sound.

From August 12 until September 4, visit and upload a SoundCloud version of your best track. Then on September 15, judges Catherine Grenfell, Okmalumkoolkat and Darryl Torr will narrow down the entries to SA’s Top 10 unsigned artists. Converse will then showcase these acts, where music fans from South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland can vote for their favourite.

Because we have the greatest fans in the world, it is only fitting that they are rewarded for making an artist’s dreams come true. Simply by voting for their favourite band, fans have a chance to experience three gigs over seven days in New York City.

Our talented Top 10 will also get a taste of what it is like to record their track, as we bring our Brooklyn based studio team to Johannesburg for a pop-up Converse Rubber Tracks Studio experience, which will be based at Open Room studios in Greenside.

Since its Brooklyn opening in July 2011, Converse Rubber Tracks has provided the incredible opportunity for artists to record in a state-of-the-art studio at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks supports artistic expression by allowing musicians across all genres an opportunity to record for free and retain all the rights to their music. In the last three years, Converse has brought the Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio from Brooklyn to great music cities such as Toronto, Austin, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Paris, Beijing and Mexico City.

Get Out Of The Garage, share your music and showcase your talent at and if you want to take the conversation to Twitter, remember to use the hashtag #GOOTG2015. The overall winner will be announced on the October 14, 2015.


What a way to spend 1 May, Workers Day, other than tasting sweet tastes at Dirty Rotten Tequila Festival?


On the 1st of May 2015, Johannesburg will see the second installment of DIRTY ROTTEN TEQUILA FESTIVAL. DIRTY ROTTEN TEQUILA FESTIVAL is the premium tequila festival in South Africa, featuring more than 20 tequila brands. DIRTY ROTTEN TEQUILA FEST is sure to bring all your friends together with a shot (or two), because everyone knows that nothing brings new and old friends together like sharing a #TequilaFace.
At DIRTY ROTTEN TEQUILA FESTIVAL, you will be able to sample over 20 different tequila’s by 8 different brands from all over the world. There will also be shooter games, a rodeo bull and a #TequilaFace photo booth to add to the entertainment.
Nothing goes better with a shot of tequila than some dirty rock music – which is why the Dirty Rock Stage will feature artists like Blazin Gooch, Coelacanth, Full Swing Band, Go Barefoot, New Academics, Sol Gems, The Black Cat Bones and The Ts & Cs. Line up times still to be confirmed.
If tequila makes you want to dance, there will also be a Let’s Swing It Dance Floor featuring Plaat Japie, The Stage Pig, Michael Lesar’s 3 hour set, featuring Greg Georgiades on ukulele and a live burlesque performance by Miss Oh.

Do you have a Tequila Face?

R100 – EARLY BIRD TICKETS (limited)
R150 – Online and at the gate (limited) Tickets available here ->

The awesome folks at Dirty Rotten Tequila Festival have given me some tickets to share with you, like tequila should be shared 😀
How to win some of these tickets? Comment below with who you’re looking forward to see performing play at Dirty Rotten Tequila Festival. Simple!



WIN Tickets to Sowing The Seeds with Paolo Nutini AND Portugal. The Man

Remember last week when I mentioned that Sowing The Seeds hits Jhb once again? No? Read below then…

Sowing The Seeds with Paolo Nutini AND Portugal. The Man


Done? Nice. Well the wonderful folks over at Seed Experiences have given me a few tickets to give away to all of you to see not only Paolo Nutini, Portugal. The Man, but also Bongeziwe Mabandla, Desmond & The Tutus, Diamond Thug, and Shortstraw!!

How? Easy. Tweet me here -> Chris Maider on Twitter or pop us a comment in the comments section below, under all of this, telling me who you are most excited to see play live at Sowing The Seeds next weekend.

See, simple!!

Winners will be contacted 17th March.


The countdown is on! **click the banner below 😉

There are just a few hours left to enter these amazing competitions to join Jose Cuervo at either SoundsWild or Synergy Live 2014!

Do YOU have what it takes?

Bombay Bicycle Club, Jeremy Loops, Shortstraw, Desmond & the Tutus, December Streets and Al Bairre LIVE this weekend!

Who’s In?


Yesterday we announced the ‘DIRTY ROTTEN TEQUILA FESTIVAL‘ happening at the legendary CARFAX this Saturday!


Tequila Fest

Today is YOUR lucky day! I have a bunch of tickets to giveaway to this event!

All you have to do to win is name one act that will be performing at the ‘DIRTY ROTTEN TEQUILA FESTIVAL’! Simple!

To win, just submit your details and answer in the form below and voila, you may just win some tickets!

Pre-Sale tickets are still available online from Nutickets for R100. At the door for R120.

Event on Facebook

SAMA 20 Kia Record of the Year

Almost one month ago the SAMA 20 nominees were announced, see here -> SAMA Nominees

The highly contended Record Of The Year category was the one almost everyone most looked forward too. And now, the nominees for ROTY have been announced.



Which South African song formed the most memorable soundtrack to our lives last year? The bets are on and the voting lines are open for the Kia Record of the Year, which will be announced at the 20th Annual South African Music Awards on 28 April 2014.

Twenty hit tracks are vying for the honour of being crowned Kia Record of the Year – one of the most eagerly awaited categories at the SAMAs – and the only one determined by a public SMS vote.


A BlackByrd I Feel Good Today
B Connell Cruise Not Just Friends
C Danny K Brown Eyes
D DJ Ganyani Xigubu
E DJ Kent ft. Liquideep Top of the World
F DJ Kent ft. The Arrows Spin My World Around
G DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota ft. Dr Malinga Via Orlando Remake
H Donald Over The Moon
I Fistaz Mixwell & DJ Hloni ft. Mellow Soul I’m Free
J Goldfish ft. John Mani One Million Views
K Heavy K ft. Mpumi Wena
L Jimmy Nevis Heartboxing
M Jimmy Nevis In Love With You
N Khaya Move
O Khuli Chana Mnatebawen
P Liquideep Welcome Aboard
Q Mafikizolo Happiness
R Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru Khona
S Mathew Gold ft. AKA No Ordinary Guy
T Mi Casa Jika

So get texting – the vote is in your hands! Vote for the Kia Record of the Year by SMSing the alphabet letter of your favourite track and the name of the province you live in to 33123 (e.g. A – Gauteng).

SMS’s are charged at R1.50, free SMS’s do not apply, and there is a limit of 10 votes per mobile phone. Voting lines close on 24 April – so don’t hesitate in casting your vote for your most-loved local song of the year.

The winner of the Kia Record of the Year will be announced during the SAMA 20 awards ceremony at Sun City on Monday, 28 April 2014. The event will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 20h30.

Stand a chance to win a VIP experience at SAMA 20 with Kia and meet the Kia Record of the Year winner. Visit Kia’s Facebook page at or for more information and terms and conditions.
Who will get your vote? Get sms’ing kids!

Follow SAMA 20 on the following digital platforms:
Hashtag: #SAMA20

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