SMOKING DRAGON NEW YEARS EVE 2016: feat Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers and US Based Todo Mundo

Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers and US Based Todo Mundo Join Epic Smoking Dragon Festival New Year’s Line-up!

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Only 3 hours away from Johannesburg and Durban, nestled between the colossal Drakensberg Amphitheatre mountains, looking onto The Tugela Falls, is a New Year’s event unlike any other. The Smoking Dragon Festival is back for its 6th year and has expanded to 4 stages including The Main Stage, Cherch Electric Jungle, Fringe Stage and the sparkling new Ripple Zone, complete with a dam, look-out deck and bar. The perfect location to jam in the water while watching some incredible acts!
Upping the game this year they have packed over 40 acts into this 3-day festival from 29 Dec – 1 Jan 2016. With the best in local talent from all over South Africa already announced including Grassy Spark, The Rudimentals, The Kiffness, Tidal Waves and so many more, Smoking Dragon is making this a New Year to remember with the addition of the supremely talented Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers and Tudo Mundo.

Recap of the Announced Lineup
29th Dec, Divas Stage -:
Saarkie, Push Push, Ann Jangle, Nonku Phiri, Bye Beneco, Dope St Jude, Nicky B

30th Dec, Best Of Stage -:
Diamond Thug, Tidal Waves, Boxer, The Dandies, BOO!, BCUC, The Kiffness, Veranda Panda.

31st Dec, Main Stage -:
Grassy Spark, The Rudimentals, Sublime Tribute Show, 7th Son, Trenton & The Free Radicals, Stone Jets, DJ inviZAble ft. Komputa General, Silva Black.

Ripple Zone -:
Stelth Ulvang, Todo Mundo, Qadasi, Wandile Mbambeni, Native Young, Hezron Chetty, Crimson House Blues, Sol Gems, Michael Lesar, Vukuzithate, Retro Dizzy, Goldilox, Yolanda Fyrus, Matthew F, TheCity, The Kickstands, The Shabeen, Mudblud, Red Tape Riot, Josh Roxton and Herkie, Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions, Josh Wantie, and the Kings Down South.

TICKETS:
Basic festival ticket which will grant the buyer access to the event grounds, basic ablution facilities (hot showers are an additional R25), main food court and bar.
Full Weekend Pass: R695
Day Pass – 29 Dec: R250
Evening Pass – 29/30 Dec: R550
Day Pass – 30 Dec: R350
Evening Pass – 30/31 Dec: R700
Day Pass – 31 Dec: R400
Add-Ons
VIP Campsite Full Weekend: R695
Ticket will include access to the Jacuzzi, Sauna, Swimming Pool, DStv and chill lounges, Private Cocktail bar, Self-Catering kitchens, and free hot showers.
Kids Zone Full Weekend: R200*
*Kids Zone full weekend and day passes allow children under the age of 12* access to fun, child focussed activities in a safe and secure area.
**Kids Zone evening passes allow children under the age of 12* access to 1x guardian per two children overnight, who will make sure the child(ren) are safe and fed

Buy Tickets Here : http://bit.ly/SmokingNY2016
Follow-us Here : https://www.facebook.com/smokingdragonfestivals
Get More Info Here : http://www.smokingdragon.org/

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Jägermeister Back The Artist 2016

Legendary Jägermeister proudly presents the fourth year of the highly anticipated Back The Artist and 2016 promises to be the biggest one yet.

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Up and coming artists and bands have a shot at winning R250 000 worth of prizes, which includes a collaboration with their favourite Jäger Music artist on their very own track. To add to to this, winners get to shoot a music video for the recorded track.

The public will get a chance to vote for their favourite artist online, standing a chance to see them battle it out live on stage at the Jägermeister Back the Artist Finale and Seminar being held on 14 October at The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg.

The collaboration, depending on the genre of music that the artist presents, will be with local heavyweights Francois Van Coke, Jack Parow or Reason. The winner will also be included in the Jäger Music Program for 2017 and become one of the signed Jäger Music Artists.

This event and seminar will be open to the public and will include influential speakers such as Grammy Award winner Darryl Torr and Musician and Music promoter Gareth Wilson. The idea of the seminar is to discuss key essential topics as well as hold a Q&A on how to make it in the South African music industry.

The objective of Back The Artist is to discover a young local artist or band that offers an exciting, fresh and trend-setting sound. Through this initiative we can connect artists through Jäger Music and provide the platform along with guidance to grow local talent” Says Bea Theron, Jägermeister South Africa’s Music and Events Manager.

How to enter? It’s this easy: Go to http://backtheartist.co.za to fill out the application form and upload your track.
Entries are open, and will close on 31 August 2016.
Public voting opens 1 September 2016. So rally all your friends, family and family friends and friends family.

#BTA2016

All the details you will need to know are available on the website: http://www.backtheartist.co.za. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for more info!

Jozi Craft Beer Festival

The 2016 Jozi Craft Beer Festival – Beer. Family. Food. Fun. returns to Jhb for their 5th year.

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Jozi’s original craft beer festival is back and, remaining true to its pioneering spirit in all things beer, promises to provide enthusiasts with the best of the brews in an environment catering to friends, family and fun right in the heart of Johannesburg.
Now in its 5th year, the Jozi Craft Beer Festival will open its doors at Marks Park Sports Club in Emmarentia on Saturday 7th May 2016. With a wide range of delicious beers on offer, as well as fabulous artisan food, live music and amusement for the whole family, this is a day for celebrating and appreciating South Africa’s unique craft beer culture.

A day filled with some of the best craft beers DJ’s and live music, what better way to spend a chilled Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are available on Webtickets. R150 tickets include a branded glass beer mug. Kids are 50 bucks

Share in the enjoyment of South Africa’s unique beer culture.

Beer. Family. Food. Fun. Be there!

Fore more details for Jozi Craft Beer Fest check out their website – http://jozicraftbeerfest.co.za/ or give them a follow on Twitter.

The New Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II In Stores! – And your chance to join us!

I don’t know about you, but I fell in love the first time I laid eyes on the CHUCK II‘s!!

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All the details you (and I) need to get your hands on a pair below.

The new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II, will be available in store from October 16th, 2015.

A contemporary adaptation of the exemplary Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette which delivers the following innovative features:

  • Nike Lunarlon sockliner for superior full foot cushioning and arch support
  • Foam padded collar and non-slip gusseted tongue for 360-degree comfort
  • A perforated micro suede liner, for breathability during extended periods of wear
  • A fully embroidered All Star patch
  • On-trend high foxing
  • Monochrome matte eyelets

The Chuck II will retail for R899 (lo) and R949 (hi) and will be available at Shesha (Sandton City), Cross Over (Sandton City), Xtrend (Braamfontein), Sportscene (Canal Walk and Sandton City) and Options (Rail Park Mall, Gaborone) in the following colours: white, red and black.

With only 720 units available, be the first to get your hands on a pair.

For more details visit converse-sa.co.za

You and a partner can join myself and the Converse team at the official sneak peek private launch in Johannesburg this Thursday, 15 October. All you have to do is complete the form below with your name, email address, contact number and what colour Chuck II you love most and you’re in the draw! Competition is open to Johannesburg folks only. Travel not included.

RISE & SHINE FESTIVAL

I have said this many times before, Rise & Shine is an absolute favourite day festival to attend!
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RISE & SHINE is back this Saturday 22 August and there are still a few tickets left!!

Rise & Shine always put together a great line-up of SA talent, and this weekend is no different , with BOO!, New Academics, Mr Cat & The Jackal, Bye Beneco, Go Barefoot, Float Parade, The Urban Village and Sutherland all on one stage.

Gates open bright and early at 8AM. Our Yogi, Karen, will host a light Yoga session on the lawn at 9AM, before a full day of music, food, nature and friends.
Delicious cuisine will be provided by a number of high-end food stalls curated from the top food & design markets. Our fully stocked bar which will keep festival-goers hydrated and refreshed throughout the day includes a variety of craft options, an Obikwa Wine Bar, a cordial bar and fresh coconuts.

Tickets and info from www.riseshinefest.co.za
R180 – Online pre-sale
R220 – At the Gate
R200 – 100 Limted ‘Green Ticket’ Online pre-sale
R250 – ‘Green Ticket’ Online pres-sale
A Green Ticket includes a tree planted on your behalf.

Keep an eye on online for the latest updates here → @RiseShineFest @ObikwaWines #RiseShineFest

CONVERSE GET OUT OF THE GARAGE RETURNS FOR 2015

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.

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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 http://goo.gl/JQwYsi 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 http://goo.gl/JQwYsi 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.

MICASA GOES GLOBAL

I’ve been real fortunate to watch this band perform and grow over the years. Not only are they truly talented, they really are some of the nicest gentlemen you will meet! So when the news broke they will be doing a little tour internationally I could not help but let out a happy smile!

#MICASAGOESGLOBAL

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Mi Casa have a total of 14 confirmed tour dates that spans over Europe, North America and Canada.

After taking control of their brand and announcing their new company 34 Music, Mi Casa embark on a new journey to their international tour. Mi Casa will be travelling to Europe, North America and Canada during the month of July and August 2015. The European leg kicks off in London and they will be making their way through to Holland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The second leg of their tour will be in North America & Canada where they will be performing in New York City, San Francisco and Toronto.

So if you find yourself in one of the below countries, or have family & friends in the vicinity, be sure to have them go and check the guys out whilst they’re on tour. Share the love..

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Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook, Twitter & Instagram timelines for what they not only have planned for this tour, but follow them as they embark on this incredible journey.

#MICASAGOESGLOBAL