With the festive season at an end, we can finally start making plans for 2017. But which prospects should be lying on your horizon? We spoke to J.P. Prinsloo, owner of events coordination company www.prifactor.com, to give us his lowdown on the hottest events taking place in South Africa over the next twelve months.
“It’s wise to note that, just because the hype for a festival or concert hasn’t been created on social media and other platforms, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start planning early,” says Prinsloo. “Investing in Early Bird tickets and saving early makes the whole experience worth your while.”
Read on to find out what you should be planning for:
- Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts: For Capetonians, this is the in thing on summer Sundays. These laid-back concerts kick off between 17:00 and 17:30 in the tranquil Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and tickets go for R90 – R165. This year’s lineup consists of acts such as, among others, Dan Patlansky, Goldfish, Francois van Coke and Karen Zoid.
- Park Acoustics: This once-monthly, family-friendly concert series kicks off on Sunday, 5 February at Fort Schanskop (on the same grounds as the Voortrekker Monument) with Francois van Coke as the headline act. Tickets range from R120 to R150.
- Bonnie Tyler: With hits like ‘Holding out for a Hero’ and ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, this international pop sensation is bound to rock audiences with performances scheduled for the 22nd, 24th and 25th of March at the Joburg Theatre. Tickets range from R250 – R950.
- ATKV-Oesfees: Labeled as the authentic South African Roots Revival Festival, the ATKV-Oesfees is celebrating its first decade in existence at Solms Delta Wine Estate. Visitors can expect to be wooed by the best music, food and wine that the Boland has to offer. Early Bird tickets are still available at R99. Find out more at www.oesfees.co.za/
- Oppikoppi 23: Though the lineup has not yet been confirmed, no true South African festival-goer can consider themselves a muso without paying a visit to this Bosveld-based, dusty, decadent celebration of local (and international) entertainment. Keep an eye on their webpage for updates at www.oppikoppi.co.za. Early Bird tickets are still available at R750.
- Kanala: A quintessential classic of South African theatre, Kanala was created by David Kramer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the forcible removal of people from District Six by the Apartheid regime, and follows on the heels of Kramer and late Taliep Petersen’s hugely successful musical District Six, Kat and the Kings and Fairyland. Kanala will be taking place until Sunday, 26 February. Tickets are priced at R200.
- Live Music Experience Vanderbijlpark: With performances by Moneoa and Gcwensa on Saturday, 25 February at Emerald Resort and Casino, this is not to be missed. Early Bird tickets are still available at R180.
- Lumineers: Following their smash hit Ho Hey, the Lumineers’ 2nd studio album, Cleopatra, is well worth the 4 year wait. The international music act is scheduled to enchant South African fans on Wednesday, 26 April at Green Point Park in Cape Town (tickets going for R545) and Friday, 28 April at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg (tickets at R745).
- Justin Bieber: The international pop superstar will be paying a visit to our shores as part of his 2017 Purpose World Tour, with dates at the FNB Stadium (14th of May) and the Cape Town Stadium (17th of May). Tickets range from R350 – R15 000.
- Rocking the Daisies: Prepare your tent, your senses and your bicycle or hiking boots. Taking place outside Darling from 5 to 8 October 2017, this one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly festival is truly a spectacle to behold. Keep an eye out for the to-be-announced lineup at www.rockingthedaisies.com. Early Bird tickets are still available at R750.
- Innibos: The iconic Nelspruit-based Afrikaans arts festival is scheduled to take place this year from Wednesday, 5 July to Sunday, 8 July. Expect to be entertained by the very best in Afrikaans music and theatre, as well as Afrikaans literature and lifestyle. Tickets are not yet available, but the lineup will be announced on Monday, 1 May on the festival’s official website; www.innibos.co.za
“These are only a few of the already-confirmed highlights for South Africa in 2017,” Prinsloo continues. “Start putting your money away, and dust off your party shoes – with sound, lighting effects and entertainment of the highest calibre, this is bound to be one beast of a year!”