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Dave Matthews Band coming to SA

Big Concerts announced today that Dave Matthews Band will tour South Africa for the very first time performing in Cape Town on 30th November 2013 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest and Johannesburg at the Coca-Cola Dome on 3rd December 2013. Presented by 567 CapeTalk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net. Another Big Concerts Experience. Tickets on sale from www.bigconcerts.co.za or Computicket from 9am, Tuesday 11th June 2013.


Dave Matthews Band – comprising Carter Beauford (drums), Jeff Coffin (saxophone), Stefan Lessard (bass), Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar), Tim Reynolds (guitar), Rashawn Ross (trumpet) and Boyd Tinsley (violin) –has sold a collective 37 million CDs and DVDs combined. The group ranked as the biggest touring act worldwide of the past decade and has sold over 18 million tickets since its inception.

Dave Matthews Band will be supported by music legend Vusi Mahlasela. Vusi has shared the stage with Sting, Ladysmith BlackMambazo, Josh Groban, Paul Simon, Ray LaMontange, among many others.  One of his proudest moments was in 2010 when he helped ring in the World Cup at Orlando Stadium in Soweto at the FIFA Kickoff Concert.  To date, Vusi has released seven studio albums on Sony Records and is signed to Dave Matthews’ATO Records in North America; his hit songs include Silang MabeleWhen You Come Back, and Say Africa.


Dave Matthews Band is touring in support of its latest album, Away From The World, which Rolling Stone named as one of the Top 50 Albums of2012 while The New York Times’ Jon Pareles noted: “The songs have grown-up concerns, from lifelong love to the entiresweep of human history, in settings that range from sparse intimacy tointricate folk-and-funk excursions.” Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the record entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, making Dave Matthews Band the first group in chart history to have six consecutive studio albums debut a topthe chart.


Born in Johannesburg, Dave Matthews went to high school at St Stithians College but moved to New York in 1986. He has never performed in South Africa and this will be the first opportunity to watch Dave Matthews Band live in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Tickets go on sale at 9am from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket..


Tour Itinerary


Cape Town – presented by 567 CapeTalk and M-NET

Saturday 30thNovember 2013

Grand Arena,GrandWest

Tickets on sale at 9am from bigconcerts.co.za  and Computicket priced R400 – R600


Johannesburg – presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo andM-NET

Tuesday 3rdDecember 2013

Coca-Cola Dome

Tickets go on sale at 9am from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket priced R400 – R675

Rumours Confirmed – Rihanna aka Riri coming to SA

Just thought we’d confirm the rumour, if you havent heard already, Rihanna will be gracing our shores for 2 shows, Cpt and JHB

World tour promoters Live Nation together with Big Concerts confirmed today that the tour which kicks off in North America this week is set to dazzle fans with concerts confirmed at FNB Stadium Johannesburg on Sunday 13th October 2013 and Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 16th October 2013.

Rihanna has dominated global charts with “Diamonds,” the fastest-rising single of her career to date and first single to be release from UNAPOLOGETIC her 7th studio album for Island Def Jam in just seven years.

The recipient of six Grammy Awards® and seven Billboard Music Awards, Rihanna has sold over 41 million albums and 150 million digital tracks worldwide, and currently holds the record as the top-selling digital artist of all time. Forbes named Rihanna the world’s #1 social media star with over 2.9 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, over 63 million Facebook fans, and over 27 million Twitter followers. In addition to her 12 Hot 100 #1 singles and overall 24 Top 10 singles, she also has 18 #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts.

Tickets for the Diamonds World Tour in South Africa will go on sale for Johannesburg on Thursday 11th April at 9am priced R330 – R930 and in Cape Town on Friday 12th April at 9am priced R275 – R820.
Tickets will be available from www.bigconcerts.co.za, www.computicket.com, the Computicket call centre on 0861 915 8000 or any Computicket outlet at Checkers and Shoprite.

Rumour has it…. Rihanna will be in South Africa in October

Big Concerts
She’s sold over 41 million albums worldwide. Find out who’s performing two stadium shows. All will be revealed 8th April at 7.30am.

Well we have heard via Heat Magazine’s twitter feed that the mysterious artist is in fact Rihanna who will, as with all these artists, be performing in JHB and CPT. Rumoured to be performing sometime in October.

Who knows maybe heat is right, maybe not, but if you want to pay homage to an Umbrella then best get saving…

Metallica – Cape Town show venue change

Big Concerts recently announced a venue change for the Cape Town leg of their tour, please see details below as release by Big Concerts


The Cape Town venue for Metallica has changed. Metallica will now perform two nights at the Bellville Velodrome on the 24th and 25th of April 2013 to allow fans a chance of watching Metallica in a dynamic indoor live music setting.
The Johannesburg performance date and venue will not be affected.
As a consequence of this new development, fans that have already purchased tickets to the Cape Town stadium concert will have to exchange their tickets as follows:

All Golden Circle Standing- and Seated ticket holders that purchased their tickets from Computicket for the Cape Town stadium performance must present and exchange their tickets at any Computicket outlet for a new ticket to either one of the performances at the Bellville Velodrome on the 24th or 25th April 2013.
General Admission Standing ticket holders for the Cape Town stadium that purchased their tickets from Computicket are valid for the 24th April 2013 performance at the Bellville Velodrome, and no exchange is required.
All ticket holders that purchased their tickets from Big Concerts through bigconcerts.co.za will receive an email with specific instructions on how to exchange their tickets.

Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th April 2013 – Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town
Saturday 27th April 2013 – FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Show information for Cape Town:
18H00: Doors/Gates Open
19H45: Support 1
20H45: Metallica (approx. 90 minutes)

Show information for Johannesburg:
18H00: Doors/Gates Open
18H30: Support 1
19H30: Support 2
21H00: Metallica (approx. 90 minutes + )

Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo collectively known as Metallica, are one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. Metallica have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Speculation and a new Single – Paramore

Not sure how many people saw this posted on Paramore’s Facebook page, but we thought it was a little strange.
Why would Paramore show some sort of vested interest in South Africa of all places, I mean we know SA is great and all, but bands rarely show any interest in our sunny shores. What made it seem extra fishy was hearing Paramore’s latest single playing on 5fm early this morning. We all know 5fm is in with Big Concerts on all the big international acts. But then again maybe we are just reading too far into this. Let us know what you think, or if you heard from your friend’s connection’s uncle’s grandmother’s nephew….

Paramore - Facebook Status
Paramore – Facebook Status

And here you may as well listen to their latest single, official video due to release today as far as we know, will be sure to post it when its out. Dont forget to preorder thier new album, due for release around 8 April 2013.

Poorly organized Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in JHB – Big Concerts under fire

I warn you this is a bit long winded….

We made our way up to Joburg for the weekend to watch one of our old favorites playing live… namely the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Unfortunately what started off as a straight forward trip away turned into something quite the opposite.

Firstly Park and Ride buses available at R120 per person ??? well I don’t know about you but that seems a little steep, I know there have been many complaints about this, but hey there is only one service so they have the monopoly to charge what they like.
Turns out closer for me to drive to the stadium than the park and ride venue, once again I logged onto Computickets website to try and buy a parking ticket.


Going through the options I see there are tickets priced from R50 – R500, but the website doesn’t give you any idea of where the parking is actually situated in relation to the Stadium, needless to say I scratched googles head and still couldn’t find any information other than that one of the options was the disabled option. Seems Big Concerts posted a map of the parking the following day on Facebook (Friday, aka day before the event) having a look there we decided the R120 tickets was a good deal, booked and expected to be able to use the print at home option, as we had for the actual concert tickets, well no such luck. We would just have to find an outlet in JHB and collect it there.

Tickets in the bag plans arranged and we head off to the stadium at around 4pm to miss the traffic and chaos that normally follows these events. The road that was supposed to be closed from that morning was open for traffic and the only thing hindering that was the mass of ‘car guards’ running around telling you where they want you to park. I had no idea if I was in the correct parking area designated for my R120 ticket. It seemed close enough for my liking and I parked the car closest the exit for an easy escape. The ‘car guard’ then insisted I give him the ticket and told me he had no money and needed a beer or R30… really?!?! After I made it clear I would give him money after the show provided he were there, he proceeded to tell me he wanted the ticket because he needed the money, I’m more than sure these guys put me in the R50 area and thought they would get my ticket and sell it to some other sucker passing by.

Bit of a march to the stadium over the road along a dodgy grass path that had a number of pieces of steel rod sticking out at random intervals. Find the beer tent, perfect lets get a drink… R30 for a ‘500ml’ Castle Draught… that was in actual fact a 440ml can of normal Castle Lager, gee thanks guys. Didn’t have many of those.

Eventually the time came where the gates were opened and people started heading through like a heard of goats. We didn’t rush in but waited a while before joining the queue for gate M (the allocated gate for general standing and golden circle). Following the maze of crowd control fences through a number of security guards who really didn’t seem to know what they were there for, I didn’t see anyone’s bag getting searched on my way in (this was later confirmed by some concert goers). Luckily on exiting the maze we got handed our wristbands, which from reports not everyone had the privileged of receiving. All we see ahead is a banner saying Golden Circle, oh dear where do we go, along with a lot of other people we were lost and felt we had gone the wrong way, some people turned back we chanced it and followed the GC signage and it turned out to be right in the end.

We needed to get to our allocated turnstiles and get into the stadium, taking note of the numbers on our tickets we headed to turnstiles 15-19, 19 had a HUGE crowd in line, if you can call that a line, we tried to make our way to turnstile 18-15 but realized the organizers had fenced off the are after 19… Great, well done Big Concerts, after finally finding someone that looked like he had an IQ higher than a Goldfish, he proceeded to tell us to use any turnstile. Great lets join another Queue, get to the front and we cant get access, the scanner wont let us and numerous others through, get sent to another turnstile, same story, finally 4th time lucky we managed to get in.

The rest was pretty straight forward for us found the beer found the food found the field. One thing which was a tad annoying was the fact that we couldn’t take water or cold drinks onto the field with a lid, so you couldn’t stock pile your drinks as easily as I would have liked. Easily avoided, we just removed all our lids and popped them into our pockets before getting to security. Now separate stairs for going down to and up from the field was a bit of a hassle with an overfilled field, try fight your way through the drunken masses with a petite gf in tow, not so ideal or fun for that matter. The amount of people smoking, and that sweet scent of weed filled the air, something none of the security personal felt obliged to act upon, given that this is a non smoking venue, this was definitely not appreciated.

Band wise The Muffins weren’t too terrible, Die Antwoord sucked, that vulgar drivel that eminated from their mouths was utter crap and the images that they displayed on their screens matched that attitude. No real performance in my opinion. Next up the headliners,… The band everyone was there to see, RHCP… not much of an introduction, no real interaction with the crowd, Flea made a comment here and there but really seemed a bit mechanical and rehearsed, not at all what was expected from a band known to be unpredictable and unrehearsed, slightly disappointed.

That matched with the fact that the first song sounded absolutely terrible due to the bad sound engineering and mixing that was done, all in all left us with a slightly bitter taste in our mouths. Don’t get me wrong RHCP were awesome but I think we just expected a bit more. Kings of Leon outshone them performance wise and I have definitely been a fan of RHCP far longer than KOL.

To summarize, Big Concerts really needs to start listening to concert goers, there was a lot of talk about how overcrowded the standing areas were (I tend to agree with this) The lack of signage for parking areas, and the lack of control in stadium. Its only a matter of time before a serious accident happens and then what will Big Concerts have to say. There was even a stampede scare and talk of gates not being opened and the list goes on…. I feel this post is long enough as it is, there is enough publicity on all that went down and unfortunately most of it was negative, check out BC’s facebook page and its clear something needs to be done, even thought Big Concert seems to be turning a blind eye.

Living Things – Linkin Park in South Africa

Big Concerts and Warner Brothers Records have announced that Grammy-winning rockers Linkin Park will be coming to South Africa.

The 6 piece band, fronted by Chester Bennington will be heading to South Africa to perform later on this year.

Dates released are:
Cape Town Stadium on 7 November 2012.
Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 November 2012.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday 26 July for the Johannesburg show and then on Friday 27 July for Cape Town show from Computicket.

Seating arrangements:

Lady Gaga in SA

Clearly not a very well kept secret, the rumours of Lady Gaga coming to South Africa where going wild over social media, hitting a high point recently. When BIG concerts announced that there would be a BIG reveal on Monday, 18 June, the twitterverse went crazy with the rumours of Gaga’s tour.  Continue reading Lady Gaga in SA