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25th Splashy Fen – 75 Days to go and Counting…

All roads will lead to the southern Drakensberg this Easter for the 25th Splashy Fen Music Festival – its milestone quarter-century!


The tranquil Underberg farm on which the annual Splashy Fen Music Festival is held, will soon transform into a colourful tent town when thousands of people from around the country descend on the southern Drakensberg for a long weekend of live music in a spectacular mountain setting.

Running from 17 to 21 April 2014, Splashy Fen #25 promises a line-up of more than 80 of South Africa’s hottest acts, including the likes of Jeremy Loops, Matthew Mole, Gangs of Ballet, Arno Carstens & Francois van Coke, Chris Chameleon, Dan Patlansky, The Kiffness, to name a few.

And as part of the quarter-century celebrations, this year will also see the return of some of the ‘showstopper’ bands that have helped build Splashy into the premier music showcase that it is today – think big names like Just Jinjer, Squeal, Tree63 and WONDERboom!

Festival-goers can expect non-stop entertainment, top-class sound and lighting, as well as side-splitting stand-up comedy, loads of exciting food and drink outlets, a vibrant craft market and retail area, plus various camping and accommodation options. And that’s not forgetting the stunning mountain vistas, winding river and open fields that have earned Splashy its reputation as the ultimate outdoor experience!

South Africa’s longest-running annual music festival, Splashy Fen has something for everyone; in fact there’s nothing else quite like it! For many it’s become an annual tradition, and if you’ve never been before, then it definitely deserves a spot at the top of your ‘must-do’ list!

Tickets are available at Computicket and include camping for the entire four-night, five-day festival. For more information, visit www.splashyfen.co.za or contact 031 563 0824. Ends

Seether in SA!



JOHANNESBURG (November 19th, 2013) – After months of excitement and anticipation, Breakout Management, DStv and the Tonight are very excited to welcome SEETHER back to SA as they kick-off their 3-date tour this week.


Seether will be heading to Cape Town first for their Kirstenbosch event on 22 November, thereafter to Durban to perform at Chris Saunders Park on 23 November and then finishing off the tour in Johannesburg, headliningParklife Festival at Marks Park, in Emmarentia, on 24 November.


The 2nd Parklife Festival is set for an incredible day of Music, Food, Markets and Summer fun. There will be two main stages, excellent catering and refreshment options available to Festival-goers, as well as merchants selling various goods to create a “market” feel. The archery range at Marks Park will be made into a Food Village with a dining area and the 3rd Stage being a BOS Ice Tea music stage, to provide festival-goers with an alternative music and dining option in a quieter part of the venue. In addition, Stage 4 will be the Electro Stage with a DJ line-up to provide an electro-music area for those who are looking for more of a dance vibe during the day.


“We are really excited to present our second Parklife, a unique urban event that is a full bodied entertainment option. On the music front we have an exceptional mix of the best local bands, headliners and some exciting newcomers, that we are really proud to have play at our event. In the food village we have everything from, Gourmet, Organic, homemade to raw foods  – Great music, good food and a fun day out.  

Building on our first event, comparisons to similar events internationally plus a desire to present something truly amazing have led to what we believe can only be described as Parklife – don’t waste a day,  get out this summer, and have fun,” comments Damon Forbes, head of Breakout Management.


Desmond & The Tutus and Shotgun Tori have joined the incredible 17 strong local line-up for Parklife Festival in JHB, making it one of this year’s most-exciting inner-city Festivals! The line-up for PARKLIFE FESTIVAL on Sunday, 24 November, is as follows:


Main Stage 1:

10:30     Shotgun Tori

11:30     Beatenberg

12:50     Shortstraw

14:10     ISO

15:30     Jeremy Loops

17:00     SEETHER


Main Stage 2:

11:00     Farryl Purkiss

12:10     Graeme Watkins Project
13:30     Desmond & The Tutus

14:50     Taxi Violence

16:10     The Dirty Skirts


Acoustic Village Stage:

12:10     Nakhane Toure

12:50     Michael Lowman

13:30     Beatenberg

14:10     Farryl Purkiss

14:50     December Streets

15:30     Matthew Mole

16:10     Shaun Jacobs


Electro Stage

11:00     WWLD
12:10     Duchess
13:30     Casioheart
14:50     The Fluffers
16:10     THE FROWN


If you have not bought your tickets yet, get to Webtickets now, cause there won’t be any tickets on sale at the gate if they sell-out before any of the events. Tickets are selling fast!





Line-up: SEETHER, Taxi Violence (Unplugged)

Venue: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Gates Open: 6pm

Ticket prices: R250 through Webtickets / R275 at the gate (if not sold out before event via Webtickets)

Ticket Link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=406221895



Line-up: SEETHER, Jeremy Loops, Farryl Purkiss + Lieutenant Vinyl

Venue: Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga

Gates Open: 12:00

Ticket prices: R250 through Webtickets / R275 at the gate (if not sold out before event via Webtickets)

Ticket Link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=406222513


Sun, 24 Nov 2013: PARKLIFE FESTIVAL – Johannesburg

Line-up: SEETHER, Jeremy Loops, The Dirty Skirts, ISO, Shortstraw, Beatenberg, Graeme Watkins Project, and many more!

Venue: Marks Park, Judith Rd, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Gates Open: 9:30am

Ticket Prices: R295 through Webtickets / R320 at the gate (if not sold out before event via Webtickets)

Ticket Link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=406166901

Interpret Durban #4



On the 31st August 2013 the doors to Durban City Hall shall open at 5pm to mark the start of Interpret Durban 4. Interpret Durban 4 (or ID4 as its more commonly called) as an event has all the hallmarks of being the kind of experience those who attend talk about for weeks after, and those who don’t lament for a full year before getting a chance to see what all the fuss was about when the next one comes around. So what’s it all about then?

Interpret Durban is a multi-faceted creative contest running throughout the month of August. Artists are called to get involved in the various categories and the competition culminates in the main Interpret Durban event, which features exhibitions of the selected submissions, the awards ceremony, live music and needless to say…party.

2010 marked the first INTERPRET DURBAN, an event inspired by a city and her people. 4 years later, the event has grown from being an independent creation to a fully fledged public celebration but its core stays 031. As testimony to the growth in popularity of this event the 4th edition is housed in the very bosom of eThekwini itself, Durban City Hall.

Interpret Durban 4 from INTERPRET DURBAN on Vimeo.


2013’s overall theme, “The Concrete Circus” leaves room for much interpretation and this year entries are sure to be as varied as you could hope for. In addition to the MIXED MEDIUM ART, PHOTOGRAPHY and VIDEO categories, this year‘s contest has gone national with the inclusion of Springleap, and their well established database of national artists.  Submissions for this competition close on the 22nd of August so if you haven’t entered yet it’s not too late to try stake your claim of the R120 000 worth of phenomenal prizes up for grabs. To download the entry forms and read up on the criteria for the event visit www.interpretdurban.com.


The ID4 main event takes place on August 31st at Durban’s 103 year old City Hall. The purpose of the event is to recognise and award the best creative contest submissions as selected by a host of industry specific judges, and naturally have one whopper of a party in the heart of the city. The night is packed to the hilt with entertainment: exhibitions, live art competitions, performances as well as interactive elements including silent art auctions of some of the pieces created on the night.

On top of this smorgasbord of entertainment, ID4 are proud to offer up a lineup guaranteed to get everyone’s takkies, pumps, flipflops and boots squeaking across the dance floor. The lineup includes Durban Gypsy-Funk-Punk rockers The Accidentals alongside the ever lively foot stomping favorites The Trees. For those Hip Hop fiends out there, proud son of the 031 Prinston will be taking to the ID4 stage during the night. Thanks to Red Bull studios Cape Town ID4 we’ll also be hosting Youngsta and Audiophile fresh from the Mother City bringing a real Western Cape flavor to this Durban musical curry. Always keen to bring balance to a good time Red Bull Studios CT will also be returning one of Durban’s long lost sons to the event in the form of the one and only Felix Laband just off the plane from his Argentinean tour. Two more artists complete the bill who need no introduction, Crazy White Boy and Veranda Panda top the lineup and both are said to be working on sets for the evening aimed at raising the copper roof clear off Durban City Hall.


ID4 has made a free shuttle service available to its patrons come the night of the event. The shuttle begins its route from 5pm. The two pick up points are outside the KZNSA on Bulwer Road in Glenwood and at The Cube on Innes road in Morningside. The Shuttle will depart KZNSA on the hour every hour and arrive some 15/20 min later at The Cube where it will stop before heading off to City Hall. The shuttle will be on a loop for the duration of the event with the last shuttle scheduled to depart City Hall at 1:40am. There will be guards stationed at both drop off points to ensure safety of the cars left behind so you can relax knowing that all is well.

To find out more about the event simply enter the hashtag #ID4 into twitter, Facebook or Instagram to find the relevant Interpret Durban 4 page or visit:


Website: www.interpretdurban.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/interpretDBN

Twitter: www.twitter.com/interpretdurban

Billy Talent returns to South Africa


Having headlined OppiKoppi in 2010, Hilltop Live are proud to announce that Billy Talent will be returning to South Africa for two shows only.

After the success of their previous tour to South Africa, Canadian melodic punk rockers, Billy Talent, wanted to play at the OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast Festival but due to their touring schedule, the dates did not work out. The band jumped at the opportunity to be part of another event just shortly after.

On Friday 23 August 2013 Cape Town’s City Hall Auditorium, will be rocked like never before as the first concert of the band’s 2 leg tour. Fans of the band can purchase tickets to meet the band as well as limited edition tour merchandise at the concert.

The Pretoria Botanical Gardens will host a picnic like no other.  The Post aKOPPPIlyptic Punk Picnic takes place on Saturday afternoon, where Billy Talent fans can expect the band to get on stage as the sun sets over the Capital City. Just to add to that, OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast attendees can look forward to a number of new benefits including a R100 discount when purchasing their Post aKOPPIlyptic Punk Picnic ticket, being able to purchase the official OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast merchandise (if they didn’t get round to doing so at the festival), as well as being reunited with lost phones, keys, personalities and even names that were left behind in the OppiKoppi dust at the OppiKoppi Lost and Found desk.

Billy Talent are currently touring as part of the Van’s Warped Tour USA, before traveling to Europe to headline three festivals as part of their promotion of the new album,  “Dead Silence” (2012), the bands fourth studio album, which features the single, “Viking Death March”. The video for the single, shows 100,00 fans singing along to the song, and is testament to the loyalty of the band’s fans around the world.

Tour dates

 Date: 24 August 2013

Venue: Pretoria Botanic Gardens

Tickets: R450 without an OppiKoppi 2013 wrist band or R350 with a valid 2013 OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast wristband.  Show goers will be checked for the band at the gate. www.plankton.mobi

Date: 23 August 2013

Venue: City Hall Auditorium, Cape Town

Tickets: R350 Tickets available from www.plankton.mobi


Hilltop Live Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hilltoplive?fref=ts

OppiKoppi Official Website: www.oppikoppi.co.za

Billy Talent Official Website: www.billytalent.com

Viking Death March Official Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRFCMM3bra8

Durban Colour Festival

Coming to Durban 6th April 2013

In the spirit of Madiba’s vision of a rainbow nation – we present “The Colour Festival Durban”, an electronic dance music party that incorporates the element of colour powders from the legendary Holi festival combined with a stellar line-up of local and international deejays.

Originally emanating from India, colour festivals have taken the world by storm and successfully spread to countries like Singapore, Germany, the USA, with Spain, France, Switzerland and many others currently planning to host their own.

This non–religious event set on African soil makes it a truly amazing melting pot of cultures. Featuring a line-up of broad of cross-over artists, the event promises to cater to multiple tastes and get the whole city dancing in a bright display of colour.

Let´s celebrate the diversity of KwaZulu Natal and indeed the city of Durban, with all of the passion and flare that makes this a truly unique South African city. Let’s show the rest of the country, and the world, how we celebrate ourselves in Durban.

To keep up to date click over to their Facebook-Page

Line Up

featuring: The Big Bad Wolf (MC)

12H30 – 13H00: DJ Competition Winner (TBC)
13H00 – 14H00: Warren G B2B Ameeth Shah
14H00 – 15H00: Dums
15H00 – 15H50: Ryan The DJ (5FM)
15H50 – 16H40: Spindoctor
16H40 – 17H30: Coco Loco
17H30 – 18H30: Deon G (ECR)
18H30 – 19H30: Dino Bravo (5FM)
19H30 – 20H30: Grimehouse
20H30 – 21H30: Pascal & Pearce
21H30 – 22H30: Dirty Herz
22H30 – 23H30: Tyronne Scott B2B SK9


Check out this video for what to expect

Tickets on sale online and at WAKABERRY STORES in DURBAN! All Standard Tickets sold through Wakaberry Retail outlets Include (2) Packets of Colour Powder of your choice, given to you on entry to the Festival; 6th April, 2013 with proof of and / or original purchased ticket.

STANDARD TICKETS: R190 pp. Includes 2 packets of colour powder of your choice.
PREMIUM TICKETS R260 pp. Included 2 packets of colour powder of your choice, and the official “Color Festival Durban” T-shirt in your size (as long as stock lasts.)
COMMUNITY TICKET R235 pp. Including 2 packets of colour powder of your choice. For every two community tickets sold, the organizers will contribute and additional R45, and allow someone less fortunate to attend the festival for the cost of only a R45 tickets.

RAMfest Durban – Epic

After first hearing Rise Against was due to play at RAMfest we were more than excited to see them live. The months ticked by and I must admit my excitement waned a little, until about a week before the event. The excitement grew everyday, the best part knowing that I’d also have the privilege to cover this event and take some photos of Bring Me the Horizon and of course Rise Against.

I got there just after Low Profile had played, not planned, but just that’s when I could get there, tried to sign in with my media pass, oh dear name not on the list, a quick chat to the organisers and that was soon cleared up and I had my elusive media pass, ready to capture the evening.

I was relatively impressed with the turn out, Durban is synonymous with poor crowd turnout and well this was one of the better supported local rock events I have been too, I’d still like to see that crowd double by next year, it really would make Durban more attractive to event organisers and artists for that matter.

First band I got to see was Pestroy and as could be expected, they were awesome, couldn’t fault them and they certainly had the crowd going, I really should have turned the camera around and taken some photos of the crowd going nuts so early on in the night. Definitely seemed to have a solid following here amongst the Durban crowd.

Excitement growing as we talk amongst friends and have a few beers, thank goodness they didn’t have a separate cordoned off area for the bar. Glad to be able to have a beer in the crowd something I missed at a few earlier Wavehouse events that have happened over the years. Nice and much needed improvement.

Following a short break Bring Me the Horizon came to the stage, I cant say I had heard much of their music before but I did do a little youtube re-con before the event to get a taste of what they had to offer. Straight into their set, crowd going crazy, they made the mark and sounded insane. Brought back memories of old Burn back in the day, moshing in the crowd and having R1 shooters. From what I could tell they followed the same Set-list as JHB. Saw a few people get up and trying to get some crowd surfing going, heard some guy fell on his nut but soon rejoined the madness holding his head.

Another interlude, time to reflect on BMTH, not everyone’s cup of tea, but I really enjoyed them and what they brought to RAMfest 2013. I found the time to go check out the Monster Energy area, grabbed myself a monster and relaxed with a few other guests, everyone very upbeat after the BMTH set.

Headed back down to the event area, Monster in hand just in time for the start of Rise Against’s show. Downed the monster and rushed into the photographers area. What an opportunity (Thanks Ramfest) Getting to take photos of one of my all time favourite bands (cheesy I know). They came on starting off with Chamber the Cartridge, if my memory serves me correctly. Blown away, they sounded epic live. 3 song limit was up (this is all we are allowed up front to take photos of the international artists). Now I was torn, I really wanted to get in the thick of the crowd, but had all my camera gear. Well I didn’t get in the middle of it all but wasn’t any less satisfied by the whole event. Rise against, went off and came back on for their first encore, acoustic in hand, Soldier of war and Swing Life Away filled the area, and as expected, you could hear the crowd singing along. Another 4 songs and that was it, ending off with Saviour, I believe… the music went off and the lights came on. The crowd still going wild as Tim McIlrath raised his red Gibson above his head, with the crowds hands in the air and that was it, The night was done. An amazing experience, one that I didn’t want to end, a thought echoed by many event goers that night.

Once again, a HUGE shout-out to the organisers of RAMfest for catering for the ‘Alternative’ crowd and bringing some amazing artists to our shores once again, until next year! And of course this event wouldnt happen if it werent for the sponsors, with the likes of:
RED HEART: www.facebook.com/RedHeartRum
Monster Energy: www.facebook.com/MonsterEnergy
Olmeca Tequila SA: www.facebook.com/OlmecaTequilaSA
Black Label: www.facebook.com/CarlingBlackLabelSA
MKtv: www.facebook.com/MKtv.co.za
Hunter’s: www.facebook.com/HuntersCider

All photography by Geecee Photography, www.geecee.co.za contact info@geecee.co.za

Ramfest – Cape Towns Setlist, what will Durban and Jo’Burg get to hear ??


Rise Against

  1. Chamber the Cartridge
  2. Life Less Frightening (first time live since 2009)
  3. Collapse (Post-Amerika)
  4. Re-Education (Through Labor)
  5. Heaven Knows
  6. The Dirt Whispered
  7. Help Is on the Way
  8. The Good Left Undone
  9. Like the Angel
  10. Prayer of the Refugee
  11. Survive
  12. Satellite
  13. Ready to Fall


  14. Hero of War (acoustic)
  15. Swing Life Away (acoustic)

    Encore 2:

  16. Make It Stop (September’s Children)
  17. Give It All
  18. Savior
Rise Against
Rise Against

Bring Me the Horizon

  1. Shadow Moses
  2. Chelsea Smile
  3. Alligator Blood
  4. Fuck
  5. It Never Ends
  6. The Sadness Will Never End
  7. Diamonds Aren’t Forever
  8. Blessed with a Curse
  9. Antivist
Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon

Xavier Rudd – Durban excluded… Again

So we just got news about Xavier Rudd’s show dates in South Africa… Well he is playing the Parklife Festival in both Cape Town and Johannesburg… Yes once again no Durban show. What’s worse, in my opinion, is that the following week we have the most renowned music festival in South Africa taking place, Splashy Fen, which as far as I’m concerned is right down Xavier’s alley. He is synonymous with festivals, and that earthly vibe that goes along with Splashy. A little more disappointing is he will be playing alongside two of Durbans most talented musicians… Namely Farryl Purkiss and Guy Buttery. How can us Durbanites not feel cheated in this whole situation.




Breakout Management are pleased to announce the debut of PARKLIFE, a new and exciting annual acoustic music festival taking place for the first time on Thursday 21 March 2013 at Marks Park, Johannesburg and Friday 22 March at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town!

The inaugural Parklife event will see international festival favourite, the acoustic folk star Xavier Rudd as the main headliner and will also feature a star studded local support line-up that includes Farryl Purkiss, Jeremy Loops, Plush, Guy Buttery, Josie Field & Laurie Levine.

Xavier Rudd, well known on the live music festival circuit throughout Australia, North America and Europe now brings his special blend of acoustic folk to South Africa for two exclusive shows.