Category Archives: EVENTS

Passenger with Jose Cuervo

I was invited to sit Jose Cuervo side for Passenger in the park this past Valentines weekend. Te amo? Nah, more like Te QUILA!


Here’s what went down…besides shots. Obvi.

Lemme keep it real with you – I’ve never been to a concert in Botanical Gardens. To put it bluntly, it’s normally cheese-central and a line-up of over-saturated acts that I have absolutely no interest in. But, I may have been missing out on something because hot damn, did it make for a beautiful venue.

There was something about everyone sitting on picnic blankets in front of an intimate stage set up, with the palm trees silhouetted against the evening sky and the frogs singing along in the lake. Basically, pure fvcking poetry man!

I took along a friend of mine who was also up for  a few margaritas and we headed to the VIP Jose Cuervo tent where we were greeted by energetic barmen and promo girls. 5 minutes later and we’d already tried tequila with orange and coffee, tequila with Tabasco and then a salt-rimmed margarita.

Passenger was a really great act. One man, one guitar and an audience obsessed. Everyone was enamoured with this humble Brit, lapping up every word coming out of his mouth – the sound was crystal clear and his voice like honey. Charlene and I knocked back the tequila and lemonades while swaying like women possessed to his melancholic acoustic set. I may or may not have proposed to him via Twitter.

It turned out to be an extremely festive and educational night. I pretty much consider myself a tequila pro after experiencing all those combos and didn’t even feel half as bad as a I should have on Saturday morning.

Thanks for the jol, Jose!

Here’s a little Passenger, if you missed out!

RedEye: An Irrelevant Review

As most of you know, Durban and RedEye go way back. The multi-genre arts and performance festival has been running for some time but only recently made its way back on the current 031 events list. I hit up my first RedEye last Friday at City Hall and here’s (some of) what went down…

Admittedly, while I am reluctant to comment too heavily on the event itself because I only arrived after 8pm (it kicked off at 6) and seemed to have missed a few acts (according to my Instagram feed), it will still always be a spectacle to jol at City Hall – instant cool points for organisers using a fairly underrated venue in Durbs.

Man, I just love that building – whenever there’s a party there it feels like you’re in High School getting up to mischief at your first gig. I can’t explain it, there’s something about the vibe that gives me that same excited nostalgia. Everything is easily amplified by the sheer magnificence of the architecture and original décor and I didn’t even mind paying the pinch of the hunned bucks entrance fee to wander up and down in between the floors, ogling at the stained glass windows or city view from the main balcony.

It’s safe to say that I definitely appreciated the music line-up. It was cool to see some versatility – watching Strage melt faces downstairs in the sweaty engine room and then cramming onto the balcony upstairs jamming to hip-hop. There was a range of traditional Zulu dancers, painters, aerial acrobatics, poets etcetera etcetera on the entertainment bill too.

The event also carried on despite load shedding (kudos RedEye, kudos) although the ladies bathroom lights flickered on and off, prompting a random girl to assure me that “it was normal and that I wasn’t going to get murdered while I pee”.*

*Why did I include this part of my evening in my review? Well, I found this simply hilarious at the time and in my drunken state made a cellphone note to include it in this post. Just humour Drunk Jenna for a sec ok? Thank you.

These days, it seems that an event is not complete without live tattoo art – and not just some small eternity symbols for drunk BFFs, but full on body-width pieces. I couldn’t help but stare at the girl getting an owl inked across her ribcage in the dim lighting, next to the bar. You go on with your bad self, honey!

On yet another unrelated note, my highlight was definitely sneaking into the auditorium, getting reprimanded by an unidentified man (overly infuriated by all these damn youths) and then returning again like giggling naughty teenagers. We kicked back on the gallery seats, trying not to echo in this eerily silent and overwhelming space and just drank in the beauty. There was just something beautiful about that moment that had nothing to do with the event happening below.

I do feel it could have been marketed a little better because while DIY tweeted, blogged and Facebooked up a storm and the graffiti wall next to my flat was done up to advertise the event, many clued-up kids were blissfully unawares about the vibe until the day before. Something of that size needs a few old school posters and not just a word-of-mouth approach. Perhaps there were flyers and posters and Facebook ads galore, but I just didn’t see any and was surprised by the relatively small crowd dispersing, so early on a Friday night. I’m all for telling Durbs to buck up their support, but sometimes the peoples need a little hand-holding when it comes to upcoming vibes.

On that note, keep up to date with gigs by finding RedEye on the book, here.

And co.

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This just in! A few local lasses have teamed up to create a series of pop-up markets and shops, stocked with Durban’s finest fashion and accessories. 

We swung by their last event on Tuesday, located on a secret rooftop complete with cupcakes, live music and shopping. Hello, Bliss!

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Find out about the next secret pop-up by liking And Co. on the book – featuring some seriously talented individuals such as Becca Blair and Abi Road. Peep And Co. for bags, kimonos, thrifted wonders, handmade clothing and more. It’s local goodness and unique finds all the way baby!

Check them out and get some Christmas shopping done for your friends and family.

And like more importantly, yourself. 

Happy Holidaze kids!

J

JANOALRIGHTHEY

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Durbs, you’re in for a treat this Friday. Cool Runnings is hosting one sweet street party with a rather epic lineup. If you’re already on that end-of-the-month budget, no strezzz, here’s how to score some free tickets.

Kick this summer off by taking in two of Cape Town’s freshest and finest new acts at Durban’s hidden gem, Cool RunningsThor Rixon and Diamond Thug are embarking on a nationwide tour that sees them stopping off for a street party in our humble little party town. Yup, a street party. If the weather plays ball we’ll be dancing under the stars, if not, we’ll pack out the inside and party all the same with HOURS , The Sisters and DJ Fuego Heat joining the Capetonians in making you dance. 

If like me, the names Thor Rixon and Diamond Thug initially mean nothing to you, then peep these vids. Hey look, I live under a rock most of the time but it only took about 3 minutes to get me utterly stoked on their individually unique sounds. I can totally imagine “dancing under the stars” while listening to their mellow vibes. 

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Thor Rixon ft Inge Beckmann  – Misery Belle

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Diamond Thug – What I Think Now

Pretty cool huh? 

To win a set of double tickets to this kick-ass event, simply comment and tell me what your biggest fear is. This is a safe space, share in on your secrets kids. Also, a little humour never hurt nobody.

PS: This is gonna seem like a very arb question if you haven’t watched the videos so go back and do your homework you delinquents! 

Fo’ mo’, check the Facebook event here.

 

To Be Did in Durban

Oh hi! Just me, keeping you up to date with Durban ongoings as promised. Here’s a little breakdown of what has/is/will be going deown for the rest of this month. 

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The written word envelops Durban as nineteen writers from South Africa, Africa and abroad, gather for a thought-provoking week of literary dialogue, exchange of ideas and stimulating discussion at the annual Time of the Writer International Writers Festival. The festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), with principal support by National Lottery Distribution Fund, features a diverse gathering of leading novelists, social commentators, activists, playwrights and short story writers.”

Facebook event and mo’ details here. 

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“Catch Madala Kunene,the undisputed King of Zulu blues in a series of gigs at The Upstairs during the month of March! Madala’s distinctive style has opened the door to some of the most unique and spontaneous collaborations with other artists, often leaving the audience completely mesmerised.”

Facebook event and mo’ details here.

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“In mid 2013 we dropped an EP. We felt like a real band. It felt pretty good. In an attempt to chase/match that first high; we’ve decided to double the dosage and release our first ever full-length.”

Facebook event and mo’ details here.

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As we draw nearer to the winter months… OTR will ensure that the heat stays on… at least on our platform!”

Facebook event and mo’ details here.

Red Huxley in the 031

When I first heard Red Huxley, I got that same feeling I get when I listen to Hendrix or The Black Keys. The feeling where I just want to do something recklessly rock ‘n roll like jump in my car, light up a smoke, fall in love with a stranger or drive into the night without paying my library fines.

I got even more excited to find out that these boys hailed from the Mother City. Their sound is rather unique to the SA music scene, making these soulful rock ‘n rollers a pleasure to hear at local gigs.

The band is made up of Dylan Jones on guitar, Matthew Pullen on bass and Murray Stephenson on drums and these boys have been melting faces as well as hearts since 2010.

Naturally, I was in my eli when I heard that these kids would be shaking up my home town for the very first time. This would also be the only chance I’ve had since Splashy Fen this year, to see these guys live in action. This is a band and they make me dance, ok?! 

I caught up with Red Huxley, to ask them a few questions, so that us Durbanites, know what to expect this weekend.

Red Huxley Is …

A rock band from Cape Town, who have just released their debut album recorded with Eagles of Death Metals’ guitarist, Dave Catching, in his studio in Joshua Tree, California.

We’re amped to play Durban because

We are yet to play a show there. We had one of our best jams at Splashy Fen at the beginning of this year, just a taste of what KZN has to offer. 

We’ve heard Durban women are…

Crazy and that they love stampeding rock gigs straight from the beach in their bikinis. 

The craziest band member is

All of us actually, because we tend to go mental depending on the time of year and the amount of Jagermeister there is in the atmosphere.

Our music sounds like

Loud jamming rock music mixed with chilled bluesy soul with a drop of old school rock and roll.

 Don’t come to our gig without…

Your party pants on. 

Our biggest secret is that…

We’re planning to make our way into the eardrums of everyone in the world!

The worst music artist out right now is…

Anyone that is chasing dolla and surfing trends instead of being awesome!

You can catch these talented rockstahs at The Winston this Friday or at Live on Saturday night.

You can also get the lowdown on Red Huxley here. 

Threads: Art On Apparel

So my beloved Mac, crashed and burned, leaving me to blog and edit from some rather obscure sources.

Not going to lie, I have done some shady stuff lately for Lightroom.

This is why, two weeks after the event happened, I am letting you good people, know how it went.

I’m talking about the Threads: Art on Apparel exhibition that went down at the Factory Cafe -organised by Onlypeople and Yard Zine.

It was the usual recipe for a successful jam at TFC. Food, drinks, chunes and art. The twist was the the art and photography were displayed on sweaters, shirts and New Balance sneakers up for sale and silent auction.

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

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Hallo! Ween.

Our little Halloween shindig at The Upstairs last week was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came out and drank jugs of Witches Brew and danced to the Frankenweenie soundtrack. I had a lot of fun that night, but not so much fun the next morning at work. Erlack!

The winner of the R2000 Lola Malone’s tattoo voucher was none other than Hunter S Thompson/ Raoul Duke himself. Congrats ol’ chap.

Here are some pics, that got progressively blurry as the night went on.

J xx

PS: Big thanks to the Weatherman for adding to the evening’s Spook Appeal.

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Hallow’s Eve 2013

So Halloween is possibly my most bestest day of the year.I love things spooky, I love my childhood memories of trick or treating and I love dressing up in silly outfits!

Therefore, my martians and goblins ( Yes Lil’ Wayne, that includes you too) , you are all obliged to make me happy and come for a party at The Upstairs.

We’re throwing a ghoulish Halloween Ball and giving away a R2000 Tattoo Voucher from Lola Malone for Best Dressed! 

There will also be prizes for best make-up, and spot prizes through-out the evening for all the fearless freaks…. 

We’re conjuring up a twisted Sailor Jerry Halloween PUNCH and will have disgustingly rad trick or treat bar “specials” for who those who are daring…… 

Entry is Free, but if you’re a party pooper the Grim Reaper will tax you 50 bucks!!!!

If you’re looking for some outfit inspiration then check out my post on A Fashion Friend for some scary ideas here. ( Think Amanda Bynes in a blonde wig scary!)

You can RSVP to the event right here, too!

J xx

TBT: VIP Treatment at Fashion Week

Black dress from Forever 21 in Dublin. Over-sized,vintage cream blazer from Market on Main.Black ankle boots from London.Ready for SA fashion week.

My trusty friend and Red Bull collegue Gugu and I strutted into the Shine Studios downtown Joburg at dusk.Photo’s taken,and a few spiraling stair cases climbed,we got to the waiting lounge.Full of fashion’s finest and greeted with a tray of Lindt chocolate,we were in our element. Glamourous women draped themselves over the plush white chairs whilst Gugu and I headed for the balcony for the breathtaking sunset over the Jozi skyline.We were in the heart of the pulsing city.Sipping on a vodka and lemonade we took in the trendy young things strutting around and finally we made our way to the auditorium for the show.

Somehow we managed to sneak into the front row seats!Yes!I sat across from Elle editors and waited for the guru that is Dion Chang to take his seat next to them.Lights dimmed,eclectic house music leaked out the speakers and the show began.

Critics scribbled down notes,photographers snapped away and we watched the frail beauties float down the catwalk,wearing some of SA’s finest designs.

We left with a copy of this month’s Elle,some new nail polish and a glimpse of Autumn trends,for a dinner at Moyo,Pretoria.

Female bliss

J xx