Bonanza-scale concerts have been on the rise in South Africa lately as
our country becomes an increasingly attractive location for some
of the world’s biggest stars.
We’ve barely broken the seal on
2013, yet this already looks to be a massive year for live music in SA,
with the line-up of international acts bigger than ever. Always
guarding against FOMO (the fear of missing out), we’ve got a breakdown of upcoming concerts right
here. So get your diaries (and credit cards) to hand, crank up the
volume in your headphones and prepare for an explosive year of live
The Swan Song Tour:
The global superstar trio,
Swedish House Mafia, hailing from, erm, Sweden, play their final tour
together in 2013 and South Africa cracked the nod. We’re guessing the
Mafia is not going out quietly, so expect three very loud
parties in Johannesburg (Wild Waters, Boksburg) on 25 and 26 January,
and Lourensford Wine Estate, Cape Town on 27 January.
For One Night Only:
let you finish but one of the most-awarded, and most controversial,
artists of all time - rapper Kanye West - performs a single sell-out
concert at Johannesburg’s Coca Cola Dome on 2 February.
The One Everybody Tweeted About:
Africans were all a-Twitter as RHCP rumours dominated 2012, and
finally, with the end of August came the tour confirmation: Red Hot
Chili Peppers play two live, long sold-out shows on 2 February at FNB
Stadium, Johannesburg (yes, the same night as Kanye, what is this?!) and
on 5 February, at Cape Town Stadium. Good luck getting in if you’re
not clutching that ticket as we speak – this one is also supported by
Die Antwoord, just saying.
Return of the Sugar Man:
Sixto Rodriguez has played South Africa on more than one occasion, his 2013 return marks his first as a global star after
Searching for Sugar Man catapulted him, at last, on to the world
stage. Originally booked for two performances, the staggering demand for tickets has led Rodriguez to now perform eight shows (on 13,
15, 16 and 18 February at Carnival City, Johannesburg and 9, 10, 20
and 21 February at Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town.)
Your Favourite DJ:
that small peculiar-looking man, will be playing no small parties on 28
February in Cape Town, 1 March in Durban and finally, on 2 March in
Johannesburg. Further details will be released as ticket sales open on
Not For the Softies:
Chicago punk/ hardcore
band, Rise Against play Cape Town’s RAMfest on 9 March, the Durban leg
of the same festival on 15 March and at Riversands farm, Johannesburg
on 16 March. Take your mom.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Stop Coming:
Rock legends Metallica return to South Africa for two stadium shows in
April - 24 April in Cape Town and 27 April in Johannesburg. Last
appearing here in 2006, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and
Robert Trujillo have garnered an almost-religious fan base. Go wearing
Because They Can:
Whether it be ironic or
sincere, South Africans seem to love Bon Jovi and the band brings their
90s-fuelled power ballads to Cape Town Stadium on 7 May, and to
Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on 11 May.
You Better Believe:
The Bieb is coming! Justin Bieber plays the South African leg of his
“Believe” World Tour on 8 May (Cape Town Stadium) and 12 May (FNB
Stadium, Johannesburg.) Now, regardless of this writer’s opinion, the
Bieb can rock a show – as proved by his sold-out concerts which broke
Computicket’s sales records (in excess of 50 000 tickets were sold for
his Cape Town concert, in the first hour of release.) Wow!
So that’s that! Busy – and this is only what we know for the first five
months! Maybe we’ll see you in a Golden Circle somewhere.