Durban is abuzz with live music each weekend, so call some friends or your partner and chill at one of the many music bars in our vibrant city. If you want to express some energy, then hit the dance floors of the city’s nightclubs, or romance away at some of the cosy late night venues. Here then is a list of some music happenings in and around Durban this weekend.
Start the weekend off on Friday night at the cool Rocca Bar club on Cobham Grove, where DJs Syzo, Brent Crude, Ryan Stylz, Amigo, and others will introduce you to the launch of Revolution, a special dance night with house, electronica, and commercial dance music. Skyy Bar, the penthouse venue overlooking the Moses Mabhida stadium, will be alive with house DJs Shane D and The Mixman setting the groove. Tokio Nightclub on Harvey Road presents an evening of electronica and drum and bass with Bass City Vol. 2, featuring great DJs all night long.
The Winston Pub in Umbilo Road is a rock steady, rough and ready venue with real character, and they will host Rolling Thunder 4 this Friday with Serious Lee, Rawkidd, Wes My Meds, and Mr Shosha deejaying the night away. Tiger Tiger on Walter Gilbert Road will bring you Cane Train vs R and R to keep the electronic and commercial dance music running through the night. Out of town in ‘Maritzburg, you can see the Super Llama rocking their eclectic blend of music at the Red Door on Quarry Road this Friday.
On Saturday you can head down to Krakatoa on Sibaya Drive in Umhlanga, where house and electronic music will be playing at the Show Bar with DJs Elvis and Sandesh – be sure to dress smart. LIVE – The Venue on Stamford Hill Road is a great place for live music, and on Saturday you can listen to the North vs South gigs with The Hours and Majozi running hard against locals Manuvah to Land and Fools of Fate. In the Winston Hotel on Clark Road in Glenwood is Origin, with four dance floors where Funky B, Spindoctor, and Amigo will be at Riding Dirty, turning out soul and funk, electro, and tech house. Empyre on Chris Hani Road in Durban North will be rocked to the beats of Ameeth Shah, Warren G, Jit.C Jitz, and Dre.
For jazz, blues, and folk music, head to Zack’s on Windermere Road, where they have live afternoon jazz on Sunday, while the Harbour Jazz Café at the BAT Centre off Margaret Mncadi has jazz on Fridays and jazz on the deck every Sunday.
For some popular rock & roll, head to the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway this weekend to see the Battle of the Sexes, where the Rockers take on the Divas of Rock & Roll. The Battle features an ensemble of 11 musicians, singer, and dancers that put on a fantastic show with tributes to pre-1990s artists like Janet Jackson and Cyndi Lauper challenging the likes of Def Leppard and Prince. It is sure to be a fun evening for the 40s and fans of music from the 80s and 90s.
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