Good ol’ August, you have once again provided for us. The first couple of weekends of this month have been fantastic and life is always looking up while we enjoy the last few wintry days of the year. What is there in store for us now that could rival the last couple of great weeks’ of entertainment…
Durban’s weather is beginning to take a turn for the better and slops are now comfortable enough to wear, and not just because they’re generally the only footwear the local populous owns. The beaches are filling up once again and so are the bars that line it. Moyo’s Pier Bar is one of the best spots during the day, with beers and cocktails cooling your body’s core after some welcomed sun-soaking. Famous Fridays at Moyo’s seem to be gathering a reputation and this Friday is no exception with renowned DJ’s bringing some great music to party the night away. The Origin is also worth checking out, hosting a remembrance party for the famous/ infamous 330 club which spanned for over 30 years on Durban’s Point Road.
Jo’burg keeps things fairly chilled this weekend, but in no way slow. Plush, one of South Africa’s premier bands, hailing from Durban and Cape Town, are playing at Tanz Cafe in Fourways. If you haven’t seen this band live, you have more than likely heard them crashing the radio waves, and R100 gets you in. On the 20th The Black Dahlia is hosting its own Sinister Carnival in Boksburg – the advert says “Come dressed as a clown, mime, freak show…” and entrance is free, so if this is how they start the party vibe, we want in. To end off the weekend, Nicci Beach has reopened after the cold winter months and Sundays are always good here.
As summer approaches, Cape Town starts taking a lead with many events happening and August is a starting point for things to come. Society is handed another gem culture-wise, not necessarily for everyone, but it’s still world famous and revered, so make an effort to go watch Swan Lake at the ArtsCape Theatre; tickets start at R100, and we say give it a try. Cape Town’s Grand West Arena is where the late Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” show is being performed, and this highly acclaimed spectacle is known for being the closest thing to the real deal, capturing everything the King of Pop was all about. Jack Parrow and P.H.fat are at The Assembly doing their usual antics, which always thrills a crowd, and then finally Sundays Unplugged at Aandklas in Stellenbosch are becoming quite popular with new artists performing every Sunday, so it’s a great way to shake off the weekend.
South Africa’s weekly goings-on have helped me evade the mountains of work that are slowly piling up on my desk, forget about my boss and deal with everything else, so once again I say thank you to the great month of August.
Keeping coming back to see what’s going to get me/ us through the week, next week.