#BlacksOnly [Gig Guide]



Event: Blacks Only Comedy Show
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2018
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Venue: The Ticketpro Dome
Tickets: From R250, available at Computicket/083 915 8000

Top international comics Dwayne Perkins (US), Ruben Paul (US) and UK based Daliso Chaponda from Malawi will be joining David Kau’s not-to-be-missed Blacks Only comedy celebration this August.

Now in its 15th year, it is the biggest and boldest Blacks Only show yet. Aside from the transnational contingent, it features Sifiso Nene, Tumi Morake, Kagiso ‘KG’ Mogadi, Riaad Moosa, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Skhumba, Lihle Msimang, Mpho Popps and Siya Seya with Somizi as a guest artist.



Being a girl is all about experimenting with everything, from makeup to nails to boys. Today’s post is not about boys, unfortunately; it’s something much more exciting. It’s about nails, paws and claws. I that take pride in rocking my natural nails as it mean that I can change the nail colour as often as possible. I don’t have a recipe for cultivating strong, long natural nails, it kind of just happens. I’ve recently started using the Kangol nail care range as mentioned here and I do feel it made a big difference as my nails usually reached a certain length then break but not anymore.

cover pic

Kangol recently launched 9 new winter shades in their nail varnish range, adding to the already amazing shades they have as mentioned here. They did this to ensure that regardless of our moods, skin tone or event there’d be the perfect shade and finish for us. The shades, starting with my favourites, are Choc Dipped and Star Struck which is a rich chocolate matte shade and of course sparkles aka glitter, who doesn’t like glitter?! Glitter is a bit of a struggle to remove so all you do is soak the cotton pad in acetone nail remover, put it on the nail and leave it there for a minute or so. Once you remove the pad, the glitter will either be soft enough to remove or it will remove on its own.

Choc Dipped and Star Struck

Next two favourites are 50 Shades and Night Shade. As the former’s name suggest, it’s indeed a lovely shade of grey that will suit all skin tones. It’s demure yet loud in a way that only nude/muted shades can be. Night Shade is a mixture of burgundy and purples that leaves you with the perfect winter shade.

50 Shades and Night Shade

Moving on to the blues, we have Skyline which is a stunning baby blue in matte, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Miss Indigo is my favourite blue yet, it’s deep, dark and glossy. If you’re too scared to rock black nails, this is the perfect colour for you.

Miss Indigo and Skyline

The nudes, what’s a collection without the perfect nude? For me in this collection it was Moon Dust. This is a perfect mixture of grey and nude and it is matte! I fell in love with it immediately and it became my go-to nude for winter and it will pretty much be the case for all seasons to come. I wasn’t a fan of Cupid Bow to be honest. It’s a bit too pink and very opaque when applying it, I needed about 4-5 coats to achieve a decent look and even then I wasn’t a big fan. It’s a personal thing, I like dark and vampy so if you like pink and light shades overall, you will love Cupid Bow.

Moon Dust and Cupid Bow

The surprise in this entire collection was definitely Gold Rush. In the container it looked really green and I didn’t think I’d like it but upon application it was absolutely gorgeous. Think a royal green, if there’s such a thing with speckles of gold coming through. Application is a dream, as it was with most of these shades but Gold Rush, boy oh boy, if you’re looking for something unique, this is definitely the right shade for you.

Last but not least I received the new scent called Jasmine Nights and the smell took me to my own little fairytale. It’s strong upon application but settles into a soft linger that will make winter so much more bearable for you. I detected hints of jasmine with a floral undertone that would make you wish they had the entire body care range available.

Jasmine Nights

Nail varnish retails for R79.00 and fragrance for R165, available exclusively from Truworths. To be kept in the loop about new releases, follow Kangol on their social media platforms. They recently hosted a competition where a lucky winner received all these stunning shades to try out for herself. Their handles are IG: @kangol_Za and FB: Kangol ZA, join the family, you won’t regret it.


Katy Perry. Witness: The Tour

Lights, camera, fireworks!


Even though she didn’t perform “Fireworks”, Katy Perry definitely brought her A-game to South Africa. Think giant flamingos, a massive dice or two, giant roses with thorns; a giant cactus…an overload of all your senses was what Witness: The Tour was. The first night of the South African leg of her tour was a roaring success, pun intended. It was a school night but that didn’t deter parents from attending with their children. One lady sported the Witness album cover makeup look alongside her daughter, proudly while another showed off her neon pink wig in support of Katy. There was concert merchandise everywhere ranging from light-up headbands to T-shirts and hoodies, starting from R300 (I think the headbands were R30-R50, not sure)

The first opening act, that started at around 8 were Elle B, an artist that came with from California. In an all-white ensemble with a definite Spanish influence she belted out songs like “Death in Rio”, “California” as well as a Nigerian track that got us all dancing. She dedicated “Giants” to Madiba as it was Madiba Day after all. Her set lasted for about 45 minutes and got us amped up for what’s to come.

The second act that took to stage at 20h00 were The Dolls , a duo that combines classic with modern music. Margo played the violin like a maestro while DJ Mia Moretti provided her with tracks that kept the crowd moving. In lime-sequined ensembles, the girls did songs like ” Chandelier”, “Naughty Girl” and “Lean On” amongst others as well as their own new song, “Club Soda”.


The focus point on stage was lights in the shape of an eye as the eye witness everything that happens i.e. the name of her album and this tour. After The Dolls ended their set, an eye appeared in the outlines, moving around, blinking for about 25 minutes until she appeared on the stage, it was kinda freaky. Whilst waiting, we were treated to songs by the late Michael Jackson as well as the infamous “Cha Cha Slide” that had most of us dancing along. The lights went off and there she was in the middle of the stage in a red glitter ensemble complete with a hoodie. The screams that erupted throughout the venue, for a second I thought my eardrums wouldn’t survive!  She opened with “Roulette” which featured two massive dice on stage with dancers dressed in harlequin outfits, leaping through the holes in set dice. The band looked like they were straight from the 70’s with big hair, massive bows and graffiti-inspired outfits.

The second song she performed was “Dark Horse”, which I loved, followed by “Chained to the rhythm”, which had my friend screaming at the top of her lungs. This performance featured giant suit-wearing eyes; you had to be there to believe it. An outfit change transpired and we were treated to a slideshow of adorable childhood pictures of Katy. The next song was “Teenage dream” which featured a lot of pastel colours worn by her dancers complete with a ball on their head and one on each arm. Katy sported a monochrome striped suit with high-waisted pants, blazer and crop top. For her next song, “Hot n’ Cold” she removed her blazer which left her in the (digital)crop top that displayed the words “hot” and “cold”.

Last Friday Night” featured giant flamingos and “California Girls” saw Left Shark made an appearance. Left Shark famously stole the show during Katy’s Super Bowl performance 3 years ago and he was back for more. They did a cute back-and-forth then ended it off with a feet piano interlude. The next, much anticipated song that put her on the map, “I kissed a girl” had the crowd in cheers and featured dancers with giant lips on their heads with the eye in the centre. Her female guitarist, Devon whose hair reminded me a lot of Madonna’s in her hey days, gave a stellar guitar solo that left me wanting more.

Next up we had giant roses on stage, complete with thorns while Katy performed “De Ja Vu” dressed in a monochrome ensemble which featured a black leather, one shoulder body suit with ruffle detail and black and white boots and a futuristic hat with LED lights.  “Tsunami” featured the acrobatic talents of Fernando, one of the dancers that used the rose stem as a pole to pull off some daring moves. “E.T.” saw the dancers sporting similar leather costumes and futuristic hats to Katy’s and “Bon Appétit” involved a giant cactus that was a sight to see. Meals were served in the form of precious jewels and a set of giant salt and pepper shakers made an appearance with glitter coming out of it. An interlude featuring Fernando (I think) in a glitter bodysuit doing handstands on a giant spinning ball had me mesmerized as we awaited Katy’s next performance.

The next song performed was “Wide Awake” with Katy sporting a mirror ball bodysuit with skirt detail on one side and a Swarovski wig. Playing a white guitar, she dedicated “Unconditionally” to the late Madiba in honour of his 100th birthday. Next up she performed “Power” which included a laser show and a pedestal with wings. Next up we were treated to the famous Pac Man visuals while Katy performed “Part of me” sporting a blue Lycra outfit with a cone bra. “Swish Swish” featured giant basketballs and players with equally giant hands and had Katy doing the famous Swish Swish dance.

She ended off with “Roar” which I felt was quite fitting, said goodnight, thanked us then she was gone. People chanted for an encore but were treated to video material of her performances in other countries. Police presence was quite visible, which made us feel really safe and traffic in and out were well-controlled. I arrived home shortly before midnight, tired with aching feet but it was definitely worth it.

One thing I have to say about this concert is; visually it was absolutely amazing! Your eyes couldn’t focus on one thing as there was so much happening! In true Katy Perry style, there were pops of colour, loads of lycra and I’m sure you’ve noticed my overuse of the word “giant”. In total she performed about 18 songs, which is a lot more than most artists do in a set and she didn’t even look exhausted at the end. A big thank you to Big Concerts for the golden circle tickets, my friend and I had an amazing time.





There’s been an outrage about #PinkTax on my social media, something I’ve noticed a while ago but thought it was only limited to the specific store I shopped at. My online friends have been sharing a video by a user called Dear Alyne where she made a comparison between male and female products even from a toddler stage (toys). Do yourself a favour and watch it as it showcase that’s it happening across the globe!

A South African NPO called Use Your Voice NPO  blew the proverbial lid on it in South Africa via a post on Facebook last week and it’s been shared over 7000 times with comments from enraged women and men alike. A site called Business Insider conducted their own investigations and found that it’s indeed the case on our shores. For those of who you have no idea what I’m on about at this point, let’s scour the internet for an explanation on what exactly #PinkTax is.


What is #PinkTax?

According to Urban Dictionary, it is”the proven theory that women, though only paid 78% as much as men, pay more for everyday things branded ‘for women’ than men do, such as ‘women’s shampoo, ‘women’s razors, and ‘women’s deodorant

This is also according to Urban Dictionary and how some people feel about it, “The theory that women have to pay more than men for the same items, such as razors. However, there is a reason for this. Because women tend to shave more parts of their body, such as their legs, while men only shave their face. Therefore, women’s razors will be more durable and be built to shave more than just the face. Because of this, women’s razors will cost more to make, thus making them more expensive. There, it’s not sexism or male privilege. Take off the patriarchy glasses, feminists. Look at the facts for once. Also if you’re so upset about this, just buy the men’s razors. They’re the same thing right? Just don’t start crying when you’re legs are bleeding afterwards.”

How people reacted:

People, mostly women, are understandably enraged but relieved that it’s finally come to light. For years we’ve been saying that our products are more expensive and people made the assumption that’s in reference to things like makeup etc. that most men have no use for. Women who love makeup rarely complain on such a big scale about the prices associated with certain brands as they know the quality they will get as opposed to buying a razor to remove hair, same function that men buy if for, and pay more than they do. My (female) friend starting using men’s deodorant spray a while back as not only is it cheaper but the smell last longer. Wouldn’t you expect the more expensive product to be long-lasting instead of the cheaper one? Apparently you are wrong in your expectations. She also started buying a lot more clothing items in the men’s section and saved a pretty penny, something I will look into as well. It won’t solve the problem but it will save me money and that’s something I’m definitely down for. Shopping has always been aimed more at women than men and I feel that’s why women’s items are more expensive. Men tend to go to the shop for an item, grab it and walk out whereas me personally, I go for one item and come back with various other things that doesn’t even include the item I originally went for.

My first, and I know this was the case for most females, introduction to #PinkTax has been when I started buying my own sanitary products. The prices are exorbitant for something you have no control over and will definitely need every month! The fact that men DON’T have to buy it for own use would’ve led to more reasonable prices but no! It’s expensive plus taxed and they’d rather hand out free condoms. I mean seriously, sex is a choice, menstruation isn’t, whether you want it or not, it will happen (unless for various medical reasons, age or pregnancy).

I feel free pads should become as much of a staple in public hospitals, clinics, female bathrooms etc. as condoms did. It’s not addressing the entire problem but it’s ensuring a girl child gets to school and get the education she deserves.

Let me know your thoughts on the topic.

Check out Pink Tax  for more information.


Looks are deceiving.


I love eating though it might not appear that way. Thanks to a fast metabolism and “good” genes, I can eat whatever I like and not gain weight. It’s not something to brag about, most of the time. Read all about my struggles here as this post is not about that. This post is about food, easy recipes and products that stood the test of time and always bring back fond memories.  One such product is Aromat, a seasoning we all grew up with whether you used it on eggs or, in my case, drowned your popcorn in it. It takes you back to forgotten “happier” times, times when my cousin used to make popcorn to sell at the church bazaar and the entire house would smell like a movie theatre (mind you, at the time I’ve never even been to a cinema). We would sneak into the room it was hidden it, armed with a plastic bag and Aromat, praying that we don’t get caught, what fun times those were.

Last week, I attended the launch of the newly revealed Aromat and I’m so happy I went. Upon arrival, we received the programme for the day and were treated to coffee/tea/juice and breakfast. I don’t particularly strive to eat healthy as I always feel it’s more expensive and recipes requires ingredients I’ve never even heard of, let alone being able to pronounce. Those were my arguments but after spending the day with Aromat and the amazing Chef Nti I now know that’s not the case.

Cheft Nti
Chef Nti

After breakfast, we heard from Mphumu Mbelengwa, Foods Marketing Team for Unilever Foods  who said that, “Consumers have grown more health conscious and sceptical about products. The trend is that they are now engaging a lot more with their food, wanting to know more about the ingredients so that they can make informed decisions about what they are putting into their bodies. Our new “naturally tasty” product is a better, healthier option than salt or other salt-concentrated condiments and is good for use at all stages of the cooking process i.e. in preparation, during cooking and during eating. It is good for seasoning all meals – from breakfast to light snacks and everything in-between. Why not pair it with eggs, salad or even popcorn?

Some concerns that people had, and why some of them didn’t use Aromat is because of the salt contents. Unilever listened and released the new look Aromat with 40% less salt, no MSG or preservatives and made from natural ingredients that includes barley, mushrooms, onion and garlic.

Aromat Naturally Tasty Packaging

We were treated to some easy-to-make recipes, using the new Aromat and boy oh boy, I’m ready to cook, or at the least, attempt to. It was such and interactive session where members of the audience could be chef’s assistants and get hands-on experience. Afterwards, some of our team headed to the kitchen to replicate some of the recipes whilst others head to food photography class with the amazing Libby Edwards. After the fun was over, we were treated to a buffet-style luncheon while fashion blogger extraordinaire, Palesa Mahlaba from Simply Palesa gave us some tips on how to make social media work for us.

To engage consumers about the new variant, the brand plans to hold a few lifestyle activations in some popular markets around Johannesburg. While the dates of these will be released within the next few days, the brand team has confirmed that they aim to have the activations over the next few weeks. The dates will therefore be formally communicated to all key personal and announced on their Facebook pages once confirmed. The lifestyle activations will include live cooking demonstrations with the relevant Chef partners, allowing consumers to interact with the recipes, taste the product, ask questions and overall be inspired for ideas on how to use the product. The activations will be supported and amplified through the Aromat digital pages and/or the pages of the key partner chefs. Consumers who attend these activations will also walk away with a few giveaways and free product samples so that they can go home and experiment with the product.



My relationship with food summed up in one picture.
sipho aromat
Partner in crime and plus 1, Sipho Nxumalo

Global Citizen Festival + how to get free tickets!!!

Someone said recently, and by someone I mean Chris Brown, that Beyonce will never come to South Africa again because of how these ladies “murdered” her song. Well, since he clearly didn’t get the humour in it (you kinda have to be South African to get it) and didn’t quite get the concept of parody either, it started a heated debate. It’s safe to say that a lot of individuals agreed with him, even South Africans (I see you) as they also didn’t quite grasp it. It gives me immense pleasure though to say that Beyonce is indeed heading to SA, along with her hubby Jay Z.

About Global Citizen Festival:

The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival started in 2012 and organized by Global Poverty Project. In 2015, the organization announced that Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin would serve as the festival’s curator for the next 15 years. It’s part of a movement to end extreme poverty. By contributing to charity acts on the website, including watching videos and signing petitions, fans can get free tickets to the festival. In addition, the organizers are striving to make the event “global” by live-streaming events in public locations. Since 2015, the goals of the festival have been closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include 17 tasks to end extreme global poverty by 2030. It will be the first time that it’s held in Africa since inception.



Beyonce and Jay Z will be the headline acts but we can also expect performances from our very own Cassper Nyovest, Sho Madjozi,  D’banj, Ed Sheeran (who’s scheduled to return next year on tour), Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid.


It will be hosted by Oprah, yes that Oprah, her bff Gayle King, Naomi Campbell, Bob Geldof, Tyler Perry, Forest Whitaker and our very own Bonang Matheba.

Where and when?

It will be held on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

World leaders at the event:

A number of world leaders will address the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who both serve as co-chairs of the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization and Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium.


This is a a free-ticketed event i.e you won’t have to pay money to gain entry. You do, however need to sign up as a Global citizen at www.globalcitizen.org.za to be among the first to be notified of the action journey launch. Actions include emailing world leaders, signing petitions, and using social media to generate commitments in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. You can start earning free tickets from 21 August 2018 onwards.


If you’re interested in obtaining corporate suites, email partners@globalcitizen.org

7 Global Goals:

The Festival will culminate from a six-months long campaign engaging Global Citizens around the world on seven Global Goals:
POVERTY (Global Goal 1): End all forms of poverty everywhere
ZERO HUNGER (Global Goal 2): End all forms of hunger and malnutrition
HEALTH (Global Goal 3): Ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages
EDUCATION (Global Goal 4): Ensure every child has access to a quality education
GIRLS & WOMEN (Global Goal 5): End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere to ensure that #SheIsEqual
WATER & SANITATION (Global Goal 6): Ensure everyone has access to clean water and sanitation
LIFE BELOW WATER (Global Goal 14): addressing the threat plastic pollution poses to the oceans.

For more information, head over to Big Concerts and click on the (featured) picture or head straight to https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/festival/south-africa/

From pitch to publication with Jacana Media

Jacana Media is once again offering authors a once-a-year opportunity to pitch their books in person.
Last year they had their first From Pitch to Publication session and it was a huge success, with five out of the 20 submissions selected for publication. The first book published from last year’s crop is Mr Bitcoin: How I became a millionaire at 21 by Mpho Dagada.
The Pitching Session
Like many publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts, they receive a large number of submissions every week. This means hours spent wading through many emails as they try to give every author feedback on their work. Writers often try to arrange meetings with publishers, convinced that meeting the publisher in person will persuade them to publish the book, but with only so many hours in a day this isn’t always feasible.


They are offering you the chance to participate in a 15–20-minute session where you’ll be able to pitch your book to a panel comprising of three publishers and a high-powered bookseller. External panelists so far include Michelle Magwood from the Sunday Times and Sharon Naidoo from Exclusive Books. This is your chance to impress and persuade them in person to consider your work for publication. They realise this isn’t an approach
that will work for all authors, but if you would like to be one of the 20 candidates who will present at the Live Pitching Session on 28 August 2018, they encourage you to submit an entry on their website.
You will need to tell them why they would be interested in hearing your pitch. Take a look at the following websites for some ideas:
The Art of Pitching
What is a pitch session?
Accompanying your manuscript should be one page outlining:
• How you are going to help them sell your book,
• What target market you can reach with your book,
• How your book fits into the Jacana brand.
They will consider pitches in the following genres:
• Lifestyle
• Children’s
• Fiction
• Politics/Current Affairs/History
• Memoir/Biography/Autobiography
• Natural History/Travel
• Cookery/Baking
• Business
• Self-help
Click here to submit your entry.
Submissions are open from 1–25 July 2018.
Queries can be emailed to: submissions@jacana.co.za
Please note that they will only be giving feedback on submissions that interest them. If you have not heard from us by 3 August 2018, please consider your submission unsuccessful.

*Information supplied by Jacana Media

Erykah Badu at Delicious Festival {Press Release}

The sixth edition of the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival will bring some serious food for the soul, with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu set to headline the two-day fest at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on 22 and 23 September 2018.

New Zealand’s young soul singer and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei, who recently wowed local fans when he played his first-ever South African gig in Cape Town, will also join Badu at this year’s festival. The musical line-up is further beefed-up by the funk DJ collective, Jazzanova, and the British acid jazz band, D’Influence. More acts are set to be
announced in due course.

Over the years, music legends including Common, TKZee, Chaka Khan, Jamiroquai, Hugh Masekela, De La Soul, Lira, Macy Gray, Thandiswa Mazwai & Bongo Maffin, and Black Coffee, have played the main stage. Due to the overwhelming success of the past two years, organisers have once again decided to retain the two-day format and venue of this world class festival.

DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, which has become THE Springtime outdoor music attraction in Johannesburg, has also become a firm calendar favourite with foodies where great culinary creatives share their passions at the Delicious Mile: the festival’s Gourmet Street-Food Market. This year festivalgoers can expect an even bigger and better gastronomical experience at this extensive market. Along the way, they can also visit the Coca-Cola Taste of the City, which will boast 10 pop-up restos that will serve up their flagship dishes.

Patrons can enjoy a delectable multi-course meal perfectly curated by Reuben Riffel who is returning to the festival. The long-table restaurant will have its own private bar with a variety of drinks that will perfectly complement every bite. DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival has hosted some of the biggest names including MasterChef SA Judge Pete Goffe-Wood, chefs Reza Mahammad, Siba Mtongana, Jenny Morris, Rachel Khoo, Ed Baines, John Burton Race and more. Expect pop-up stalls and food trucks with sumptuous, freshly prepared food and dessert, and a variety of beverages to suit any palette and diet.

Festival Director, Lloyd Cornwall said: “People want to go see high quality live music and enjoy amazing food at the same time so what better way to experience this than over the Heritage Day long weekend? DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival attracts an estimated 40,000 visitors over the weekend due to unwavering standards of talent, production, safely and value for money. There is no other event in South Africa like THE DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival. We can’t wait to get it on again”

He added: “The event is also special because we’re committed to keeping it local. The tens of thousands of visitors to the festival spend their money on the hundreds of local food and drink outlets, which keeps the revenue generated with the local economy. We’re extremely proud that more than 80% of our supply chain is local.”

DStv has been the key partner to the Delicious Festival since its inception. As the home of truly great international and local entertainment, Delicious is an opportunity for DStv to bring its content to life. Festival goers are treated to immersive and interactive experiences with some of their favourite channels such as Food Network, BBC, Travel Channel, kykNET and more. The Kids Zone is a key component of the festival, where DStv brings the childrens’ favourite TV characters to life.

The partnership with Delicious Festival also gives DStv the opportunity to thank its customers and media for their loyal support, through the extended hospitality close to the Main Stage.

For more information visit http://www.deliciousfestival.com, sms ‘Delicious’ to 33592, or follow the official social media pages:

Facebook – DeliciousFestivalSA
Twitter – @DeliciousFestSA
Instagram – @dstvdeliciousfestival

Tickets range from R280 for Vodacom Kids Zone passes for children between the ages of 3-13, to R1 450 to access The Delicious Lounge in association with Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker. Please see more information on the ticket offerings below.


Delicious GA Passes start at R550, but you can get your Delicious Early Bird GA Pass for R550 today, until the sale period ends! Visit our website www.deliciousfestival.com or go to https://dstvdelicious.howler.co.za/Delicious2018 to find out more out our ticket offerings

The Delicious Early Bird GA Pass
R550 per person per day
R1000 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)
Includes the following:
•       Access into festival grounds
•       Access to general public areas (general access standing area, lifestyle activations, DStv channel activations)
•       Access to general access bars. No persons under the age of 18 will be permitted into areas that serve alcoholic beverages
•       World-class entertainment with the best international and local acts on the Main Stage
•       Access to Delicious Mile: the esteemed Gourmet Street-Food Market
•       Persons under the age of 3 enter free but are prohibited from entering specified areas

The Delicious Lounge in association with Tanqueray and Johnnie Walker
R1450 per person per day
Includes the following:
•       Access into The Delicious Lounge
•       VIP Cash Bar
•       Tented lounge and furniture
•       Hostesses
•       Fenced Garden with sight lines to the Main Stage and Screens
•       Access to Private VIP Toilets
•       Access to all General Access areas (Main Festival terrace, Delicious Mile, DStv Channel activations, and more!)
•       World-class entertainment with the best international and local acts on the Main Stage

Reuben Riffel’s Long-Table Restaurant
R750 per person per sitting (Either Lunch or Dinner)
Includes the following:
•       The added value of a multi-course gastronomic journey perfectly curated by Reuben Riffel
•       Long-Table seating
•       Access to a cash bar that’ll compliment your every bite
•       No persons under the age of 18 may be served beverages with alcoholic content
•       Please note this package can only be purchased in conjunction with Festival Access Pass

Decorex Johannesburg + ticket giveaway

How to win:

I know this is why you’re here so let’s get this out of the way:

Follow Decorex SA on any of the platforms mentioned at the end, literally any or all, completely up to you. Tag your plus 1 as I have 5x double tickets up for grabs and you’re entered. Keep reading to find out what to expect at Decorex Joburg.


Decorex-Generic-Facebook-JHB-1.jpgDecorex Joburg, the flagship Decorex exhibition, is celebrating 25 years of décor excellence with an incredible designer line-up for its 2018 edition. Presented by Plascon, this milestone exhibition will be taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August.

It has been an incredible year for décor and design and we are so excited to be celebrating these beautiful trends – while looking forward to 2018’s inspiration – with the 25th Decorex Joburg,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Decorex SA. “This show is a culmination of both regionally and globally-inspired designs that draw on more than two decades of industry knowledge fused into the best that current décor trends have to offer. It will be an overwhelmingly vibrant show fuelled with gifted creativity.”

At the Start:

The first Decorex exhibition was held at Johannesburg’s Gallagher Estate in 1994 in one show hall featuring 144 exhibitors. Themed ‘Harmony in Colour’, the inaugural décor and design show attracted 26 000 visitors and the popular exhibition continued to grow in numbers and exhibitors from then. The 2017 Decorex Joburg exhibition spanned eight halls, including the co-located exhibition 100% Design SA, at the original venue – now Gallagher Convention Centre – with more than 700 exhibitors showcasing quality furniture, décor and design products and accessories to 54 615 inspired visitors.

Returning performers:

In addition to the innovative style which has set the industry standard in décor exhibitions, Decorex Joburg has a number of welcome constants forming part of the show’s fabric. Headline sponsors, Plascon, have supported the annual exhibitions for the past 25 years and continue to play a vital role within the exhibition space. The 2018 Plascon installation promises a colourful décor feature with on-trend design inspiration with expert product guidance creating an enticing space for all visitors.

Also featuring for the 25th showcase is the professional interior design representative body, The African Institute for Interior Design Professions (IID) leading floor manufacturer, Belgotex Floors, and quality carpet manufacturer, Nouwens. Another prominent name associated with Decorex Joburg is exhibition patron, Stephen Falcke. An award-winning interior designer, Falcke has showcased his globally-inspired talents at the event for the past 24 years. This year will see Falcke return to his favourite design showcase, taking on another inspired project that keeps the Decorex brand so in demand.

Commenting on this collaborative journey, Falcke said: “I’ve been a part of Decorex since its inception and it is truly an honoured position to be patron of this incredible exhibition. To have all these amazing designs and different people that make up our interesting trade family, all under one roof, is really such an exciting experience, and I look forward to it every year.”

Innovative growth:

The growth of Decorex Joburg has seen an extension of the trade element to include 100% Design South Africa in 2014. This leading design space features more than 130 local and international exhibitors displaying high-end furniture, textiles, lighting, wallpaper and product design. It also includes 60 enterprises from the South African Craft Collective (SACC), a proudly South African feature of handmade home, gift and fashion accessories suited to the local and international market. This year, Decorex Joburg will welcome the inclusion of the International Sourcing Fair (ISF), a trade focused exhibition space dedicated to sourcing and purchasing of retail and commercial products, exclusively focusing on the home, gift, office and hospitality sectors.

Behind the Scenes:

Decorex Joburg is backed by globally-renowned exhibitions company, Reed Exhibitions, a leading global events’ organisation with more than 100 years of combined industry experience. An award- winning brand, Decorex Joburg has received top prizes at the Association of African Exhibition Organisers’ (AAXO) ROAR Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, including the coveted Best Exhibition of the Year Award for 2016.

Commenting on this milestone exhibition, Cullingworth said visitors would be treated to a colourful programme of innovative features that celebrate current trends and a history of décor excellence. “The continued popularity of Decorex Joburg comes down to the introduction, year-on-year of trend-setting features which draw, both on timeless elegance and modern styles, while maintaining quality craftsmanship. This 25th edition has a beautiful selection of influential features which will resonate with established Decorex visitors and new attendees.”

Some of the new features to expect include:

Rooms to Grow – Baby, Toddler Tween & Teen, Rhythm Restaurant + Bar, She Shed Project,  The Beach House | The Hotel Room | The Apartment, Design and Textile Elements, Lighting Elements brought to you by K-Light, Natural Elements – brought to you by Neolith, The Trend Kitchen by Curves & Bevels, The Tasting Room Wine Bar furnished by Yard Seventeen, #withlovefromdecorex Feature brought to you by @home, EGO Garden of the Future, brought to you by Smith Power Equipment, The ISCA Bathroom Trends Project, Geberit/SAIA Student Bathroom Design Project, Plascon Concept Stand and Mono Colour Café, SA Craft Collective, The Coffee Cup by Illy,  @home Trend Home presented by Decorex,  Terrazzo Diner + Bar and Thru the Chair Project by Inscape Design College.

To view these and many more #rhythmoflife milestone décor, design and lifestyle features and products, get to Decorex Joburg for the 25th installation.



DECOREX JOBURG 8 – 12 August 2018 10am – 6pm daily Gallagher Convention Centre Public holiday: Thursday 9 August Trade-focused days: 8 and 10 August Ticket Prices: Adults – R 120

Student/Pensioners – R 100 Kids U12 – R20 Trade – R 100 Exhibitor – R 100

For more information, email decorexinfo@reedexpoafrica.co.za

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Daughtry is returning to South Africa!!!

If the caption indicates that I’m screaming at the top of my lungs… I am!!! Guys, anyone who knows me, know that I’m a big Daughtry fan. I got introduced to their music by my bestie, Melissa and have been hoping that they’d return to South Africa. I remember about 5 years ago I’ve sent them messages via Twitter and Facebook to ask when they’d be here and at the time, they couldn’t confirm anything. I can’t even describe in words how happy I am right now so I’ll chat to you about who they are and where they will be performing. A big shout out to Big Concerts for doing the things!!!

(Photo supplied)

Who is Daughtry?

If you’re asking this question, we can’t be friends…seriously. I mean how can you NOT know who they are?! On the other hand, I probably won’t know you favourite band/artist either so let’s call it truce while you allow me to educate you on the most consistent rock n roll band of the 21st Century.

The band was created following the participation of singer Chris Daughtry in the fifth season of American Idol and has so far released four studio albums and an EP. The eponymous first album Daughtry was released on November 21, 2006, and was a commercial success. It debuted at No.2, sold 304,000 units in its first week and was the fastest selling rock album in SoundScan history. It has since been certified 4x platinum in the US, and has sold more than 7 million worldwide. The second album, Leave This Town, reached No. 1 on its debut week and sold 269,000 units in its first week.It has since sold over a million copies in the US. This album has spawned three top ten songs on the Adult Pop chart: “No Surprise“, “Life After You“, and “September”. The band’s third studio album, Break the Spell was released in November 2011. It debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 units in the United States. In November 2013 the band released their fourth studio album, “Baptized,” which debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. In February 2016 the band released their greatest hits album, “It’s Not Over…..The Hits So Far,” which debuted at number 43 on the Billboard 200 and number 6 on the U.S. rock chart.

Songs to listen to:

If you’re a newbie I’d suggest you listen to “Home” as it’s a song that got me through some rough times. I was in a dark pit of depression, far from home and all I wanted was to go back. I don’t know how I survived but every time I think back to that time, that’s the soundtrack to it. I love their music and can’t even begin to list which ones you should be listening to. “Superman” is a love song in its own way, “Gone too soon” deals with the loss of a loved one, a child specifically, “Broken Arrow” is my absolute favourite, do check it out, “Baptized“, boy oh boy, do me a favour and listen to the acoustic version of it. I could probably go on and on and on about how amazing their music is and how you will definitely find a song you’ll love but I’ve reached my word quota 🙂

Tour Information:

Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Venue: Grand West, Grand Arena
Ticket Price: R375 – R630

Date: Saturday, 27 October 2018
Venue: Sun Arena at Time Square
Ticket Price: R405 – R660

Daughtry will be supported by very special guest Jesse Clegg. Presented by Bok Radio, Jacaranda FM and Channel 24.

Tickets available from Big Concerts’ website starting on Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 09:00.