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OneWay Traffic Festival

OneWayTraffic festival

30 January, 5, 6, 12 February
Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg

The OnewayTraffic roadshow, a feast of hip-hop and house, will Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg with a line-up that includes Black Motion, Groove Afrika and Riky Rick, while Durban will be treated to local talents Witness the Funk and Aewon Wolf.
  Tickets at Computicket or Computicket outlets, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores. More information on Twitter.

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF)

5 to 7 February, Cape Town

Headlined by Nightmares On Wax, who arguably boast the best mix of the ‘DJ Kicks’ series, and Goldie, who pioneered the jungle music movement (and is a former James Bond villain). Built into the very DNA of the CTEMF is a vision of showcasing the true breadth of electronic music. Hear Germany’s Boris Brejcha, inventor of the ‘high-tech minimal’ sub-genre, alongside trailblazers like house master Vinny Da Vinci and hip-hop innovator Okmalumkoolkat. Get tickets and info.

Parklife festival


May/June, Johannesburg and Cape Town

One day, three stages and gourmet food high-lighting local farmers’ produce. Parklife quickly established itself as a premier music space. They’re mum on the 2016 line-up, but previous stars included Modest Mouse, Xavier Rudd, American Authors, Seether and KT Tunstall. When it’s not festival time, the Parklife team also brings out acts like Creed’s Scott Stapp and Canada’s Crystal Castles – and they manage Jeremy Loops. It’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

National Arts Festival

30 June to 10 July, Grahamstown

‘Grahamstown’ has become one of the country’s finest exposés of jazz talent. Anchored in long-standing connections with international arts councils, the festival boxes way above its ticket prices in terms of the line-up. From obscure Swiss quartets to beefy Scandinavian big bands, the performances range from easily hummable tunes to mind-warpingly intricate experimentation. It also showcases the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz winner, and for the 2016 line-up that would be Siya Makuzeni. She plays trombone, composes, riffs free-form with the best, and has a deep understanding of African traditions – and she sings like an angel. More info and bookings