What to do in the city this long weekend
The JHBLive guide to your Freedom Day weekend
Posted: Apr 25 2018
This Friday 27 April marks 24 years since the country’s first democratic elections took place. Since the national holiday falls on a Friday this year, we’ve also got a long weekend to look forward to. As usual, we’ve put together our guide to the best events taking place in the city. Check ‘em out below.
Test your knowledge at the Milk Bar
Why not ease into the long weekend with a quiz night at Keyes Art Mile’s Milk Bar? Tables are available for teams of 4, 5, 6 and 8 people and booking is recommended (firstname.lastname@example.org). Details this way.
Dance the night away at Rub a Dub
This Thursday sees the return of Rub a Dub! On the Lineup they’ll have two of the Vaal's best, DJ Pepe (Rub-A-Dub Resident) and Saheed representing the Music&You crew. Basmnt from TRNSD Sound will also be holding it down on the decks and DJ Teedo will be setting the dancefloor on fire as always. Mr Phixxit of the Berlin Boys will also be making sure that the dancefloor stays packed. Details this way.
Feel the heat with En Fuego
As usual, The Orbit’s got a night of musival revelry lined up, this time featuring Afro-Cuban salsa ensemble, En Fuego. See them live and on fire this Thursday night. Details here.
Catch some Zimbabwean rock n roll at Rumours
Zim's top two live bands 'Evicted' and 'Flying Bantu' are both headed to Gauteng. The acts will be at Rumours Rock City on Thursday 26th April for a pre-Freedom Day party. Evicted are best described as Afro-Rock with elements of rock, punk-rock and Afro-funk, and Flying Bantu is best described as 'Afro-Fusion' – fusing elements of rock, reggae, funk and jazz. More details on Facebook.
Enjoy live hip-hop in the city
Hip-hop, graffiti, and good times. It’s all going down at this year’s Back to the City festival at Mary Fitzgerald Square. This year’s event sees Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Nadia Nakai, Yugen Blakrok and a whole lot more. Details this way!
Celebrate Freedom Day at Good Luck Bar
As an ode to Sarafina, His & Hers Jams brings together Motel Mari, The Brother Moves On, and Urban Village. The party is a celebration of 24 years of the promise of freedom coming tomorrow. DJs will also be on the decks, and the drinks will be flowing. More details here.
Get jazzy in Sophiatown
Sophiatown – the mix operates out of a heritage centre in the historic area of Sophiatown. This Friday they’re kicking off Freedom Day with a performance by none other than jazz veteran Abbey Cindi as part of their regular Sophiatown Jazz Encounters series. Details over here.
Go market mad at Keyes
The Pantry Market at Keyes, which takes place once a month on Saturday mornings and specialises in small-batch, artisanal products, is back this April. The event will bring everything from olive oil and honey to fresh produce, charcuterie, confectionery, sourdough bread and cut flowers. Don your weekend best and go do some artisanal shopping! Details here.
Get trendy with Nicola Cooper
SAFF Compact is having its first installation on the 28th April 2018. This first SAFF Compact will be focusing on Trend Forecasting, presented by the knowledgeable Trend Forecaster Nicola Cooper. Cooper is the founder of Nicola Cooper & Associates. As a trend analyst, she melds her observations of time and patterns with her expertise, and ever-expanding research, to chart trends and behavior on the hyperlocal and international scale. Details over here.
Feel good at Joziburg Lane
The Feel Good Series is a monthly day party that turns up every last Saturday of the month at Joziburg's newest rooftop venue. The musical landscape is an agile blend of funk, soul, R&B, house, hip-hop, reggae and world music all mixed with an equal share of classic jams, rare gems and modern day bangers brought to by resident DJs: DJ AMAZON, DJ SCORE, and guest DJs: MARIA McCLOY, HOUSEOFRHYTHMSA. Details here.
Get your jazz-fix at Victoria Yards
JAZZ HEAT proudly presents Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2018 Thandi Ntuli. Just fresh from releasing her second album EXILED, Thandi Ntuli is a multi-talented artist with a voice that matters. She will be joined for this performance at the Victoria Yards by Sthembiso Bhengu on trumpet, Amaeshi Ikechi on bass and Siphiwe Shiburi on drums. The two-set performance will be followed by a long set by celebrated artist and DJ COOL AFFAIR. More info this way.
Experience Euphoria at Carfax
Wanna dance? With two of the country’s top venues hosting the events, the EUPHORIA parties are scheduled to continue the legacy of this already world-famous party brand and bring top international DJ’s to the city, including Dublin’s Matt Bogard and Dave Mladi as well as Therapy’s very own founding father, house legend, Stuart Hillary. Featuring 2 Thumping Dancefloors, 2 International DJ’s, as well as the unstoppable Therapy residents in action. Details this way.
Get your DnB-fix at Science Frikshun
This month sees the 3rd Science Frikshun of the year kicking off at And Club. Sirka, Blakfrost, RudeOne, Sol Pillars, and Mr Green are on the decks, and the drinks will be flowing. Details over here.
SUNDAY AND MONDAY
Indulge in some handcrafted creativity at KAMERS/MAKERS
SA’s favourite travelling circus of artisan creativity is back in Jozi in the last week of April – in a great new venue. This year they’ll be at St David’s Inanda, just a short distance from Sandton City. The treasure trove of fashion, jewellery, homeware, décor and general lifestyle has become a must-do on the Gauteng calendar, with this 5-day festival of proudly local design breaking records year on year. More info here.
Get the last laugh with Tim Plewman
Comedian Tim Plewman has been reviving his Smash Hit Comedy show that explains the difference between men and women dating back to the hunter-gatherer days. Catch the final show this Sunday at Parkers Comedy & Jive. More details here.
Kick the week of with Chance the Rapper
Yup! The one and only Chance The Rapper is headed to Jozi’s TicketPro Dome. Supporting local acts include Shane Eagle, Nadia Nakai, and Frank Casino. Get your tickets now to avoid hearing about the show second-hand!