All the hype is real and the festival to end all festivals is nearly here, featuring soul mother and headliner Solange. The Joburg lineup also features Anderson.Paak and The Free Nationals, King Tha Vs Blk Jks, Petite Noir, Blitz The Ambassador, Laura Mvula, Black Motion, Theo Parrish, The Brother Moves On, Nakhane, Spoek Mathambo, OKZharp & Manthe Ribane, Nonku Phiri, Gods Sons and Daughters and many others.
Constitution Hill, afropunkfest.com/johannesburg, R400 to R900
Enjoy a long-table dinner involving a food and gin pairing experience on Saturday December 30 from 7pm to 10pm. The experience includes tasting four gin and tonics (Ginifer, Bloedlemoen Gin, Inverroche Distillery’s Amber and Musgrave Gin’s Pink).
The Hangout Jozi, 3 Wemmer Jubilee Rd, 082-894-5216, R450
Celebrate with the hottest pair of DJs around Dj Fresh and Tilt.
Tilt Resto Bar, 105 4th Ave, Northmead, Benoni, R99 to R500 Celebrate with bubbly and lots of belly laughs with the band Airborne and featured comedian and host Kurt Schoonraad. The dress code is strictly smart and doors open at 6pm. A welcome drink and fourcourse meal are included in the ticket price.
Pumphouse, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, capetowncomedy.com, R1500
A historical street party to express freedom, celebrated from the second-to-last day of the year to the second day of the new year every year. The colourfully dressed minstrels parade and dance through the street with huge brass bands backing them.
District Six, Rose St, free ●
A sexy, secret New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with DJs on decks from 9pm. Tickets include complimentary canapés upon arrival, a welcome cocktail and three-course meal. The dress code is strictly black Venetian attire, including a mask.
HQ, 100 Shortmarket St, Cape Town, NYE Celebration @ HQ, R795 pp Giba Gorge MTB Park, tickets between R250 and R350
Pick a mask that’s easy to wear and don stylish but comfortable shoes you’ll exchange for ice skates. There will be a prize for best dressed.
Durban Ice Arena, 81 Somtseu Rd, R50
Electra Storm and Mr White Pro are throwing a huge party at the Kingsmead Cricket Ground. International Artist Jay Sean is supported by Durban’s Sketchy Bongo and Shashi Naidoo will MC.
Kings Park Stadium, R285 - R2 500
IT’S PARTY TIME Solange is among those performing at Joburg’s Afropunk New Year’s Eve party