10 big gigs you can’t miss in November


Cape Town – It’s officially November, which means it’s almost Christmas, which means it’s almost time for that summer holiday we've all been waiting for...

But before we get ahead of ourselves, we decided to let you know about all the cool music events that still need to happen before the end of the year.

And to make it even easier, we bring you all the big gigs for the month of November in one convenient piece.

So here it goes:

1. John Legend
It’s almost time for 10-time Grammy Award winner, John Legend, to entertain SA fans again with his beautiful voice. He will be performing in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November, in Durban on 7 November and will be ending his SA tour on 9 and 10 November in Cape Town. Get all the deets here. Also read our awesome interview with Mr Legend here to find out what he's looking forward to most about visiting SA again.

2. +LIVE+
After lead singer Ed Kowalczyk’s solo tour to SA in 2015, the band kicked off 2017 with a reunion tour which will also make a stop in South Africa this month. The band will be performing in Cape Town on 7 November and in Pretoria on 10 and 11 November. Click here for more details.

3. Yusuf Cat Stevens
British singer-songwriting legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Yusuf / Cat Stevens will tour South Africa for the first time this November. He will be performing in Johannesburg on 8 November and in Cape Town on 11 and 12 November. Click here for more info.

4. Alien Ant Farm
US band Alien Ant Farm is touring South Africa for the first time together with their good friend, SA singer-songwriter and producer Esjay Jones (formerly of Stealing Love Jones). With three shows down, they’ll be playing their last SA show in Cape Town on 3 November. Click here for all the deets. Also read our interview with Esjay here about her life in Los Angeles as a songwriter.



5. River Republic
Renowned for the organising of Up The Creek, one of the Western Cape`s most loved music festivals, the Red Hot Events team also introduced a wild and wonderful new boutique-festival two years ago: Savanna presents River Republic. The festival is taking place from 24-26 November at Round the Bend Lodge, Breede River, Swellendam. Expect to see acts such as The Kiffness, Nomadic Orchestra, Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions, Sean Koch Trio, Los Tacos, Jackal & The Wind, Manny Walters and more. Click here for more info.


6. Southern Wild
Cape Town-based rockers Southern Wild landed the spot of resident band for the month of November at The House of Machines in Cape Town. If you don’t know the band that well, then check our chat with them over a cup of coffee here. They’ll be playing every Friday night, starting on 3 November, from 21:00 – 11:00, and the best part is, it’s free! Click here to find out more.

7. Johnny Clegg and Friends 
Nearly forty years after he began one of music’s most remarkable careers, Johnny Clegg is currently on his final World Tour, titled The Final Journey. Due to demand an extra show will be taking place in Johannesburg at The Ticketpro Dome on Saturday 11 November. This show will be all kinds of special as he will be sharing the stage with a number of top local artists such as Prime Circle, The Parlotones, Soweto Gospel Choir, DJ Kent and more. Click here for more info.


8. The Bellamy Brothers
Howard and David Bellamy continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself - music that is now celebrating 40 years of success. Now known by their music and the company they were keeping, The Bellamys officially lifted off the launch pad in 1976 when their single, Let Your Love Flow, became an instant smash in both the US and Europe. It stayed on the international charts long enough to build a huge international fan base for the hip young brothers that endures to this day. They will be performing two shows in Johannesburg on 26 and 29 November. Click here for all the details.



9. Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival
While Hugh himself will not be performing at the festival anymore, the line-up is still very impressive with artists such as Riky Rick, Oliver Mtukudzi, Papa Penny, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Bye Beneco, Johnny Cradle, Zoe Modiga, BCUC as well as others set to perform. The festival is taking place on 4 November in Soweto. Click here for more details.



10. OneSight Acoustics
With four events taking place in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, OneSight Acoustics is set to showcase some of South Africa’s most talented musicians with an exciting line-up of artists across all genres. Powered by Ray-Ban, the primary objective for OneSight Acoustics is to raise profits towards OneSight;a non-profit organisation providing sustainable access to quality vision care and eyewear in underserved communities worldwide. The Johannesburg line-up include Desmond and the Tutus on 11 November and Tresor on 17 November. The Cape Town event will feature Jimmy Nevis on 10 November. Click here for all the details.


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