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With just two weeks to go to 2020’s first major musical festival in Johannesburg, the countdown to the highly anticipated second annual Cotton Fest has officially begun.

Showcasing over 100 unique acts performing on different stages, Cotton Fest is a celebration of music and fashion. Merging both known and unknown South African talent, the festival platforms the diverse elements of the hiphop culture, while fusing the gaps within the popular local movements in Mzansi.

Taking place at The Station in central Johannesburg on the first day of February, the festival is set to attract over 8 000 youngsters.

The Station is currently being upgraded for the 2020 edition of the festival to accommodate the expected crowd, in addition to housing the first-of-its-kind stage and offer a safer festival experience for all attendees.

Exciting new elements of the Festival this year include:

  • A FIRST OF ITS KIND IN SA STAGE –  Newly produced roofing and staging structure which will includes a 30m (wide) x 10m (high) stage. Production is set to reveal the headline artists in a powerful dramatic way
  • 16 unique food stalls
  • 5 themed bars (including a cocktail bar)
  • Branded Sneaker activations
  • Other dynamic installations
  • Additional Security and SAP presence
  • Wider safety perimeter  across the venue with official road closures

“Cotton Fest much like Desperados resonates with the culture, so the synergy was just an obvious one when we joined the team last year. With joint plans to take Cotton Fest to the next level this year, we are super excited to get behind this celebration of music and fashion, where so many of SA’s talent are showcased and saluted. We look forward to officiate this partnership on the 1st of Feb, as we kick off 2020’, confirmed Desperados brand manager Mathew Walton.

COTTON FEST is supported by media giants MTV and YFM. Confirmed partners include Desperados, Standard Bank, BAT, Jägermeister, Redbull, Dickies and Converse.

Tickets now on sale at Webtickets and Pick n Pay outlets nationwide.


Date:              Saturday, 1st February 2020

Venue:           The Station (Carr Street & Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown, JHB)

Views At Twenty5 Presents #RetroVibes

We all know Views At Twenty5 being the coolest venue to host some of the city’s coolest events, while most of you are agreeing with me on this it’s doing it again next week Friday from 5pm, introducing a whole new themed event to it’s Calendar.

If you’re like me, love being spotted amongst the cool kids, enjoy great music and more that this beautiful venue always brings please make sure you clear your Calendar for the 22nd of March to attend #RetroVibes which promises nothing but good food, music and Retro trends.

I recently spoke to an organising member of #RetroVibes and this is what they had to say:

-Why Retro? Life can be stressful at times so I thought why not do something where people can de-stress and re-kindle memories of a simpler time.

-Who is your target audience? My target audience is any who can relate to last the 2 to 3 decades or simply just wants to try something different.

-Why people should not miss it?
Firstly it’s not something you see or do everyday, secondly it’s taking place in one of Durban’s Premier Rooftop Venues, Views@Twenty5 home of the tea pot cocktails and beautiful panoramic view of the city.

-CoverCharge? Cover charge is free for the first 100 guests, thereafter it is R100.

-What are your expectations?
A positive turnout, people having a good time and the event being remembered as an unforgettable experience.

-Would there be any entertainment? Just local DJs
-Are we going to be seeing more ‘Retro’ Themed events happening at Views? I don’t know, let’s see how this one turns out.

I hope to see all of you guys there, all you have to do is book a table and make your reservation by calling or sending a WhatsApp to Thabiso +27 73 917 8586.

Diarise the dates for Decorex Durban now!

Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition portfolio will extend the continent’s influence on global style with the first instalment, Decorex Durban, taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019.

“Decorex SA is taking ownership of its role as a leader in décor this 2019 through our inspired theme, ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “All three shows will reflect the unique African essence of the individual province, with these varied styles all grounded by one undeniable fact – this is home. Visitors to Decorex Durban will be the first to experience this soul-replenishing theme through the numerous features and trends all curated by the region’s best designers.”

True to the Decorex brand, the 2019 exhibition programme boasts a number of inspired new installations which will speak to the upcoming trends. Some of the key features include:

  • Decorex Trend House 
  • InStudio Trend Theatre
  • Children’s Playroom & Décor Project
  • The Lighting Project
  • The Kitchen Trend Project
  • The Bathroom Project
  • The Design Project
  • Wine & Champagne Bar
  • The Secret Gin Garden
  • Global Trends
  • Rum & Beer Bar
  • StreEATERY
  • The Mint Café
  • The Wine Tasting Cellar
  • 1-Day Pop-up Market

Visitors can also look forward to the latest design, build and lifestyle products from innovative trade leaders, working alongside Durban’s most dynamic artists. In addition, stylised restaurants and bars will be located throughout the exhibition space, offering quality food and drink menus.

Don’t miss out on the ultimate décor exhibition, Decorex Durban. Book your tickets now at

Decorex Durban

Decorex Durban

21 – 24 March 2019

10am – 6pm daily

Durban Exhibition Centre

Trade-focused day: 22 March 2019

Ticket Prices:   Adults – R95

                        Student/Pensioners – R85

                        Kids U12 – R20

                        Trade – R85

                        Exhibitor – R85

For more information, email


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Twitter: @decorexSA  

Instagram: @decorex_sa

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Music Is King concert organisers Soulistic Music and U-Live Africa in partnership with Telkom today confirmed the final wave of performers.  The Black Coffee set will include a massive line-up of some of our favourite songs including Thandiswa Mazwai, Shekhinah, Monique Bingham & Samthing Soweto.

Following the announcement of the 2nd wave of Music is King performers last month, the full line-up is now confirmed. Audiences can look forward to various solo artist performances, collaborations and a special Black Coffee medley featuring a long list of great local and international talent.

The powerhouse female line-up includes the legendary Thandiswa Mazwai, multiple award winning star Shekhinah and Afro soul singer Moneoa Moshesh. Black Coffee’s handpicked feature artists include Lungi Naidoo, Khensy, Msaki, Lindiwe Maxolo and Toshi are also confirmed. The online sensation Yolanda Nyembezi also joins the line-up alongside international vocalist Monique Bingham.

In addition to this strong female heavy line-up, Black Coffee’s EPIC set will also feature industry greats like SAMA winners Black Motion, Samthing Soweto, Mondli Ngcobo, Pansula, Ribatone and Mbuso Khoza.  Renowned artists Moscow On Keys and pianist Nduduzo Makhathini have also been included on the list of performers for the medley.

With what promises to be a mind-blowing performance set, Black Coffee still has a few surprises planned that he will not reveal until show day.

Previously announced headliners include Swizz Beatz, Burna Boy, Riky Rick, Lady Zamar Nasty C, Kenzhero and DJ China.

Music is King merchandise will be available at the concert,  options to be announced soon on social media.

Doors open at 3pm and concert goers are advised to arrive early to enjoy the various activities lined up.

Music Is King set to take place at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg this December, is an international concert experience brought to us by internationally acclaimed DJ & producer, Black Coffee. Limited VIP and VVIP Packages are now available online for purchase.

In addition to the line-up, Music Is King is proud to announce Telkom as the official headline partner.


Date: Saturday, 15 December 2018

Venue: The Ticketpro Dome

Time: Doors open at 3pm

Tickets: Start from R375 (available now at

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