South Africa has always had an incredibly vibrant music scene from the afro-jazz and kwaito emanating from the townships to the folk rock and rap on the city streets, the unifying effect of these diverse sounds is the beating heart of the country.
And while it’s almost impossible to visit any town or city throughout South Africa which doesn’t have its own musical influences and styles, Jacaranda City is certainly one that pulsates with a particular musical energy which caters to a variety of audiences.
Being the administrative capital of the country, Pretoria has always attracted a melting pot of cultures and influences. The tertiary institutions too – Tuks being a great example – are renowned for stirring up musical interest as students from across the country culminate in one creatively-driven environment to formulate new and unique sounds.
This talent is given a platform on Tuks FM, the Pretoria campus radio station – which extends as far as Johannesburg North - won nine awards in 2014 at the MTN Radio Awards including South Africa’s Best Campus Radio Station of the year for three consecutive years. The station is a proud supporter of South African music, debuting local and international talent, making it a veritable breeding house of top talent for commercial radio.
There are also a number of live venue platforms for local artists to interact with the public. Throughout Pretoria, no matter what your musical taste or preference, you will be able to find a place to take in the sounds of the city. One very popular venue for live music in Pretoria is Montana Family Market.
Live Music this Month in Pretoria
Montana Family Maket
Montana Family Market is the best venue for a live music experience that is suited to the entire family. This permanent flea-market-style shopping complex, situated across from Kolonnade Mall, hosts a number of incredible live music acts on the weekends. The entrance is only R2 which includes access to more than 500 stalls and children will be kept entertained in the play park or by partaking in one of the many organised children’s entertainment activities.
Upcoming live musical performances include:
song, ‘Sandra Prinsloo’, which received a VCR Award and got more than 1 million views on YouTube. Entrance is R2.
Rea Le Roux
Made famous by her ‘Wrecking Ball’ parody – ‘Ek’s g@tvol vir huis skoonmaak’ – Rea Le Roux will take to the stage for a hugely entertaining performance on Sunday, 17 December at Montana Family Market from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is R2.
Singing a range of country, Afrikaans classics, golden oldies and rock is Gideon Hunter, who will feature at Montana Family Market on Monday, 18 December from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is R2.
Marlé Fourie and Dewald Maritz
Performing a special duo, the two will have audiences of all ages singing and dancing during their Montana Family Market performance on Tuesday, 19 December from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is R2.
Showcasing incredible instrumental talent on guitar, piano, drums and harmonica, William Blackrose will perform covers and originals at Montana Family Market on Wednesday, 20 December from 2pm to 4pm. The talented musician even works in some stand-up comedy for a truly unique act. Entrance is R2.
New to the South African music scene is Alida, who launched her first single – ‘Meer as a meisie’ – in May this year. Catch this up-and-comer at Montana Family Market from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is R2.
From establishing a career with the band NRG: Abel Knobel, this South African performer has launched a successful solo career after making it to the top 10 in The Voice SA. He’s been performing across Spain while working on his first solo album, set to be released in 2018. Catch him at Montana Family Market on Friday, 22 December from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is R2.
These two brothers – both of whom have featured on The Voice SA and Talent Africa – will put on a spectacular performance. See them live at Montana Family Market on Saturday, 23 December from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is R2.
Playing some of her chart-topping hits - including her latest single, GI Jane – is Leme. Her vocal power will impress at her Montana Family Market performance on Sunday, 24 December from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is R2.
The duo will present their latest album, ‘Nuwe Begin’ in an energising performance at Montana Family Market on Tuesday, 26 December from 2pm to 4pm. Catch their song, ‘Sandra Prinsloo’, which received a VCR Award and got more than 1 million views on YouTube. Entrance is R2.
Despite being only 15 and 18 years old, this sister duo has already been nominated for a number of awards. Nicola (18) plays lead guitar – although she can perform on another five instruments – while Lindi-Lee (15) plays bass guitar, as well as another four instruments. Catch them at Montana Family Market on Saturday, 30 December from 2pm to 4pm. Entrance is R2.
*Please note that all our events are subject to change without notice. R2 is payable at the entrance gate on weekends and public holidays.
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Here are a few other live music venue options in Pretoria:
1. Arcade Empire
From the same people who brought 'I Love P-Town' and 'Hotbox Studios', Arcade Empire is a great venue for top local acts aimed at the younger crowd. There is live music from Wednesday to Saturday in a variety of genres with the venue hosting acts such as Van Coke Kartel, The Curfew and Whiskey Thief. The Grind Radio station and a tattoo parlour are all on site, with the venue also hosting foam parties, braai days, game nights and workshops. This is where many music videos are also developed. Breaking into so many markets, the owners of this restaurant seem to be at the forefront of South African music. Located off Lynnwood Road in Equestria, Arcade Empire also has awesome specials and great food.
2. Tings an’ Times
Inspired by bohemian ideals and reggae rhythms, Tings an’ Times at Waterglen Centre is an iconic live music destination featuring acts focused on original music. Catering for both young and old free-thinking individuals, Tings an’ Times has hosted acts such as Chiba, Kabaal Klankbaan, Tidal Waves, the Parlotones and Die Antwoord. This colourful, chilled venue, which prides itself on being a ‘100% attitude-free zone’, has artists playing twice a month.
3. The SpeakEasy Lounge
Situated at Stone Cradle off the R21, this venue has top-class musical theatre and dining. It is popular for its themed evenings such as SpeakEasy goes Irish, where artists Andries Botha and Eben Bleeker play the best of U2 and Cranberries while customers enjoy a three-course Irish. From jazz to rock and blues, this theatre restaurant offers unforgettable entertainment with shows from Wednesday to Sunday.
More Info: 7 Great Live Music Venues in Pretoria