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:
Sam and Calla
Sunday 1 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
This married couple are living the dream onstage and are the ideal musical duo. They’ve travelled throughout South Africa, performing wherever they go, and now they’re here to play for you. They’ve even performed on various TV stations like Bravo and KykNet. With a dynamic stage presence and original songs, they’ll keep the whole family entertained.
Saturday 7 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Having opened for acts like Steve Hofmeyer and Bok van Blerk, Vasti graces the stage with her silver voice singing both country music and ballads. Popular throughout the age groups, Vasti’s energy is almost tangible and is definitely not something to miss.
Sunday 8 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Alec Marz, also known as “the Man with the Husky Voice” to his fans, is coming in to entertain you. It’s more than likely that you’ve heard his rich voice before as he is a regular on the radio and TV, but you can now see him live!
Saturday 14 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Young and energetic, Charlene is sure to please any audience. With talents ranging from country, rock, and pop in both English and Afrikaans, she’ll keep the crowd entertained. With two of her own albums and her new single, “Saam Met Jou”, released just last year, Charlene is original and fresh.
Sunday 15 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Originally getting attention for her yodeling, Karlien has gone further and become a well-rounded musician. She writes her own songs and many of them have been nominated for various awards, as well as her album, “Niemand Nog Soos Jy”, going golden. She’s ready to entertain and sing her way into your hearts.
Saturday 21 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
From SABC Supersterre, Priscilla Smith is back with her golden voice. She now boasts 3 new hit singles and is working on writing and recording a brand new album. But in the midst of her busy schedule, she’s taking time out to come and astound us. Be sure to come out to hear her rock the stage.
Sunday 22 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Jennifer is a true entertainer from the Cape and will have you swaying along to her rich vocals. A professional singer for 17 years now, she won two Ghoema Afrikaans Music Awards in April of 2017 for “Best Country Album” and “Public’s Favourite Female Artist”. She’s quick with a spontaneous sense of humour, making her a delight to see live.
Saturday 28 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
This new band already has multiple singles on the market and are ready to go further. With both band members having previous experience in the industry, they make a perfect match. Named RymStoff, a clever combo of their names Raymond and Christoff, this band is full of upbeat, toe-tapping songs perfect for any age!
Sunday 29 October 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm
A brand new band, EON Groep has already made it big with their first hit, “Bittersoet”. One of the 3 members, Altus Theart, is even better known for his role as Fafa Beltrami in the KykNet Soapie, “Getroud met Rugby”. But now, he and his friends have come together in an Afrikaans alternative pop band just for your entertainment.
*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.