Music Musts: Three top international acts in the space of seven days

Music Musts: Three top international acts in the space of seven days
By Jonathan Duguid

By Jonathan Duguid

Cape Town, brace yourself because in the space of a week, three top international acts are heading in the direction of the Mother City to perform. Whether you’re into soul and RnB, electronic dance music (EDM), or rock, there is something for you over the next seven days, because Maxwell, DJ Hardwell, and Nickelback are all in town for your entertainment.

Grammy Award-winning Maxwell returns to South Africa, where he is in fact an honorary citizen, to seduce audiences with his soulful compilations and sensual songs.
The singer and songwriter describes our beautiful country as his lucky charm, because it was here that he rebooted the second leg of his career after a significant hiatus, following his platinum-selling debut album, ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite’, which was released in 1996.

Maxwell will be serenading Cape Town with his neo-soulful voice on Thursday December 5 at Grand West’s Grand Arena. The show kicks off at 7pm and tickets range from R390 to R850, which can be purchased through Computicket.

Ranked by DJ Magazine as the number one deejay in the world, only three years after being entered into the Top 100 ranking in the magazine, the Dutch-born DJ Hardwell is set to turn up the heat and create a sizzling hot atmosphere as he brings his I Am Hardwell Tour to South Africa, to kick-start your Summer into gear.
DJ Hardwell was born with talent, so much so that he was signed to a label when he was only 13 years old. Known predominantly for his remixes of artists such as Rihanna and The Naked And Famous, Hardwell has also had success with his own original works, such as his hit, ‘Spaceman’.

DJ Hardwell will be performing live at the Bellville Velodrome on Friday December 6. His supporting acts comprise some of SA’s best EDM deejays, namely Chris Taylor, Das Kapital, and Pascal and Pearce. It all starts at 6pm and tickets range from R365 to R625. Bookings can be done through Computicket.

Named Group of the Decade in 2009 by Billboard Magazine, the five time Grammy nominated, three time American Music Award-winning, twelve time Juno Award-winning rock band Nickelback will be gracing the stages of Cape Town next week.
The Canadians will be covering a decade of their music (which amounts to over 50 million albums sold), and I’m pretty sure that they will be performing all their hit singles, including ‘How You Remind Me’, ‘Photograph’, ‘Burn It To The Ground’, ‘Rockstar’, ‘When We Stand Together’, ‘Bottoms Up’, ‘Lullaby’ and’Trying Not To Love You’.

Fans of Nickelback can check them out at the Grand West’s Grand Arena, being supported by Shaun Jacobs, on Wednesday and Thursday, December 11 and 12. Tickets to the show start at R340 and go up to R680. Once again Computicket is the spot for bookings, and the show starts at 7.45pm.

On the local music front this weekend, MacStanley will be performing at the Paul Cluver Wine Estate in Grabouw on Saturday December 7 for a good cause – the Thembalitsha Foundation, who’s work is all about restoring hope to the most vulnerable in the Elgin community. It all starts at 5pm and tickets are R220. To book, send an email to

On Sunday December 8 the Cape Town Male Voice Choir will be hosting their annual summer concert at the City Hall, and will be joined by the Cenestra Choir from Joburg. The performance starts at 12pm and tickets are R80. To book your tickets, call 082 492 6724.

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