The Best Things To Do In Durban This Summer

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Summer holidays are here and you’re now thinking to yourself, “How am I going to make the most of it?” Don’t worry, as always, we’ve got you. We’ve been asked by Cheapflights to get involved in their Durban blogathon to let people know “The Best Things To Do In Durban This Summer.” Naturally, as a mostly music blog, we think going to a gig is always the best to do in Durban. So, naturally, we compiled a mostly music gig guide to make sure you stay in touch with the best of what’s of what’s going down in the 031 this summer. Truth be told, when it comes to live entertainment in Durban, summer is absolute paradise. There are gigs and concerts almost everywhere, every weekend, so no matter what you’re into, there should be something for you.




While Cool Runnings is probably most well known for their Thursday night drum circle, they regularly open their doors and stage to a wide variety of musicians and DJs. On the 9th of December, Groundsweep Productions celebrate a year of their seasonal “Swing” parties with a smorgasbord of sonic selections from the likes of Existing Consciousness, Common Creatives, Black Math and more TBA this week.




Then on the 16th of December, Jo’burg surf rockers The Moths and local garage rock shredders Black Math, The Myths and Mouse are taking over the place for a 90s themed party called MMMMBop. If you’re into righteous riffage, this is the gig for you.

That’s not all though, on the 23rd of December they’re giving you an early Christmas present with the Durban leg of the Richard Gear Summer Tour which features My Baby, BCUC and ByLwansta. I don’t know too much about My Baby (except that they’re from New Zealand), but BCUC are one of the best live acts in the country and ByLwansta is one of the next big things in SA rap. You should probably take the opportunity to see them when you can. The Facebook event has more details.




Brewhaus in Durban North have a wide selection of beers, which is good, and have been very accommodating to local musicians and DJs since they opened, which is great. They usually have gigs on most Fridays and Saturdays, but for the holidays they open things up to get loose on Sundays too. On the 10th of December they host Easy Freak, Raheem Kemet and MISSU, which is a lineup that we highly recommend. They have dope events pretty much every weekend night so check out their Facebook page to keep up to date.




If Techno is your thing, Durban’s DJ collective ALTR have put together a sweet beach party on the 10th of December for you to get your rave on from sunset to sunrise. Thekweni Beach Lifesaving Club will play host to the DJing skills and selections of Dr Nonono, Bhashkar, Lotech, Shugga, NightShade and more. Techno is pretty underground in Durban but is gaining traction worldwide. If you’re unfamiliar with the genre, let this be your introduction.




Red Bull Unlocked returns to Durban just in time for summer. Great for anyone who wants to catch a tan whilst watching sick skating, not so great for the 30 skaters who will be wanting to catch their breath between throwing themselves down Moses Mabhida Stadium’s steps. SA’s best skaters get creative go big at one of Durban’s most iconic landmarks Here’s the Facebook event for more info.


Durban’s electronic music stalwarts Veranda Panda are taking over the swanky S43 for a free night of tequila and good music on Friday the 23rd of December. Veranda Panda have a deep catalogue and eclectic tastes so you’re in for an interesting night of music. Also, tequila. DJ Lau Lau kicks things off at 21:00.




Fact Durban Rocks is the biggest way to celebrate the New Year. They’re flying all of South Africa’s house and hip-hop heavyweights between Cape Town and Durban for one night of massive musical mayhem. We’re talking AKA, Casper Nyovest, Black Coffee, Babes Wodumo, Big Nuz, Durban’s Finest and many, many more. If you’re the “Go Big” type, it doesn’t get much bigger than Fact.




While there are a ton of comedy gigs going down this Summer, Saturday Night Laugh at the BAT Centre consistently provides the finest in local stand up every Saturday. Week in and week out this is where new comedians try their material and their luck, and where the pros cement their legacies. The lineup is different every week but it always features a mixture of top talent and up-and-comers. If you’re looking for comedy in Durban, just go to the BAT Centre on a Saturday night and you’ll find it.


And lastly, if you’re really into music, like, you’re one of those people who listens to records, then you should hit up Khaya Records. Not only do they have just an insane collection of records, but they also host regular events, from stand-up comedy to experimentation with electronica- anything goes at Khaya Records. Look out for their “Hang Out and a Couple of Songs with...” and their “Binary Nights“.



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