Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The Parlotones - Orchestrated

Are you a big fan of The Parlotones?

Well, if you are, then you know that their new 'The Parlotones Orchestrated DVD & CD is out now, & is available in music stores nationwide.

The DVD, filmed over 2 'sold out' evenings at The Teatro at Montecasino, is the must have item for local & international fans. The Parlotones display contemporary, yet classical versions of their acclaimed discography, whilst treating fans to everything that they love about the band.

Kahn Morbee, lead vocalist of The Parlotones said that; "Orchestrated has been an incredible journey for us a band. Our main objective was to re-work many of our songs by incorporating a chamber ensmble led by Brendan Jury. The process was very meticulous as we wanted to create alternate versons of the tracks & not just add strings, etc to a song, thereby giving our fans a whole new experience of songs they have been listening to over the years.

Check out the EPK for Orchestrated the DVD here.
You can also download the live CD here.


Now it is time to win big. Thanks to my friends at Gallo Records, I am giving away 2 signed copies of The Parlotones Orchestrated DVD.

How to enter:

On Facebook:
1. Like The Parlotones & As Seen By Lloyd Facebook pages.
2. Share the competition post.
3. Comment & Tag a friend telling them what your favourite The Parlotones song is.


On Twitter:
1. Follow @parlotones & @Lloydi_Boy on Twitter.
2. Retweet the competition tweet.
3. Tag a friend & Tell us what your favourite The Parlotones song is.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Pinotage & Biltong Festival

I can remember, when I started drinking wine, the very 1st wine I had was a 2002 Simonsvlei Ja-Mocha. (Which, for those of you who don't know, is a Pinotage.) So it is safe to say, that is where my adventure into the world of wine started about 12 years ago. 

If you are a wine lover & a Pinotage enthusiast, then you need to diarise 14 & 15 October & set your GPS towards the Leriba Hotel in Centurion, because from 11 to 5, you will be attending the very 1st Pinotage & Biltong Festival. 

According to festival organiser Cobie van Oort, not only will you be blown away by some of the best Pinotage's in SA, but you will have the opportunity to dig into some great alternatives such as Rosé's, Bubblies, Blends, Dessert Wines & White Pinotage. 

On the day you will be able to enjoy & purchase over 60 wines, that have been paired with a wide variety of biltong types & flavours that have been sourced from Billa'B & Co - Biltong Deli.
Included in the list of wineries are: Altydgedacht, Delheim, Flagstone, Kaapzicht, La Couronne, Lanzerac, Overhex/Balance wines, Slanghoek, Simonsvlei & Vriesenhof.

Live jazz, meals from one of the on site restaurants with casual seating under the trees next to the river. That sounds like the best way to spend a day out with the family. And to spend that same day sipping on some Pinotage is just the cherry on the cake.

Dressing in Purple & White means you could walk away with a prize on the day after you visited the SelfiePro stand, snapped a pic & entered on social media. 

For those adults with kids, if you are not arranging a babysitter, or leaving your kids with your parents for the day, you can drop them off in the Kidz Zone which is organised by Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts, and the R75  per child then is donated to The Pebbles Project. (Naturally, all under 18's get to come into the venue for free, they are just not allowed to drink, as the festival is committed to the responsible consumption of alcohol.)

So head on over to here or here to get your tickets now. (They are R220 each, which includes your glass & a pairing card. You save R30 a ticket, because on the day, they are R250 at the gates.)

Twitter - @PinoBiltongFest

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Date Night @ Crowne Plaza

A Stay at Tsogo Sun's - Crowne Plaza in Rosebank.
(Let's just make it a Date Night.)

Some of the finest upmarket rooms & luxury suites in Rosebank - Joburg. The hotel exudes a contemporary modern feel from the moment you walk in the doors. (One of my favourite things is the smell. The whole hotel has a signature fragrance that follows you wherever you go.)

The Crowne Plaza has a 'Date Night' package available at the moment, that I think is some serious value for money for the stay in this 4 star establishment.

Included is Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for 2... 

A romantic turn-down in your room.
Enjoy a 3 course Dinner at CUT, prepared by Nico Brandt.
Be surprised with a complimentary bottle of wine.
Start your morning with breakfast at Fresh Restaurant

So naturally when I was there, I had to venture around to see what's on offer at the hotel. 

Outdoor Pool.
Fitness Centre.
Amani African Spa.

Then they have all the other things that make your stay so much more comfortable.
WiFi. Housekeeping & Laundry Services. Childcare Services. So you really have everything right there that you need.

The 3 Course Dinner at CUT. 
A set menu with a wide variety of options to choose from will leave you drooling.

I opted for the Creamy Mussels starter. Paired this with the Protea Chardonnay & it was a winner.

The Black Mushrooms with Cheese (And Extra Cheese) is full of flavours & if you are a mushroom lover, then this one is for you. 

On to the main meals... The Ostrich Fillet was my first choice. Presented beautifully & with simple elements I was expecting it to be a great dish. Unfortunately, the fillet was more sinew than anything, so I asked to send it back. Our waiter was amazing & then brought out the menu & insisted that they replace my meal with something else. So I then asked for the Calamari, which was deep-fried to perfection & crispy on the outside & tender on the inside. The chicken & seafood curry pot is one big meal that will definitely be leaving you wanting more. Creamy & full of spice.

Before heading up to bed, it was time to head to the new Circle Bar for a final glass of wine. It is a great place to chill & have a few drinks with friends & enjoy the music with some good wine.

All in all, I had a great stay at the Tsogo Sun - Crowne Plaza in Rosebank. It is nice & close to Rosebank Mall & the Gautrain Station if you need to get out, so there are no excuses to venture into Joburg to go sight seeing too. 

Check out the Date Night Special here.
If you need to see more info on the hotel, check out the website.



Check out some exceptional lesser known wine varietals.


The popular Wine Menu’s Unlock the Unusuals Wine Festival is back in town to showcase SA’s lesser known varietals, & a few international examples.

This tasting of more than 80 truly exceptional wines happening at the Killarney Country Club on Thursday, September 7, visitors can try some of the finest Tempranillo, Semillon, Cinsaut, Grenache, Carignan, Tinta Barocca & many more wine varietals starting from 18:00.

Tickets at R250 are available from Webtickets & Wine Menu at the Blu Bird Shopping Centre. The price includes unlimited tasting & light snacks.

Participation in the festival by wine producers is by invitation only, ensuring that only top quality wines will be shown at the festival.

Organiser Corlien Morris from Wine Menu says that “consumers are choosing more 'unusual' grape varietals than ever before to broaden their wine experience. They are looking for something different in the marketplace. We have some fabulous product at this year’s festival.”

Wines are on sale on the night will be at less than their regular retail prices, while a number are no longer available in the general marketplace, so its bound to be a great eve for wine enthusiasts.

Book tickets on Unlock the Unusuals.

FACEBOOK: Unlocking the Unusuals - Wine Menu

Tuesday, 29 August 2017


Best of Local Fare on the Menu at Fourth Annual Visa Street Food Festival
Festival of authentic and innovative street food keeps growing, including a new night market in Cape Town.

In September, South Africa’s culinary capitals; Cape Town and Johannesburg will play host to a celebration of street food prepared by some of the country’s best chefs and food makers. We’re talking the type of food you’ll need both hands to eat: vinegary fish and slap chips, gatsbys stuffed to capacity and the best braai, straight off the fire.

The fourth edition of the popular festival will kick off in Cape Town at the Side Street Studios in Woodstock on Saturday 2 September with the launch of the night market, and continue on Sunday 3 September with a full day of street food, live DJ’s and free talks.
A week later, on Sunday 10 September, the festival will move to Common Ground, 16 Staib Street, Maboneng in Johannesburg.
“The Visa Street Food Festival is more popular than ever,” said director Hannerie Visser. “Street food is something everyone can relate with, and South Africans have always been fans of informal dining, whether it’s pancakes at a church bazaar or bunny chow in a corner shop. With more food trucks than ever popping up, the festival will not only give visitors the chance to taste all their favourite foods, but also create a platform where food makers can educate visitors.”
“With Visa’s payWave enabled cards and connected mobile devices, this year’s festival will be the first to go cashless.  Visa’s easy-to-use and secure tap and go technology will make sampling the authentic street food easier than ever.”
Launched in Cape Town in 2014, the Street Food Festival combines a vibrant street market, where local chefs showcase the best of what South Africa’s street food has to offer, with talks by some of the country’s leading food makers.
“This year we want to close the gap between real, authentic street food that’s being served on the side of the road in townships and fine-dining restaurants,” said Fenner. “We want everyone eating everything and learning from each other. Being involved in this event is a great way for us to do that."
The Jo’burg street food menu is eclectic, from butter chicken on chips and spicy jerk chicken to footlong boerie rolls, scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches and the best thickshakes on the continent.
Festival Times and Dates:
Cape Town Saturday market (2 September - 5pm to 9pm.), which includes the first-ever night market, is R50. 
Cape Town Sunday market (3 September - 9am to 4pm.), which includes vendors, free talks and live DJ’s, is R100. 
Johannesburg Sunday market (10 September - 9am to 4pm.), which includes vendors, free talks and live DJ’s, is R100.
Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za and if you pay with Visa Checkout, you will get a 10% discount on your ticket price. Tickets are also available at the door.
For more information on the Visa Street Food Festival visit, www.streetfoodfestival.co.za.
Facebook: @streetfoodfestivalZA
Instagram: @streetfoodZA
Twitter: @streetfoodZA

Adrienne Hersch Randburg Harriers Challenge - Discovery Vitality Run Series


Sunday 10th September 2017
21km, 10km and 5km fun run

It's time to soak up the sun & join in on the running action at the Adrienne Hersch Randburg Harriers Challenge with Discovery Vitality on Sunday 10th September 2017, & enjoy the scenic 21.1km, 10km and 5km routes. The ideal chance to test your legs on the legendary hills in Randburg whilst taking in the view & enjoy the community camaraderie.

The festivities at the finish line are sure to make this event a wonderful day out for the whole family & hosts a beautiful market, a VIP lounge hosted by Hello Joburg Magazine, tasty food, a festive beer garden & live entertainment.
The Adrienne Hersch Randburg Harriers Challenge is race 3 of 4 in the Vitality Series & will offer Discovery Vitality members between 800 & 2000 points for completing the race. R50 000 worth of prizes is up for grabs and all entrants will receive a goodie bag.
With Spring in the air, we are encouraging as many runners to join us for the 5km fun run as there is no license needed. Whether you are runners or not, come along and walk it, skip it, dance it, just have fun with it - it’s perfect for everyone. Situated on the fields of Randburg Harriers, you will have the chance to meet up with friends & family after the race for a delicious breakfast or lunch with an offering of numerous gourmet vendors while listening to great music. And don't miss out on browsing the retail market for beautiful table cloths, pajamas, caftans, ceramics, clothing, jewellery, décor, scarves and so much more. It will be a great morning out enjoying the sunshine and healthy lifestyle in a safe & happy community.
Operation Hunger, a non-profit organisation is the charity of choice of this event & a portion of the proceeds will aim to provide poverty, malnutrition and nutrition relief to various communities across South Africa through a variety of sustainable projects. Participants can donate to Operation Hunger via their entry process for the race.
Cost of entry ranges from R40 for the 5km fun run to R120 for the 21km - online entries can be booked at www.discovery.co.za/vitality/runseries
Pre-entries and online entry collection will be available at the Randburg Harriers Clubhouse on:
7 September: 16h00 – 19h00
8 September: 14h00 – 19h00
9 September: 07h00 – 17h00

So put the whole family’s running shoes on and book now for the Randburg Harriers Adrienne Hersch Challenge.
Date: Sunday 10th September 2017
Venue: Randburg Sports Centre (Corner Silver Pine Avenue and Republic Road)
07h00 - 21.1km
07h15 - 10km
07h30 - 5km



It’s an illusion, or is it?
Leading local promoter, Showtime Management announced that after record breaking runs in New York, London and Asia, the Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time ever.

Opening at GrandWest on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 for a limited season & ending on Sunday, 11 February 2018.
The show then moves to Montecasino’s Teatro from Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, 14 February to Sunday, 11 March 2018.


This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.  The Illusionists have shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance. This group of world class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past such as Harry Houdini and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costumes design lend the genre theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before.  Collectively these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the very first time.

Critics and audiences across the globe stare with jaw-dropping amazement. 
Australian media best sum up the show as: “It’s deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bendingly spectacular – genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed.” says the Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, while Australian Stage rates the show; “Incredible, astounding, amusing, mystifying, perplexing and challenging – all in all this is a magical mystery tour de force. Be prepared to be amazed!”

With the conclusion of the 2016 - 2017 season The Illusionists Direct from Broadway holds the record as the highest grossing show in a single week at the Marquis and Neil Simon Theatres (Broadway), the Shaftesbury Theatre (West End), the Sydney Opera House (Sydney, AUS), the Arts Centre Melbourne (Melbourne, AUS), and the Auditorio Nacional (Mexico City, MEX). Creative producer Simon Painter said, “Everyone at The Illusionists is thrilled to be coming to South Africa. 2017 proved to be an amazing year for the production and we are excited to keep that momentum going.”

The Illusionists will soon captivate Cape Town and Jozi.  Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists dazzle audiences of all ages across the globe.

The Illusionists Direct from Broadway is produced by The Works Entertainment and brought to South Africa by Showtime Management and BBC BRIT.

Ticket are available at Computicket: www.computicket.com

Twitter: @Illusionists7 

Darkness & Light - John Legend


Big Concerts confirmed today that 10-time Grammy Award winner, multi platinum selling artist John Legend will be returning to South Africa with his highly anticipated Darkness and Light Global tour.  

Presented by KFM 94.5, 947, East Coast Radio and Channel 24. Another Big Concerts Experience.

Discovery Card holders get an exclusive 48 hour pre-sale starting Wednesday 23rd August at 9am. Go to www.discovery.co.za for more information.

Tickets go on sale Friday 25th August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket

John Legend’s latest album Darkness and Light has been a global smash hit with top 10 singles “Love Me Now” and “Penthouse Floor” featuring Chance the Rapper. The album debuted on the top 20 of the Billboard 200 and was streamed over 12 million times in the first week.

Fans can expect to hear John perform these new singles as well as his smash single “All of Me” from his critically acclaimed fourth studio album ‘LOVE IN THE FUTURE’ which claimed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart, as well as #1 at four formats of radio: Urban AC, Top 40, Rhythm, & Adult Top 40. The single marks Legend’s highest selling and charting single of his career to date, with sales over 5.5 million worldwide. 

Don’t miss the chance to see John Legend perform all your favourite hits live with a full band.

The three-city 2017 concert tour commences in Johannesburg on Saturday, 4 November and new date of Sunday, 5 November 2017 at the TicketPro Dome, before moving to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday, 7 November 2017. The tour will finish in Cape Town on 9 & 10 November at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. 
Johannesburg: 4 & 5 November 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome 
Durban: 7 November 2017 at Moses Mabhida Stadium
Cape Town: 9 & 10 November 2017 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tour Information:
Saturday 4th November 2017
Sunday, 5th November 2017
Ticketpro Dome
Ticket Price: R515 – R1140

Tuesday 7th November 2017
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Ticket Price:  R375 – R855

Cape Town
Thursday 9th November 2017
Friday 10 November 2017
Grand West, Grand Arena
Ticket Price:  R515 – R1085