What Is It?

In partnership with SkyRoomLive, Joburg Life, 947 and Times Live, get ready for a live streamed music event that's sure to reach new heights! Helivation is set to elevate South African streaming events when it will, for the first time, stream live from a spectacular Sandton helipad with 360-degree panoramic skyline views, epic DJs and world-class production. Helivation will be a first-of-its-kind, in a time when live events as we know them are restricted.

As lockdown lingers and the live events industry struggles, there are some who are innovating to build new platforms and experiences for fans, musicians and crews alike – and to come together to keep the SA events scene alive. The event is the brainchild of live streaming pioneers, SkyRoomLive, and experienced events management company, Joburg Life, in partnership with 947 and Times Live.

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For the first time since lockdown, DJs and artists will actually travel to and perform at a music venue, not from their homes. With strict health and safety measures in place, the DJs will play live sets to audiences at home across the country atop a helipad.

Already confirmed to perform are DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Chrizz Beatz, Ayanda MVP, DJ Dimples, Shimza and Kyle Watson, with more to be announced as more tickets are sold.

Not only will the production quality and view from the SkyRoomLive helipad at The Block set it apart from all other live streamed events, but the artists and crews are being booked and paid, for the first time in months. This set-up will provide a much-needed lifeline to many artists and crew who have in the last few months seen themselves without any income due to lockdown restrictions.

Helivation is a festival fuelled by you! With every event ticket sold, the party is elevated to a new level. Each level unlocks new artists, floors, tech, drones and innovation, building an even more phenomenal live streamed experience. With each new artist and element that gets added to the festival, the industry is being supported, from riggers, camera operators, lighting and AV technicians to social media managers, editors and promoters.

As more tickets are sold, Helivation will unlock names, like PH, Milkshake, Speedsta, Cinnamon and Capital.

Also, not only will you have a great music lineup, but you'll also be contributing to an amazing cause! A percentage of the money raised through ticket sales will be used to help entertainment crews who’ve been hit during the pandemic.

Helivation also aims to provide a platform for other promoters to host their own pay-per-view shows. These shows will support tech companies by providing much needed work for the backend crew in the events industry.

When Is It?

Saturday, 06 June 2020 and Sunday, 07 June 2020.

Where Is It?

The event will stream live from the SkyRoomLive helipad at The Block. You can watch it from www.skyroomlive.com.

How Much Is It?

Your ticket unlocks more DJs, innovation and support for the industry!

Get your tickets now at www.skyroomlive.com at R50 per person and stay connected on social media using #Helivation.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.skyroomlive.com.

Don't forget to follow SkyRoomLive on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news, updates and information regarding the Helivation event.

What Is It?

Join the interesting and creative talks about the music industry in Bandustry LIVE - Episode 4. The episode is going to recap the past week and you will get to know more from industry specialists who have shaped music in many ways.

You can enjoy an episode filled with knowledge and exciting conversation.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at 18:00 - 19:00.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

Bookworms, This One's For You!

The Abantu Book Festival is a not-for-profit initiative that relies on donations and sponsorship for income. Each year they host a book festival, giving all bookworms the chance to meet authors, find books and be around like-minded people.

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Where It all Began

Coming from humble beginnings in 2016, Abantu Book Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for black writers and readers, allowing them the space to express themselves freely through the art of African literature and the celebration of the rich and diverse African literary heritage.

They have an extensive programme that is a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, writing and publishing workshops, panel discussions and in-conversations, dance and film-screening woven into the mix.

This festival takes place over four days, allowing you to enjoy performances by the best poets, novelists, playwrights, biographers, children's writers, literary scholars, musicians, actors, activists, thinkers and readers from as far as can be imagined, transforming the historic location of Soweto into a literary village.

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Authors To Look Forward To On The Day

Last year, the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Fred Khumalo, Gail Smith, Gcina Mhlophe, Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Lebo Mashile and many more graced the festival. To see who will be attending this year, click here!

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More About The Event

Abantu Book Festival has become an annual pilgrimage, be sure to be part of this incredible experience in Soweto. While the books remain the central medium, they will be presenting an extensive programme that is a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, photography, dance, food and conversations.

When: Thursday, 05 December 2019 – Sunday, 08 December 2019.

Where: Soweto Theatre, Corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto, Johannesburg.

Tickets: Ticket information can be found here.

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page or website for more information.

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What Is It?

It's time Johannesburg! Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition is back to go deep into the work and artistry in the world of music.

This event promises a series of amazing music educational talks, conferences, showcases and much more. The Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition always brings Mzansi together for the love of music and this year brings you 4 full days. (Please do however check their website for days that are open to the public)

The event explore both the business of music as well as the industry at large, this is definitely an educational event for someone who wants to grow in the industry.

Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 - Saturday, 07 September 2019.

Where Is It?

Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R250 - R550 per person, get yours ticket Here

For More Information

For more information, click Here.

It's Surrounded By History, Culture & Heritage

The Marabi Club is a hidden gem that you definitely need to experience if you're paying the inner city a visit. This unique jazz venue was established in 2017 by TJ Steyn and Dale de Ruig, and has formed part of the inner-city regeneration. This space was an abandoned basement parking lot in an old diamond industry building before it was recreated into a trendy and interesting live music hotspot which harnesses the vibe and grit of real, down-town Jozi.

The thing is, you need to know where to find it! Tucked underneath 46 hotel rooms, a conference centre, gym, spa and rooftop bar, The Marabi Club isn't as obvious as you'd think. It can be found at the very bottom of Maboneng’s iconic, Hallmark House. If you're having trouble locating it, just keep an eye out for the discreet black canopy above a small metal door. Quick tip: make use of their valet service for parking!

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The Decor Will Take You Back In Time

We believe that Marabi Club is a well disguised time machine. It teleports visitors back in time with their 20s inspired décor, yet also spends you straight into the future with their trendy, cosmopolitan style and new age African ambiance. The careful detail that captures the history of the building and surrounds as well as the present culture and diversity in the inner city definitely makes it a truly unique venue to relax, indulge and enjoy a few pleasures, which we will get into shortly. Not only that, from the moment you step in through the door, it certainly doesn't feel like you're in the heart of Jozi anymore! With all the interesting décor and atmosphere, it feels more like you've fallen down a rabbit hole and landed in one jazzy, top-notch kind of place.

The Marabi Club

The Chef Is Remarkable!

The Marabi Club's Head Chef, Vusi Ndlovu, is the master behind the amazing menu! His take on the tapas menu has pushed guests to experience something new and explore the boundaries of dishes they thought they would never try. Oysters and beef fat, calamari and grapes are a few of the dishes he serves to his diners. Vibrant, assertive and confident; Vusi lives up to the reputation that he has built, a chef who challenges the norms and pushes the envelop to create unique and astonishing food that'll wow your senses.

He was named one of the top seven in the 2018 San Pellegrino Best Young Chef Awards and the top-ranked in Middle East and Africa, using skills, techniques and flavour combinations learnt from his tenure under Chef David Higgs as well as in one of Europe’s top restaurants, In de Wulf in Belgium. Vusi’s menu is true to the Marabi style and is a progressive representation of Joburg’s fusion of tradition and future.

The Marabi Club

The Food Is Incredible

The cuisine at The Marabi Club is not what you expect it to be. The food here is not your traditional bar basket grub, oh no! It's far more than that. Vusi really wanted to do something creative, interesting and exquisite with The cuisine at Marabi Club and designed a menu that'll blow your mind (and taste buds). A great example of his creativity and skill on a plate is with his twist on broccoli. When you think of this simple vegetable, what comes to mind? Little green trees of not-so-goodness? Well, then you need to try the broccoli here - it was prepared with various different textures, flavours and surprises, our taste buds didn't know what hit them. It’s certainly not what you'd think it would be - it's even better!

Another must are their cocktails. They're everything you'd want in a cocktail and are definitely dream-worthy. Just like the venue, they're flamboyant and quirky, and will have you coming back for more. Other than the top-class food and trendy cocktails, they also have a fantastic selection of wine as well as cigars to indulge your senses. This combination of delights presents a 360˚ experience that is one-of-a-kind for its visitors.

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"And All That Jazz!"

The music at The Marabi Club reflects the popular genre during Joburg’s heyday. During the gold rush, Marabi's music and lifestyle was born - blues, jazz and soul, the perfect remedy when one needs to escape the hardships of the working week in the 20s and 30s.

The stage at The Marabi Club is the focal point of the restaurant, offering diners a platform for a premium jazz experience. Pictures of the Master of Jazz pantheon adorn the walls and it is the ideal stage for talented emerging artists wanting to perform and share their craft. Guests will be delighted with a variety of solo artists and bands throughout the evenings.

The Marabi Club

For More Information

For more information about the Marabi Club, visit www.themarabiclub.com. You can also call the on 010 591 2879 or email them at [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow on Instagram and Facebook.

What Is It?

Sauma aims to increase the outline and public awareness of the musicians that are in the development stages. Do join in for this amazing award ceremony to celebrate these amazing musicians and their achievements. The event promises to create interest throughout the country with the inclusion of well known musicians as mentors and to host a workshop for the nominees, where musicians can learn more about how to succeed in the music industry.

When Is It?

Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 18:00.

Where Is It?

Soweto Theatre, Corner of Bolani and Bolani Link Roads, Jabulani, Soweto, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R 150 per person, get yours here!

For More Information

For more information visit this website, or visit their Facebook page.

Carfax, located in Newtown, is a cultural studio and event hub. The venue was founded in 1985 and the industrial space was revamped by creatives. It is now one of Johannesburg's most loved venues.

The venue is available for booking and hosts many performing artists, fine artists, DJs, musicians, fashion designers, and countless causes. Visit their website here!

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