Within the space of a few years, South Africa has quickly become one of the prime destinations for some of our favourite musicians abroad. More and more outstanding international artists are gracing our shores – and bringing the whole band along! With so many concerts to look forward to, we thought we’d round up our pick of the top musical artists we’re looking forward to seeing most.
1. Albert Hammond
Legendary singer-songwriter Albert Hammond is returning to South Africa once more after two successful sold-out tours on our shores in 2014 and 2016. The 74-year old will be belting out hits like ‘The Free Electric Band’ and ‘Peacemaker’ at two shows in Pretoria and Bloemfontein on 8 and 10 March 2019. Visit computicket.com for more details.
2. The Cure
Despite their darkly-clad appearance, beloved English rock group The Cure offers an array of warm, heartfelt songs. They’ll be playing two shows in South Africa this month at a day-long event called ‘Rock On The Lawns’, proudly featuring a host of local musicians as openers on 16 and 21 March 2019. It’s going to be a fantastic evening, so look out for hits like ‘Friday I’m In Love’ that’ll get you off your feet and dancing! Visit computicket.com for more details.
3. Ed Sheeran
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The English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran known for hits like ‘Sing’, ‘Thinking Out Loud’, and ‘Shape Of You’ will perform four shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town this month from 23 to 28 March. And due to popular demand, additional tickets have been released. Sheeran will be supported by the English group Passenger, who last visited our shores for a solo tour in 2015. Visit bigconcerts.co.za for more details.
4. Chaka Khan and Eliane Elias
American jazz singer Chaka Khan and Brazilian jazz pianist Eliane Elias are two Grammy-Award-winning musicians that will perform at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival from 29 to 30 March 2019. With two nights of sultry, funky music around every corner, this promises to be an event of stellar quality. Visit capetownjazzfest.com for more details.
5. Andrea Boccelli
World-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli returns to South Africa next month for two sold-out concerts on 18 and 22 April 2019. The concerts will form part of Bocelli’s ongoing world tour in support of his latest album Si. And a 140-piece classical orchestra and choir will accompany him during each performance, showcasing his extensive repertoire, from classical opera tracks to modern pop hits. Visit bigconcerts.co.za for more details.
Compiled by Features Writer, Marike Watson
Features writer by trade, music lover and fine-line illustrator by nature. As an expert on the ’70s era, Marike will happily introduce you to her record collection. She’s passionate about African art and culture. And if she’s not off on an adventure, you’ll most likely find her making coffee.