Durban Gets The Blues This Weekend With The Durban International Blues Festival
Durban is set to get a bit blue this week as the Durban International Blues Festival rolls back into town. The festival, which kicks off on the 14th of October will run until the 19th of October 2014. This year marks the festival’s 10th successful year that it has been running, and has a great lineup in store for it’s audience.
The Blues Festival, since inception has had specific goals to achieve and seems to be well on it’s way to getting there. South Africa is well known for hosting well supported music festivals such as Oppi Koppie, Splashy Fen, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Rocking The Daisies, etc. Cape Town and Joburg dominate the Jazz festival industry. The rock and folk industry have many festivals to choose from across the country. The Durban International Blues Festival allows Durban to position itself as the Blues capital of South Africa whilst creating a platform for many up and comping blues performers.
The Blues festival also increases employment opportunities for many in Durban whilst boosting tourism and instilling a great sense of civic pride in us Durbanites. Durban is well known for nurturing some of the most successful creative individuals in the country.
What Can You Expect At This Year’s Festival?
Wilson’s Wharf, with it’s picturesque setting around Durban’s harbor is where Durban can get the blues from. The calming water side spot will be transformed into a haven of good sounds, and great food, as many popular eateries can be found there.
Program director Will Wallace has brought together a formidable line up of international and local artists to the festival. Durban can look forward to artists such as Sea Level, The Gloucester Blues Program, Sebastian Goldswain, East Coast Blues Band, Rob Thompson, Natasha Meister, the newly formed all -ladies Durban blues band Cinnamon Blue and Black Cat Bones.
The festival provides both free and paid-for performances. The paid for concerts run from Thursday and will cost R130 per a performance. Tickets are available from Computicket now for the paid for evenings of Thurs- 16th Oct to Sun- 19th Oct, which will again conclude with the not- to- be- missed Blues Summit at 19:30 on the final evening. Season tickets are R400 for all four shows – a saving of R120!
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