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New Year’s Eve in Durban

TIMO ODV performing on stage (Instagram)

TIMO ODV performing on stage (Instagram)

Published Dec 31, 2021


LIFESTYLE - A few New Year’s celebratory events are set to take place in and around Durban this year.

Remember to mask up, sanitise and social distance.

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Also, with Covid protocols often amended, call and check with venues before you head out.

At the time of going to print these events were still going ahead:

Outdoor/ Beach parties:

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*The Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival (the Northern Drakensberg)

Simphiwe Dana. Picture: Instagram

This annual event takes place from the December 31 to the January 2. The event promises a wide variety of musical genres. The likes of Jack Parow and Simphiwe Dana will perform along with an array of other indie-folk, maskandi, jazz, hip hop, and Afro-fusion artists.

The electronic acts include Chunda Munki and TiMO ODV and sounds that range from world, dub, house to techno, drum n bass, and trance.

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Craft and food stalls will be available. There will also be yoga, massage and tattoo artists available. The VIP Zone will have a private cocktail bar, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna on offer. Tickets need to be booked. All lodge packages include all tickets. For more information contact 082 551 2495.

*GibaFest New Year's Edition 2021

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, Pinetown has, together with Southern Lights Events, put together a family event to usher in the New Year. Some acts include Jaco The Surf Broerie and Matt The DJ. A kids’ programme has been planned, which includes a mini drum circle, small hike, face painting, ball games, and more. Tickets include a food and drink voucher. Adult tickets R500 and kiddies tickets R300. For more information contact Wayne at 076 598 4692.

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Dinner Parties:


*New Years Eve Dinner

The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga will host a New Year's Eve celebration. The event features cocktails, dinner and entertainment. There will be a live band, a DJ, and a showgirl performance. The party will start at 7pm onwards on December 31. It will be hosted at The Ocean Terrace and The Grill Room. Prices range from R3 200 per person to R1 900 for children under 12 years. Prices will include a five-course meal and a few drinks. For more information contact 031 514 5000.

*New Years Eve at The Chefs’ Table

Enjoy live entertainment from Matt Gardiner. A complimentary welcome drink on arrival, followed by a four-course menu for R1 295 per person. Bookings are essential. R500 deposit per person in order to confirm your booking. The event will take place at The Chef’s Table at Umhlanga Rocks, Durban. Please contact Lisa to book [email protected], or call 031 001 0200

*The Pencil New Years Eve party

The Pencil Club in Umhlanga will celebrate the new year with an exclusive rooftop event. Free flow bubbly all night, Live entertainment and three-course meal. The event will take place on December 31 from 6pm to 11pm in the evening. Tickets are on sale for R1 050, and are available at Quicket and For more information contact 031 943 1911.


*Barry Thomson and The Reals - The Fleetwood Mac Story

Barry Thomson and the Reals (Facebook).

The Fleetwood Mac Story is an episodic saga that spans more than 30 years, starting in 1967 as a British blues band that later became a California-based pop group in the mid-70s. Dawn Selby on the keyboard, Barry Thomson on the guitar, Trevor Donjeany on the bass and Mali Sewell on drums, will cover all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac. The event will take place December 26 to 31 at Rhumbelow Theatre. Tickets are available at Computicket from R180 to R280. For more information contact Roland Stansell on 0824998636.

*GO BIG! Aaron Mcilory & Lisa Bobbert


Aaron Mcilroy and Lisa Bobbert perform their newest comedy Go Big! Directed by Daisy Spencer, the show will take place December 26 to 31 at Rhumbelow Theatre. Tickets are available at Computicket for R200. For more information contact Roland Stansell on 0824998636.

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