Big Beat Music Festival – 26.04.2009


The BIG BEAT MUSIC FESTIVAL shouts out to KZN from the Bishopstown on Sunday, April 26. The 11 band, one day line-up boasts something for everyone, from the young to the young at heart, from acoustic to pop and rock.

Headliner, STEALING LOVE JONES, fresh from the television screen and radio charts, will perform an intimate, unplugged set. The HAIRY LEGGED LENTIL EATERS will pound out psychedelic folk whilst the SPLAYED FERRETS will remind you what was best from yesteryear. Diversely talented, HABIT TO, will mix progressive, rock and jazz influences into soft delight. For the youth, there’s local, rising stars, THE RANKS and TRACING SUNDAY. THE RYAN CALDER BAND, well known for their Hexagon Theatre performances, is another great band on the line-up. They’re also joined by the rich vocals of the HINDS BROTHERS and MONGOOSE, Durban’s magical CATLIKE THIEVES and PAN LATINO’s heartfelt rhythms.

1000 (gates open)
1100 – Mongoose
1200 – Pan Latino
1300 – Hinds Brothers
1400 – Ryan Calder Band
1500 – The Ranks
1600 – Tracing Sunday
1700 – Catlike Thieves
1800 – Habit To
1900 – Stealing Love Jones
2000 – Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters
2100 – Sprayed Ferrets

The festival furthers Big Beat Productions’ belief in South African talent. Having catered concerts for stars such as Freshlyground and Prime Circle, the Pietermaritzburg based company wanted to give some of that glam to local bands. This will be a top notch show featuring great lighting and sound shot from a 42 square meter stage.

“The Mountain View Entertainment Centre is the perfect venue,” says Kevin Liddell, the owner of Big Beat. “It set in an amazingly, beautiful countryside. It’s hard to believe that the city is just 10km away. And it’s a great place to bring the family for the day. There’s a pool, slides, playground and quad bikes. The restaurant is affordable and I dare anyone to finish the giant, mountain burger. There’s also a fully stocked bar for the adults.”

The Mountain View Entertainment Centre is in Bishopstowe, 10km east of Pietermaritzburg and just off the N3, 75km from Durban. You will find the map and much more at Tickets are only R60. Kids under 12 get in free. Gates open at 10am with bands running from 11am to 10pm. It’s the Sunday before a public holiday – come have some fun.

You can direct enquiries to Lara at or 033 394 4426.


April 15, 2009 Posted by | EVENTS | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Map to Mountain View

Map to Mountain View Entertainment Centre
Map to Mountain View Entertainment Centre

Download the larger version HERE.

April 15, 2009 Posted by | EVENTS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Habit To

“For something new from Durban that isn’t a Creed-clone or a bunch of puerile power-rock anthemeers don’t miss this breath of fresh air.”
Mail & Guardian

Three musos from Durban, South Africa come together in one harmonious blend of Rock / Jazz / Classical / Pop. This recipe cooks up mouth watering vocals and guitar solo’s from Michelle “Chillie” Stent the leading lady. Dale “Dang” Wardell exists as the backbone and chief of the kit, delivering the beats for an army to march to. Not forgetting the foundation laid down by Andy Stent who uses his bass to bring the trio down to earth and then dishes up the full course meal of musical madness.

Having studied music at tertiary level, Chillie and Dang synchronise a thought process that digs deeper than the basics of song writing. These ideals are further reinforced, and the music visually complimented, by projected video images displayed during the band’s live performances. This is owed to Andy’s qualifications in Fine art and Animation. With the help of Richard “Dickie-B” Burgess who works behind the scenes, Habit To encapsulates an audio visual experience.

Livin’ it up since 2000 this family of two siblings and co have toured the country and continue to toi-toi for the rights of true music. Their engagement into meaning is equally balanced with accessibility providing enough for kids of all ages.

It’s a Habit. It’s addictive. It’s rock ‘n roll!

Key Achievements and Performances
– Splashy Fen (2004 – 2009)
– Winners of the Burn the Bands Competition (2006)
– RP Studios Emerging Sounds Competition National Finals in Gauteng (2004)
– The Royal Show (2007)
– Flux (2004)
– The Playhouse
– Kula Khaya (2003 – 2005)
– Port Shepstone High School (with the KZN Youth Choir)

April 23, 2009 Posted by | BANDS | , , , | Leave a comment

Stealing Love Jones

“The sound of celebrity, scandal, glamour and sophistication… Esjay’s
voice burns leftfield rock hardness into their ingeniously arranged,
super stadium-rock ballads.”

STEALING LOVE JONES:  Born from and fronted by the tall and talented opinion leader, “Miss Jones” (aka esjay), an established personality, brand and band within the South African music, surf, fashion and celebrity circles.

“Miss Jones” is proof of the proverbial pudding. Stealing Love Jones embarked on a 3-month tour of North America at the beginning of 2008 self-financed by esjay. This 25 year old artistic business woman was not afraid to approach investors and banks for loans and after just a few passionate attempts, a prominent company saw her vision and loaned her the finances. The tour included performances in New York City, showcases for Major Labels at The Viper Room in Los Angeles and an adventure that consisted of a 2600 mile drive, sleeping and eating in a Ford E350!

“Miss Jones” is the ultimate package deal. Not only is her image strong, but so is her band and her songs: a killer brand! Stealing Love Jones has so far enjoyed 5 top ten hits in South Africa off their first studio album!

2008 was the year for Stealing Love Jones to record their second studio album and esjay (singer, guitarist and songwriter) caught the attention of world renowned producer, Mr Bjorn Thorsrud. Thorsrud, a legend in the music industry for the past twenty-five years, has worked with artists and bands to the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Shania Twain, White Snake, Toad the wet sprocket, Dandy Warhols and Bruce Dickinson (from Iron
Maiden), just to name a few. Bjorn believes that “Miss Jones” and her band Stealing Love Jones have the “it” factor that is required to “make it” in the global industry.

Esjay is recently back in South Africa after spending three months in Chicago with Bjorn mixing the album which was released in South Africa on the 14th November 2008 and internationally in February 2009.

Esjay was chosen as South Africa’s favourite celebrity to be apart of the National reality television show running on satellite called “Do Band Up” which began in November. Being in the house with the contestants generated R1.2million worth of publicity for Esjay and her band over the five weeks.

Dubbed as one of the most exciting and hard working bands to come out of South Africa in the last decade, Stealing Love Jones driven by the dynamic “Miss Jones”, has managed to make their mark on the SA music, fashion and surf scene in the short space of just 4 years.

They are South Africa’s most promising pop-rock act since forever, “Miss Jones” is a sought after celebrity figure, and with sales climbing fast, an ubiquitous radio presence, a successful international tour under their belts and a lead singer possessed of a cracking voice, good looks and the business savvy of a CEO, Miss Jones and her band Stealing Love Jones are poised to become enormous.

“I want to build an empire,” says ‘Miss Jones’, Stealing Love Jones 25-year old lead singer. “I’m not afraid of hard work… in fact, challenges drive me! I have absolutely no life aside from Stealing Love Jones . And the honest truth is that Stealing Love Jones is my first love. Everything goes into it.”

They have become one of the most popular bands in South Africa, with the key promoters such as BIG CONCERTS and OPPIKOPPI booking them for
International shows and festivals (MY COKE FEST, FALL OUT BOY, AMPLI-5, OPPIKOPPI, AARDKLOP, MAROON5, ONE REPUBLIC etc.).

April 13, 2009 Posted by | BANDS | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gloucester Blues Project


Gloucester Blues Project is a blend of very different personalities and musical styles.  John Goodall, prolific songwriter and old-style blues aficionado is on rhythm guitar and vocals.  Robyn Tompkins, who is back singing after a 7-year absence from the microphone (ex-Blue Label and occasional appearances with Highway Jam), and who joined the band in January 2008, fronts the band on vocals.  Brothers, Ian and Andrew Dickinson, from a hard rock background, are on drums and lead guitar.  

The band is happy to include, on occasion, the guitar genius of Nux Schwartz, long-time contributor to the richness of South African music.  Nux has been deeply involved in the SA music scene for many years, and is best remembered as a leading member of Scooters Union, who had a break-out hit with the song ‘Brave Heart’ in the 1990s.  Nux has played with such greats as Syd Kitchen, Madala Kunene and many others over the years.

With these varied backgrounds and ages, Gloucester Blues Projects brings a new focus to the traditional blues structure.  The blend of young and not-so-young musicians, each bringing their own perspectives to new and classic blues rhythms, makes for an interesting mix, both for the music and for the show, whilst appealing to a wide-ranging audience.

Influences range from metal, through rock, and across the spectrum of the blues, to folk. These translate into a show which is an interesting blend of “blues-flavoured” (in the inimitable words of John Goodall) styles. 

The band play regularly around Durban and Pietermaritzburg, having both headlined gigs as well as opened shows for the likes of Southern Gypsey Queen and Dan Patlansky.  They have even visited the Twilight Zone….but that’s another story!

April 13, 2009 Posted by | BANDS | , , , , | Leave a comment

Splayed Ferrets

Huyton Watts   Vocals, Blues Harp
Jimmy Florence Hammond, Keyboards
Barry Meintjies Bass
Chris Pelframan Drums, vocals
Paul de Fleuriot Guitar, vocals

Splayed Ferrets is a Rock band. The sound is based on music we grew up with; namely from the 60 and 70’s. The repertoire includes songs of Deep Purple, Golden Earring, JJ Cale, Bad Company, Santana and other Blues artists.

This music was built on the Hammond organ, electric guitar and vocalists with a powerful voice. The bass and drum combo set a solid platform that allowed musicians to explore and express their instruments creatively. Musicians by large, nowadays, are unable to creatively jam at a professional level because music has become so commercial.

Huyton, the vocalist, is a regular face on Maritzburg stages and is considered one of the premier singers and harmonists in this country.  The keyboard player, Jimmy Florence, is well known for tutoring with the talented band The Dynamics. Barry Meintjes has been playing bass in and around Maritzburg since the 60’s and runs a recording studio. Drummer Chris has a pedigree also dating to the heyday of Maritzburg music. Paul, the guitarist, runs Marshall Music, a musical instrument shop in the Cascades Mall. 
Splayed Ferrets are good fun, good music, and party orientated. This attitude is exemplified in the music they play.

April 13, 2009 Posted by | BANDS | , , , , | Leave a comment