The Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100

Venue: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg; Date: 2 December

A response to Nelson Mandela’s call for this to be the generation to end extreme poverty, in which artists and leaders join Global Citizens, who have taken action on the Global Citizen social advocacy platform to earn their tickets. See headliners Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’Banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid. Festival hosts include Oprah, Naomi Campbell, Bonang Matheba, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker.

The Synergy Live Festival

Venue: Anura Wine Estate, Stellenbosch; Dates: 1-3 December

The Synergy Live Festival, hosted by Red Bull, is back to bring some of the world’s top acts onto multiple stages. Expect incredible audio-visual quality and effects, awesome music, cutting-edge artists, a variety of food, and a non-stop party vibe that lasts for three days. The line-up includes the likes of wAFF, Paranoid London, De La Swing, Dino Lenny, JoeSki and SHADED.

Music Is King

Venue: TicketPro Dome, Johannesburg; Date: 15 December
Black Coffee. Picture: Jabulani Langa

The inaugural Music Is King Concert, an international music experience and brainchild of Black Coffee with the support of Soulistic Music and U-Live Africa will feature headliners Swizz Beatz, Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Burna Boy, Riky Rick and Black Coffee himself.

Rage Festival

Venue: The Sound Factory, Ballito and Sun Park Arena, Durban; Dates: 1-8 December

This year’s Sound Factory line-up includes Nervo (Australia), Black Coffee, Nasty C, Jeremy Loops, Riky Rick, Mandragora, Township Rebellion (Germany), Timo ODV, Shekhinah, Goodluck, Trancemicsoul and many more. The festival is also launching a new venue to the public, the Samsung Superclub, a multi-level, multi-dimensional production space for up to 3 000 attendees. The club will open on the nights when the Sound Factory doesn’t operate until 4am and will host artists and DJs like PH Fat, Brynny (Australia), Chrizz Beats, Slique, Trademarc, Bhavs and many more.

Vortex Open Source

Venue: Riviersonderend / Endless River, Cape Town; Dates: 13-17 December

The Open Source Festival is a celebration for the psy-trance community, & the electronic music scene in general, an international psychedelic music and arts gathering with a deep passion for the awakening agent of artistic psychedelia. It brings together leading artists  from music, decoration and visual art in order to facilitate genuine revival, revitalisation and essentially remembrance of peace, love, unity, and global respect. 120 electronic Artists from all over the world will perform over five days, on three music arenas, to create a flowing musical mosaic of one energy and one love.

The Capitec Live Better Festival 

Venue: Kings Park Stadium, Durban; Dates: 15-16 December

A new musical festival is set to take-over South Africa’s playground, Durban, over a two-day period, with an exciting line-up of the country’s top hip-hop, house, afro-soul and jazz musos. The line-up features hip-hop royalty Nasty C, Kwesta, AKA and Zakwe along with leading house and gqom artists DJ Tira, Distruction Boyz and Okmalumkoolkat. Not to mention Zonke performing alongside Lady Zamar as well as Afro-soul singer-songwriters, Vusi Nova and Zamajobe.

Afropunk Joburg 2018

Venue: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg; Date: 30-31 December


Afropunk Joburg is back to celebrate the end of 2018 and ring in the new year with a line-up of live music by the best in the business. The 2018 line-up includes The Internet, Kaytranada, Public Enemy, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Thandiswa, Youngsta CPT, Dope Saint Jude, BCUC, Big Freedia, Moonchild, Nomisupasta, Faka, Azagaia and more.