Your live music fix in Gauteng will leave you spoilt for choice. What could be more relaxing and better fun than getting together with friends to catch some real live entertainment? Gauteng offers music enthusiasts a wide range of sounds whether it is jazz or festivals; Gauteng boasts having it all and some.
Pretoria offers some great live music spots, such as Tings an’ Times situated at the Waterglen Centre where live, original music is the focus. The restaurant is an institution in the suburb of Hatfield where it all began 20 years ago. Big names such as Chiba, Tidal Waves, the Parlotones, Die Antwood, among others have graced the stage at this vibey venue.
The SpeakEasy Lounge in Pretoria provides top-notch music theatre and a memorable dining experience. Enjoy the themed evenings while enjoying the sounds of up-and-coming artists the likes of Eben Bleeker or Andries Botha.
A visit to the Orbit Jazz Club and Bistro in Braamfontein, Jozi, will be worth your while if you are a fan of jazz. The venue is jam-packed six nights a week where serious jazz enthusiasts will revel in the ambience.
Wolves, situated in Corlett Drive, Johannesburg, is one of Jozi’s best kept little secrets. This funky venue offers cake and coffee for food connoisseurs, accompanied by great music; perhaps one of Jozi’s hippest spots where the who’s who of the music scene like to see and be seen. The venue is owned by Cake guru Angie Batis and husband who is none other than Shane Durrant of Desmond and the Tutus fame.
You have not lived until you have visited the Radium Beer Hall that has been around since 1929 – a tearoom when it first opened its doors, and ten years later the Radium acquired a liquor license to become a beer hall. The Radium, as it is fondly known by locals, is Jozi’s oldest and best surviving bar and grill – home to numerous musicians. The biggest names in music, including Jessie Clegg and Arno Carstens as well as Sipho Hotstix Mabuse have had a gig at this venue that is an institution in Jozi.
The indie scene in Gauteng is alive and well and growing in popularity. For a night out on the town, take in some tunes at the above spots or find one near you; you will be spoilt for choice if you love live tunes.