A Brat Pack with a Big Band

A Brat Pack with a Big Band

Picture a smoky stage. Four iconic men dressed to the T’s – oozing style and charm – walk on to perform some of the biggest swing classics of all time….  And while this could be a scene out of a 1960’s Las Vegas casino, the date is the 27th of March, 2020; the stage is the Teatro at Montecasino and in place of the iconic ‘Rat Pack’ are four top male vocalists who have hailed from some of the biggest South African music acts.

A Brat Pack and A Big Band’ – a musical journey presented by Real Concerts and Hot 91.9FM – will see Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer), Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Loyiso Bala and Ross Learmonth (Prime Circle) take to the stage in collaboration with the 17-piece ‘Johannesburg Big Band’, conducted by Adam Howard.

The original ‘Rat Pack’ which included icons such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, created the most memorable and timeless music of our time and the “Brat Pack” will re-create the good old days of music and entertainment with featured songs “New York, New York”, “I’ve Gotta Be Me”, “Mack the Knife”, “Mr Bojangles”, “My Way” and more.

Tickets for ‘A Brat Pack and A Big Band’ start from R325 and are available through Computicket online and retail outlets.  Ticket url http://bit.ly/2RX1ddA

The show is family friendly but as per theatre house rules, no under 3’s permitted.  The show starts at 20h00 at the Teatro at Montecasino in Fourways (Johannesburg).


About the Performers:

South African rocker, Ard Matthews has been the frontman of Just Jinjer since the early 90’s.  While the band is still active, Ard launched a successful solo career in 2012.  Having grown up listening to the likes of Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley, Ard was inspired to enter a talent competition at the age of 12 and in 1996 he start Just Jinjer with fellow musicians, Brent Harris and Denholm Harding.

Arno Carstens is a platinum-selling, award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist.  As the lead singer of The Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist (with recordings in both English and Afrikaans), Arno has released multiple albums and spawned a string of successful singles and received numerous awards during his career.

As a teenager, Loyiso Bala, was trained at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir.  After an overwhelming success with kwaito act, TKZee in 2000, Loyiso started a solo career in 2001 and he solidified his reputation as South Africa’s king of R&B and he has won multiple awards and performed around the world.

After nearly two decades of touring and recording as the frontman for hit rock band, Prime Circle, Ross Learmonth, recently ventured out on his own solo career.  Since the band’s debut in 2002, Prime Circle has been one of the most celebrated rock acts in SA history and they have toured extensively around the globe and celebrated numerous awards and chart-topping hits.

The Johannesburg Big Band, run by musical director, Adam Howard, is a collection of the finest jazz and session musicians in South Africa.  The troupe has a repertoire of over 800 of the most celebrated big band chart songs.

Bushfires Unite Rugby Fraternity – We have no planet B

Bushfires Unite Rugby Fraternity – We have no planet B

Every contribution, no matter the size, will definitely make an impact and your support would be greatly appreciated. Vodacom has donated a substantial amount and is challenging other sponsors and stakeholders to follow suit.

WIRES, based in New South Wales, need urgent assistance to help with these unprecedented emergencies.

We urge you to open your hearts and your pockets and join us in helping this worthy cause.

A video featuring some of the Emirates Lions players, was shot on location at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in Kromdraai.

The Lions Rugby Company have reached out to all fans of rugby, sponsors and stakeholders to support this worthy cause by either attending the function or donating.

Tickets for this event is available online at https://cutt.ly/jrPaMg1 from AUD$120 (excluding GST) per seat.

In the support of Wires and the incredible work they are doing in the continuous effort to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals in Australia due to the widespread bushfires that have still not subsided, the  Lions Rugby Company and the Emirates Lions will be hosting a breakfast in Sydney where all proceeds will go to Wires.

A panel with high profile rugby personalities from SANZAR, Australia and the Lions will talk about the business of rugby in 2020. Brendan Morris and Andy Marinos from SANZAR, CEO of Rugby Australia Raelene Castle, Lions Rugby Chairman Altmann Allers and CEO Rudolf Straeuli will take part in the panel discussion while WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor will share some insight on saving the animals of Australia.

It is impossible to know how many animals have perished and it will be many months before the impact on wild populations can be better understood but ecologists at Sydney University have estimated over 800 million animals have been affected in Australia since September.


We have no Planet B. Help us help WIRES and spread the word!

Disney On Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends

Disney On Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends

Relive Your Favourite Disney Memories Alongside Mickey Mouse in Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends.

Disney’s Moana takes the ice for the first time in South Africa with new ice skating extravaganza.

Grab your Mickey Mouse ears and get ready as Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends skates into South Africa for the first time. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., this production will inspire families to relive their favorite Disney memories and make new ones they will treasure forever.

Brought to South Africa by leading local promoter, Showtime Management in association with FNB, Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends opens at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Friday, 19 June running until Sunday, 28 June 2020.  Thereafter Disney On Ice returns to GrandWest, Cape Town from Wednesday, 01 July to Sunday, 05 July followed by a limited season at Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine from Thursday, 09 July to Sunday, 12 July 2020. “We are delighted to announce that Moana and Inside Out are in Disney On Ice for the first time in South Africa and we welcome Toy Story  back,” says Tony Feldman from Showtime Management.

General public tickets go on sale at 09h00 on Monday, 04 November 2019 only at Computicket, the show’s exclusive authorised local ticketing agent. Why not take advantage of the special once-off Disney On Ice Early Bird 15% discount across all full price tickets valid from 04 to 30 November 2019 only.

FNB customers can enjoy an exclusive 25% discount on full price tickets during the FNB preferential pre-sale ticket purchasing period from Wednesday, 30 October to Sunday, 3 November 2019 and 25% off full price tickets for the month of November plus 15% off full price tickets purchased during December 2019 including family packages.  Book now at Computicket. Furthermore, eBucks members can use their eBucks, FNB card or a combination of both to purchase Disney On Ice tickets. For more information visit eBucks.com.

Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy join Mickey Mouse in a high-energy performance that is a modern take on the film that started it all, Steamboat Willie. With some help from the audience, Mickey and pals venture through the various Disney worlds sharing meaningful moments from treasured tales spanning generations to determine what their favourite memory of all time is.

“In this new Disney On Ice production, we pay tribute to Walt Disney and the True Original icon, Mickey Mouse,” said Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer Nicole Feld. “Each section of the show was carefully selected to immerse families in an array of beloved stories that they have grown to know and love. With live hosts and interactive segments, we hope our fans have an amazing experience that leaves them with memories that last a lifetime.”

As Mickey looks back on unforgettable Disney moments, families will be taken on a high-seas adventure with Moana for the first time in South Africa as she displays courage to save her island, journey to the wintry world of Arendelle as royal sisters Anna and Elsa discover true love is the most powerful magic of all, and experience the mysterious magic of Fantasia as a Sorcerer’s Apprentice makes brooms come to life. The Emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– from Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out make their Disney On Ice debut as the hosts of the show relive classic and contemporary Disney stories in an emotional rollercoaster with Mickey and the gang. Fans will find themselves under the sea with their favourite, forgetful blue tang, as Dory embarks on a life-changing journey to find her family. Audiences will also join the Disney Princesses as they use perseverance, determination and hard work to inspire Mickey and children around the world to celebrate their favourite Disney memories. As the show builds to the finale, fans will have the opportunity to vote and pick outfits for Mickey and Minnie to wear during the final celebration.

Booking opens on Monday, 04 November 2019. Special discounted family packages are available from 01 December. Book at  Computicket  by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service centre. Patrons are asked to please note that owing to safety regulations each person, irrespective of age must have a purchased ticket (including babes in arms and children under two years @R50 per ticket). Fans are encouraged to only book through the official authorised ticketing agent for Disney On Ice. There are significant risks in buying from other sources and entry to Disney On Ice is not guaranteed. To discover more about Disney On Ice, log on to www.disneyonice.co.za or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

Performances Added for Marvel Universe LIVE! Due to Popular Demand

Performances Added for Marvel Universe LIVE! Due to Popular Demand

Due to high demand, four new performances for Marvel Universe LIVE! have been added on Saturday, 08 February 2020 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm and one extra show on Sunday, 09 February 2020 at 2pm. Packed to the brim with some of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes and villains, this new live performance is unlike anything fans have ever seen before.

Marvel Universe LIVE! brings excitement, thrills and drama to South Africa in just a few weeks, performing only in the Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria from Friday, 24 January through Sunday, 09 Feb 2020. Tickets are only on sale from Computicket, the shows exclusive authorised ticketing agent. Special discounted family packages available and FNB eBucks members can use their eBucks, FNB card or a combination of both to purchase Marvel Universe LIVE! tickets. For more information visit eBucks.com.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! is presented by local promoter Showtime Management and brought to you by FNB in association with SuperSport. Marvel Universe LIVE! combines state-of-the-art special effects with the latest in robotics, stunt work and technology to create a live performance that will leave fans astounded.

In a first for South Africa, 25 fan-favourite Marvel characters including Spider-Man, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy will take the audience on an incredible sensory overload of non-stop Super Hero action from all over the Marvel Universe. Throughout the journey, families will be transfixed by the gravity-defying aerial stunts of Spider-Man and Wasp, the fast-paced motorcycle skills of Captain America and Black Widow, and the daring athleticism of Black Panther and Iron Fist as they face notable villains including Green Goblin, Black Cat and Rhino. Featuring big screen movie-style stunts that are brought to life before the audience’s eyes this adventure is not to be missed.

Book only at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000 or visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service centre. Patrons are asked to please note that owing to safety regulations each person, irrespective of age (including babes in arms and children under two years) must have a purchased ticket. Fans are encouraged to only book through the official authorised ticketing agent for Marvel Universe LIVE! There are significant risks in buying from other sources and entry to Marvel Universe LIVE! is not guaranteed. To discover more about Marvel Universe LIVE!, go to www.marveluniverselive.com, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Strobe lighting, lasers, pyrotechnics, fire and smoke along with substantial sound effects are used in this production


To discover more about Marvel Universe LIVE!, go to www.marveluniverselive.com, or visit our social media channels: Facebook | Twitter | InstagramYouTube


VENUE: Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria

SHOW DATES AND TIMES:  Friday, 24 January 2020 to Sunday, 09 Feb 2020

Tuesdays – 5pm

Wednesdays, Thursdays – 7pm

Fridays – 8pm

Saturdays – 11am, 3pm, 7pm

Sundays – 10am, 2pm, 6pm

Sunday, 9 Feb – 10 am, 2pm


Midweek: Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays, 6pm:  R195, R295, R395, R495 per person inclusive

Weekend:  Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10am and 2pm:  R295, R395, R495, R595 per person inclusive

Babes in Arms and children under 24 months sitting on a parent’s lap require a Babes in Arms ticket:  R50.


Save between R120 to R180 on midweek  and  weekend  family  packages  available  on  the  top  three  price  categories. Only  valid  for  purchases  of 4  tickets,  5  tickets  and  6  tickets


Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest Computicket service centre.

eBucks members can use their eBucks, FNB card or a combination of both to purchase the Marvel Universe LIVE! tickets. For more information visit eBucks.com.

FIBO Africa 2019 – It’s a Wrap!

FIBO Africa 2019 – It’s a Wrap!

FIBO Africa once again provided all the features of a true health and fitness event – a landscape for everyone to learn how to live their best life and find their fit in fitness.

This year, FIBO Africa offered everything and more, starting at the Dis-Chem Village which had all the latest supplement brands and crazy specials for the weekend only, The Almond Breeze FitFOOD Kitchen offered everything from “How to use Super Food” with Super Scoop by Lisa Raleigh, “Quick Easy Breakfasts” by Christine Phillips and an incredible talk about “How to radically boost your Health”, by FitChef Wayne Kaminsky. Over in the FitTALK Theatre, fit fans were treated to a talk on how to “ Aim LOW to achieve great results”, by author Costa Caratavrakis, and how to “Inspire the Goliath within you” by inspirational speaker, Thami Nkadimeng.

The Homegrown Café played host to the SA vs Wales semi-final and the fit fans cheered as the Springboks won their place in the final against England.

First time fitness initiates, intermediates and serious athletes joined forces in the multiple curated health, wellness and fitness competitions including the MiFitness Games and the DSV Skill Challenge powered by Technogym.

The Body Beautiful Show made a comeback at FIBO Africa. This variety show brought together the best of the industry in fitness modelling, dance, entertainment and played host to many well-known fitness celebrities.

A first for FIBO Africa was the Corporate Challenge powered by Matrix Fitness which not only saw various teams square off against each other to find the fittest company, but also raised money for the Hot 91.9FM’s Hot Cares charity initiative.

As the fitness world moves towards purposeful programmes and experiences, practical nutritional concepts, emotional wellness and a healthier lifestyle, FIBO Global Fitness Africa presented by Dis-Chem Pharmacies offered a platform for all to find something that works for them. With over 100 exhibitors, studio operators, aspirational fitness fans and participants under one roof, FIBO Global Fitness Africa was a blast powered by all our fitness fans!

For all Festival highlights visit: https://vimeo.com/368999917

FIBO Global Fitness Africa presented by Dis-Chem Pharmacies is not just an event, it’s an experience.


Website:        www.fibosa.co.za

Facebook:     @FIBOAfrica

Instagram: @FIBO_Africa

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Emirates Lions – New Head Coach Announcement

Emirates Lions – New Head Coach Announcement

The Lions Rugby Company is pleased to announce Ivan van Rooyen as Head Coach of the Emirates Lions.

“Ivan van Rooyen is someone who can build on the successes of past years. He has proven his worth within the Lions Company Structures,” said Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company (LRC).

The Company will ensure Van Rooyen has the correct support system, management team and consultants for a successful 2020 Super Rugby Campaign.

Altmann Allers, Chairman and Owner of LRC credited Van Rooyen who positioned himself as the most impressive candidate during the recruitment process. “In Ivan we have an outstanding coach that covers all areas. His extensive knowledge of the Lions culture coupled with his scientific background is paramount in crucial decision making factors.”

The new coach said the Lions has been his home since 2009, “and it is all I know.” He added: “We have the opportunity to create something very special. We have a young but dynamic team and a ‘blank canvas’. It is all up to us what we make of it. Standing in front of that ‘blank canvas’, we will establish clear goals, we will decide who will be involved in this process, what will success look like and what tools we will use to measure our success. I am truly blessed to do what I love to do,” he said.

VAN ROOYENS’ RUGBY BACKGROUND: Ivan ‘Cash’ van Rooyen joined the Lions in 2009 after hanging up his boots as a player (Lions juniors, Lions sevens, Valke Currie Cup). The sport scientist worked with the junior sides and Vodacom Cup until 2011 and also assisted Wayne Taylor with the Super Rugby and senior Currie Cup sides. He became head of Strength and Conditioning in 2012 and still holds this position. The Lions continued success since 2014 and subsequent Vodacom Super Rugby finals in 2016 and 2017 was also due to the high level of fitness installed by Van Rooyen. He headed up the coaching staff of the Lions in the 2018 and 2019 Currie Cup seasons with the team advancing to the final this year.