We Have the Friends, Fun, Food and Festivities.
The Festival @ St Dunstan’s is fast approaching so don’t miss out on partying with us on May 12. Gates will open at 1pm and the first act will take to the stage at 2pm. The hot line-up with Sketchy Bongo, Aidin Caye, Timo ODV, Chunda Munki, Voltrex, Lonehill Estate and Rubber Duc (they will not be
appearing in this particular order) are ready to rock the socks off festival-goers. There is so much to know about our artists but we thought we should sum it up for you in a few points…
• He gained substantial international exposure from his single with Shekhinah, Let You Know.
• The mask is a way for him to shy away from the spotlight.
• Lonehill Estate found fame in 2012 when they had five consecutive number one hits on 5FM.
• The band has performed internationally and alongside music heroes like Bob Dylan, Muse, Korn, Good Charlotte and 30 Seconds to Mars.
• This is his debut appearance at The Festival.
• Caye is a DJ, producer and songwriter who began building his profile eight years ago.
• The youngsters made their debut live performance at the Oppikoppi Festival in 2017.
• The band joined forces to produce pop-rock music.
• His passion for music and being a DJ is a love in his life because he uses this love to make people dance.
• He is a former St Dunstan’s learner and still resides in Benoni.
• He had a passion for music since he was a toddler.
• Blayze Saunders entered a few DJ competitions before gaining residency at Vertigo nightclub.
• Timo decided at the age of 21 to start singing and producing music.
• After years of sending out his demos to various record labels, his hit single Save Me caught the attention of many South African radio stations and listeners.
• The duo specialise in trap, electro and progressive house music.
• The boys love performing at The Festival because the crowd is always amazing.
• The name derived from a random decision to wear duck suits.
• The four are in the process of writing their next extended play.
Tickets are on sale at St Dunstan’s College, The Benoni City Times and Oasis Water in Oakfields and Rynfield shopping centres at the cost of R200 per person for a general access ticket. Pre-paid parking tickets are sold at the above outlets at a cost of R50. VIP tickets are sold at R400 and general access tickets will be sold on the day, at the gate for R300 each. No VIP tickets will be sold on the day.
Blayze Saunders (Chunda Munki).
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Timo Makes Youngsters Smile.
This is what St Dunstan’s learners Ronin Burns (17) and Daniel Crawshaw (17) call the “gangsta pose”. TiMO ODV is down for the pose with the boys.
Voltrex duo Nkosi Sibanda and Aaron Ngwenya.
Rubber Duc: Amiel Gopal, Brendan Campbell, Nick Jordaan and Sheldon Sham.
Questions About the Festival?
We Have the Answers.
The Festival @ St Dunstan’s, in conjunction with the Benoni City Times, is drawing near and we look forward to partying with you on May 12. Event organiser Paul Smith answered some of the frequently asked questions regarding The Festival on the day.
Q: What can be brought onto the premises?
A: Umbrellas, blankets, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, good vibes and a positive attitude!
Q: What can I not bring in?
A: Weapons, drugs, hubbly, chairs, gazebos or tents.
Q: Will food stalls be available?
A: Food can only be bought on the premises and yes, there will be several food stalls to choose from.
Q: Will there be alcohol available?
A: The Liquor City Garden will be open again and there will be a coffee zone to relax.
Q: Will there be parking for my car?
A: There is limited parking available but parking tickets need to be bought beforehand at the outlets where tickets can be bought from for R50.
Q: What time will the gates open?
A: The gates will open at 1pm and the first act will perform at 2pm.
Q: What time will the event end?
A: The event should end around 10pm.
Q: Which gate must we enter from?
A: The pedestrian gate on President Kruger Street.
Q: Will I be able to buy tickets on the day?
A: General access tickets will be sold at a cost of R300 on the day at the gates, but VIP tickets will not be on sale.
Q: Is The Festival a family event?
A: Yes it is. All ages are welcome to enjoy the music and good food.
Q: Will the area be secure on the day?
A: There will be security services on scene.
Tickets are on sale at St Dunstan’s College, The Benoni City Times and Oasis Water in Oakfields and Rynfield shopping centres at the cost of R200 per person for a general access ticket until May 11.
Don’t Leave, Sketchy Will
be at the Festival.
Last year we enjoyed the tranquility of having Locnville rock our stage at The Festival. This year, we get to party with the man who made the hit Cold Shoulder one to dance to. Yuvir Pillay, better known by his stage name Sketchy Bongo, is just trying to let you know… that if you are not going to The Festival then you are going down the wrong road. Pillay is one of the most prominent music producers and DJs in South Africa at the moment. He has several hits getting major play on South African and international television and radio. Having recently signed to mega dance label, Ultra Music in New York, he has gained substantial international
exposure from his single with Shekhinah, Let You Know.
Sketchy Bongo also has hit singles with Aewon Wolf, Locnville,
Shekhinah, Kyle Deutch, Danny K, Nasty C, Tresor, Jimmy Nevis and AKA among others. Sketchy released his debut album Unmasked which has done exceptionally well on digital charts. He is also the only producer in South Africa to have his own feature on MTV Base, which play-listed all tracks produced by him. The 27-year-old started Djaying by playing his own songs in Durban clubs after event organiser and club DJ George Kretsos offered him a spot in his line-up in 2012. However, the composer did not just start his career a few years ago, but was producing beats and making hip-hop music with long-time friend Arnold “Aewon Wolf” Phillips and Slikour of Skwatta Kamp, since he was 13 years old. Fast forward a decade later, he began uploading videos and songs to YouTube and SoundCloud, which garnered thousands of hits online. Although he is what the music industry could deem as famous, the mask is a way for him to shy away
from the spotlight. He explained that the masked persona he has now become recognised for was born impulsively before a video shoot. “Sketchy Bongo never had a ski mask,” he said. “Sheen Skaiz, who I work with, was shooting a music video for a song he
made. “He had a ski mask in the car and I put it on as a prop and that became Sketchy Bongo.” The artist said he is focused on art and business.
Sketchy Bongo Will be Loving You in the Dark at The Festival.
Lonehill Estate not to be Missed.
If laughing and dancing are what you want out of an evening, then Lonehill Estate is the band you need to get everybody on the dance floor. This is the expectation band members Mark van den Berg (base), Herman Rosslee (drummer), Nathan Ro (lead vocalist) and Danny Robson (lead guitarist) want festival goers to have at The Festival happening on May 12. “Lonehill Estate is one of the top performing live bands in South Africa, with their mischievous rock sound poking fun at current affairs and the music industry,” said the
members. Van den Berg calls their performance tongue-in-cheek anecdotes and eye-twitchingly good music. Although the band was established in 2005, in 2012 Lonehill Estate found fame when they had five consecutive number
one hits on 5FM. The band has performed internationally and alongside
music heroes like Bob Dylan, Muse, Korn, Good Charlotte, 30 Seconds to Mars and many more. “After years of criticism for being too eclectic, Lonehill Estate focused their sound on what became known as The Green Album,” the members said. Tickets are on sale at St Dunstan’s College, the Benoni City Times and Oasis Water in Oakfields and Rynfield shopping centres at the cost of R200 per person for a general access ticket until May 11.