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Doors open at the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest on Thursday 10 June at 12pm


The Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest – which opens its doors at 12 noon on Thursday 10 June – will play host to one of the biggest parties to ever hit Cape Town from 2pm the same day. More than 17 000 people are expected at the FIFA Fan Fest on the Grand Parade for the World Cup Welcoming Party, while a further 50 000 people are expected to take to the streets of the Central City.

A colourful parade, which kicks off at 18h00, will make its way to the City Hall by 18h30, and from about 21h00, a range of artists, including R Kelly, Kurt Darren, HHP and Vicky Sampson will perform for the crowds.

After the party, the FIFA Fan Fest will remain one of the main entertainment “meccas” for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cape Town.

On Friday 10 June, fans will be able to watch the opening match, South Africa versus Mexico, on the Fan Fest’s big screen.  The popular Afro-Jazz musician Jimmy Dludlu will perform at 18h00, followed by an opening ceremony at 19h15 and the screening of the France vs Uruguay match.

Interestingly, the final performance – on 11 July – will be by the group Good Luck – ending at 23h00, with all the World Cup action. But that’s way off for now!

It’s all systems go for the FIFA Fan Fest, which will serve as the City’s official entertainment hub for the duration of the World Cup.

All 64 matches will be screened on an enormous 74 sq m screen, first used in 2006 by FIFA during the last World Cup in Germany. The screen is one of the biggest such structures ever to be erected in South Africa.

The purpose of the FIFA Fan Fest is to offer a safe, convenient and convivial alternative to being at the stadium. In line with the “no ticket, no problem” mantra which the City and its partners have adopted, soccer fans who weren’t able to get tickets can still watch all matches live and get to experience the excitement and thrill of being caught up in the roar of the crowd.

The FIFA Fan Fest will be open daily between 11h00 and 23h00 from 11 June to 11 July. In between watching soccer, visitors will be entertained by quality performances from talented locals and popular big-name artists such as Goldfish, Freshly Ground, the Rudimentals, Danny K, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Guguletu Tenors and many more.

In fact, all music tastes will be catered for from jazz to rock, pop, R&B, hip hop, reggae, dance, traditional African music and much more. See below for a more detailed entertainment line-up. Visitors to the FIFA Fan Fest can also expect to see performances by the likes of Loyiso, renowned jazz artist Robbie Jansen and Friends, the urban-pop group Gang of Instrumentals, dance and pop outfit The Rockets and other premier bands Prime Circle, Flat Stanley and the Flash Republic, to name but a few.
Joining the headline acts on stage will be the finalists from an audition process conducted throughout the City and which culminated at GrandWest’s Grand Arena earlier this month when the final selection was made. The auditions attracted over 3000 entrants, from imbongis to jugglers, magicians, rappers, rock bands, opera singers, drummers and dancers. Judges finally selected 162 to represent the City, in an overall final line-up that now includes 246 acts and 1280 individual performers from across the metropole.

Over and above watching live bands and talented young performers, visitors can also expect to see top DJs and a world-class laser light display. Various days will also be themed to reflect different countries and occasions, such as Youth Day on 16 June.

Food and refreshment kiosks will offer a taste of traditional Cape Town with dishes such as Malay chicken curry, lamb neck poitje, boerewors rolls and fish gourjons, along with perennial favourites like prego rolls, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and steaming hot soup. Snacks, as well as hot and cold drinks, will be on offer. Wine and beer will be available for sale to visitors over the age of 18.

The Grand Parade has a capacity for 25 000 and numbers will be strictly controlled by the private security, emergency services and SAPs forces on the ground. To enter the FIFA Fan Fest, visitors will need to pass through security check points positioned in Darling Street and at the corner of Buitenkant and Longmarket Streets. Children under the age of 14 will have to be accompanied by an adult and items of food, alcohol, weapons or drugs being brought into the Fan Fest will be confiscated.

Organisers are adamant that, because the World Cup is an event that will attract many families as well as tourists, very stringent security measures will be place. Unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be very swiftly dealt with.

Visitors are encouraged to use the many park-and-ride facilities available throughout Cape Town. For more information, visit

Entertainment Calendar as at 8 June 2010

The Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest will be open daily between 11h00 and 23h00 and the entertainment line-up will include a daily headline act at 18h00, usually followed by a support act at 19h15. Visitors will also be entertained by 162 emerging entertainers, as well as popular DJs. The acts below may be subject to last minute changes.

Theme Welcome to Cape Town!
18h00 Jimmy Dludlu
Jimmy Dludlu is one the most acclaimed and influential afro-jazz guitarists from South Africa. His six albums showcase his proficiency not only as a guitarist but as a composer and arranger.
19h15 Opening Ceremony
To 11pm Ready D

Theme AfriCAN Day
18h00 Oliver Mtukudzi
19h15 Oliver Mtukudzi
Zimbabwean musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi has produced 57 albums since he first began recording in 1975. He experiments with traditional African instruments such as the mbira and marimba and electric guitars and other modern musical instruments.
To 11pm Miss H

Theme Family Day
18h00 Goldfish
19h15 Goldfish
Friends, Dominic Peters and David Poole combining traditional live instruments like double bass, saxophone, keyboards, flute, and vocals with samplers, effects, synths and a healthy dollop of freeform improvisation, to create dance tracks.
To 11pm Mix n Blend

Theme Cape Town Match Day [Italy & Holland]
18h00 BLK Sonshine
BLK Sonshine’s first hit Born in a Taxi resonated with South Africans and their new album contains warm acoustic melodies and great lyrics plus several stringed instruments skilfully handled by guest artists. A broad sense of Africa as a continent is also evident.
19h15 Coda
The combination of electric violin and cello, combined with a modern beat and the afro-jazz sound of the sax, gives diverse group Coda their unique appeal. Their classical-modern offering has broad appeal. Their soccer song, Blow your vuvuzela is fast becoming an unofficial 2010 World Cup anthem.
To 11pm Coda

Theme Luso Festa! [Portugal]
18h00 Moreira Project
The Moreira Project is a hip, fresh, energetic, contemporary funky fusion of African jazz at its best. The band is led by saxophonist, composer and producer, Moreira Chonguica, originally from Mozambique.
19h15 Tucan Tucan
To 11pm Circus Wing

Theme Youth Day
18h00 Loyiso
Successful South African R&B artist Loyiso Bala is a multi award-winning R&B artist. He was the youngest conductor of the National Youth Choir, at the age of only 19, and was once the head of the prestigious Drakensberg Boy’s Choir.
19h15 Dance for Life
Attempt to break a Diski dancing record
To 11pm ZUKO

Theme Chillax Day
18h00 Liquid Deep
Liquideep’s music is an original blend of African and global dance beats and after 20 years of performing in clubs they know what gets people up and dancing. Their hit song ‘Fairytale’ has receive airplay on most major radio stations as well as a Song of the Year SAMA nomination.
19h15 Plan Be
To 11pm Gregor

Theme England play!
18h00 The Rudimentals
19h15 The Rudimentals
The Rudimentals have developed into one of the country’s popular reggae bands with a style of their own drawn from various music genres- reggae, ska, rock, gumma, dancehall, jazz and afro-pop. They write and produce their own music and everything they play is original. In 2001, the band opened for international group UB40.
To 11pm Nick E. Lauder

Theme Cape Town meets the world!
18h00 Kalahari Surfers
In 1981 the band was described as a ‘politically radical musical force’. After completing their third album, Sleep Armed, in London they performed throughout Europe, also touring Moscow, Leningrad, Riga and East Berlin. They describe their music as eclectic electro world-dub sound.
19h15 Johnny B & da Realistics
UK-born Johnny B regular visits home, to the Caribbean, developed his love for Mento and Ska. During visits to Cape Town Johnny discovered jazz and caribojazz was born. The Realistics consists of drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, trombone, trumpet and saxophone and different guest vocalists are invited to cover some earlier musical pieces as well as Johnny B’s new sound, Caribojazz.
To 11pm Hajila

Theme Family Day
18h00 Robbie Jansen and Friends
Western Cape musician Robbie Jansen’s interpretation of Cape Jazz is a fusion of musical influences, ranging from traditional Cape Malay goema and African rhythms to funk and salsa. With 30 years of music industry experience, Jansen is a respected composer and arranger, in addition to being an alto saxophone and flute virtuoso.
19h15 Dave Ferguson
Dave Ferguson plays the harmonica and sings over loops he creates with his voice, beatbox style. He describes his music as trance-blues. With about 30-odd original tracks comprising 70% of his gigs, the cover versions include anything from Johnny Cash and Creedence to Moby and Radiohead.
To 11pm The Honey Bee

Theme Luso Festa! [Portugal]
18h00 Fezeka High School
Fezeka High School Choir, lead by choir master Phumi Tsewu, is based in Gugulethu Cape Town. Forty of Fezeka’s most talented singers have been invited to perform at the Royal Festival Hall, The Wales Millennium Centre and several other prestigious arts organisations in the United Kingdom.
19h15 Gang of Instrumentals
Gang of Instrumentals is a critically-acclaimed South African urban-pop group, founded in 2002. Their innovative musical style is a mixture of hip hop, street rap, pop, soul, R&B, ragga, reggae and rock, with elements of kwaito and house.
To 11pm GOI

Theme Banfana [France]
18h00 Brasse vannie Kaap
The ‘brothers’ from Cape Town, or Brasse Vannie Kaap [BVK], are a seven piece Hip Hop band formed in 1996 to break the stereotypical image of people of the Flats as gangsters. Their unique variation of Hip Hop deals with big issues and can knock down barriers and open eyes.
19h15 Allou April
Guitarist Allou April’s music fuses international jazz with the sounds of Africa and Cape Town. Allou April has released his third ‘The Living Years’, which, he says, covers a wide range of experiences, all of which “reflect my roots and place in the new world”.
To 11pm DJ Rene

Theme AfriCAN Day
18h00 IQulah
Jamaican reggae artist Iqulah is often referred to as the ‘reggae ambassador’. Iqulah and his band Gideon Force, became the first Jamaican reggae band to perform in Estonia, Russia.
19h15 Azania & McGinity
Born in the townships of Cape Town, the six-man reggae band Azania has shared a stage with well known local and international reggae artists. The band also recorded and co-produced an album with UK-based Jamaican singer Vivian Jones, entitled Tribute to Gugulethu Seven.
To 11pm DJ Bravo

Theme Oranje Day
18h00 Soul Makossa!
19h15 amaBhulu?
amaBhulu?, meaning ‘we are the boers?’, hails from the Boland region and presents an energetic South-African jumble of folk, kwela, riel, blues, reggae, country and gypsy tones, interwoven with alternative “nouveau boeremusiek.”
To 11pm Hilaire

Theme Double Luso Festo! [Portugal]
18h00 Ghorwane
19h15 Ghorwane
Ghorwane are one of Mozambique’s most respected bands, basing their music on traditional rhythms, combined with Afro-pop and fusion. The band is noted for the political and social criticism in their songs. The lyrics are sung in African languages of Mozambique, like Changana, Ronga and Chope.
To 11pm Boogie Man

Theme Soccer Saturday
18h00 Phuzekemisi
19h15 Phuzekemisi
Phuzekemisi is described as a “musical activist for peace” and his lyrics reflect a frank outspokenness over issues that affect his home of KwaZulu-Natal. His music, though it is traditional, has urbanised the Maskandi genre.
To 11pm Olly O [Putumayo]

Theme Family Day
18h00 Danny K
Singer, songwriter, musician and actor Danny K is also an accomplished piano player and bassist. He has toured and performed with a number of international artists from Usher to Craig David, Puff Daddy, Eric Benet, Bob Geldof, U2, Queen and Beyonce.
19h15 Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The group gained international fame after collaborating with Paul Simon on his iconic Graceland album. Since then, they have sold over 7-million albums around the world, making them the country’s number one selling group. Mambazo’s traditional music was born deep in the mines of South Africa, where migrant mineworkers far from home would entertain themselves by singing and dancing.
To 11pm Krushed & Sorted

Theme Fabulous Footbol
18h00 Flat Stanley
Flat Stanley’s unusual music genre can be best described as a fusion of melodic rock and pop. They back up original lyrics with great melodies produced by guitars, cello and a tight rhythm section. The band has toured with musical heavyweights Collective Soul, Metallica, Simple Plan, The Rasmus, Fat Boy Slim, Seether, Stereo MC’s, Foreigner and, most recently, rock legends Counting Crows. Eighteen months ago the group signed a multi-million rand deal with German-based record label iMusic Records.
19h15 Keeno Lee
To 11pm DJ Azul

Theme The people’s game
18h00 K’Naan
Originally from Mogadishu in Somalia, K’naan’s moved to Canada at age 13, where he taught himself hip hop and rap diction, copying the lyrics and style phonetically. Soon he began rapping himself.
19h15 Junior Kissangwa
Talented Cape Town-based Kissangwa originates from Congo. His accomplishments range from vocals, drumming, guitar, percussion, to composing and producing. Fluent in many languages, Junior specialises in a unique style of jazz and African influenced music with lyrics in a combination of Lingala, French and English.
To 11pm 3HCL

No game – Rest Day

No game – Rest Day

18h00 Karambola
Hailing from Cuba, Minel has performed in more than 36 countries across the world and played in many of the major festivals including the Rio Carnival in Brazil, Pole a Pole Jazz Festival in Bermuda, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Santa Lucia Jazz Festival in Jamaica amongst others. He has played for Fidel Castro and the President of Mozambique. Recently, he started the band Carambola with a group of local artists from different musical and cultural backgrounds in South Africa, who have a passion for Salsa music to formulate a truly Afro-Cuban sound.
19h15 Nomadic Orchestra
Mixing a jam of bold-brass, high-hat-snare and electric guitar, the Cape Town-based Nomadic Orchestra will rock the party. These beats are regularly heard at
house parties, The Great Balkanology Resurrection, celebrations, clubs, jazz bars and others.
To 11pm The Nomad

Theme Cape Town Match Day
18h00 Freshly Ground
The hot award-winning afro-pop group Freshly Ground have produced three albums. In November 2006, they won the MTV Europe Award for Best African Act. The group is an eclectic mix of individuals whose personalities and styles reflect their roots. Band members hail from various South African cities, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, resulting in a distinctive musical fusion of African folk and kwela, blues, jazz and indie rock.
19h15 FLOW
FLOW is a multi-dimensional stage performance of beating African drums and rhythm, electric violins and didgeridoo in celebration of Africa’s most precious resource – water. The group consists of Ronan Skillen, Michael Chikowore and Nik Rabinowitz, with a guest appearance by Zolani from Freshly Ground, who are the headline act of the evening.
To 11pm Nicodemus

No game – Rest Day

No game – Rest Day

Theme Cape Town semi-final
18h00 Capsolys
Hip Hop artist Capsolys, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the fresh new faces of music in Africa. He likens his music to a photo album in which each track captures a moment in time of his thoughts and emotions as expressed in rhyme. For Capsolys his music freezes his life experiences in a positive art form.
19h15 Guguletu Tenors
From humble beginnings on dusty township streets, the quartet Guguletu Tenors now perform in top concert halls and for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock and Mariah Carey. The self-taught quartet were first discovered while at Fezeka High school in Guguletu.
To 11pm Afrobeat

Theme The FAN Fare
18h00 Abekaya
19h15 The Orients
To 11pm Roach

No game – Rest Day

No game – Rest Day

Theme Cape Town Day
15h30 The Rockets
The Rockets are an R&B/pop/dance band that have toured extensively both locally and abroad. They have supported many international acts including Usher, Alicia Keys, P Diddy, Ronan Keating, Shayne Ward, Patrizio Buanne, Spice Girls, Luther Vandross, Eddy Grant, Billy Ocean, Wet Wet Wet, The Manhattans and The O’Jays.
19h15 Claire Philips
Vocalist & songwriter Claire Phillips began singing as a toddler, and learned to play the guitar while she was still young. Her vocal range complements a repertoire which spans jazz, funk, soul and folk.
To 11pm Mix n Blend

Theme The Final!
15h30 Prime Circle
South African premier rock band, Prime Circle has shared the stage with musical great Collective Soul and Metallica.
18h30 Flash Republic
Flash Republic has come a long way since their launch in 2005 as a dance focused trio. Although they are quick to point out that dance is a core part of their music, their new album is described as forward-striding pop with the energy of early post-punk, the swagger of rock and 21st century avant-dance. Joining original band members Ryan Dent, Craig Massiv and singer Tamara Day will be guitarist Martin Rocka and drummer Isaac Klawansky.
To 11pm Good Luck

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