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Sunday, September 25, 2011


(Liz Mandeville)

Now in its seventh year, The Durban International Blues Festival will once again be held at Wilson’s Wharf in Durban from September 27 to October 2. Boasting some of South Africa’s best blues artists, the festival is also proud to announce that Liz Mandeville (USA) will be back by popular demand and Torono Cannon (USA) brings a new kind of rush to the stage.

“The tried and trusted formula for the festival will follow this year again as we hold free concerts on the deck from September 27 to 29, followed by the paid-for concerts over the weekend (September 30 to October 2) and which ends with the popular Blues Summit on Sunday night” according to festival Publicity Director, Tanya van Agthoven.

The Catalina Theatre upstairs will again host a specially created show nightly, with The Real featuring Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewall and Jason Andrew and performance times are 18h00 to 19h00.

This year’s line-up also includes, amongst others: Dan Patlansky, Goldswain and Judge, The Tim Wells Band, Bobby and the Dynamites, The Jack Rabbit Slims (PE), Diamondback Blues Band (CT), Baret Blues, The Cheap Bad Habits, The Gloucester Blues Project, Raoul and Black Friday, Sheila da Blue Note, The Tammy Saville Band, Jerry Kunene Blues and from Cape Town, the fabulously popular top SA blues maestros, The Boulevard Blues Band.

On September 28, there’s the popular Fender evening, sponsored by Glenwood Village Music, which will play host to a number of blues guests artist such as Toni Rowland, John Ellis, The East Coast Basement Blues Band, The GVM Band, Rob Warren and more of those whom blues fans have come to love. A popular evening not to be missed.

Various acoustic artists will perform on the deck on October 1 and 2 in the afternoon where names such as Guy Buttery, Allister Cokely, Anthon Cawthorn-Blazenby, Tiffany Sheppard, ex Urbanite Dr John Mostert, Greg “Turnkey” Smith, John Ellis, Keith Fordyce, Umkhumbane Ensemble, The Crochet Band, Rowan Stuart and others come into the mix.

Tickets for the gala events and Summit on the Fri, Sat and Sunday are R85 on sale from Catalina Theatre on +27 (0)31 305 7612 .It is exceptionally important for the public to realise that ticket sales are on a first-come first-serve basis with no particular seat allocation in the Catalina Theatre upstairs or at Zacks and the other participating restaurants downstairs.

It is thus advisable to book and pay early to ensure that you get the “front row seats” as there is no guarantee from event co-ordinators or venue staff of allocation of seating of your choice.

The event is sponsored by: eThekwini Municipality, Dept Arts Culture and Education, The Mercury, The Benjamin Hotel, Concord Printing, Fender, Glenwood Village Music, The Blues Train, Rockfest Radio 98.3 the Right hand design

More information from publicity director Tanya van Agthoven Marais on +27(0)82 747 9738 or email or visit