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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


The countdown has begun as final preparations are in gear for this year’s Durban International Blues Festival which takes place at its new home- The Plant, situated at Durban’s popular creative hub, The Station Drive Precinct at the (bottom of Goble Road and just off Umgeni Road-Durban)

Three nights of blues is scheduled from September 9 to 11 and each evening commences at 19h30.

There is a great line up of artists, many back by popular demand. The event also provides a platform for new comers and those artists who have “adapted their art” over time and who will surprise blues fans with what they offer.

September 9: Home Brewed Blues sees Duncan Parks take to the stage with his acoustic set at 19h00. Duncan is an experienced artist but fairly new to the blues circuit so it is a great opportunity to come down for something fresh. 20h00 sees the all-time local blues band, East Coast Blues Band, on stage and Johannesburg’s Raoul will perform at 21h00. Red Hand Blues Band follows at 22h00 closing the first evening’s show. Both Raoul and Red Hand Blues Band are firm favourites with Durban blues fans and are back by popular demand.

September 10: International guest artist Jimmy D Lane (USA/Canada), who blew the proverbial socks off everyone on his last visit some years back, presents Electric Blues With Jimmy D Lane at 21h30. His backing band will be The Reals. The programme starts at 19h30 when Bobby and the Dynamites get the groove going after which master guitarist Seb Goldswain from Durban performs with the Seb Goldswain Blues Trio at 20h30.

September 11t: The Sinners take to the stage first at 19h30. At  20h30, The Muddy Waters Blues Summit must not be missed and those who are blues die-hards, know that this final evening is a foot stomping and totally energetic occasion which beats even the highest pulse of the two evenings before.

“The festival is a tight line up,” according to Will Wallace, Programme Director. “We have performed at the previous waterfront venue for 11 years and this year is a new set up for us and where organizers have decided to give quality rather than quantity as we feel our way forward in the new venue.”

The added advantage is the entire vibe of the festival precinct because although the event takes place officially at The Plant, the other traders and outlets of Station Drive Precinct are also getting involved including the two retail outlets there –The Station and The Warehouse. There are nightly after-parties and promotions in the restaurant and bar venues after the festival every night!

Tickets R150 pp per show or R330 for a season ticket which covers all three nights and are booked through Computicket. The Plant is situated at The Station Drive Precinct at the bottom of Goble Road and just off Umgeni Road in Durban.

The festival has partnered with Uber to get all guests to and from the event safely and in style!

All new users can sign up here with the promotional code:  BLUESFEST, in order to receive a free first ride up to R150. To request your ride, simply download the free application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site:

Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. For questions, contact Uber at

For more information visit or visit the Facebook page: FRIENDS OF THE DURBAN INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL