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Tuesday, May 23, 2017


(Dan Patlansky)

South African musicians, Ard Mathews, Dan Patlansky, Locnville and Siphokazi, are among the drawcards at this year’s Royal Agricultural Show concerts.

Music plays a major part in the event, which runs at the Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from May 26 to June 4.

First up is the East Coast Radio Royal Rock Concert, featuring The Black Lapels, Mathews, Patlansky and Locnville, which will take place on May 27 in the main arena.

The Vuma FM Concert will feature the talents of Msizi Shembe, Makhosi Khozi, Linda ‘The Game’ and Siphokazi on May 28.

For those who love Bollywood music and dancing, then make sure you head to the Royal on the evening of June 3 for the Hindvani FM Extravaganza.

For those who prefer classical music, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will be in town from 10h00 on June 4 for the Royal Symphony Concert. The 90-minute performance will be conducted by Richard Cock and will feature a mix of light classics and medleys of music by the likes of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. The soloists are Andrew Butler, Shelley MacLean and Hayley Hounsom-Heyns.

The final musical offering of the weekend will be delivered by Radio Sonde Grense (RSG) who are hosting an afternoon of tunes from Lee Vaughn, Wynand and Cheree Strydom, Anton Goosen and Robbie Wessels on June 4.

However, there is more for show-goers to enjoy with more than 400 commercial, industrial and service sector exhibits, and The Mercury Hall of Fine Living, which will host a food and culinary display, focused on the food chain from production to consumption. 

Entry to the Royal Show costs R65 (R40 for children under 12 and pensioners) Entry is R40 for everyone on May 31 and R50 on June 2. Tagged as Super Friday, the halls will remain open until 20h30 and the funfair will provide unlimited rides between 17h00 and 19h00 for R150.