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Sunday, October 7, 2018


The fourteenth Durban International Blues Festival will be returning to Zack's at Wilson’s Wharf and will take place from November 1 to 3, 2018. Australian guest artist Fiona Boyes will top the billing.

“This year’s line-up is tight and concentrates on showcasing more local and national talent, an answer to the suggestions of both audiences and the artists themselves,” says Will Wallace the Programme Director. “Along with Pinkie Mtshali, our Development and Mentoring Director, we will also insert a slot for a blues artist or band that has proved them during the mentorship programme run before the festival, development of this genre amongst local musicians being one of our key strategies as always.”

(Australian guest artist Fiona Boyes)

Tanya van Agthoven Marais, a co-director of the event, says: “Moving from Zack's about two years ago came about because the growth of the event called for consideration of a bigger venue. Whilst the alternative venue offered much, the consensus was that the vibe and the unique watery ambiance of the bay around Zacks, Wilson’s Wharf, not to mention the safe parking along with easy access from most  parts of Durban, was what the blues fans loved - and so we are bringing the festival back to the venue this year. It will simply mean blues fans must not be “durbanlethargic” and purchase their tickets early, as the venue is limited and unreserved seating is also on a first come, first serve basis!”

Thando Nyameni, who took over as Festival Director after Themi Venturas passed away last year, adds: “The show goes on and we look forward to the continued success of this well-known Durban event.”

Die-hards to this event will know the drill at this venue where seating is shared by all, food can be ordered from Zack's or any of the other participating venues who share the deck on the nights, a cash bar facility is open to all and the nightly line-up will commence around 19h00 and runs until about 23h00 nightly.

And don’t forget to bring extra hard cash for the auction which has become quite popular every year!

The Durban International Blues Festival will run from November 1 to 3, 2018, at ZACKS at Wilson’s Wharf. Tickets for unreserved, first-come first-serve seating will shortly go on sale from Computicket, prices ranging from nightly at R150 (R160 tickets bought at the door on show night). Blues fans are encouraged to purchase tickets upfront as, although there will be a box office at the venue nightly, the ticket prices at the door will be increased.

Keep an ear and eye out for updated news on, Facebook’s Friends of the Durban International Blues Festival and Durban International Blues Festival pages, Instagram and other online information mediums.

Or contact Publicity Director Tanya van Agthoven Marais on or 082 747 9738 during office hours only.