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Monday, June 13, 2022


(Above: Steve Umculo)

Arguably the KZN Midlands’ best-loved music venue, Music in The Hills (MiTH) is an opportunity for beginners, professionals, and passionate music fans to share the joy of music at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.

MiTH takes place every second Wednesday at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton.

The next MiTH evening takes place on June 15.

Doors open at 18h00 and the music will kick off at 19h00. Entrance is R50 Cash or Zapper at the door. Bring your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for purchase


19h00: Adagio

Adagio is a four-piece band that plays retro rock and folk music, mainly from back in the day. The band consists of Andrew Frangs on acoustic guitar and vocals, Rod Robinson also on acoustic guitar and vocals (plus a little harmonica), Garrick Dunstan on bass, and Michelle Anderson on drums.


(Right: Matt Vend)

20h00: Matt Vend

South African born singer/songwriter/journalist/traveller and nomad Matt “Beard” Vend has been playing music in bands since 1999, from the “tender” age of 14. His projects include the long-running punk band, Sibling Rivalry, which managed to gain a loyal and cult-like following throughout South Africa and even parts of Thailand, and the short-lived, but extremely well-received Tubby Wilsons, which delved into both Matt, and fellow writer and musician, Yusuf Laher and The Nader's affection for nostalgic pop and punk music. He was also involved in Durban’s first folk-inspired punk/rock ‘n roll band Car Boot Vendors.

He is no stranger to the studio and has collectively recorded over 80 songs with the various projects he has been involved with, including guest appearances with Fruits and Veggies (Durban afro/reggae misfits), Misled (Joburg’s finest new school hardcore/punk band), and Blaq Hitler (Durban MC and hip hop producer).

He has delved into the production side of making music, and helped record and produce his first solo offering which was released in 2012 with the help from Kurt Peinke who co-produced the record. He has done a few shows in and out of Bangkok and also embarked on an adventure through Vietnam in early 2012, busking and playing shows from Hanoi to Saigon. Although recording is a big part of this musician’s repertoire, live is where he shines. With hundreds of shows across South Africa and Thailand under his belt, appearing on every stage imaginable from street corners and dingy bars to major festivals, Matt Vend is sure to create an impression on the MiTH stage.


21h00: Steve Umculo

Steve Umculo is an upbeat and energetic singer/songwriter born and raised in the culturally rich and bustling city of Johannesburg, South Africa. His music is a unique blend of afro-centric grooves and folk harmonies. Steve maintains a beautiful balance between sing-along melodies and dance-inducing grooves, and his live show is just as zestful as his personality. Steve’s positivity is as contagious as it is refreshing, and manages to seep through into his music and his live shows. Any audience is guaranteed to walk away with a smile.


All Covid-19 protocols observed

For more information, contact 082 331 7271. Visit for more details and directions. Musicians can contact for slots.


DIRECTIONS TO MiTH: Take the N3 to Hilton, take the Hilton turnoff and go South into the Village (away from Hilton College). Travel 5,2km along Hilton Avenue (past two sets of traffic lights and Crossways Pub) and keep going straight as Hilton Avenue turns into Dennis Shepstone Drive. At the 5,2km mark, Knoll Drive will be on your right – the entrance to MiTH is the *second* entrance on your left into The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.