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Monday, June 5, 2023



The legend of Country and Western music, Willie Nelson, celebrated his milestone 90th birthday with a star-studded, two-day concert event.

The Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 concert film will be screened at the following Ster-Kinekor cinemas: Garden Route, George; Somerset, Somerset West; V&A Waterfront, Cape Town; Gateway Commercial, Umhlanga; Ilanga, Mbombela; Rustenburg, North West; Rosebank Nouveau, Johannesburg; and The Grove in Tshwane/Pretoria.

The four screenings take place on June 10 at 17h00; June 11 at 14h30; June 13 at 12h30 and June 16 at 14h30 (subject to change at some sites, depending on loadshedding schedule).

This historic concert took place on April 29 and 30, 2023, before a sold-out crowd at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. It was also recorded live for a limited theatrical release, Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90, which will be screened exclusively in select Ster-Kinekor cinemas, with four shows only, between June 10 and 16.

The film features a selection of the most memorable moments and unforgettable collaborations from the two-day concert event. These include once-in-a-lifetime performances by the legend himself, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Snoop Dogg, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, The Lumineers, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Billy Strings and many more.

The two-hour-plus limited release film will give fans the opportunity to re-live or experience for the first time this epic event described by USA Today as “headed for the concert history books.” Honouring the legacy of this 12-time Grammy Award-winner, the scene at the Hollywood Bowl transcended genres, with Associated Press remarking “The parade of partners illustrated one of the night’s themes: Willie brings people together”.

"Demand to attend this historic concert event was unprecedented. Willie wanted to make sure his 90th birthday party included and was accessible to all of his fans. This concert film release will allow everyone to join in and celebrate with Willie and an amazing line-up of superstar artists. We are thrilled to share this concert event with fans around the globe in such a unique and powerful way," said Nelson’s manager Mark Rothbaum and Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.

Willie was joined live on stage by an incredible line-up of performing artists including surprise guest Keith Richards, Allison Russell, Billy Strings, Bobby Weir, Booker T. Jones, Buddy Cannon, Charley Crockett, Charlie Sexton, Chris Stapleton, Daniel Lanois, Dave Matthews, Dwight Yoakam, Edie Brickell, Emmylou Harris, Gary Clark Jr., George Strait, Jack Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Bridges, Lily Meola, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Neil Young, Orville Peck, Particle Kid, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Shooter Jennings, Snoop Dogg, Stephen Stills, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Tom Jones, Tyler Childers, Warren Haynes, Waylon Payne, Ziggy Marley and more.

The star-studded celebration also featured special tributes and presentations by Chelsea Handler, Ethan Hawke, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Owen Wilson, and Woody Harrelson.

The house band was led by Grammy Award-winning music director Don Was, and also featured Audley Freed, Benmont Tench, Gabe Witcher, Greg Leisz, Mickey Raphael, Terence Higgins, Tom Bukovac, Alfreda McCrary, Ann McCrary and Regina McCrary.

“We are delighted to be screening the Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 concert film exclusively at select cinemas. The film includes highlights from across the two nights of shows with full performances and special guest presentations. Fans in the Ster-Kinekor cinemas will be treated to an immersive experience, with a state-of-the-art cinematic presentation and stereo surround sound,” comments Lynne Wylie, chief marketing officer of Ster-Kinekor.

“The Willie 90th birthday concert event sold out instantly, but the four screenings give Willie Nelson fans here in South Africa the opportunity to experience this celebrated event honouring a living legend as if they were in the front row.”

Bookings are now open for this once-in-a-lifetime concert on the big screen with surround sound. So, don’t miss out on your chance to get a front row seat.

Book your tickets at or download the SK App on your smartphone. For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @Ster-Kinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).