South Africa is becoming a favourite destination for international artists to tour, with the likes of Justin Bieber and the Blue Man Group touching down in the country during 2017.
Many of the world’s top bands, singers and entertainers are paying attention to South African audiences, understanding the value of tapping into the SA market, while adding concerts in the rainbow nation for their international tours.
While many of the performers and events that will be touring in South Africa have not yet been announced for the year ahead, some have communicated dates and intentions to entertain South Africans in early 2017.
We take a closer look at 12 international artists and events who are performing in South Africa during 2017.
British pop rock band The Vamps will be touring South Africa in March 2017, with a show each in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The popular group will begin with a concert at the Kirstenbosch Gardens on March 18 before another at the Ticketpro Dome in Jozi two days later.
The world famous Moscow Circus will be in town for South Africans who are looking for entertainment that will include clowns, jugglers, accrobats and other talented individuals from Russia and around the world. Arriving in South Africa in December, they will perform across the country until late February 2017.
Global megastar Justin Bieber is due to perform for South African audiences as part of his Purpose World Tour in 2017. He will begin with a show in Johannesburg on Sunday, May 14, before performing in Cape Town three days later. Tickets for his South African concerts range from $28 to a massive $1,065 for the VIP experience.
The premier motor show in Africa is held in Cape Town each year, with new car models unveiled and technological advances in the automotive industry revealed. Petrol heads and motor enthusiasts will enjoy the international show at the GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World between 27 and 29 January.
The American folk rock band will be on South African shores between April 26 and 28 as part of their Cleopatra world tour, with the international artists playing shows planned in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The international entertainment phenomenon, known simply as the Blue Man Group, will perform their award-winning production in South Africa for the first time as part of a new world tour from February to April 2017. The trio of bald performers painted blue will be in Cape Town and Johannesburg during 2017.
As part of the Legends of R&B Volume 2 concert organised through Big Concerts, The Whisperers will be co-headlining alongside fellow American band The Stylistics in March at the Montecasino Teatro in Johannesburg. The Whisperers have been producing numerous hit songs since the 1960s.
Stars from the Apollo will feature a list of comedians who have performed at ‘Live at the Apollo’, one of the UK`s most prestigious comedy shows. The Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in London has seen some of the best funnymen and women on the planet, and a selection of those will be at Montecasino in Johannesburg in early February.
European saxophone performer Andrew Young will be returning to South Africa in February to play shows at the Barnyard Theatre in Plettenberg Bay after enjoying success in the country earlier this year. He will release his latest album, ‘Diamonds’, at the same time.
World renowned British pianist Joanna Macgregor is another of the international artists who will be in Johannesburg for a one-off concert on February 4. She returns to South Africa after a long absence with plans to play music from the likes of Chopin, Piazzolla, Stravinsky, Gyorgy Ligeti and Arvo Part.
The largest jazz festival in Africa and the fourth largest in the world takes place in Cape Town at the end of March next year. A lineup of over 40 local and international artists perform on five stages over the course of two days, with over 36,000 people expected to attend.
In addition to The Whispers, The Stylistics will form part of the lineup for the Legends of R&B Volume 2 concert in March at the Montecasino Teatro in Johannesburg. The Stylistics were one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s, and will bring their soothing tones to South African audiences next year.