Clarkson, Hammond & May LIVE – Win with KIA On Tour!

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If you follow me on social media, or even know me in real life, you should already know that i have a serious problem when it comes to Top Gear [Clarkson, May & Hammond]. I think i’ve watched every single episode they’ve ever done together more than 7 times each… which might not sound like a lot, but when you consider how many seasons/episodes have been made, that’s a lot of any one thing to watch. I’m not alone in this though, my parents are also equally enamored by these guys. My mom has quite a few DVD box sets and puts Top Gear on whenever there isn’t anything on tv, which is a lot of the time. My dad used to race, so he’s been a proper petrol head for more than 40yrs already, and he loves the combination of banter and car talk.

I don’t want to talk too much about Clarkson’s exit from Top Gear, and Hammond & May following him, because honestly it makes me unbelievably sad and upset.

The good news is that the guys will be in Johannesburg from 12 – 14 June, and if you’ve never seen them live – you are definitely missing out. The good people over at Kia have got a pretty awesome competition going where you could win a set of tickets to the show just by pre-registering for a test-drive! The test drives are happening at the actual event too… so it is super convenient.

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I’ve been driving the Kia Soul for the past couple of weeks, and i must say that any sort of pre-conceived ideas i had about Kia were completely pushed aside as soon as i got into the car. This isn’t just lip-service, i genuinely love the car… everything about it suits my lifestyle. I’ve also had a chance to drive the KIa Koup which is just insane, incredibly fast!

HOW TO WIN

Click on this link: Clarkson, Hammond & May LIVE Test Drive and you could win yourself 2 tickets to see them live! AND if you want, test drive one of Kia’s awesome cars that will be on show… what better place to do it than at an entire event dedicated to the awesomeness of cars? :)

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UberHEALTHSA – Uber Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban!

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Uber have joined up with Discovery Health for a really cool initiative! From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM this Friday, 22 May, you can request a flu vaccination to your doorstep.

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HOW? All you have to do is open up your Uber app at 10 AM, toggle over to the red cross icon and request a ride as you normally would. Within minutes, a Discovery-Accredited nurse will arrive to your location, ready to give you flu vaccinations for up to five individuals (for a total cost of just R100!)

ALSO: All Discovery Vitality members will earn 1,000 Vitality points following their flu vaccination and all DiscoveryCard holders, who add their DiscoveryCard to their Uber account, will have the R100 home visit fee refunded.

 Catching the flu is easy. Preventing it should be too. 

BMW i3 & i8

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The way we exist, move, and live in urban spaces is going to need to change. I feel like our generation is going to see a rate of growth and progress that not many other generations were lucky enough to witness. Cars were revolutionary when they were first created and sold over a century ago… but since then, not much has changed. The principles and basics of “the car” have stayed, and all we’ve really done is made them more comfortable and faster. A real evolution in transport and cars is needed if we’re going to really start caring about the environment and the world we live in.

BMW have dedicated the past few years to try and find a way to produce the most sustainable cars on the planet – and they’ve done it! This might be the first shift in the way we think about cars and how we plan on using them in the future.

I was lucky enough this weekend to be able to get behind the wheel of an electric car for the first time, the rear-wheel drive BMW i3. Being a petrol head – i was obviously a tiny but wary at first, and didn’t quite know what to expect. I feel like i need to start off by saying that the i3 exceeded every expectation i had, and managed to convince me that electric cars really are a viable (and cost-effective) alternative to petrol. I am genuinely beyond impressed!

Firstly, the BMW i3 is unlike any other vehicle on the road: carbon fiber, hemp interior, suicide rear doors and 100% pure electric powered. It also happens to be a seriously attractive vehicle – both the interior and exterior design make the car look and feel like you’re driving the car of the future.

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This also happens to be South Africa’s first widely available and commercially produced fully electric car. Up until now the market has seen relative success with hybrid vehicles, but the BMW has thrown so much research and tech behind the i3 that it doesn’t need a significant petrol engine to work.

Something that surprised me, but the more i think about it… the more it makes sense: the BMW i3 comes with an app where you can track things like the battery level, and you can also remote unlock it which is super convenient. If you opt to have a charging station installed in your home (which costs about +/- R25 in electricity to “fill” the battery) you can even be lying in bed and start the charging up just before you go to sleep.

Not only can you control its functions and keep track of the charging from your smartphone (or a dedicated smartwatch), the i3 will also park itself without anybody sitting in it while its active crash prevention system will try to avoid all sorts of collisions and bumps without you having to touch anything.

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From what was explained to me, you can get anywhere up to 160km range on 1 full battery charge, obviously depending on how you drive the car. There are two versions of the i3 available worldwide and here in SA, the BEV and the REx. The BEV is pure electric and the REx (which stands for Range Extender) has a small engine that works at keeping the car’s batteries running a little longer.

If you’re worried about an electric car feeling a little weak in the power department, i would definitely encourage you to go and test-drive the i3 because i know you probably aren’t going to take my word for it… this car is crazy powerful! 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, and with instantaneous torque delivery it means that you will almost always pull away faster than the car in the lane next to you. You put your foot down and the car launches forward like nothing i have ever experienced… and keep in mind that this all happens in a perfectly silent and smooth environment. It’s eerie at first, but once i got into my own car after the test drive, i found it a little slow, sloppy and unnecessarily noisy.

If you’ve got more questions about the car, or would like to take a look at the cost calculator that BMW SA have set up to see whether the i3 is in fact something that would suit your lifestyle and save you money, then head on over to their website: BMW i3 SA and if you’re keen to book a test-drive [which i would highly recommend] then you can do that here: BMW i3 Test Drive.

Quick Note: I also got to test-drive the BMW i8 which was an experience that i would struggle to put into words. It was terrifying, exhilarating, entrancing, and unbelievably unique all at the same time!

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PS: As beautiful as the i8 is, it is a R1.7 million supercar… the i3 is the electric car that is a relatively affordable replacement to the average city car, and will hopefully be driven in large numbers in the near future.

Ultimate X 2015 – WIN!

Ultimate X is going to be bigger and badder this year than it ever has before! The venue change means that the size of the event is going to blow your mind. You can still expect the best in local and international athletes at Ultimate X’s new home: Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino on the 27th and 28th February 2015.

You might already be familiar with this extreme sports event as it’s already in its 6th installment! If you’re an Ultimate X newbie though, you can expect some insane showcases, stunts and competitions in: FMX, BMX and Skate. This year they’ll be competing for a prize of over R150 000.

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The 2015 festival brings with it a fresh flair as the Grand Arena is transformed into Africa’s first indoor, floodlit, pyrotechnical lazer extreme sport showdown. When asked about the 2015 event, Ultimate X Owner and Master Mind Markus Museler said, “We are stoked to be taking Ultimate X into the Grand Arena as this is going to change the face of Action Sports in South Africa. Spectators will experience a never before seen Indoor Action Sport BLOWOUT with, as always, Africa’s Best Skate and BMX Park. There are limited seats available so be sure to get yours now!”

Doors open at 18:00 and close at 22:00. Pre-purchased tickets are available at Computicket ranging from R150 – R250. Children under 10 years old – tickets range from R100 – R175. Tickets will also be made available at the gate and food and full bar services will be available with ample parking.

For more details, visit: www.UltimateX.co.za

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The rad dudes from Ultimate X have given me a pretty amazing hamper, worth +/- R1,750 to give-away to one lucky reader [merchandise from SkullCandy/NESS, Sprite, Sessions and Red Bull] which also includes 2 full weekend passes for you and a friend to join the fun!

Make sure you have joined the event on Facebook [here] and liked the Ultimate X FB page!

HOW TO ENTER:

Step 1 – Follow @Ultimate_X_ on Twitter

Step 2 – Tweet:

It’s almost @Ultimate_X_ 2015 time! WIN a R1,750 hamper & double tickets with @StephanieBe. Enter here: http://goo.gl/rKpM7K #UltimateX

Up The Creek 2015 – Full Lineup Announced

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The line up for 2015 is absolutely fantastic, as we’ve come to expect from Up The Creek:

Zebra & Giraffe, Taxi Violence,  Beatenberg , AKING, Dave Ferguson, Bye Beneco, Shortstraw, Hot Water, The Black Cat Bones, The Kiffness, The Ballistics, Stoker, Red Huxley, Scicoustic, Piet Botha & The Lyzyrd Kyngs, Gerald Clark, Mean Black Mamba, Manny Walters, Basson Laubscher, John Wizards, Al Bairre, Christian Tiger School, Gateway Drugs, Manouche, Grassy Spark, Nomadic Orchestra, December Streets, Shaun Jacobs Band, Diamond Thug, Bandelero, Qadasi, Sawagi (JPN) and Kite Rider.

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FoodWineDesign Review

After making some readers extremely happy with tickets to the event, and hampers full of locally crafted goodies – i was looking forward to going and checking it out myself. I was expecting something a little different than what i found. I thought it’d be more like a craft fair with a bit of food on the side… but the best way i can describe it is like this:

if Biscuit Mill/Neighbourgoods + a Wine Tasting Show + Design Indaba had a baby, it would be the Sanlam Food Wine Design Show!

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There was SO much wine, and SO much food… and even more awesome design by locals. I bought myself an awesome hat from Simon & Mary who must be some sort of hat wizards!

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Even the rain couldn’t put a dampener on things – it all went ahead without a glitch despite the Jozi downpour. The fair was so ridiculously busy that even the streets surrounding Hyde Park Mall were parked full! I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store for next year!

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair – Competition

The FoodWineDesign Fair was launched in 2010 by Artlogic and Sanlam Investments. The first of its kind in South Africa, it’s described as a “boutique outdoor market” and features the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, micro breweries and speciality foods.

If it’s important to you to eat the best local foods, taste South African boutique wines and decorating your home with the works of South African designers and artists. – then this is the place for you. The Chefs in the City project will see David Higgs, Michael Holenstein and Thom Hughes each take the stand for one day to treat visitors to their creations.

This year’s event will take place from 7-9 November on the rooftop of the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre. I’ve been told that they’ve gone to every effort to turn it into a magical setting with tented areas, theatre lighting, inspired dining and retailing areas, and larger than life landscaping.

With the Fair being the first event of its kind to combine elements from food, wine and design industries, Sanlam believes that the positive change and shift in direction will result in the growth of even more proudly South African entrepreneurs.

As “local” and “well-made” are an integral part of the Fair, and much like the exhibitors are experts in their chosen field, Sanlam is the expert in investments and understands the importance of being able to offer a superior product.  Sanlam also has a huge respect for the extraordinary amount of time, planning and sheer determination it takes to turn a dream into a sustainable business despite economic business challenges.

Tickets are available for R90 from Webtickets, or R100 at the door. Uber have also gotten on board this year, and first time subscribers can use the promo code Handmade to receive R200 off their first ride. What’s more, anyone arriving in an Uber can show their receipt at the door and receive a R10 discount off the Fair ticket price, plus you’ll stand the chance to win Uber credit.

This info is just a taste of what’s to come over the weekend of 7-9 November. For more info please visit www.foodwinedesign.co.za, email info@artlogic.co.za or phone 011-447-3868.

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I am fortunate enough to have 1 double ticket to give away, as well as R500 worth of product from the fair! So if good food, design and wine is your thing, get tweeting! Obviously, the fair is happening in JHB, so the prize does not include flights or accommodation.

Tweet the following:

I’d like to win a R500 hamper & tickets to the Sanlam @FWD_Fair this Nov! Details at: stephaniebe.co.za #HandmadeContemporary

Ultimate Outdoor Festival Packing Checklist 2014!

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Two years ago i wrote a rather lengthy blogpost on Rocking The Daisies in anticipation of the festival. I was so unbelievably excited… little did i know that it’d be my last RTD for a while. This year will be the 2nd year that i miss, and i’m gutted. I’m trying out this “adult” thing and that means that paying gigs come before fun festivals.

Every single year, around RTD time, i start to get hits on the original post & packing checklist. So i thought it was about time that i do an updated one! Below is a direct quote from the original piece, and is written like i’m going. I’ve included it because it sums up my reasons for making the list to start off with, and also because i think i was funnier back then:

“I’m usually rather ambivalent about most things, it takes a lot to get me really excited, and it takes a lot to get me really angry, but once I’m excited (or angry) there’s almost no stopping the steam train that is my emotions… this is why I’ve been making an imaginary packing list for Rocking The Daisies in my head over the past few days. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve become a little obsessed. I spent about half an hour on the Official Daisies website yesterday, I’m not even sure why.

Anyway, as excitable as I am, I am even more forgetful… so this imaginary packing list needed to get put down somewhere a little more permanent before I ended up on the day before Daisies running around my room and packing in things like my Matric Dance dress and a jar of mayo. I’m a panic-packer… don’t judge.”

So without any further semi-incoherent ramblings, I present to you:

The Ultimate Essential Outdoor Festival Packing Checklist

– Please note: Yes, girls and boys have different needs, so girly specific items are listed as such. Everything else is pretty much a necessity for any humanoid wishing to attend any festival and still resemble a non-homeless person afterwards.

1.) Personal Hygiene Items / “If You Ever Want To Hook Up”

 DO NOT ignore this section. BOYS, I’m looking at YOU!

–           Wet Wipes (get a pack of scented for underarms and body & non-scented for sensitive areas or if you’re sunburnt.  It’ll be worth it.)

–           Condoms (girls, it’s not just the guy’s responsibility to carry)

–           Freeze (best after-sun EVER! Keep it cool with your drinks, it’s like heaven on burnt skin)

–           Sunblock (none of this SPF10 shit, SPF30 or higher)

–           Anti-Perspirant Deodorant (Leave your expensive perfumes at home)

–           Tweezers (getting tiny pieces of glass out of feet or splinters, etc)

–           Toilet Paper (take more than you think you’ll need, it ends up getting used around camp too)

–           Pocket Mirror (keep this in your tent.) EDIT [girls]: You WILL bump into that hot guy you’ve been eyeing up for a day or two at the festival on your way to the bathroom in the morning. Check your face first.

–           Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Mini Mouthwash/Mints/Sugar Free Gum (water isn’t always readily available for you to brush your teeth with, so mouth wash will take care of that. If you’ve lost your toothbrush or left it in someone else’s tent, pop 2 pieces of chewing gum in your mouth and chew it with water at the same time, spit out after a minute or so. It’s almost as good as a brush.)

–           Hand Sanitizer (after you’ve used the loo. Ecoli is not your friend)

–           [GIRLS] Waterproof mascara! (stays on longer, obviously)

–           [GIRLS] Tampons (even if it isn’t “that time” for you, it might be for a friend who is caught by surprise… be nice and just take a couple along in case)

–           [GIRLS] Makeup Remover Wipes (normal wet wipes don’t always do a good job of removing mascara, etc)

–           [GIRLS] Hair Elastics (buy an extra pack! There’s nothing worse than having your long hair clinging to your neck when it’s 30C outside, but you still want to party.)

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2.) SUPER Imperative Vitally Important Necessary Essentials

–           TICKETS!

–           Water Bottle (maybe 1 for water and 1 for alcohol…. But definitely take extra, you will probably lose them. Daisies usually have water filling stations throughout the site too. Stay hydrated)

–           Sunglasses (you will also probably lose a pair of these, or break them. Leave your designer shades at home and rather bring 2 pairs of cheapies)

–           Torch (you don’t want to waste your cellphone battery using it as a torch)

–           Lighter, matches (even if you don’t smoke, people are always looking for lighters)

–           Rennies/Myprodol/Plasters/Immodium/Panado/Valoid! (at the risk of sounding like your mom, I can’t emphasize how important it is to take ALL of the aforementioned goodies. You really don’t want to feel ill at an outdoor festival. You ruin it for yourself and for your friends.) Rennies: If the festival food doesn’t agree with you, or even if you’re feeling sick from too much beer/spirits, it basically just makes your stomach acid less acidic. This is a pretty gross tip, so stop reading if you’re sensitive. If you feel like you’re going to throw up, try and get 3 or so Rennies into you a good amount of time before you chunder, and when you do, it’ll feel like you’re throwing up water rather than Satan’s own burning lava.

3.) Clothing

–       Hat

–       Beanie (in case your hair looks like shit, and for when it gets cold at night)

–       Socks (lots)

–       Undies (the amount depends on how un/hygienic you are)

–       Try and plan for an outfit a day, it stops you from packing random shit you probably won’t wear. Saves loads of space.

–       CHEAP sunglasses (yes, I’ve mentioned these again)

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4.) Food/Drink

–      Packets of chips (possibly the easiest and lightest food to carry around, it’s also the best thing to eat if you’re feeling sick)

–      Alcohol Sachets (easy to hide in your tent from scavengers, rolled up in some socks. Also, super easy to sneak into the main stage area… but i never said that)

–      Decant All Alcohol! (no glass is aloud into Daisies at all, and I’m glad about that. So don’t complain, just sort yourself out before you come)

5.) Equipment

–           Tent

–           Sleeping Bag

–           Extra Blanket

–           Pillow

–           Spare Tent Pegs (pegs bend/break and there’s nothing worse than a floppy tent)

–           Bin Liners (preferably the tough kind with drawstrings, for rubbish & to store stuff. If you get clothes wet, pop them in the bin liners, pack it away and worry about it when you’re home)

–           Mallet (to knock the tent pegs in – no a shoe wont work)

–           Torch (yes, you really do need one)

6.) In Case Of Rain

–           Bin Liners (put pillow/sleeping bag in to keep dry, or wet shoes in so they don’t wet other things)

–           Wellies

–           Extra socks

–           Umbrella (doubles up for Sun too)

–           Poncho (just a cheap one – Dischem is probably the best place to get ‘em)

7.) Optional Awesome Extras (Winning At Festivals)

–           Ear Plugs (for when you’ve had enough but thousands haven’t, or your tent neighbours are noisy motherfuckers)

–           Glow Sticks (to mark your tent, or friends that go missing easily)

–           Scissors

–           Lighters

–           Rolling paper

–           Box of cigarettes (even if you don’t smoke, use ‘em to make friends with your neighbours, barter, etc)

–           Bubble gun (it’s hilarious and fun, seriously… people dig it. It’s in our nature to be in awe of bubbles)

–           Beach Mat (for sitting outside of your tent or at the dam)

–           Lilo (or any blow up flotation device, for some good dam fun)

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8.) Personal Advice/Tips and Super Rad Extras 

–       Talk to your neighbours. Share a beer, donate a roll of loo paper, offer them some chips, roll ‘em a small one if they haven’t got any… Scratch their back, and they’ll challenge people who look like they’re up to no good fiddling in your tent.

–       Survival blankets, those bright silver ones they use at accident scenes, they decrease the oven like tendencies of a tent when you lay it over the roof. You can buy them at most outdoor shops and they aren’t expensive at all. This means you don’t have to wake up at 07:00am feeling like you’ve been baked like a tray of muffins.

–       If you can afford to, get a “festival phone”. You can pick them up at PEP Stores or Ackermans and they cost about R300… they sms and call and have a torch/alarm, that’s it. Their battery life is amazing and one charge might get you 4 days standby time. Leave the beloved iPhone, Galaxy, Blackberry, whatever at home or in the tent. If, however, you can’t live without tweeting/instagramming/facebooking for more than 2 days, then take your phone BUT make sure you have insurance that will cover theft AS WELL AS water damage and general drunken damage.

–       Combination Lock (some people recommend a combination lock for your tent, but I feel like it just shows people that you have something valuable that you need to hide. Rather lock your valuables in a lock box that you wrap up inside your sleeping bag.)

–       Store real valuables in the car (if you can, rather leave your drivers license, cellphone, etc locked in your car or a friends car.)

–       Don’t pitch your tent too close to any loos. Ever. It may seem like it’s more convenient that way, but it really isn’t worth it. Bleh.

–       Wear swimwear/bikini under clothes. Convenient for spontaneous jumps into the dam, and quick drying afterwards :)

–       Write down the cellphone numbers of friends that are at the event, in case your phone goes missing/dies.

–       Know where the spare key for your car is before you leave home, whether it’s at home and someone there would be willing to bring it through if you lost yours…. Or whether you give it to another friend to lock in their own car at the event. Car keys are lost/stolen all the time and car locksmiths are expensive, and for the newer cars, impossible… you’d have to get towed and then have your car taken to the dealer to get a new laser key (which could take weeks and cost you buckets).

9.) Leave The Following Items At Home. Seriously. 

–       Anything you’d miss if you lost/broke it. If you would be upset about something getting stolen or broken at a festival, don’t take it!

–       Your “favourite” anything… sunglasses/underwear/shirt/earrings.

–       Attitude! I don’t want to sound too preachy, but outdoor festivals attract so many different types of people, don’t be a dick about it. Thousands of people are put into a place with little or no personal space for a couple of days, with all their luxuries and home comforts taken away… just try and be a little more understanding, and if you don’t like something, shut up about it. Move on. Walk away.

FINALLY:

I wish i was going to be at RTD this year! I would have had all this stuff with me, and i’m cool with sharing. So the onus is on you to make sure you’re prepared, so that you can have the best festival without worrying about anything.

This is obviously written with RTD in mind, but it goes for pretty much every single festival in South Africa and around the world. SO feel free to use this same checklist for; Up The Creek, Ramfest, Synergy, Rezonance, Organik, etc.

PS: If you feel like there’s anything i’ve left off of my list, put it in the comments section and i’ll add it. Thanks.

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Kimberley Diamond Cup With Lil Jon

From 2 – 5 October, the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley in the Northern Cape will showcase the talents of some of the best pro and amateur skaters in the world during the street, vert and big air contests. It’s the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup skateboarding world championship presented by Kumba Iron Ore!

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The skate plaza will be buzzing with a spectacular fireworks display during the opening ceremony and live concerts with a sizzling line-up including superstar rapper Lil Jon, some of South Africa’s most popular acts and local Kimberley performers.

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Tickets are on sale now from Computicket. Entry on Friday is free, while a weekend pass costs R50 and includes access to the KDC concert and closing ceremony.

Catch the action during the live webcast or on SuperSport 2 from 19h00 – 20h30 on Saturday and on SuperSport 6 from 16h30 – 18h30 on Sunday.

For more information or the full event schedule, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Facebook at KimberleyDiamondCup or Twitter @KDiamondCup.

Vodacom In The City – Local Bands

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Vodacom Open The City band finalists Bye Beneco, The Plastics, The Kiffness and PHFAT took to the stage this past Friday night to showcase their talent and compete for a spot on the VITC stage.

In what is shaping up to be very tight race, your votes will determine which local band opens for Rudimental, MGMT, Crystal Fighters and The Presets at Vodacom In The City next month.

You’ve only got 5 days left to cast your votes for your favourite local band!

There are two super easy ways to vote:

  1. Visit http://www.vitc-competitions.co.za/vote-for-your-band-to-open-the-city/ and click to vote for your band (make sure you read the Ts&Cs);
  1. SMS the band’s name to 48477
  • SMS “PHFAT” to 48477
  • SMS “KIFFNESS” to 48477
  • SMS “PLASTICS” to 48477
  • SMS “BYE BENECO” to 48477

(Standard SMS rates apply, follow the link in the reply SMS for Ts&Cs).

For more information:

Website: www.VITC.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InTheCityJHB

Twitter: @InTheCityJHB

Instagram: InTheCityJHB