John Newman Sizzles At First-Ever SA Concerts

John Newman

Photo by Dustin Van Zyl.

Four-time BRIT Award nominee John Newman dazzled his South African fans who came out in their thousands in Cape Town and Joburg to see him perform his hit singles ‘Losing Sleep’, ‘Love Me Again’ and ‘Cheating’ live in concert.

The soul-inspired muso had fans in awe of his unique on-stage performance, rated as one of the best visual shows in the world at the moment. The 23 year-old entertainer lived up to expectations as he and the fans dressed the part, got their swing on and revelled in an unforgettable, roaring, swinging concert experience.


Acclaimed rock band, ISO, was the supporting act in Cape Town and brought an extra special set to the show, which fitted perfectly with the big style and sound of this one-night only concert. DJ Honey Bee was on the decks between acts with electro-swing beats, to keep the crowd on their feet.


One night later at Joburg’s edgy Town Hall Lane, chart-topping band Beatenberg brought a fresh performance of their hit track, ‘Pluto(Remember You)’ to the elated crowd. Complementing the hyped atmosphere, the king of swing, DJ Michael Lesar, was on the decks throughout the night.

Photo by Dustin Van Zyl.

Photo by Dustin Van Zyl.

Seed Experiences has set out to revive Cape Town’s Good Hope Centre as a local epicenter of music and entertainment in the city – and the nostalgic venue was transformed into what could only be described as a world of pizazz and glamour. Likewise, Newtown’s Town Hall Lane, known for its grunge and street artwork, took on a vintage twist transporting the crowd back to the suave swing era.

Chilling with Josi Kruger from Universal Music SA. Photo by CVC Media.

Chilling with Josi Kruger from Universal Music SA. Photo by CVC Media.

A favourite on both nights was the unique Virgin Mobile SA video booth, which offered concert-goers the chance to be part of the ‘John Newman live in SA’ fan music video. Keep an eye on Virgin Mobile SA’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the video release!

Adding to the John Newman magic, 5FM were on hand to offer fans the opportunity to fill his shoes with the ‘John Newman Photo Bomb Opportunity’ and get a signature streak in their hair. Check out 5FM’s Facebook album if you were there and tag yourself!

A world-class production, a signature of every Seed Experiences event, the John Newman SA Tour offered fans an intimate experience with the soul sensation and a memorable night of top music, stunning visual performances and the most swinging party yet.

John Newman Live In Concert Confirms Stellar Local Lineup


Virgin Mobile, 5FM and Seed Experiences are excited to announce the local lineup that will support UK modern soul sensation, John Newman, when he tours South Africa for the first time later this month. ISO will be performing in Cape Town and Beatenberg in Joburg alongside the four-time BRIT Award nominee.

John Newman’s smash hit singles ‘Losing Sleep’, ‘Love Me Again’ and ‘Cheating’ have been on high rotation on 5FM and around the country, and fans are eagerly anticipating what promises to be a sizzling, roaring, swinging concert experience.

Having just released their new EP ‘Passages’, ISO will perform an extra special set, which fits the “big sound, big style”  theme of the concert at the Good Hope Centre. “John Newman is an inspiration to us and it’s such an honour to open for him. It’s always a pleasure to see a musician of such a young age do such great things in the music industry. We can’t wait!” says Richard Brokensha, front man for ISO. DJ Honey Bee will complement ISO and John Newman with their electro-swing beats throughout the evening.

john_newman03_website_image_brtj_standardIn Joburg, Beatenberg will bring their smooth performance along with their smash hit track, ‘Pluto(Remember You)’ which has taken the country by storm  reaching #1 across the airwaves. These local favourites will be complimented by swing-master DJ Michael Lesar who will be on the decks throughout the night playing his blend of swing-based beats for the audience to jive to!

Through events like John Newman Live and the upcoming Sonar Cape Town in December this year, Seed Experiences aims to revive Cape Town’s iconic Good Hope Centre to be an epicenter of music and entertainment in the city. The venue will be transformed into what can only be described as a landscape of glitz and glamour for the concert. Newtown’s Town Hall Lane, known best for its street-culture inspired artwork, will take on a vintage flair, transporting the audience right back to the swing era, while still maintaining the edge of downtown Joburg.

John Newman’s live performance has been regarded as one of the best visual shows in the world at the moment. As with every Seed Experiences event, the production on the night will be world class and will offer fans of this new voice of modern soul an extraordinary night of hit music, stunning visual effects and the most swinging party.

Dress the part, get your swing on and prepare to be mesmerised by John Newman live in concert, presented by Virgin Mobile, powered by 5FM.

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KZN’S biggest street party, ‘GET READY TO JUMP’ wows 9,000 New Year’s revelers.



The ninth annual Ballito Street Party ‘Get Ready To Jump’ saw 9,000 New Year’s revelers celebrate in epic proportions to see in 2014. The street party featured the hugely talented Ibiza resident DJ Danny Avila, along with a 5FM powerhouse line-up including Gareth Cliff, Roger Goode, DJ Milkshake and many more.

Known as SA’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, this year’s bash had five sensational dance floors, hugely impressive lighting, technical design and audio setup – it was a New Year’s party never to forget.


The main floor saw 5FM’s ever-popular Gareth Cliff, eccentric dance maestro Roger Goode and Hip Hop phenomenon Milkshake captivate the crowd as they mingled and danced to the latest beats. SA’s favourite dance duo, Pascal & Pearce, Ian Credible and Kyle Worde also tore up the decks throughout the night, keeping the party-goers jumping to their phenomenal sets. The exclusive VIP Crush Floors saw all the party action above the crowd and hosted Veranda Panda, Jamie K and G-Funk whilst the Beat Burra Floor featured Funky G, Brent Crude and Woody for a beat heavy dance set.

The Samsung #GalaxyExperience team were also on hand to show the audience the best time ever and to bring that extra touch to Galaxy device owners by offering special prizes to reward them for owning the hottest handset in SA.

After a day at the beach enjoying the scorching Durban weather, party-goers showed off their bronzed tans under the illumination of Samsung #GalaxyExperience massive firework display whilst grooving to some banging tunes way into the night to see the clock strike twelve and then party into the first sunrise of 2014.