A most inspiring Christmas Story: Sugarbird®


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Perseverance and quick-thinking adaptability is what pushes boundaries, erasing the line between impossible and possible, turning seemingly unreachable dreams into reality. At Sugarbird®, this is how they fly, because as a start up, you need to hustle and take the gap that nobody else is willing to risk taking.

This inspiring gin, founded by Rob Heyns and Nzeka Biyela, started out with the most successful crowd-funding campaign South Africa has ever seen, affectionately making Sugarbird® ‘the peoples’ gin’. True to their nature, they continue to inspire by bringing their delicious fynbos gin to the people in new, colourful and accessible ways.

What better Christmas gift for gin-lovers than delicious Sugarbird® gin-filled baubles to brighten up both tree and glass.

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The behind-the-scenes is another story of pure grit. Recently joined by Matt Bresler, as Head of Operations, an unmissable opportunity arose with Makro to bring Sugarbird® Gin Baubles to market for Christmas, pushing boundaries and stretching the team’s capacity to new levels. They managed to design, produce, fill, cap, ribbon, pack, ship and deliver nationwide 160 000 baubles in just 3 weeks – and all done by hand – to put it in perspective – that’s 6.4 tons of gin! This challenge was a greater feat than even these fearless entrepreneurs imagined, as the race against time became a sprint over and around unexpected obstacles – luckily all a little easier to navigate when you have wings and a fearless spirit.

A combination of perseverance, hard-work and innovative thinking, along with the support of family, friends and up to 60 folks from the Cape Flats working through the night for the final week, saw the incredible small business team win once again. This is the stuff legacies are made of.

So, we leave you with one thought this festive season; do big dreams inspire dreamers or do dreamers inspire big dreams? You decide. Just make sure you do so over a glass of your favourite gin, enjoyed any way you like it. Visit http://www.sugarbirdgin.com for some great recipes.



Sam Smith ‘Thrill of it All Tour’ Coming to South Africa in 2019

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Soul Singer Sam Smith announced today that his ‘Thrill of it All’ Tour’ will be coming to South Africa in April 2019. Presented by 947, KFM, M-Net and Channel 24. Another Big Concerts Experience.

Johannesburg: 13th and 14th April at the Ticketpro Dome

Cape Town: 16th and 17th April at the Grand Arena, Grand West


Tickets go on sale Thursday 30th August at 9am. Go to www.bigconcerts.co.za for all the information.

Discovery Card holders get an exclusive 48-hour pre-sale from 28th August 2018 at 9am. Go to www.discovery.co.za for more information.-

Sam Smith first hit the charts as the featured singer on the 2012 Disclosure song “Latch”, and he released his first single, “Lay Me Down”, soon after. Smith’s next hit was on a featured role by Naughty Boy’s Bollywood-inspired “La La La.” With Smith’s vocals the song became an instant No.1 single in the UK in 2013. He then released his first EP, Nirvana.

In 2014, Smith released In The Lonely Hour, his heartfelt debut full length album, which has sold 13 million copies globally. The album included the smash hit “Stay With Me” a radio staple over the course of the entire year. Smith was nominated for six Grammy’s which he won four, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

At the 2015 Brit Awards, he won the awards for British Breakthrough Act and Global Success. At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Smith received three Billboards: Top Male Artist, Top New Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist. His musical achievements have also led him to be mentioned twice in the Guinness World Records. Hit song “Writing’s on the Wall” co-written with Jimmy Napes for the James Bond (007) film Spectre (2015), won Smith the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

‘The Thrill of It All’, which has already sold 4 million copies, sees Sam once again working alongside close friend and long term collaborator Jimmy Napes as well as the likes of Timbaland, Malay, Jason ‘Poo Bear’ Boyd and Stargate. The album also sees Sam collaborate with unsigned artist, YEBBA for their breath-taking track ‘No Peace’.

‘Too Good At Goodbyes’, the first single off the new album, saw global success hitting #1 in the UK and Global Spotify Charts, #1 in the UK and US iTunes charts and entering the official UK charts at #1 making it Sam’s sixth UK number one single. ‘One Last Song’ – a track Sam wrote as a final wave goodbye to the person that inspired his breakout debut record ‘In the Lonely Hour.’

Tour Information:


13th and 14th April 2019

Ticketpro Dome

Ticket Price: From R575

Tickets available from www.bigconcerts.co.za starting Thursday 30th August at 9am


Cape Town

16th and 17th April 2019

Grand West, Grand Arena

Ticket Price: From R575

Tickets available from www.bigconcerts.co.za starting Thursday 30th August at 9am

Legends of R&B – Brian McKnight & Brandy Announcement


Big Concerts has confirmed The Legends of R&B, will be returning to South Africa in December 2017 featuring Brian McKnight and Brandy.


Pretoria: 9 December at Sun Arena, Time Square

Johannesburg: 10 December at the Ticketpro Dome

Cape Town: 12 December at the GrandWest, Grand Arena

Durban: 14 December at the Durban ICC



Presented by East Coast Radio, 947, Kfm 94.5, Channel 24 and Mzansi Magic. Another Big Concerts Experience.


Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from Big Concerts and Computicket.


As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has
earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has
released 17 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x
platinum, and he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In
addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is
also a talented and charismatic personality who has hosted
“Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight” on BETJ. In
addition, “The Brian McKnight Morning Show” on KTWV the Wave
Smooth Jazz radio station, was a Top 5 rated show 2 years running. McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra! In 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. Now to mark his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, McKnight will debut his 18th album, Genesis, on August 25, 2017, which will be released worldwide through SRG | SONOS Recording Group and will feature the hit single “Forever.” As the lead single fromGenesis, “Forever” quickly hit the Top 20 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and continues to surge up the Adult R&B (Urban AC) radio charts all over the country.

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Brandy has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide (including the 5x-platinum selling Never Say Never) and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign she recorded five albums: In 1998 – “Never Say Never,” 2002 – “Full Moon,” 2004- “Afrodisiac,” 2008 – “Human,” and 2012 -“Two Eleven.” Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a Grammy, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and three BMI Awards. At the top of 2016, Brandy released Beggin & Pleadin, a bluesy trap-soul melody that was greeted with much admiration. There is more to come as Brandy works towards recording her seventh studio album.


Tour Information:



Saturday 9 December 2017

Sun Arena, Time Square

Ticket Price: R480 – R945

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za



Sunday 10 December 2017

Ticketpro Dome

Ticket Price:  R480 – R1000

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za


Cape Town

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Ticket Price:  R480 – R945

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za



Thursday 14 December 2017

Durban ICC

Ticket Price:  R425 – R845

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za