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Backline Sponsored by Fender

October 30th, 2018

This year’s Festival program opens on 1 November at 7pm, Zack’s, Wilson’s Wharf, Durban South Africa.

Fender have again sponsored the backline: We THANK YOU for your continued support .

DIBF 2018 Back line:
1x fender Twin
1x Fender Supersonic
1x Bass amp
1x Mapex all maple kit with cymbals

Been There! Done That! Worn the Tee Shirt!

October 13th, 2018

A limited numbers of DURBAN INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL TEE SHIRTS will be on sale at the MERCHANDISE TABLE on 01,02 and 03 November during the 14th Durban International Blues Festival which takes place at Zack’s @ Wilson’s Wharf on these nights.

CONCORDE PRINTERS have the following shirts, in limited numbers and first come first serve too .They are R100 per shirt. Please try to bring the EXACT amount.


Teachin’ the Blues

October 10th, 2018

The 14th Durban International Blues Festival will again be upholding its policy of mentorship and development on the 3rd November this year. The Annual Blues Development Workshop takes place at 13h30pm at Durban Music School, 21 Diakonia Avenue, Durban.

“Anyone who has an interest in Blues Music is welcome to attend and entrance is free,” says DIBF Development and Mentorship Director, Pinkie Mtshali.

The Blues Workshop will be conducted by Nico Lawrence known to blues circles as Smokey Blue. He is a self-taught guitarist who originally hails from Port Shepstone but who now resides in Johannesburg. Nico- or Smokey, is the lead guitarist in the band The Smokey Blues Band, who will be performing on stage as part of the Durban International Blues Festival on Saturday, 3rd November

Says Mtshali: “The workshop will cover background of the blues and demonstration of chords structures and a jam session with the new Development Durban Music School Blues ensemble as well as a vocalist from Tongaat, Themba Msomi who writes his own African blues music and who will also be performing at the festival on Friday 02 November.

Date for the workshop is on Saturday 3rd November 2018 starting at 13h30pm at Durban Music School, 21 Diakonia avenue – Albert Park. FREE ENTRANCE… NO NEED TO BOOK. For more information contact Pinkie Mtshali 0829612165.

Julio’s at Wilson’s Wharf

October 3rd, 2018

There would be nothing Blue at Julio’s during this year’s  Durban International Blues Festival

After 27 years in the restaurant business, Julio Duarte has opened a brand new restaurant in Umhlanga. (Now also at Wilson’s Wharf )

Anyone who has dined out in and around Durban has probably dined at one of Julio’s restaurants at some point. Julio has opened, owned and operated many restaurants both in Portugal and here in Durban.

The diverse and extensive menu has a wide range of starters ranging in price from R55 for the delicious Peri Peri Chicken Livers, to R68 for Mussels. Main courses range in price from R119 for Calamari and the popular Mozambique Peri-Peri or Lemon and Garlic Chicken cooked in the traditional Portuguese method, to a seafood platter for two including a Lobster for R430. Popular combos are also available such as the Chicken and Calamari, and the Chicken and Prawn dishes, people familiar with Julio’s fare have grown to love. Lunch time options are also available with meals such as Chicken, Beef, or Lamb Prego, all well priced for sizeable portions.

The dessert menu has something for everyone, as well as a traditional Portuguese dessert Serradura, which is home made by Julio’s wife, Leny. Along with the surprise new additions to the menu, the restaurant also has a cocktail menu, making it a perfect venue for after work sundowners or lazy afternoons watching sport on the large TV screens. There is a kids menu and the restaurant prides itself on being family friendly. Trading hours are Tuesday to Sundays, midday to 10pm.

There would be Nothing Blue at Julio’s during this year’s  Durban International Blues Festival

The Blues Happens in Durban in November this year – THE SHOW GOES ON

September 11th, 2018

Ever heard that saying that when things seem to be going so well, it’s almost too good to be true? It usually is!

The fourteenth Durban International Blues Festival will now not be taking place on 27th,28th and 29th  September, but has been moved out to the 1st,2nd and 3rd November this year. Australian guest artist Fiona Boyes will still top the billing and with a few slight adaptations only, the program will be pretty much the same.

“This decision has not been made lightly and was done after much consideration and deliberation by the Festival directors and in the interest of upholding the policies and honourable practice ethics of the Durban International Blues Festival,” said Publicity Director, Tanya van Agthoven.

“As some of you may be aware, the DIBF is a Section 21 (Reg No 2017/196824/08) registered entity. We depend on sponsorship and departmental assistance to stage the show, and have done so from 2005- an aspect which is becoming more and more critical as the profile of sponsorship in this climate is delicately positioned.

We have the contract for funding from a prominent source but the physical release of this funding could not be guaranteed before the event, which would affect our payment to artist s and suppliers,” she added.

This situation arose with a shift and structural changes in relevant departments and is beyond the event organizer’s control. The Durban international Blues Festival’s policy is and has always been something on which they pride themselves: artists and suppliers get paid without question.

But! The show goes on as planned at Zacks, Wilson’s Wharf, Durban and Computicket will be on line again shortly for new ticket releases- watch their website and our FB pages. Tickets for unreserved, first come first serve seating are R 150 and R160 at the box office on show night. (Those parties who had bought tickets for the September dates, will be contacted by the Computicket Call Centre and either reimbursed or refunded)

Says Thando Nyameni, Festival Director , “The Durban International Blues Festival is highly respected, successful and well patronized and in order to ensure that its reputation and longevity remains intact, this is the decided solution and we hope you will agree with us and in so doing, assist in the longevity we wish to maintain. On behalf of my co directors, Tanya van Agthoven Marais, Will Wallace and Pinkie Mtshali- I thank you for this understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused to those who had already made arrangements for the earlier dates. See you at the show!”


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