Red Bull Music Academy Weekender Preview


A slobberknocker line-up awaits you

Having been a staple of the Red Bull music division for nearly 20 years and collaborated with more than 1,500 artists worldwide, the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender comes to Africa for the very first time with the three-day music extravaganza hitting Johannesburg. Taking place from 1 September to 4 September 2016, the RBMA Weekender Johannesburg will play host to no less than 60 acts from every genre covering everything from hip hop and reggae to electro and house music.

The festival will take place in seven music venues across three locations in and around Johannesburg to provide concert goers with a full range of options to either attend standalone events or go the full monty and do the entire four day experience.

We kick things off on Thursday at Baseline in Newtown with Admiral & Jahseed’s legendary ‘Reggae Nights’. African Storm Sound themselves will be on hand with some special guests, along with Teedo and DJ X Angel. Friday is a slobberknocker with three different line-ups at three different venues. Kanan K7 & Dogg Starr at AND Club in Newtown, Mashayabhuqe Ka Mamba and Jumping Back Slash at Kitcheners in Braamfontein, Maramza and the legendary Thebe right next door at Great Dane.

Saturday is the big humdinger with 7-piece New Zealand band Fat Freddy’s Drop headlining the main event at 1Fox in Newtown alongside Moonchild Sanelly and Hip Hop Prince AKA. The venue will also offer the unique experience of having two shows happen simultaneously on different floors, as if deciding who to see during this festival wasn’t hard enough.

BET award-winning globetrotter Black Coffee will close out the weekender in style at Zone 6 Venue in Diepkloof, Soweto alongside his one-time protege Culoe De Song and hip hop heavyweights Kid X, Youngsta, Stilo Magolide and Riky Rick.

Red Bull has really stepped up its game as a premium entertainment and lifestyle brand over the last three or so years and continue to deliver world class caliber events consistently. Anticipation is high and it promises to be a fun 4-days of music and dancing.

Check out the full lineup here Get your tickets here

Red Bull Music Academy Weekender Johannesburg
50 -400
14:00 to 23:00
From 01-09-16 to 04-09-16

This September, Johannesburg joins Tokyo, Vienna, Warsaw and Stockholm as a host city for the world renowned Red Bull Music Academy Weekender. For the first time, Jozi will experience the scale and diversity which earned this festival a place in the global music festival calendar.

Join us from the 1st to the 4th of September for over 60 local, African and international acts across seven venues including club nights, live music, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and cultural music experiences.

The full artist line up is now available on

Ticket sales are limited, pre-sales have exceeded expectations. Head over and grab yourself a place in this historical event. Full program to be released soon.


The lineup will play across six iconic music venues in and around downtown Johannesburg, including Bassline, 1 Fox, And Club, Kitcheners, Carfaxx, Great Dane and Zone 6. Each event, from day to night, will offer a mix of sounds and festival-goers can expect to be taken on different musical journeys over the four days.

Thursday – Bassline, Newtown
Friday – And Club, Kitchener’s, Great Dane (Braamfontein) and Carfaxx (Newtown)
Saturday – 1Fox (Johannesburg)
Sunday – Zone 6 (Soweto)

The Academy of Music Technology presents Link Up – an Ableton jam session
Elsa Bleda presents Nightscapes

For over 17 years the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) has created, collaborated with and celebrated the best musical talent from around the world. Now, for the first time ever, this global music institution will bring one of its signature events – the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender – to our shores. Stand by Johannesburg for a truly unique experience.


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