While the surf action heats up the day, The Tropika Ballito Pro Music Concerts Powered by 5FM and Crush Nightclub and Big Night Out after parties will light up the night. Taking their cue from the world class surfing event’s theme for the year, ‘The Ballito Pro Version 20.15 – The Evolution of Epic’, Tropika and 5FM have joined this legendary event and are bringing some of SA’s hottest musical acts and DJ’s to rock out on the Salt Rock stage for three nights of non-stop music from 2-4 July.

Gangs of Ballet.
Gangs of Ballet.

Tropika are title sponsors of the Free Music Concerts this year, bringing their own unique smoooth and fresh flavour to the successful music event. “After nearly 30 years in the South African market, Tropika is searching for partnerships that support the brand as it continuously grows at an innovative pace. The Tropika Ballito Pro Music Concerts is a partnership that is in true spirit of the Tropika brand. It’s smoooth, fresh and cool. It’s the white beaches, palm trees swaying in a balmy breeze and sunny days that go on and on. And what better way to celebrate this by supporting a line up of exceptionally talented South African musicians while sipping a Tropika,” explains Miantha Padayachee, Brand Group Manager for Tropika.

Matthew Mole.
Matthew Mole.

“We will be ‘living loud’ together with Tropika and 5FM at the Free Music Concerts this year and we are very excited to present an epic line up. We welcome you all to come along, take up your spot on the beach under the stars at Salt Rock Beach and celebrate the stellar selection of top SA talent with us, totally free. It’s time to ‘Live loud’ and be proud,” said the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong coordinator, Collette Bundy.

Riky Rick.
Riky Rick.

5FM is famous for being the music authority. “The station offers its listeners the best in music and entertainment, the finest DJs and the station has the biggest on air personalities in the business. Our partnership with The  Ballito Pro presented by Billabong enables 5FM to entrench what we are famous for. Three continuous nights of the hottest free concerts set against a backdrop of beautiful beach settings. This speaks to 5FM’s brand essence of Living Loud! 5FM can also offer ways for the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong’s brand to Live Loud; 5FM has planned two live broadcasts from the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong and through our strong digital and social media presence we can promote our participation in the event,” says Natalie Frank, 5FM’s Marketing Manager.


Music fans are in for an impressive line-up on Thursday, 2 July with stars like multi-talented rappers Riky Rick and K.O and the dynamic DJ Milkshake performing audience favourites on the The League of Loud night. One of 5FM’s most popular DJs, Poppy Ntshongwana, will anchor the first concert night, introducing additional high energy performances by the talented Benny Maverick and the popular DJ Tira.

Crowds can expect pop, rock and dance tunes to reverberate the Salt Rock air on Friday, 3 July with the 5FM Live on Stage evening MC’d by 5FM’s Stephanie B. Musical acts include the acoustic duo The Kickstands, local indie musician Majozi and the wildly popular electro folk singer-songwriter, Matthew Mole. Party favourites Desmond & the Tutus and live electronic act The Kiffness continue to heat the evening up with their fun and catchy tunes. SAMA award winners Gangs of Ballet are also set to rock the Ballito Pro stage with their unique blend of alternative, melodic, anthemic and electronic sounds. DJ duo Pascal & Pearce end off the evening with some delicious beats guaranteed to get everyone grooving on the dance floor.

Matthew Mole.
Matthew Mole.
Roger Goode.
Roger Goode.

5FM DJs take centre stage on the final night of the free music concerts with the 5FM Live Loud party on Saturday, July 4. MC’d by 5FM’s on-air favourite DJ Nick Hamman, the night kicks off with the Battle of The DJ competition winner with MsCosmo shaking up the audience with her hip hop tunes. Dance fans are also in for a treat with 5FM’s Nicole da Silva and DJ Warras who are ready to entertain with their fresh mixes. Ensuring that the Free Music Concerts are all about living loud and being epic, the three night musical extravaganza will close with the extremely popular radio personality Roger Goode’s dance tunes and the sounds of one of South Africa’s most loved and diverse DJs, Euphonik.

The party doesn’t end on the stage as Crush Nightclub and Big Night Out, the official after party venue for The Ballito Pro presented by Billabong, will continue each night’s music celebrations late into the night. Partygoers can look forward to exciting battle of the DJ contests, bar flaring competitions and of course, out of this world after parties.

The free Tropika Ballito Pro Music Concerts Powered by 5FM and Crush Nightclub and Big Night Out forms part of The Ballito Pro presented by Billabong, the world’s longest professional surfing event and lifestyle festival from June 29 to July 5.

Majozi. (Photographer: Ryan Janssens)
Majozi. (Photographer: Ryan Janssens)

The Tropika Ballito Pro Music Concerts Powered by 5FM Lineup:

16h00 – Dj Comp Winner
17h00 – DJ Feel
18h00 – Benny Maverick
19h00 – Riky Rick
20h00 – K.O *
21h00 – Dj Tira
22h00 – Dj Milkshake *
MC – 5fm POPPY *

16h00 – The Kickstands 4pm
17h00 – Majozi 5pm
18h00 – Matthew Mole 6pm
19h00 – Desmond And The Tutus 7pm
20h00 – Gangs of Ballet 8pm
21h00 – The Kiffness 9pm
22h00 – Pascal and Pearce 10pm
MC – 5fm Stephanie B

July 4 – 5FM LIVE LOUD
16:00 & 17:00 Dj Comp Winner
18h00 – Ms Cosmo
19h00 – Nicole Da Silva
20h00 – Dj Warrus
21h00 – Euphonik
22h00 – Roger Goode
MC – 5Fm Nick Hamman

After parties at Crush
June 29 – Battle of DJ – Qualifying round
June 30 – Battle of DJs
July 1 – The Ballito Pro Annual Flare Competition
July 2 – The Ballito Pro Music Concert after Party – 5FM Milkshake
July 3 – The Ballito Pro Music Concert After Party – Pascal & Pearce
July 4- The Ballito Pro Music Concert After Party – 5FM Roger Goode & Euphonik