Rocking festival line-up announced for this year’s Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill

South Africa’s musical legends will be amplifying the ‘rock’ in Salt Rock Main Beach this winter when the Ballito Pro 2019 FREE Music Concerts Powered by 5FM kicks off on Thursday, 4 and Friday, 5 July from 4pm. This unmissable concert forms part of the ongoing beachside Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme that is running at KwaDukuza from 27 June to 7 July.
“As one of the annual festival highlights, we’re excited to announce another incredible musical line-up for this year’s two-night concert,” said Collette Bundy, festival organiser. “Outside of the concert programme, music-lovers can also enjoy some incredible DJing at the After Dark Parties – hosted by Crush Ballito, running throughout the festival. There’s something for everyone!”
Ballito Pro 2019 FREE Music Concerts Powered by 5FM
On Thursday, 4 July, concert-goers will get to experience the musical talent of Durban’s own Gqom duo, Distruction Boyz. Having developed their individual styles at taverns and shisa nyama’s across KwaMashu, Thobani ‘Que’ Mgobhozi and Zipho ‘Goldmax’ Mthembu decided to join forces and have continued to impress Mzansi with their original sound.
Another headline act on Thursday is legendary South African singer and songwriter, Lady Zamar. Winner of the 2017 Song of the Year for ‘Charlotte’ at the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards, as well as the Best Dance Album winner at the 2018 South African Music Awards, her particular form of house music continues to resonate with audiences countrywide.
Joining these two iconic acts will be Joburg’s own DJ Lloyd with his signature vibey sound that is certain to get the party underway. He will perform alongside the likes of 5FM’s Ryan the DJ, hip-hop and rap star,
Smizzy, as well as Urban Centurion and Funky Finest.
On Friday, 5 July it’s time to party with none other than Desmond & the Tutus. Their incredibly unique brand of kwela-indie-punk has seen them popular with audiences across the spectrum, both locally and abroad. Their high-energy on-stage action, incredibly infectious lyrics and generally cheeky antics will captivate this year’s beachside crowd.
South Africa’s renowned indie rock band and one of the country’s best-selling musical artists of all time – The Parlotones – will be sure to put on an unmissable performance. Audiences can expect to hear some old-school favourites as well as a few of their latest hits from the recently-launched album, China.
Also featuring on the Friday night will be Durban-born Msizi James, co-host of the 5FM Drive-time show during the day, skilled deep house club DJ at night. He will be joined by another internationally-renowned nightclub DJ, Kyle Cassim, who’s performed at events which also featured music giants, Avicii, Tony Cha Cha, Deadmau5, Bingo players and Roger Sanchez. Also on the cards for the night are music maestros Nu Level, Ronel Ree, Freddy L and Zamar.
After Dark Parties – hosted by Crush Ballito
It’s non-stop partying this Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill as Crush Nightclub as more than 25 of the region’s hottest DJs light up the dancefloor for 10 consecutive days. Things will kick off on Friday, 28 June with the Ballito Pro Warm-up Party, continuing with a series of competitions, takeovers, big bashes and jam sessions featuring the best on the nightclub music scene, culminating in the ultimate Sunday Swell on 7 July. Don’t miss out on any of this party mayhem!
28 June: Ballito Pro Warm-up Party
29 June: St Tropez After Party
30 June: KDM DJ Competition Final
1 July: Ride the Tide 031 Takeover
2 July: Swimwear Show
3 July: Student Night featuring Chunda Munki
4 July: First Thursdays featuring Ryan the DJ
5 July: The Big Bash featuring Kyle Cassim
6 July: Saturday Session featuring Vimo
7 July: Sunday Swell
Ballito Pro 2019 FREE Music Concerts Powered by 5FM and After Dark Parties – hosted by Crush Ballito run alongside the Ballito Pro festival which includes a number of other exciting activities. These include:
•   Sal Masekela African Surf Adventure Driven by SMG Rocks and Hosted by Coco de Mer
•   The Ballito Pro Family Food Festival
•   Extreme Sports – adrenaline-fuelled Monster activations
•   Daily Beach Action, Retail Area and Kids’ Corner
•   Save the Waves – Litter4Tokens recycling programme
•   South African surfboard shapers
If you’re looking for an experience that #feelslikefreedom, get to the Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill!