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The Venues of Red Bull Music Festival 2018

The Venues of Red Bull Music Festival Festival

This year’s Red Bull Music Festival features 80 artists over 6 days at some of Joburg’s best venues.

Kicking off the festival on Wednesday the 4th of Aprilis a night of improvised jazz at one of Johannesburg’s busiest jazz venues, The Orbit. Top South African musicians including Luyanda Madope, Benjamin Jephta, Sphelelo Mazibuko, Tlale Makhene and Keorapetse Kolwane will woo the audience in a round-robin format of freestyle jazz, while some of Jozi’s top selectors and vinyl collectors including DJ Okapi & Zara Julius behind the decks.

Newtown Music Factory
Thursday will be hosted at the Newtown Music Factory and is a celebration of one of the city’s longest-running weekly events; Thursday Ragga Nights, hosted by African Storm Sound System, is proof that roots-reggae, dancehall and ragga make up a culture deeply embedded in Johannesburg’s sonic identity. With a lineup that includes Mad Mugo, the Dancehall Queens & Dj Radix the night promises to have the crowd getting down to infectious riddims.

On Friday the 6th there are 4 different venues, each with its own vibe. At Republic Of 94 they’re taking it back and asking ‘Waar was jy?’, commemorating South Africa’s power genre, Kwaito, connecting the dots between the slowed-down house sounds, the mega-crews who championed the early days, its transition into a faster, Afro-house sound and the genre’s return to its roots with hip-hop’s recent popular explosion. Expect the likes of DJ Tira, Oskido & Trompies to show you kwaito in all its different guises.

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