Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Red Huxley - Needle's Eye


Following the successful release of their debut album, Nothing More, Red Huxley announces the release of their new EP, Needle’s Eye. On Friday, 5 December 2014, the launch will be held at SGT Pepper Cape Town with Diamond Thug and guest DJ’s. Needle’s Eye is a five track EP that marks the next step in the bands musical journey. While keeping the big sound and energy they have come renown for, the guys have explored new paths of their musical influences.

Having parted ways with their former bassist, Dylan and Murray wrote and recorded the new EP at Cape Audio College in August 2014 with Ashley Brown and Gerhard van der Westhuizen. Having learnt so much the previous year recording at Rancho De La Luna with Dave Catching, the guys were very hands on during the whole process and believe this EP truly reflects Red Huxley’s new direction.
Needle’s Eye reflects when trying to thread a needle, you have to focus hard on that small space and not the distractions around you that may hinder your goal. Going through some tough times this year as a band, they found the easiest way to deal with it is to put their heads down and focus on the reason why they started this journey in the first place. Making the best music they know how and sharing it with their fans.

Fans can keep an eye out on their social media for their new tour announcements, music video, updates and competitions.
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Quarry Summer: Prime Circle (giveaway)

Quarry Summer Concerts
Prime Circle

Come enjoy a summer concert with Prime Circle

Situated in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley, Hillcrest Wine Estate’s function and event venue, The Quarry, has been the home to numerous weddings, functions, festivals and concerts over the past years. Situated in the old historic, rehabilitated quarry on the Hillcrest Wine and Olive Estate in Durbanville, the Quarry has a 7000 square meters of rolling lawns, with a function venue which can accommodate a wide selection of events, including the Quarry Summer Concert series.

The Quarry Summer Concerts will host a collection of heavyweight bands and combine them with upcoming artists. These concerts aim to host bands like Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove and the best of SA's live acts.

30 November – Prime Circle
The multi award-winning band, Prime Circle, recently released their 6th studio album, 'Let the night in', which is proving just as successful as previous releases. Prime Circle proves that after 13 years in the music scene, they deserve their place in the industry as ever. With a high amount of awards and nominations, Prime Circle shows no signs of slowing down.

Opening bands include Filth, Reburn & DJ Adrian Gemini.

Official Hashtag : #quarrysummer

 Competition Time!

DPC is giving away 1 x double ticket to Prime Circle THIS Sunday!

Want it? Well, keep reading...

Tweet to us and tell us you went this set of double tickets! @dirty_pink_city

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See you there! 
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Monday, 24 November 2014

Shimmy Beach Club (giveaway)

Shimmy Beach Club brings back Goldfish Submerged Sundays and launches 
Summer Calling

Shimmy Beach Club’s legendary Goldfish Submerged Sundays return on 30 November with a phenomenal opening launch party featuring special guest; German super producer Wankelmut.
Known as the best Sunday party in Cape Town, ‘Goldfish Submerged Sundays’ are synonymous with sunshine, cocktails and sun kissed young ones dancing barefoot in the sand to the duo’s banging beats. 

A must on the summer calendar, ‘Goldfish Submerged Sundays’ see the act take up residency and perform exclusively at Cape Town’s premier venue for nine consecutive weeks.  

Sundays aren’t the only party days at Shimmy though, as the venue’s just launched its exciting summer campaign called Summer Calling. Ten weekends filled with great party nights on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting at 5pm.  

Friday nights are titled ‘Shimmy Anthems’, with Volume1 kicking off on Friday 5 December.  Saturday’s ‘Shimmy Pool Party’ events launch on 29 November. Shimmy Anthems and Shimmy Pool Party will feature top international DJs like Chriss Vargas (France); Camilo Franco (Ibiza);  DJ Bijan (UK); Gareth Kenward (SA);  Sox (SA); Sammi Morales (Sweden) and many more.  (No under 18’s).

November and December Shimmy Beach Club Summer Calling Line Up:

Sammi Morales  29th November Pool Party
Sammi Morales 5th December SHIMMY ANTHEMS PARTY

International Dj tbc  6th December Pool Party

Camilo Franco  12th December SHIMMY ANTHEMS PARTY

Camilo Franco 13th December Pool Party
TBC 20th December Pool Party

TBC 27th December Pool Party

Sundays - Goldfish Submerged Sundays 


  • Book at Nutickets for the Goldfish Submerged Sundays Opening Party 30 November Featuring Wankelmut  NUTICKETS

  • Head to Computicket for tickets to the Summer Calling events.

The first POOL PARTY coming up is on the 29th of November. Expect sun, sand, cocktails and good beats. 

To buy tickets, visit Computicket here: Tickets


DPC is giving away tickets to the POOL PARTY on the 20th of December!

Go on spread the world, tell us if you're keen to WIN!

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See you there! 

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One World (Competition)


Come celebrate the aligning of the planets with an outdoor music festival that will have you dancing till the sun comes up!

One World Outdoor Music Festival brings you two days and one night of non-stop music, three perfect dance floors and sixteen international acts including Painkiller, Major 7, Seven Monkeys, Capital Monkey among others.

One World is a celebration of love, light, unity, expression and dance. There's no single sub culture, or musical genre or any constructed boundaries just a coming together of like minded people sharing a collective experience in celebration.

Join us for 2 days and 1 night of glorious celebration under the African sun at The Cape Town Ostrich Ranch and be part of the madness.

  • 3 Dance Floors
  • 16 International Acts
  • Multiple Genres of Music
Our World. Your World. One World!

Artists Include: 

Electrixx (Germany)
Stereoheroes (France)
Class A (Israel)
A Team (Israel / Spain)
Bliss (Israel)
Painkiller (Spain)
Major 7 (Israel / Brazil)
X Noize (Israel)
Capital Monkey (Brazil)
Seven Monkeys (Brazil / Israel)
Brain Hunters (Mexico)
Zinx (Portugal)
Materia (Austria)
Waio (Brazil)
Ghost Rider (Israel)
Broken Toy
The Commercial Hippies

And more to be confirmed.

Ticket Info

Gates Open on Saturday 13th December at 12:00 – Event Ends at 17:00 on Sunday 14th December 2014

Early Bird Tickets: R280 (limited amounts available)
Presold Tickets : R320

R400 At the Gate

Pre-Sold tickets available at all Computicket Outlets 


DPC is giving away 2 x double tickets to ONE WORLD OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

Want them? It's this easy:

Tell us on twitter, tagging @dirty_pink_city, which artist you're most looking forward to see and tag them!

Increase your chances by commenting on DPC's facebook page HERE !

Activate your entry by joining the event page! EVENT

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Coca-Cola Share a Coke


This year, Coca-Cola is getting personal, and going crazy about ‘BFF’s’, ‘Cuzzies’, ‘Soulmates’, ‘Hotties’ and ‘Friends’. Back by popular demand, Coca-Cola is re-launching their Share a Coke campaign, but this time with an exciting twist that will no doubt get South African’s talking and sharing smiles with everyone.  By increasing the amount of names on personalised 330ml cans and 500ml bottles, and introducing popular phrases such as ‘Whaddup?’ ‘Turn up’, ‘Shake it’ and ‘I’m yours’, Coca-Cola is giving South Africans the opportunity to say what’s on their minds in a fun and quirky way.

Coca-Cola is taking the personal, and making it social. Now you can share a Coke and a smile with a personal message such as ‘XOXO Thandi’, ‘Mpho Be Mine, ‘Howzit Pieter’ or ‘Priya My Love’. How cool is that?

The Share a Coke and a smile campaign lives beyond the 330ml can and 500ml bottle and 2L, 2.25L and 2.5L packs will assist in getting people together and bringing smiles to every braai, lunch, pool party or dinner this festive season. These bottles invite consumers to ‘Share a Coke with  ‘Neighbours’, ‘Aunties’, ‘Uncles’, ‘The Band’, ‘Players’ and even the ‘In-Laws’!

“Last year, Coca-Cola® made every effort to ensure that consumers could find a personalised can or bottle with their name on it,’ says Sharon Keith,Marketing Director at Coca-Cola Southern Africa. “But for those whose names did not make the final list, we specially designed ‘Share a Coke’ vending machines that toured the country in the attempt to provide Coca-Cola fanatics with the opportunity to have their own names printed on cans and this year will be no different.”

With names and phrases that the ‘Class of ‘14’ and their friends and family can relate to, we are sure consumers will ‘Go Wild’ for the Share a Coke and a smile campaign.

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Sunday, 23 November 2014


Mission 2

#missionsamsung taken with Galaxy K Zoom | Level Over headphones
Mission 2 of the Samsung Blogger Challenge was tricky. It required that we use the Samsung Level Over earphones and have a karaoke night. You had to listen to a song over the earphones, sing and record it with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. 

I had no idea what to do - I never, ever take part in karaoke nights.

Samsung Level Over earphones

Anyway, I eventually chose a song and just did it. It's not rock, metal or grunge, but it was easier than most other songs I know...

So, I had a very small, very intimate karaoke night at my flat. I downloaded the song I was about to sing and paired the level over earphones with the Galaxy K Zoom, using the Bluetooth function. I really love these earphones, they are probably the best earphones I've ever had. What makes them cool, is that these guys block out ALL outside sound, so you can listen to anything in the comfort of your own head. You can also increase the volume using the optimised mobile controls.

Back to my karaoke night...

The three of us sat around the table, listening to song after song, trying to decide what to sing. It's amazing what good sound can do, listening through the Level Overs, some songs sound 10 times better. After hours of chatting, listening to music and making fail videos, I took to my flat's stage (which is a chair against a wall)...

We were told that our "judges" had to give us scores between 1 and 5. I received a 9! I forgot to take a picture of the score card, one of the rules, so here is mine:

So, I have a small video of myself practicing the karaoke song that afternoon (of course I'm not uploading the actual karaoke video, that goes to Samsung). But just so you know I did actually sing and I did record it too.


Earphones: Samsung Level Over Earphones
Phone: Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

I often laugh at myself... this was one of those moments.
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Sounds Wild Festival

Sounds Wild

Next week it’s time for the the much anticipated SOUNDS WILD festival in association with MTV!

Everyone’s ready for the summer holidays and SOUNDS WILD is bringing Joburg the ultimate outdoor party on Friday 28 November at Marks Park, Emmarentia.

Headlined by Bombay Bicycle Club and joined by top local acts Jeremy Loops, Shortstraw, Desmond & The Tutus, December Streets and Al Bairre, there’s no better way to end this crazy year!

SOUNDS WILD will be filled with Red Bull activations and bars by JOSE CUERVO, who’ll bring the Cuervolución to Sounds Wild. SAB will have loads of drinks specials and there will be great food on sale, while MTV will be filming the whole event!

Gates open at 1pm and first band is on at 2pm, so get to SOUNDS WILD early!

Go like the SOUNDS WILD page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all the exciting news!

EARLY BIRD tickets are SOLD OUT so buy your ticket at HERE before they completely sell out.


Friday, 28 November 2014
Venue: Marks Park, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
Line-up: Bombay Bicycle Club (UK), Jeremy Loops, Shortstraw, Desmond & The Tutus, December Streets , Al Bairre
Gates Open: 1pm
Early Bird: R395 –SOLD OUT
General Admission: R440
Ticket Link: Tickets
Facebook Event Link: Facebook
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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Dubai and India

 the first journey

This post is long overdue.

Earlier this year I went on a journey overseas. It was really an opportunity I couldn't refuse, but I was unsure if it was the right decision to root up EVERYTHING I knew, within a few days, and leave with a small bag on a journey to the far and wide unknown. And by a small bag, I mean no more that 8kg's for 6 weeks.

See, dear readers, I was in difficult place before I left. I felt unsatisfied and frustrated with many situations I found myself in - all related to the fact that I had many opportunities, but couldn't grasp any of them. See, for I had far too long, took on too many tasks and felt tired. I had no idea where to start and where everything was going. For far too long I was doing things purely because it needed to be done and not because I really wanted to do it. The thing with always wanting things to be perfect, is that you end up feeling entirely empty - what did I get out of it? Why the hell did I do this, just to feel miserable in the end? So, I had a blocked mind and a heavy heart, I had no idea what I wanted to do with what I had.

Five days before my journey I was still not entirely sure if I wanted to go. Know the feeling? Well, multiply that by a 1000 and you might get to how I felt. After long talks, walks and sleep, I eventually got on the plane on my journey of 42 days, but really a trip of a lifetime to two amazing destinations.

I was going to travel to two different countries - United Arab Emirates, where I was based in Dubai, and India. Two TOTAL opposite countries. Dubai being a first world city where literally EVERYTHING is spectacular, from the cars to the shopping malls and the night life. You think everything is bigger in America? Think again. Dubai is larger than life and everything is basically man-made. They built a multi-billion rand urban oasis in the middle of the dessert. Complete with man-made islands, the largest shopping mall in the world and the tallest building in modern times - The spectacular Burj Khalifa.

Dubai is rich and young and to be honest a big, fat show off. You think here in Camp's Bay the girls and guys are living in luxury? Try Dubai. It's great for shopping, driving fast and beautiful cars, going to luxurious beaches, man-made water parks and hanging out in spas and hotel bars. I spent my days on the metro sight-seeing, in the massive pool, in the dance studio or sitting on the hotel room's balcony taking in orange sunset after orange sunset.

Burj Khalifa Dubai
Dubai is nothing like you've ever seen, believe me. EVERY SINGLE building is different. The people live fast-paced, luxurious lives and they show it in every way possible- from beautiful yachts at the 'waterfront' to the glamorous apartments and even their expensive designer clothes. Have you seen the Palm Island? It's like you can't actually wrap your head around what they've done with that place. Once you stand on that beach and you see the orange sun disappear behind the waters, you realise that it might all just be dream - the warm water, the massive water park, the sunset, golden beach and the buildings looking down at you with all their lights and unbelievable architecture. Dubai is proud. Proud of what it is today. I give it to the Arabs, they really really don't mess around.

The hotel apartments where stayed, had a beautiful spa, gym, restaurant and pool area. I tried to wake up every morning as early as possible, so I could get the most out of every day. The hotel offered the biggest buffet I had ever seen - donuts, bread, cereals, nuts, salads, cake, muffins, juice, Nutella, honey and the list goes on and on. After breakfast, I went for a run in the gym and then for a swim. It is extremely hot in Dubai and even swimming will hardly cool you down. In fact, it's more like doing a few laps in a giant jacuzzi, then anything else. 

I visited the Palm Jumeirah (for those that doesn't know, this is the gigantic man-made island) on the coast of Jumeirah in Dubai. I also went to The Atlantis Water Park - the most expensive park I've ever been to, but so absolutely worth it. I spent most of that day on a tube cruising through tunnels and different beaches and even went off a few waterfalls. The giant tube rides were my favourite and I nearly died the first time the tube shot into the air by itself only to land on a gigantic trail again. One day is not nearly enough to see the whole park, but I did get to eat some fresh fruit on the golden sand and had a cocktail on some private beach somewhere in the park in the warmest water ever. I also went on a very crazy desert safari in the middle of, well. the desert. I smoked a hooka pipe in real Arab style, got a henna tattoo and downed a Dubai Heineken, after which some traditional dancers entertained us on a giant stage in the middle of the desert. I also saw the singing fountains, Burj Khalifa and incredible 'waterfront'.

It's very difficult to meet people in Dubai. It's almost as if everyone is too busy with their own thing to notice anyone else (except for at the clubs where guys wouldn't hesitate once to chat you up). It's not as if people are unfriendly, but they are very caught up in their own Arabian paradise. Dubai's nightlife is unbelievable. It's not uncommon to go to a hotel with its own nightclub, where you will see things you will never see in Cape Town. Private lobbies (in every nightclub) with its own bar, giant champagne bottles, fountains, mini stages with girls in the most spectacular costumes, catwalks over the swimming pools, multiple dance areas with highlighted floors, LCD screens as big as my house, cigars and girls and Ferraris and champagne and champagne and champagne.

One of the highlights of visiting UAE was driving through Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is quite conservative (you basically have to cover your knees and shoulders and at some places even your hair), but it is so different from the mighty Dubai - it is very much a dessert area. Temperatures can reach 50 degrees and sweating like a gypsy is not uncommon.

Dubai desert

Dubai desert
Desert Safari Dubai
After two weeks of luxury, shopping and meeting crazy Arabs, trying to convince you that you are queen of the dessert, it was time to pack up and leave for India - my luggage 10Kg heavier.  

On to India... 

India with its old soul, incredible culture and people. A country so rich that the people became incredibly poor.

On the plane to India, I still felt very overwhelmed, not sure if the time spent in Dubai made a difference to how I felt at the beginning of the journey. But the moment I stepped out of Bangalore's airport and into the incredibly humid Indian air, I finally just let go. I don't exactly know of what, but it was as if I had an enormous sigh of relief and for the first time, in a long time, I could breath (not that the air in India is very clean or fresh).

India is not pretentious in any way whatsoever - the people are beautiful, friendly and humble. My daily experiences with the people were both very much a culture-shock and a humbling thing. I could take off my shoes and visit small temples, dirty over-populated streets and incredible night markets. In the streets of Bangalore and Kolkata I could breath out the old air and could just allow myself to be. There were absolutely no judgement from anyone in India. No one knows you and besides the fact that you are young, blonde and white (which is something quite different to them), no one really cares what you wear, where you come from or who you are. Yes, they will stare, but more out of fascination than anything else.

Touring India
Incredible India
I visited temples, markets, old buildings and authentic restaurants and it blew my mind. Everything inspired and fascinated me - the old people, the religion, the clothes they wear, the history and even the nightlife. Everything became an unique experience and I wanted more and more and more. But with all magical places, there are a dark side as well. There were times where I didn't want to leave my hotel room, due to the heavy toll the sights of poverty took on me. Things you see on the streets become too much. I saw children no older than 4 years beg for a coin or a piece of bread. I saw a lot of malnourished old people selling anything from rocks to bananas on the streets and then I saw heavily disfigured and ill people trying to beg anything off you... My heart broke every single day.

It can eat your heart. And it did mine.

There were moments when it really became too much to witness. We think we have it rough in South Africa. Well, try Kolkata  - old people bathing on the sidewalks, children singing at the markets for a Rupee or two and people so malnourished, you think they might die at any minute. The worst thing I saw, was a heavily disfigured man being dragged through the streets on a piece of wood. I didn't know how I was ever going to feel okay after what I saw, but it became bearable after you talk to some locals and they put the life back in you, by inviting you into their homes, talking about their amazing culture and history. 

Dhobi Ghat India
I spent all my money in India. Everything I had. I bought jewelery and clothes and gave to people in the streets. Shopping in India is an experience on its own. They sell EVERYTHING. And everything is beautiful. 

I visited the Bull Temple, Dhobi Ghat, had masala tea in my room, went for dahl makhani, walked through the streets of Ranchi and saw some live Indian rock music (yes, really). 

I spent 4 weeks in incredible India, took about 10 flights through the country and just allowed myself to take everything in. Never in my life had I been so tired, so inspired and so humbled in my life. On my last few days I walked through Bangalore's streets until the sun went down, just talking to locals, eating vegetarian food and buying gifts for family and friends. 

India Bangalore Touring
Markets in India
In the early hours of the morning of my last day, I took a very overwhelming bus trip to the airport to catch my plane home. With a gigantic lump in my throat I said goodbye to India and my journey and flew back to Dubai. Both flights home were almost unbearable and I allowed myself to sleep the entire, over 20 hour, trip back. 

The journey was real. It was real and happy and crazy and sad and incredible and overwhelming and just... 42 days of mind blowing experiences. 

If you ever have the opportunity to go somewhere. Anywhere. Close your eyes and go. No matter how crazy it seems, it's something you can never ever say no to.

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