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R15 000 for top ticket to rock with rappers


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Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj will be one of the star attractions at the TribeOne: Dinokeng Festival in Cullinan later this year. Here she is in action in New York. Picture: AP

Johannesburg -

For R15 000 you can watch rappers Nicki Minaj, Macklemore and Oliver Twist singer D’Banj live in concert at Cullinan later this year.

The international acts will perform at the TribeOne: Dinokeng Festival, that takes place over three days in September.

For R15 000, concertgoers can buy VIP Platinum weekend tickets which includes welcome drinks, a premium buffet lunch, afternoon canapés and snacks, a dinner buffet of butler-style gourmet items, lavish dessert buffet, midnight treats, a full complimentary premium bar, personal host, staff to assist you, premium lounge access and accreditation, VIP parking and VIP access throughout the day to all three main stage decks.

Jandre Louw, chief executive of Rockstar4000, which is organising the concert, said the VIP prices were mainly for corporate companies but have made them available for people who want to splurge for the weekend.

People who want the VIP treatment but cannot afford the platinum prices can settle for gold and silver weekend tickets costing R13 000 and R11 000, respectively.

Early bird prices for a weekend pass will cost R1 450 and the regular price is R1 650. For those that do not have thousands to splash, there is a Sunday day pass which costs R875 if you buy it before the end of August and R975 after that.

Louw said the uptake for the tickets had been great. “We expect 100 000 people. The site can take up to a million people, but we have planned for 100 000. The ticket uptake has been phenomenal. South Africans have a great culture of concert going. You can go out and camp there or sleep at a guest house, or if you are from Pretoria or Johannesburg, you can just sleep there.”

He said that the prices were reasonable when compared to other concerts.

“If you were to go to a Rihanna concert at FNB stadium you would pay about R600. So if you go to two international concerts you will pay about R1 200. So our target is those people who are already going to concerts.

“For this price you will not be paying for two artists but a whole weekend experience and it will be great value for money.”

The organisers have made a payment plan so people can pay a deposit to reserve tickets and pay them off by August 31. If you fail to raise the money by the closing date, you will be refunded the deposit less a 45 percent administration fee.

That plan does not apply to VIP hospitality passes. The concert is going to have 62 stages including three main stages over three days. The Diamonds Fields stage will host hip hop, R&B, house, pan-African.

The Thunder Valley stage will host rock and pop and the Dance Village stage will have performances by international DJs.

- Pretoria News Weekend

tebogo.monama@inl.co.za


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