My Durbanness #3

musings of a professional dreamer

Durban girls are not built for this winter thing, but it’s that time of year again… time for another Winter Tour of Epic Proportions to challenge my Durbanness.

This week sees the start of a month of touring around the country. It feels like forever since my last tour and I’m so looking forward to feeling like me again, despite dreading the intense cold I’m willingly subjecting my Durbanness to. I started out the year with the intention of streamlining my touring a bit, so that I wasn’t spending so much time on the road, but truth be told, I’m happiest when I’m lost in the crazy of it, so I’m shelving that plan until further notice. Bring on the chaos.

This tour takes me to the Eastern Cape for shows in Port Elizabeth and East London, before I head up to Gauteng for 10 days. After 4 shows up north, I backtrack to Grahamstown for 11 days of crazy cool intensity at The National Arts Festival, which sees me performing 9 solo shows, as well as a little guest appearance in Pants On Fire (with Rob van Vuuren and Martin Evans). I have a few days off in Port Alfred to recover from the crazy, before I head back to Cape Town via the Knysna Oyster Festival, and will hopefully still be in one piece for the shows coming up in the mother city after the tour. I’m also hoping for a quick visit to Durbs-by-the-Sea to defrost after all this shivering…

If last year’s Winter Tour of Epic Proportions is anything to go by… flashback to sprained wrist, chest infection, singing 20 shows with no voice, car trouble, getting stuck in a herd of sheep, prestik thumb, flying acrobats, discovering middle earth in the heart of the Eastern Cape, running around like a crazed Eskimo… I’m in for one hell of an epic ride. Bring it!

Confirmed Tour Dates:

31 May: Dorpstraat Teater, STELLENBOSCH
2 June: Cottage Club, KOMMETJIE
15 June: Music Kitchen, PORT ELIZABETH
16 June: Murambi Country Kitchen, EAST LONDON
20 June: PopArt Center, JOHANNESBURG
21 June: TJ’s Music Club, EMMARENTIA
22 June: Radium Beerhall, JOHANNESBURG
23 June: Park Acoustic, PRETORIA
28 June: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
29 June: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
20 June: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
1 July: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
2 July: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
3 July: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
4 July: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
6 July: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
8 July: National Arts Festival, GRAHAMSTOWN
11 July: Knysna Oyster Festival, KNYSNA
18 July: &Union, CAPE TOWN

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