Where to go partying for New Year's in Jozi

2018-12-20 12:52
new years eve partying

2018 is pretty much over and whether it’s been a tough one, a great one or even one you’d like to forget, one thing’s for sure: the end of each year calls for a celebration of what’s past and what’s to come.

While many may be rushing to the coast to spend their holidays at the beach, others are sticking around in a much quieter and less bustling Johannesburg.

So if it’s a New Year’s Eve boogie you’re after, here’s our pick of parties happening around Joburg to give your 2018 a proper send-off.

Times Square NYE Blockbuster Block Party

Times Square at the Sun Arena, Menlyn Maine, is bringing back the NYE Blockbuster Block Party to ring in the New Year on 31 December 2018.

Bigger and bolder than last year, the 2018 party features 13 of South Africa’s top DJs with more still being lined up. Confirmed acts for the night include Black Coffee, Euphonik, DJ Fresh, Black Motion, Lulo Café, DJ Reddy D, DJ Kent, Vin Deysel, Ayanda MVP (MC), Dino Bravo, Jullian Gomez, Chrizzy Beats and Shimza.

The event starts at 18h00 and continues until 06h00 on 1 January. Partygoers have access to casino complex’s diverse restaurants and bars.

If you want to make a mini-holiday out of it, you can spend the night at The Maslow Time Square with various Show and Stay packages available.

All packages include: luxury accommodation, breakfast at the magnificent Luminary Lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi, all access entrance to the event, pre-drinks at the Luminary Lounge, welcome drinks and champagne glass at midnight.

Go to www.computicket.co.za for more information on the different Show and Stay packages available.

For more information, visit www.suninternational.com/time-square

. Like Time Square South Africa on Facebook www.facebook.com/TimeSquareRSA and follow on Twitter @TimeSquareRSA. Tickets are available at Computicket from R399.

Soshanguve 1st Funday

The annual Soshanguve 1st Funday Event presented by Spirit Motion on 1 January at Giant Stadium in Tshwane will be the first stop for music lovers as we gear up for a new calendar with festivities. In its seventh year now, it’s one of the biggest festivals and will feature a crop of multi-award-winning artists.

The line-up boasts: an international producer and DJ all the way from Lyon in France, Manoo and Soshanguve’s finest multi-award-winning duo with home ground advantage, Black Motion.

Live on stage will be Shekinah, Kwesta, Cassper Nyovest, Goodluck, Vusi Nova, Trompies, Busiswa, Mlindo The Vocalist, Da Beat, Bothlale Phora, Team Skorokoro and Tsitso. On the decks will be: DJs Tira, Shimza, PH, Ms Cosmo, DJs2Work/Godfathers of Deep House, Sphectacula and Naves, Percy Bear, D’vine Brothers, Topito and Master P

Spirit Motion Stars: Brenden Praise, Miss P and Caiiro.

Tickets are available on Computicket and Shoprite from R200.     

NYE Movie CampOut

If it’s more of a chilled vibe you’re after then the Picnics in the Park camp-out movie night at Riversands Farm is perfect for a quiet family night out. 

Bring your own picnic supplies, with alcohol and soft drinks available from the #PiP Bar. The relaxed and family-oriented vibe from afternoon into evening will make for a suitably chilled and safe New Year’s Eve. The venue opens at 2pm and guests can set up their tents and chill in the sun while the movies kick off. 

The afternoon will see child-friendly cartoons and entertainment, with grown up fare only showing after dark.

Movies, kids activities, food, drinks and a festive atmosphere will make for a memorable New Year’s Eve without the stress of babysitters, driving home, etc. Camping will be along the side of the field, so as not to obstruct the screen, and braai facilities will be in the designated fire area. Guests are welcome to bring portable braais too.

Tickets will be limited to provide a comfortable, safe and enjoyable experience. A low-key but exciting fireworks display at midnight rounds of the evening’s festivities. Tickets can be purchased on Quicket.


A mash-up of culture and some great music, the international AfroPunk Festival comes to Johannesburg again this year and judging by the success of last year’s event, this one is looking to be a goodie too.

Join in the fun over two days on 30 and 31 December at Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, where you can look forward to acts including Kaytranada, Public Enemy, Kwesta, Dope Saint Jude and many more.

Tickets cost between R600 and R2 900 per person

 at www.afropunkfest.com. For more information visit the Facebook page or afropunkfest.com.

H2O NYE Party

Dance the night away at H20 as they journey into 20 years of dance. H2O will create an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience featuring Black Coffee as well as 30 of SA’s best DJs across four dance floors, including the likes of Kyle Worde, Lemon & Herb, Lousonus, Mark Stent, Ricardo da Costa, Royal K, SauBomb and TradeMarc.

On the House floor enjoy the sounds of 2wice Shye, Byron B-Soulful, Dillyn-Will, Household Funk, John Lyra, Justin Vee, Michael Lesar, Movata and Weston & Engine. On the Hip Hop floor there are BHAVS, DJ RIX, Essential Groove, Jose Rocha, DJ RAY², Rocca & Martini, DJ Stallion, Vin Groovin.

And you can’t go wrong with some old school featuring Bobstar, DJ Dizzy, DJ Dyno, Shauny B, Spiro.

Join the fun at 1 Margaret Avenue, Bardene, Boksburg. Tickets cost between R150 and R250 per person depending on the ticket sales phase and are available at h2o.howler.co.za. For more information visit their Facebook event page.


Savanna Summer Splash Festival

For an all out holiday bonanza, you don’t want to miss out on the Savanna Summer Splash 10-day festival running from 23 December until 1 January.

Expect tons of summer fun, from live music, swimming pools and water slides to boat cruises, braais and much more. This is the perfect getaway for the whole family.

Enjoy Kommando Nek Wildlife Resort as a day visitor and there are also picnic/braai spots along the dam and a pit for fishing and relaxing. All the action will be taking place at the Harties Harbour, Kommandonek Resort, Simon Bekker Avenue, Hartbeespoort. Gates open at 09h00 and close at 18h30, except on New Year’s Eve when closing time is 02h00.

Tickets cost R295 per adult, R195 per child under 12 and R150 per child under 6. For more information visit www.hartiesharbour.co.za or www.hartiesboatco.co.za.

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