31 January 2024, DHL Stadium, Cape Town

3 February 2024, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

Maroon 5 to headline and Keane celebrates 20 years at the inaugural

Calabash South Africa

Redefining South Africa’s music festival experience




Big Concerts announced today that South Africa’s ultimate international music festival has arrived.

Calabash South Africa is set to become the biggest stage to see the world’s top artists in South Africa. Taking place at DHL Stadium, Cape Town and FNB Stadium, Johannesburg in early 2024, this flagship festival will be headlined by chart-topping Grammy Award-winning pop-rock royalty, Maroon 5, and feature performances by KeaneMeduza, Ava Max, Will Linley, and Lloyiso.  Video:

With the captivating and distinctive vocals of Adam Levine, Maroon 5 has consistently delivered chart-topping hits, including “Moves Like Jagger,” “Sugar,” “Payphone,” and “Girls Like You,” among others. The band has been honored with several prestigious awards, including three Grammy Awards, and has maintained a robust global fan base.

Hailing from Battle, East Sussex, the British band Keane, renowned for their piano-driven pop-rock sound, will also grace the festival. Gaining prominence in the early 2000s with their debut album “Hopes and Fears” (2004), Keane will celebrate the 20th anniversary of this acclaimed debut album in 2024 which features the hit singles “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Everybody’s Changing”. Despite a hiatus after their 2013 album “The Best of Keane,” the band’s introspective lyrics and captivating melodies continue to leave an indelible mark on the music scene.

In a span of just two years, Meduza has ascended to become the most significant global streaming Italian artist in the history of music in Italy. Their debut release, “Piece of Your Heart” featuring Goodboys, has garnered over 2 billion streams worldwide and secured a spot in the top 10 of the official charts in 20 countries. Meduza continues to set the benchmark for dance music globally.

Ava Max, the chart-topping pop sensation, is anticipated to set the stage ablaze at Calabash South Africa. Renowned for her electrifying performances and powerhouse vocals, Ava Max has captivated audiences worldwide with her infectious energy and dynamic stage presence. With hits like “Sweet but Psycho” and “Kings & Queens,” she has solidified her position as a global pop icon, and her performance at Calabash is expected to be nothing short of spectacular.

The line-up also features South Africa-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Will Linley who coats raw emotion with saccharine melodies, lamenting how bad heartbreak sucks on hummable hooks delivered with unfiltered candor.

And last but not least, Lloyiso, the acclaimed South African musician and SAMA nominee, has firmly established himself as a rising star within the country’s vibrant music scene. With his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, Lloyiso has captivated audiences worldwide, earning him a dedicated fanbase and critical acclaim. Continuously pushing boundaries and redefining the possibilities of his craft, Lloyiso has solidified his position as a true musical force to be reckoned with, setting himself apart as an artist committed to both artistic integrity and creative innovation.

Big Concerts CEO Justin Van Wyk remarked, “Calabash South Africa is the international music festival that everyone has been waiting for, that will feature the world’s biggest artists with industry-leading production at the largest venues on the African continent. It’s the culmination of years of planning and a celebration of the power of music that will expand into multiple days and stages in the future. Get ready for an unforgettable experience.”


Calabash South Africa is presented by Big Concerts, in association with Discovery Bank and Heineken. Whether you’re craving that VIP treatment, a cosy hospitality haven, or something in between, this festival has got you covered for an experience you won’t soon forget! Some of these options include:

Discovery VIP Experience:

  • Best in-house Platinum seated ticket near the stage
  • Dedicated fast-track entrance
  • Designated check-in, and on-site VIP event staff
  • Access to VIP bars with complimentary beers/ciders/softs 

Business Lounge (Cape Town)

  • Premium seated ticket in the Business Lounge on the 4th level of the western side of the stadium
  • Private bar & ablution facilities 
  • Complimentary light snacks and 4x drinks tokens (beers/ciders/softs)
  • Wine and spirits available to purchase

Stadium Management Lounge (Johannesburg)

  • Prime Position Viewing Lounge Ticket 
  • Buffet Meals 
  • Premium Bar
  • Parking 1:4 
  • Fully staffed facility

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The Discovery Bank pre-sale begins at 09h00 on Wednesday, 1 November from and will run until 08h59 on Friday, 3 November.

 Tickets go on sale to the general public at 09h00 on Friday, 3 November 2023 from or

 Important Note: Fans are strongly advised against purchasing tickets from Viagogo. These tickets are unlawfully resold by deceitful sellers for multiple times the face value and are not legitimate tickets. Should you purchase these tickets you will be denied entry into the venue, and you will not be entitled to a refund.

Age restriction: No children under the age of 3 will be allowed into the venue. All minors must have a valid ticket, adequate ear protection and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please note if you are purchasing standing tickets, you must be over the age of 12 and 1.2m in height. This applies to all standing ticket holders. Ticketmaster & the Event Organiser have no responsibility to reseat your tickets if you do not meet the minimum requirements and you may be asked to leave the venue.




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