Did you know? Tokyo, with 33.8 million citizens, is the world’s most populous city. Don’t miss multi-platinum band Crowded House (Grand West), on their world tour with new drummer Matt Sherrod and new songs, plus the all-time favourites such as Don’t Dream Its Over and Better Be Home Soon. Also catch them in Durban at ICC on the 28th and Joburg at Carnival City on the 29th & 30th. Tickets from R260 at Computicket.
Did you know? After Chris Daughtry came fourth in the 2006 American Idol (2006), he was offered a record contract. His was the fastest-selling debut rock album in history. Daughtry will be performing in SA for the first time this month. Hear his crowd-pleasing hits such as No Surprise and It’s Not Over plus many more at the Grand West. Also in Jozi on the 29th at Coca-cola dome. Tickets from R220 at Computicket. www.bigconcerts.co.za
Did you know? The male jawfish collects all the eggs laid by the female, holding them in his mouth for protection, and doesn’t eat again until they hatch. Luckily you can chow down any time on oysters, potjiekos or skaapkop during the Breedekloof Outdoor Festival. Stop in at wine estates in Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini and Breede River for fun activities such as quad-biking, fishing contests and adventure challenges, plus loads of delicious wine. Festival passes are R30, www.breedekloof.com
Did you know? The world’s strongest man, Žydrūnas Savickas, can squat 425.5kg, bench press 285.5kg and deadlift 407.5kg. Get ripped at this year’s SA MUSCLE EVOLUTION GRAND PRIX (Artscape Theatre), a bodybuilding-and-bronzing-oil extravagana of the country’s muscliest men and women. R20 pre-judging, R120 for the finals later in the day. 021-976-6191.
Did you know? Alcohol leaves the human body at a rate of about 0.015% of blood-alcohol content per hour. Bear that in mind when heading to WINE ON THE RIVER at Goudmyn farm (Robertson) for a weekend of wine-tasting (over 300 local labels), live jazz, food stalls, lazy riverside lunching, a farmers’ market, arts and crafts and more. From R90, www.wineonriver.com
Did you know? A shark has a sixth sense that can detect electrical fields. Feel the pulse at this year’s ROCKING THE DAISIES (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling), with more than 65 bands as well as 13 comedians, an abundance of food and clothing stalls and more. Expect to see the likes of Zebra & Giraffe, The Dirty Skirts, BOO!, Springbok Nude Girls, Jesse Clegg and Brit rock band New Young Pony Club. Day passes from R150, www.rockingthedaisies.com. Jozi folks can catch similar acts at Rocking the Gardens at Emmarentia Dam on 9 & 10 October.
Did you know? Halloween (1978) was shot in 21 days on a budget of $320 000, and became the highest-grossing independent movie at that time. Get ready for spine-chilling film thrills at the South African HorrorFest (Labia Theatre, Gardens). The programme includes new movies, cult classics, sneak previews, short films, Halloween dress-up prizes, horror DVD collections, plus dark art and photography exhibitions. A highlight not to be missed is the live- music soundtrack performance to the screening of a classic silent horror movie by The Makara Ensemble (members of Terminatryx, Lark and violinist Matthijs van Dijk). The festival ends 5 November. Tickets from R30, call 021-424-5927 or visit www.horrorsociety.com
23 & 24 October
Did you know? The Edmonds Community College kite team holds the record for flying a single-line kite for 180 hours and 17 minutes in 1982 in Washington, USA. ‘Uplifting Mind and Body’ is the theme for the 16th Cape Town International Kite Festival – Africa’s biggest, which attracts pros from around the world and over 20 000 visitors for kite-making, kite-flying, food stalls, kiddies’ rides, an eclectic craft market and live entertainment on the lawns of Zandvlei (Muizenberg). Entry is R15 adults, R5 children – and all profits go to Cape Mental Health.