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3 Major Artists Coming To South Africa In 2024

2024 promises a parade of major artists coming to our shores with three big names preparing to grace the stages of South Africa.


  • Jimmy’s show promises jokes about all kinds of terrible things – things that might have affected you or people you know and love.
  • With a career spanning over 40 years and a remarkable legacy in the music industry, Thomas Anders will showcase his timeless hits.
  • James Blunt, known for his soulful tunes and captivating performances, promises an evening of dancing and crowd surfing.
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From iconic comedians to award-winning musicians, the line-up is nothing short of epic. Let’s delve into the details of these eagerly awaited major artists performances:


1. Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny Tour

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Jimmy is also a published author, with his memoir Before & Laughter hitting The Sunday Times Bestsellers list in September 2021. Image: Jimmy Carr

One of the major artists coming to South Africa is Jimmy Carr! Renowned for his stand-up comedy prowess, Jimmy adds a touch of spicy British humour to the South African stage with his Terribly Funny tour. The 2024 shows kick off on 2 March 2024 at SunBet Arena, Time Square in Pretoria, and concludes on 3 March 2024 at Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town.


Jimmy is a household name in UK television, renowned for hosting iconic shows like Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle UK. His prominence extends across the pond, being the first UK comedian to strike a stand-up deal with Netflix. With three highly successful specials on the platform, including the record-breaking His Dark Material in 2021, Jimmy has solidified his status as a transatlantic sensation. Moreover, his comedy DVDs have sold over 1.2 million copies, and his YouTube channel boasts over 758,000 subscribers and 210 million views since its launch in 2018.


Jimmy is no stranger to international success, having toured over forty countries. His ability to make audiences laugh, cry, and dance has solidified his place as one of the biggest-selling global comedians.


Tour Dates:

  • 2 March 2024: SunBet Arena, Time Square in Pretoria
  • 3 March 2024: Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town


Book your Jimmy Carr tickets now through Ticketmaster.


2. Thomas Anders (Modern Talking): A Musical Extravaganza

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Despite his monumental success, Thomas continually seeks new challenges, releasing solo albums like ‘STRONG’ and collaborating with Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen. Image: Thomas Anders

German artist Thomas Anders, famed for his contributions to Modern Talking, embarks on a music tour in South Africa in 2024. With a career spanning over 40 years, Anders will showcase his timeless hits in Cape Town and Pretoria. The concerts, scheduled for 6 June 2024 at Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town, and 8 June 2024 at SunBet Arena, Time Square in Pretoria, promise an exhilarating musical experience.


Born on 1 March 1963, Thomas Anders is a German music icon with global acclaim. His tenure with Modern Talking produced numerous chart-topping hits, including ‘You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul’, which reached No.1 in 81 countries. His solo career also soared, with over 125-million worldwide CD sales and over 420 gold and platinum records.


He’s also ventured into podcasting, offering insights into his illustrious career and personal life. Furthermore, his philanthropic endeavours, particularly with the Koblenz Child Protection Association, underscore his commitment to giving back. Thomas remains a symbol of musical excellence, branding himself as the ‘Gentleman of Music’ and continuing to inspire audiences worldwide.


Thomas Anders, a symbol of success and versatility, looks to deliver some magic at his live performances. Thomas will be joined in Pretoria by two of South Africa’s major artists, Kurt Darren and Demi Lee Moore.


Tour Dates:

  • 6 June 2024: Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town
  • 8 June 2024: SunBet Arena, Time Square in Pretoria


Tickets for these highly anticipated concerts are available at WebTickets.


3. James Blunt: Who We Used To Be Tour

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Despite being primarily known for his 2005 hit ‘You’re Beautiful’, James’s career spans 17 extraordinary years, marked by staggering success and a notable backlash. Image: James Blunt

Multiple award-winning and Grammy-nominated James Blunt embarks on the Who We Used To Be tour, gracing South African stages on 12 September 2024 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town, and 14 September 2024 at SunBet Arena, Time Square in Pretoria.


At the end of 2021, James Blunt unveiled his greatest hits album, humorously titled The Stars Beneath My Feet, a nod to his self-deprecating charm evident in his Twitter presence.


Yet, amidst the criticism, he embraced life with gusto, indulging in Ibiza’s delights and even experimenting with hallucinogenic fruit. His subsequent albums, including ‘Back To Bedlam’, continued to thrive, attracting a diverse audience and solidifying his status as a national treasure. James’s latest release, ‘Who We Used To Be’, delves into mature themes of love, aging, and mortality, reflecting his personal growth and newfound lyrical depth. Through candid storytelling, he pays tribute to friends like Carrie Fisher and navigates the complexities of adult life, proving that his music resonates far beyond the confines of his early fame.


James Blunt’s recent greatest hits collection, The Stars Beneath My Feet, went Gold selling over 100’000 copies.


Tour Dates:

  • 12 September 2024: Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town
  • 14 September 2024: SunBet Arena, Time Square in Pretoria


Book your James Blunt tickets now through Ticketmaster.

As South Africa gears up for this stellar line-up of artists in 2024, enthusiasts are urged to mark their calendars, secure their tickets early, and prepare for a year filled with laughter, music, and unforgettable performances.


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