Calabash: Maroon 5, Keane And Ava Max Are Heading To SA In 2024

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 the country.


  • Calabash South Africa takes 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 Keane, Meduza, Ava Max, Will Linley and Lloyiso.
  • Whether you’re a fan of pop, rock, or dance music, this festival is set to deliver an unparalleled experience.
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Calabash South Africa, presented by Big Concerts, promises to be the international music festival that fans have been eagerly waiting for. The star-studded line-up includes global sensations like Maroon 5, Keane, Meduza, Ava Max, and local talents Will Linley and Lloyiso. The festival, set to take place at some of the largest venues on the African continent, guarantees an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts.


Maroon 5, fronted by the charismatic Adam Levine, is no stranger to delivering chart-topping hits. From ‘Moves like Jagger’ to ‘Sugar’, the band’s distinctive sound and Adam’s captivating vocals have earned them three Grammy Awards and a robust global fan base. Their energetic performances are sure to light up the stage at Calabash, creating an atmosphere of pure musical euphoria.


Despite a hiatus, Keane’s introspective lyrics and captivating melodies continue to resonate with fans, promising a nostalgic and soul-stirring performance. Image: Keane

Hailing from Battle, East Sussex, Keane brings their piano-driven pop-rock sound to the festival. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘Hopes and Fears’ in 2024, Keane has left an indelible mark on the music scene with hits like ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and ‘Everybody’s Changing’.


Calabash attendees can expect an electrifying set that will keep them dancing throughout the night. Image: Meduza

Meduza, the Italian dance music phenomenon, has rapidly risen to become the most significant global streaming artist in the history of music in Italy. With their debut release, ‘Piece of Your Heart’, reaching over 2-billion streams worldwide and securing top spots in charts across 20 countries, Meduza has set a new standard for dance music globally.


Ava’s dynamic stage presence and electrifying performances are sure to make Calabash South Africa a memorable event for all in attendance. Image: Ava Max

Ava Max, the chart-topping pop sensation, is set to bring her infectious energy and powerhouse vocals to Calabash. Known for hits like ‘Sweet but Psycho’ and ‘Kings & Queens’, Ava Max has solidified her position as a global pop icon.


The festival also features local talents like Will Linley, a multi-instrumentalist known for coating raw emotion with saccharine melodies. His hummable hooks and unfiltered candour provide a unique and engaging musical experience. Lloyiso, the acclaimed South African musician and SAMA nominee, adds to the diversity of the line-up with his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, showcasing the vibrant talent within the country’s music scene.

Calabash South Africa is 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.

// CEO of Big Concerts, Justin Van Wyk


For those seeking an enhanced festival experience, Calabash South Africa offers various ticket options, including the Discovery VIP Experience, Business Lounge in Cape Town, and Stadium Management Lounge in Johannesburg. These options cater to different preferences, providing attendees with the flexibility to choose the experience that suits them best.



However, it’s essential for fans to be cautious when purchasing tickets. Big Concerts CEO Justin Van Wyk warned against buying tickets from Viagogo, as they may be unlawfully resold at inflated prices and could lead to denial of entry. Genuine tickets are available through the Discovery Bank pre-sale starting on 1 November 2023 and general public sales starting on 3 November 2023 via Ticketmaster.


Additionally, it’s important to note age restrictions for the venue. No children under the age of 3 will be allowed, and all minors must have a valid ticket, adequate ear protection, and be accompanied by a responsible adult. Standing ticket holders must be over the age of 12 and 1.2m in height.


Calabash South Africa promises to be a music festival like no other, bringing together international sensations and local talents for a celebration of music that transcends borders.


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