GAY & LESBIAN PRIDE NEWS|
Sonique to rock Std Bank Arena
Venue and ticketing information announced for the party of the year
28 August, 2010
JOHANNESBURG — British pop-star and DJ Sonique, powered by Cintron Liquid Energy, will perform at the world-class Standard Bank Arena on Saturday October 2nd for the Joburg Pride Official After-party, taking place on the night of the 21st Annual Joburg Pride Parade and Day.
The after-party will see the chart-topping Sonique not only performing some of her hit tracks, but also delivering a two-hour DJ set that is guaranteed to set the dance-floor alight. Sonique – who won the 2001 BRIT Award for British female solo artist – is brought to Joburg Pride by new energy drink Cintron Liquid Energy.
Situated in the Ellis Park precinct, which was recently upgraded for the 2010 World Cup, the Standard Bank Arena is one of the most versatile venues in the city and has hosted a vast range of events – from ice-skating shows, mega-raves, and show-jumping competitions to rock concerts.
"We're thrilled with the Standard Bank Arena – it's a fantastic venue," says Joburg Pride Co-chair Tanya Harford. "In addition to having world-class facilities, the arena can also accommodate a significant crowd without fear of dangerous and uncomfortable overcrowding and overheating – as is often the case with these kinds of larger parties," she notes.
The Standard Bank Arena is easy-to-reach off the M1 highway, offers ample and well-maintained bathroom facilities, with on-duty cleaning staff, as well as safe and secure parking. A new multi-story parking garage, from which partygoers will be guided to the arena, has been built directly across from the venue and accommodates over 1,000 vehicles. Easy-to-follow directions and a map will be provided by Joburg Pride closer to the event.
The Official Joburg Pride After-party will include a luxurious and exclusive Cintron VIP Lounge overlooking the stunning dance-floor and stage, with dedicated bar and toilet facilities, a women-only room and bar, as well as a men-only section dubbed "The Locker Rooms".
Sonique, who has previously visited the country and is brought to Joburg Pride by new energy drink Cintron Liquid Energy, will be supported by her two dancers and a line-up of top South African DJs.
"I am so excited to be returning to South Africa where the people are so warm and I had such a great time last time I visited," said Sonique from London. "It's an honour to be headlining Johannesburg gay Pride and I'm gonna do my best to give the gay people of Joburg the best time ever," she added.
Tickets for the after-party have been priced competitively. "While all profits from the after-party go towards Joburg Pride, ours is not a commercial undertaking which allows us to ensure that the event is as inclusive as possible," adds Harford.
TICKETS: R56 (including Computicket Fee). Every ticket includes a can of Cintron Liquid Energy.
Book at www.computicket.com, via the Computicket call centre on 083 915 8000 or at Computicket outlets nationwide.
VIP TICKETS: R100 (Limited to 500). Call 082 567 8894 to book. VIP ticket includes a can of Cintron Liquid Energy plus a free Sonique promotional CD. VIPs will get their own bar overlooking the dance floor and stage, a dedicated smoking area and exclusive toilet facilities.
The Joburg Pride Day will kick off at Zoo Lake on Saturday October 2nd, with the parade starting at 10am. Entrance is free. Sonique will make a special afternoon teaser appearance on stage at the Joburg Pride Day following the annual Pride Parade. For more info visit www.joburgpride.org.
Joburg Pride Week
The days ahead of the annual Joburg Pride Parade will see a number of independent Pride themed events organised by gay-friendly and gay-owned businesses and venues. There will also be various events at gay bars and clubs – all culminating in the parade and a variety of post-parade after-parties around Gauteng, including the Official Joburg Pride After-party. A schedule of Pride Week events will be available on website in the coming days. – Issued by Joburg Pride Gay Festival
Joburg Pride and the after-party
About Joburg Pride
Joburg Pride is an annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Gauteng, South Africa. It is organised by a Section 21 not-for-profit company run primarily by a board of volunteers.