Vans presents Roots Up First Thursdays

This event features a line up of 5 selectors/producers/beatmakers laying down the freshest in contemporary and alternative electronic jams. Each month also features an exhibition by a local artist.

Formed at SideBar 3 years ago, Florida Road saw the event grow from strength to strength. The closure of SideBar in February 2018 led to Roots Up moving the event to S43 in Durban's Station Drive precinct. The working relationship with S43 proved fruitful, with the event becoming one of Durban's premier monthly events. The event has now moved back to it’s home on Florida Road, currently being hosted by Republik Restaurant. None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support from our event partners, Vans. 


Fuego Heat's Hangouts

Fuego Heat's Hangout's occurs at S43 in Durban's Station Drive Precinct on the third Thursday of the month. The line up includes 3 curated Artist Showcase acts and 3 Headline acts, with genres ranging from anything from spoken word, rock, folk, jazz, hip hop, soul, etc. The evening winds end off with a local producer presenting his original material. 

The event has been operating under it's current format at S43 since January 2018. It was originally started at the now iconic, Khaya Records, in 2016. Here the event grew to exceed the capacity of the venue which prompted the move and the tweak to the event programming.

A corporate partner for this event is still required.

Past performers include MUZI, Easy Freak, MISSU, ByLwansta, Robin Thirdfloor, Red Robyn, Victoria Raw, Michael Wagner, Rhea Blek, Clara-T, Raheem Kemet, Stone Palace, Jaedon Daniel, CostaBesta.


Sunday School

Sunday School is a new initiative launched July 2018 in partnership with Red Bull Music. Currently the event has seen two editions. The first featured 5fm chart toppers, Easy Freak, JHB producer, Leeu performing b2b with Cthulhu , and Durban heavyweights, Red  Robyn, Robin Thirdfloor and MISSU. The second featured rising national stars, Darkie Fiction, ByLwansta, Rhea Blek, Baraka and TreFlips. The third installment is set to take place at S43 on 16 December and features PURE, Cards on Spokes, Maramza and a line up of 6 local acts.

Sunday School aims to expose Durban to a wider range of alternative sounds from across the country and Durban while taking advantage of the need for Sunday early evening entertainment in the city.




Khaya Records

As an employee at Khaya Records, Ryan van Rooyen (Fuego Heat) has been responsible for curating, organising and promoting all the store's events.

Past performers include Ruby Gill, Red Robyn, MISSU, The Muffinz, Sibusile Xaba, Diamond Thug, The Sun Xa Experiment, Madala Kunene, Robin Thirdfloor, Clayton Human, Albert Frost, Medicine Boy, Zethe, Victoria Raw, Jon Shaban, ByLwansta.





Sunday Soul Sundowners

Three editions held in 2017. 
Sunday event 14:00-20:00. 
Afternoon started with a neo Soul/Jazz/Funk selector followed by neo-soul/jazz act performing two 45 min set. The evening wind down with a producer/DJ playing soul/jazz inspired electronic music from 18:00. Outdoor event focusing on courtyards and roof tops.

Former performers include The Sun Xa Experiment, Red Robyn and Jaedon Daniel and Rhea Blek