Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Janice Honeyman's Cinderella

It feels like only yesterday that I was sitting at Joburg Theatre watching Janice Honeyman's Pantomime - Jack & the Beanstalk last year! But the 2020 Panto is already lined up. With a star studded cast too!

This year, you can expect to see Cinderella on the stage of The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from October through to December. This is THE panto & is known at the fairy godmother of all pantomimes!

We all know the original story of Cinderella... But with Janice Honeyman at the helm, you know you are in for a treat with an abundance of comedy, incredible sets & hundreds of stunning costumes! The most anticipated moment in this show, is when Cinderella is transformed from rags to riches & whisked off to the ball. 

Desmond Dube is back again & alongside Ben Voss they will be starring at the two Ugly Sisters. Connie Chiume, making her panto debut as the Fairy Godmother. Kiruna-Lind Devar returns to the panto, fresh from the international stage, that saw her as Meg in The Phantom of the Opera. Kyle Grant is bound to charm audiences as Prince Charming. And what is the panto, without a bit of Graham Hopkins right?

And you can already get your tickets through www.joburgtheatre.com! Best you do that ASAP, as a few of the 72 performances are already sold out!

Friday, 10 January 2020

KISS - End of the Road Tour

World famous Rock n Roll Legends KISS are heading to SA later this year, as a part of their final tour! After a rather epic 45-year career, the End of the Road is set to be 21 July 2021.

Selling out shows across the globe during 2019 & with huge fan demand, KISS announced further dates in June & July of 2020. With a stop in South Africa being one of them!

Known for their trademark larger-than-life performances, KISS will be performing at the TicketPro Dome on 25 July for their South Africa KISS Army fans. 

Selling over 100 million albums worldwide, is proof enough that these Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are going to bring the heat & give ups one of the most iconic live rock n roll shows. 

From the lips of KISS - "This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us & a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet & we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic & Unstoppable!"

Tickets for the one night only rock n roll show are available from Computicket

Sunday, 17 November 2019

#OneForMeOneForYou - Nomination Italy

It's no easy feat to be in the country for less than 2 days & open the first ever Nomination Mono Brand store in South Africa & to launch the new Nomination Italy brand Campaign - #OneForMeOneForYou! And do it with style & flair to say the least. But in true Italian style, Alessandro Gensini always just seems to hit the nail on the head.

Nomination Italy, Lloyd Loots, Alessandro Gensini, Lee-Roy Wright

I got to sit down with Marketing Director & Co-Owner, Alessandro Gensini, who is the son of Paolo Gensini - the founder & Owner of Nomination Italy, to chat around the brand & find out what's the story behind the new brand campaign.

A bit around the brand. Started over 30 years ago, where Paolo Gensini once sold ice cream on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. The Nomination brand was founded and has since then grown into a major international name that now stretches over 40 countries & 113 stores across the world. Being in South Africa for just over 10 years, they deemed it appropriate to open the first ever Nomination store on the African continent, right here in the brand new Fourways Mall.

A perfectly suited location & great brand alignment in my opinion. I do hope & wish the brand all the success in their new home here.

The new #OneForMeOneForYou campaign is more than just meets the eye. With a target market of pretty much every person that has ever been loved, been in love or felt love. It is about breaching the barriers of society that have been put in place by gender, colour, orientation & even religion. "A new generation for Nomination." - Alessandro Gensini. All human beings are the same, there are no differences when it comes to love & sharing of love. One way to share your love with Nomination is through the Composable Bracelets, and this is their new message. Check it out here.

Visiting a Nomination store is more than just shopping. It is an experience! From the customer service to choosing your own composable link that has a unique story that resonates with you. Or tells a story about an experience with a special someone, making the composable bracelet the best seller. (I think I've just some great ideas for Christmas gifts!)

The new composable link, is to dedicate to your loved one. 

Check out #NominationSAOfficial, #NominationItaly & #OneForMeOneForYou online & add your story to ours. 

Thursday, 31 October 2019

#DisneyOnIce back in 2020

Disney on Ice, is skating in to SA once again next year! And for the 1st time, we welcome: Mickey and Friends!

#DisneyOnIce Lloyd Loots

Paying tribute to Walt Disney & the True Original icon - Mickey Mouse! This Disney on Ice show is taking you back to where it all started - Steamboat Willie! Minnie, Donald & Goofy join Mickey in this modern take of the old classic & venture through meaningful Disney moments, spanning generations, to decide on their all time favourite memory!

Off on a high-seas adventure with Moana.
Into the crowd favourite wintry world of Arendelle with Anna & Elsa.
Get Emotional with Emotions from Inside Out.
Just keep swimming with Dory as she takes on the sea to find her family. 

#DisneyOnIce Lloyd Loots
Credit: Pixar

Adding an interactive element to the show, fans will have the opportunity to vote & pick outfits for Mickey & Minnie to wear during the final celebration!

Opening at the Ticketpro Dome in Joburg - Friday, 19 June to 28 June.
Then to GrandWest in Cape Town - Wednesday 1 July to 5 July.
And back to Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria - Thursday 9 July - 12 July.

Tickets go on sale - 4 November at 9:00 only at Computicket! (There is an added 15% on all full price tickets, if you buy between 4 & 30 November.)

#DisneyOnIce Lloyd Loots
Credit: Disney

"Each section of the show was carefully selected to immerse families in an array of beloved stories that they have grown to know & love."
This is going to be another spectacular run of one of my favourite shows! You don't want to miss out on the fun.

#DisneyOnIce Lloyd Loots
Credit: Disney

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

#TeamHeineken Experience

The #TeamHeineken Experience - an interactive set to thrill rugby fans during the Rugby World Cup 2019.

The Rosebank Mall activation demonstrates that everyone can enjoy the spirit of the #RWC2019, whether they know the rules or not!

Heineken has always aimed to create memorable experiences & bring enjoyment through all of their sponsorship platforms, & well, the #RWC2019 is no different. Heineken invites South Africans to celebrate the tournament with them. 

This experience blends Heineken's premium beer with cutting-edge technology, including a virtual reality kicking game! Naturally there are many opportunities to win Heineken & #RWC2019 merchandise. 

Get a taste of the 'alcohol-free Heineken 0.0 straight fro the revolutionary Heineken Blade draught system & stand a chance to receive a limited-edition personalised Heineken #RWC2019 bottle.

Best of all, is that the #HeinekenExperience is free of charge to anyone of legal drinking age in SA.
Doors open 10am to 6pm daily.

Along with this activation, Heineken will bring a Japanese stadium experience to SA through a final match viewing, where they will have some of SA's biggest acts performing prior to kick-off. 

Follow the hype online:
Facebook: Heineken SA
Twitter: @Heineken_SA

Monday, 21 October 2019

#SundaySociety at The Maslow

We all love a good glass of bubbly right? Well now is your chance to joing The Maslow Sandton for their Summer Social Sundays picnic. 

Languish on the lush lawns of The Maslow, under the trees whilst tucking into some indulgent treats under the summer sun. A picnic of the most lavish kind, on Sunday - 27 October 2019.

Picnic Veuve Clicquot

Partnering with Veuve Clicquot to create a sumptuous summer picnic experience. With the garden oasis backdrop, you'll be sipping on Champagne & enjoying the live band. Now that's one way to end off the weekend on a high note don't you think?

Picnic Veuve Clicquot

Included in your gourmet picnic basket is a Cape cheeseboard with fig preserve, a roast chicken & butternut salad, cheeseburger sliders, mini wors rolls & crispy jalapeño arancini. But that's not all. There is dessert too - strawberry & marshmallow skewers dipped in chocolate & blueberry cheesecake jars. So i can guarantee you won't be leaving hungry! For only R690 per couple, you get all of that & 2 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. 

For bookings contact The Maslow Sandton - 010 226 4600

Summer Picnic

SA Fashion Week - #AW20

It's that time of the year again. 

South African Fashion Week kicks off this Wednesday on the rooftop of the iconic Sandton City Mall in Johannesburg. 

With 30 of SA's luxury label designers set to show us what they've got, this season is bound to be one for the books. Get ready to see what some of the biggest names in SA fashion have got coming down the runway. I'm really excited to see what Gert Johan Coetzee, De Mil, Lunar & Ephymol have in store for us. 

And the opening show on Wednesday is the New Talent Search 2019, which I think is always an exciting one. With a briefing along the lines of: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Fashion, entrants had to consider 2020 world trends to submit a 7-look portfolio combining contemporary shapes, style & construction with their creative inspiration. 

Get your tickets here

If you can't be there, get in on the online action & follow the conversations.
#SAFWLuxuryCollections #SAFWLuxury

Friday, 11 October 2019

#TsogoWine presents #ChampagneDay

It's one week until we get to pop the corks with Tsogo Sun for the annual #ChampagneDay celebrations!

And to make it an even bigger & better celebration this year, Tsogo Sun is celebrating their 50th anniversary, whilst 2019 marks the 150th anniversary for Moët & Chandon Impérial.

And you guessed it right! The #ChampagneDay celebrations will be happening from 18 October through to 31 October at Tsogo Sun Hotels.  With incredible (not-to-be-missed) Champagne & MCC special offers on a variety of bottles of bubbles. 

Moët & Chandon Impérial - R549
Moët & Chandon Nectar - R599
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label - R549
Veuve Clicquot Rosé - R740
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel - R160 (Brut, Satin Nectar & Satin Nectar Rosé)

These prices are literally cost price that you could bag these bottles for out in stores. But why would you want to buy one in store & drink it at home, when you can enjoy #ChampagneDay at one of Tsogo Sun Hotels?

Pool, Summer, Champagne
#SSHydePark - JHB

Pool, Champagne Day, The Cullinan Hotel, Tsogo Sun
#SSCullinan - CPT

Champagne Day, Lloyd Loots Sandton Sun
Sandton Sun - JHB

If you are in JHB, head to Sandton Sun, The Palazzo at Montecasino, Holiday Inn Sandton, Southern Sun Hyde Park, Southern Sun Montecasino & Café Cru.
Down in CPT, you're off to Southern Sun Cape Sun, Southern Sun The Cullinan & Southern Sun Waterfront. 
Or in & around DBN, make your way to Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban & Beverly Hills Hotel.

In my, & group sommelier of Tsogo Sun Hotels: Miguel Chan's, opinion - if you've never enjoyed Moët & Chandon at one of their hotels, then you have not really celebrated #ChampagneDay! They truly have a wide variety of excellent Champagnes & MCC's, at real affordable prices. So why not join us for a proper #ChampagneDay celebration?

Get to Sandton Sun San Deck or Southern Sun Hyde Park on Friday 18 October between 4pm & 10pm to join in on the festivities & create your very own #MoëtMoment with your friends. We will also be in the presence of Moët & Chandon winemaker - Amine Ghanem. (That is rather exciting for me to be honest! I can not wait!)

So come pop a bottle of bubbly with #TsogoWine in celebration of #ChampagneDay in association with Moët & Chandon to create your very own #MoëtMoment!

Lloyd Loots, Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Check out some of my favourite #ChampagneDay memories over the years here

Still not convinced, check out more info here. And join in on the online conversation using #TsogoWine, #ChampagneDay & #MoëtMoment

Veuve Clicquot #SSHydePark

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Nataniël - #WhenGiantsWaltz

Sitting down with one of South Africa's artists that is most probably a household name is something that not everyone would say they have done. But having High Tea with Nataniël really does takes the cake. (Mind that pun.)

There is a new show, waltzing it's way to Emperors Palace. And Nataniël is taking the lead in his 18th production in 18 years at Emperors - When Giants Waltz. Lets be honest, this is one man that gets on stage year on year with a concert that I think is bigger & better than the one before. Nataniël on the other hand believes that the audience knows what they like & you always need to make sure that you don't change it too much.

Nataniël's biggest supporter, his grandmother always said that when things are shaken up, that is when giants waltz. And the world is currently changing at a rapid pace, where 'giants' represent the government, global warming, diseases & the unnatural occurrences on earth that results in humans becoming 'smaller & smaller' over time. That is only the starting point of the show. (A show where every song has a costume change just by the way. So Floris Louw has been working incredibly hard over the last year to put new costumes together.)

Nataniël jokes that this is the 1st show that he really talks about himself, because usually you make up "lies" or tell stories about someone else. This is the production that we have been waiting for. An honest insight into the life & perspective on the world that he so boldly explores, exploits & explains. Delving into the contrasts of BIG and small, the struggle between the threatened & the indestructible. The war between the individual & the establishment.

And dare I say, the debate between the political & the intelligent. (Without actually even discussing politics, as politics, as Nataniël puts it, is organised evil & has never seen anything good come from politics, as it is a last resort. Politics is unattractive & the people in that, dress bad. So it's not something that he wants to bring into his show, because his show is beautiful & is supposed to inspire, which he believes politics doesn't do. 

Nataniël explains: "I'm the master of living in a bubble. So this show is a 95 min survival guide to living in a bubble in the modern world." This is going to be a show that you'll be able to experience on more that one level. Sit back & enjoy the stories, costumes & songs or dig into all of that a bit deeper as he elaborates on the evils in the world. But Nataniël does want you to walk into the theatre & lose yourself in the moment & forget about the outside world for a moment of pure entertainment. 

When Giants Waltz - Nataniël

If you've seen a Nataniël show before, you'll see some familiar faces - Nicolaas Swart & Dihan Slabbert, who have been working with Nataniël for over 15 years now. These 2 gents who started their careers back in 2003 with the South African boy band - Hi-5, have grown from strength to strength & will be back on stage doing vocals. With Charl du Plessis on Keyboard, Juan Oosthuizen on Guitar, Brendan Ross on saxophone, Werner Spies on bass & Peter Auret on the drums, you know that there is an amazing group of artists that will be there to entertain. These are the guys that have become like family & everyone understands the others, which makes working together a whole lot easier.

This is most definitely not the last that we will see Nataniël on stage. He has his heart set on being on stage until the very last. And why not? The likes of Cher, Barbara Streisand & Bette Midler are still singing & to quote Nataniël, "Patti Labelle now sings the paint off the walls." And interesting fact, Nataniël walks a minimum of 25km everyday. Walking, he believes is the best exercise for the lungs & for the heart that is not strenuous on the rest of the body.

Nataniël emphasizes that the days of stopping with concerts, productions and being on stage, only happens the day you no longer have an audience. And I do think we want to see him on South African stages for a while longer, so get your tickets now at Computicket, for 1 of 12 unforgettable concerts at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace from 4 to 27 October. 

Tickets for #WhenGiantsWaltz start from only R160 per person. (That's honestly a steal guys. You should buy tickets for the whole family!) 

Monday, 16 September 2019

#WINEderland returns to Pretoria

The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show WINEds its way to Pretoria.

Head on out to Menlyn Park Shopping Centre from 3 to 5 October for a dazzling 'POURformance' of some of SA's best wine.

So what I love about this show, is that it really offers something for every wine-lover - from novice to aficionado. So you can really take a stroll & I guarantee there will be something happening that's going to not only tickle your tastebuds, but you also may just learn something more about wine that you didn't know at the interactive wine theatres. The #SAWineShowcase Theatre, that is presented by Jon Meinking, is always a treat, you'll find me seated in that theatre on Thursday eve!

Lloyd Loots #WINEderland Maxhosa

There is a variety of tickets available from www.wineshow.co.za
General Admission - R185
Couples Combo - R385
Weekend Pass - R280

All tickets includes your tasting glass, show guide & access to the wine theatres & unlimited tastings!
Couples Combo - double up on the above & add a 6-pack of glasses (valued at R570).
Weekend Pass - gives you access on both Friday & Saturday.

Here comes the exciting part! 
I've got 2 sets of 4 tickets to give away. Yes, that means you & 3 friends will be able to visit The Wine Show at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre on Thursday - 3 October. 

How to enter:
1. Like As Seen By Lloyd & Tops at SPAR on Facebook.
2. Share the Competition Post on Facebook or Twitter using #WINEderland.
3. Tag your 3 friends that will be wining it up with you. 

T&C's apply. 
Winners will be announced 30 September.