The Great Zululand Music Festival

“Expect the Unexpected”

The peaceful and scenic Eshowe comes alive over the weekend of 21 April with the first Great Zululand Music Festival. Many successful music festivals have been held before in these parts of Zululand and Eshowe is renowned as the perfect place to stage such an event – a place where you can expect the unexpected!

This epic music event will be held over four days, at three different venues with 11 bands performing. Artists include storyteller’s, singers and songwriters who are all very talented in their field. The music event was the brainchild of a brew master, a musician, two artists and a guest house owner. Richard Chennells loves three things: people, music and beer which is the perfect combination for someone who owns a hotel. The George Hotel, one of the primary venues for the music festival, has since 2006 been a popular choice for visiting musicians in Eshowe. The Hotel is also home to the local pub and has its own brewery onsite, Zulu Blonde.

Thornleys Guest House, another venue chosen for the music festival, lies across town and often takes on the bigger performances such as visiting bands and tribute shows. His stage built under an enormous litchi tree has seen artists such as Albert Frost, The Black Lapels, Bacchus Nel and Robin  Auld.

Opening the event will be the very talented Gerald Clarke at the House in Zululand. Friday and Saturday will see the likes of Rusty Red, Naming James, local Eshowe artist Clayton Human and many more take to the stage at The George Hotel and last, but not least, included in Sundays’ line up are David Stark and the Fishwives. So, if you are travelling down for the weekend be sure to contact the George Hotel early for all accommodation and camping enquiries!

Line Up

  1. Gerald Clarke
  2. Nick Pitman & Josh Swanson
  3. Clayton Human
  4. Jon Shaban
  5. Mali Zulu
  6. Rusty Red
  7. Laurie Levine
  8. Naming James
  9. Dave Stark
  10. The Fishwives


Dates : Thursday, 21 April to Sunday, 23 April 2017

Times : Thursday & Friday 19h00 ‘til late, Saturday 13h00 ‘til late & Sunday 13h00 to 17h00

Venues : The George Hotel 36 Main St; Thornley Guest House 17 Mansel Terrace & The House, 10 Kangela St, Eshowe

Tickets : can be purchased online at

Prices  : Thursday R100 p/person

               Friday R100 p/person

               Saturday R150 p/person

               Sunday R200 p/person

               Accommodation booked separately through the George Hotel

Find Us

From King Shaka Airport Drive North on the N2 Freeway towards Stanger. Stay on N2

Pass Ballito turnoff, Pass Salt Rock, Pass Stanger, Pass Mandini, pass Zinkwazi. You will see the bridges are numbered above the road. Starting at 18 counting downwards. When you drive under bridge 9 take the Dokodweni Offramp R66, Eshowe 

Go left, inland for 28km on the R66 and drive into Eshowe. Follow the signs to The George Hotel.

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