Written by on 4 December, 2023

This past Saturday, December 2, 2023, will forever be etched in the memories of those fortunate enough to attend the 10th annual Gagasi FM Beach Fest at the iconic Moses Mabhida People’s Park. The sold-out event was a spectacle of music, energy, and pure entertainment, solidifying its place as one of the biggest and greatest successes in the festival’s history. SOLD OUT 2 weeks before the event, attended by over 10 000 people, what more could Durban ever ask for?!

The lineup alone was enough to set the stage on fire, featuring a stellar array of artists that spanned genres and captivated a diverse audience. From the lyrical prowess of Nasty C to the pulsating beats of Maphorisa, Tyler ICU, and Dlala Thukzin, the night was an eclectic musical journey that left attendees in awe. The energy was palpable as powerhouse performers like the legendary TKZee, Blaq Diamond, GoldMax, Thinah Zungu, Khaya Mthethwa, Dladla Mshunqisi, Nomfundo Moh, and the award-winning duo Bello no Gallo took to the stage, delivering unforgettable performances that resonated with the crowd.  One couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the iconic staging that graced the festival grounds. The design was a perfect fusion of class and creativity, creating a backdrop that elevated the entire musical experience. The stage, bathed in vibrant lights and adorned with cutting-edge visuals, served as the focal point for the night’s entertainment, enhancing the overall ambiance and setting the tone for a night of unforgettable performances.


The attention to detail extended to the meticulously crafted VIP and VVIP sections, providing an exclusive and luxurious experience for those seeking a premium festival adventure. The area, in particular, was a haven of sophistication, with plush seating, private bars, and panoramic views of the stage. Attendees in these sections enjoyed the music and the curated atmosphere of opulence that complemented the festival’s celebratory spirit.

The atmosphere at Moses Mabhida People’s Park was nothing short of electric. The crowd, a sea of enthusiastic fans, danced and sang along to every beat, creating an energy that reverberated throughout the venue. The synergy between the performers and the audience was truly magical, turning the People’s Park into a pulsating epicenter of music and celebration.

But it wasn’t just about the artists; the on-air talent Lwandle Masoka, Nkule Mbatha, Felix Hlophe, Heazy, Khaya Dladla, Mkay Music, Linda Mtoba, Penny Ntuli, S’Phokuhle Luthuli, Flymotion, Minnie Ntuli, Collen Zondo, Zisto, Hope Mbhele, Vumar, DJ Sonic, DJ Lab played a crucial role in making the night a resounding success. Their ability to connect with the audience, hyped the crowd, and keep the vibes explosive contributed to the overall electric atmosphere of the festival. The seamless integration of on-air personalities into the live event showcased the station’s commitment to delivering an unparalleled entertainment experience.

The event did not only celebrate music, but also paid a heartfelt tribute to the late AKA, Mampintsha, and Costa Titch. The event turned into a poignant yet memorable experience as the crowd united to honor these music legends through a soul-stirring tribute that showcased the enduring impact of their contributions to the industry.

The tribute came to life through a compilation of their greatest hits, a melodic journey that resonated with the audience’s collective memories. As the beats of AKA’s chart-topping tracks filled the air, the crowd sang along, creating a powerful and emotional atmosphere that served as both a remembrance and a celebration of his life and music. Mampintsha’s infectious beats and energetic performances echoed through the venue, eliciting cheers and applause from fans who remembered him as a talented artist with a dynamic and influential figure in the music industry. Costa Titch, known for his unique style and genre-blending music, was also honored in the tribute. The crowd swayed and sang along to his hits, illustrating the lasting impact of his contributions to the diverse South African music landscape.

As the night unfolded, it became evident that the 10th annual Gagasi FM Beach Fest was more than just a music festival; it was a celebration of unity, diversity, and the power of music to bring people together. The festival’s ability to curate a lineup that appealed to a broad spectrum of music lovers ensured that everyone in attendance had a unique and unforgettable experience.

In the aftermath of this musical extravaganza, the echoes of applause, cheers, and laughter continue to resonate. Gagasi FM Beach Fest 2023 has undoubtedly raised the bar for music festivals, setting a precedent for future events. As attendees leave with memories that will last a lifetime, one can’t help but anticipate what the next edition of this iconic festival will bring. Until then, the spirit of Gagasi FM Beach Fest 2023 will linger, a testament to the power of entertainment and the magic created when a people come together to celebrate the universal language that unites us all.

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Thank you to our proud partners Vodacom, together with Vaseline, Short Left, Durban Tourism, and Road Accident Fund. See you next year!


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