Friday, August 17, 2018

Ultra South Africa 2019


Registration for South Africa's biggest dance music festival is now open, yes Ultra is back in 2019 to electrify crowds and bring you the biggest names in Dance Music currently. In what will be its 6th year running, Ultra is said to be bigger and better than the years before, offering more for you, the paying customer as you will find out more about this below. 


Big news for Ultra 2019 is the venue change, after hosting the event in the Cape Town Stadium for the past two years, organizers have chosen to move the event back to its original location at the Ostrich Farm. This will be welcome news to much of the fans as this was the preferred venue of choice for many that attended. Johannesburg venue remains the same, at Nasrec Expo Centre.


Also if you have been a loyal attendee of Ultra in the past, organisers of the event have recognized this and are offering those loyal a legacy ticket when registered for Ultra 2019. What this entitles you to is a cheaper ticket than the normal and it will also come with a wristband that is preloaded with R100 credit for you to use at Ultra 2019.  These tickets are extremely limited and will be sure to be snapped up quickly, so if you qualify, be sure to register and keep and eye on the blog for dates of ticket sales. 


Legacy ticket pricing is as follows:

Cape Town

General Access - R500* (pre-loaded with R100 credit)
VIP - R900* (pre-loaded with R100 credit)

Johannesburg:

General Access - R600* (pre-loaded with R100 credit)
VIP - R1000* (pre-loaded with R100 credit)

Dates for Ultra 2019






Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Corona SunSets Durban 2018 - Win Tickets!


With tickets for the Corona SunSets Festival in Durban at the end of September selling fast, we thought we'd give a few lucky people a chance to win tickets to probably the biggest event to the kick off the Durban party season. With a lineup that includes the likes of international DJ and producer Robin Schulz and a host of South Africa's hottest artists, like DJ Fresh, Timo ODV, Lady Zamar, Goodluck to just name a few, you know this party is not to be missed. 


But what makes the Corona SunSets Festival unique, is the whole setup, having attended events in Cape Town and Johannesburg, I can honestly say Durban is in for something special. It's unlike any other festival that's been held before in the Province. It's a very laid back setup with lots areas for chilling, a beach sand dance floor area with the Mandala stage prominent from all views. It's a festival dedicated to the sun and at SunSet the Mandala lights up with the performances. The music will be different to what you're used to hearing most dance festivals with a more deep house vibe as well as their hits. 


Sounds like something you'd like to attend? Well you and a partner could partying the night away at Shongweni on the 29th of September courtesy of the Bucket and Corona SunSets Festival. We have 5 sets of double tickets to give away! And it's so simple to enter, all you have to do is follow us on Facebook or Instagram and follow these instructions.


For a Facebook entry, share THIS POST and state "I want to win with the Bucket and Corona" be sure to tag us in the post. Entries will only be valid if you have "Liked" the Bucket Facebook Page . 

Instagram entry, comment on THIS POST with "I want to win with the Bucket and Corona". Again, entries will only be valid if you are following the Bucket Instagram account

There is no limit to entries, and the competition closes on Friday, the 24th of August. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Saturday the 25th on both Facebook and Instagram.


If you would like to purchase tickets, you can do so via the Nutickets website

Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday Choon: Steve Aoki - Lie To Me feat. Ina Wroldsen


It's been a while since we've heard from Steve, he has been making music but nothing that stood out, his latest collaboration with Ina Wroldsen has though. The name might sound familiar, as she had her hit single with Jax Jones "Breathe" topping the charts earlier this year. Her sounds with Steve, titled "Lie To Me" has sort of the same beat but at a much mellow frequency, you could be mistaken to thinking it is a slower version of Breathe but soon you'll realise it has it own characteristics and really a great track. It's a perfect chilled song to get the week going. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Bucket Seat: 2018 Toyota Yaris S


The Toyota Yaris has come a long way since it was first introduced in the market, and to this day you still find many of that first generation models on the road, proving Toyota's reliability is not just something people speak of but really is true. Much like most of their cars, the Yaris is built rock solid and for many was the perfect budget hatchback to suit most commuters. Over the years though the Yaris had to evolve to provide some competition to the others in its segment and as a result, the budget hatch soon lost the "budget" tag and now moving slowly to a premium type of vehicle but one things for sure, Toyota are not compromising on the quality of vehicle it's giving its customers and after driving the latest version of the Yaris, it really is a big step up from the one of old. 


DESIGN

The new Yaris brings in Toyota's new design language which will see a change in most of the line up with the newer generation models coming in. The car does look significantly larger than its predecessor, and has a lot of lines to it which make it look more sportier and gives the entire car a nice flow. The new long sweeping head lamps which extend to the side of the car but start from the front where it's met by a split grille winged onto a triangular nose which flows down from the bonnet and has the Toyota emblem displayed. I had the Yaris S model, which the S stands for "Sport" hence it was fitted with a sport kit, with extra front lip, side skirts and rear spoiler. It did make the car look more aggressive than the normal model. The large honeycomb air intake in front has two LED light clusters on either side, just below the headlamps and has two fog lamps. The side profile of the Yaris has changed as well with a larger frame and the design of the windows merge into a blacked out pillar which slants into the rear windscreen. The curvature of the glass molds the shape of the rear lights, like the front is long and sweeps around to the side. Overall, the design is still subjective to me, while I've met many people who like it, for me it still seems a bit odd. 


PERFORMANCE

All Yaris models come with the same 1.5 litre engine, even thought the model I had was the Sport, no performance upgrades were done to the engine. It's an inline 4 cylinder motor which churns out at reasonable 79kW and 140Nm of torque. When it comes to cars like the Yaris which would be used as a daily run around and moved up a segment to a small family mobile, the most important figure you're going to be looking at is the fuel economy and while it has a 1.5 litre engine, oddly the Yaris came in a 5 speed manual gearbox. Now while I don't really have an issue with a 5 speed box, you can tell when the car needs that extra gear and the Yaris definitely does. I'm pretty sure it would help dropping the economy rate which isn't bad but good be better. Other than that, the Yaris engine does perform really well both on the highway and suburban driving. 


COMFORT

The new Yaris is much bigger than the old one and it really is spacious. The leather seats which come standard in the Sport model almost look like racing seats but are super comfy. The textures and trimmings are really of great quality as well. You could get 5 adults in there with a small squeeze but nothing that would be too uncomfortable. The ride quality in the new Yaris is really great, and even on the various gradients of surfaces I really couldn't fault it. Handling on the car is also quite superb, even though the car is bigger it's very easy to maneuver around, it's tight turn circle helps in this regard. 


TECHNOLOGY

We've seen Toyota introduce the large touchscreen multimedia players in their previous generation models but it was lacking a lot but the new decks they seem to be coming with have a wide array of features. Apart from the basic radio/ Bluetooth connectivity, it has USB and HDMI ports, satellite navigation, Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity, as well as mirror share! The system can also pair with WiFi and use apps such as YouTube and weather! While many aren't that technology inclined as yet since most of these features are relatively new, Toyota also include easy step by step videos which are built in to the deck, to show you how to connect and make use of these features. Something that's pretty cool and the first from a manufacturer that I know of. 


VERDICT

Overall the Yaris still remains a fun to drive small hatch, while it has grown in size, it seems to have matured along the way and really is a car for anybody. While I did mentioned the price has gone up, if you have to compare it to other cars in it's segment, it is still bang for buck worth the money. It offers more, it's reliable and you can't beat that Toyota heritage. It's the perfect in-betweener from the Etios and the new Auris which is due in the country soon. The Yaris has really been given a premium feel, and if you look at the details like the stitching and how well laid out the cabin is, you realise how much Toyota have upped their game. I'm really liking what I'm seeing from them so far and it's only going to get better.



SPECIFICATIONS

 Engine
 1.5  Litre 
 Gear Box
 5 Speed Manual
 Power
79kW
 Torque
140Nm
 Top Speed
180km/h (electronically governed)
 Economy
5.9 L/100km
 Price
 R288,700



















Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Riaad Moosa, Life Begins Tour



If you missed it the first time round, don't stress because the funny Doctor Riaad Moosa is back by popular demand with his hit show "Life Begins"! Performing to sellout shows around the country, some might not have gotten the opportunity to witness this sidesplitting take on Riaad's journey into the 40's, as such there as been an uproar from many who called for bring the show back to Durban. Riaad and the organisers have heeded your call and have scheduled dates for the 12th and 13th of October at the Sibaya Casnio. .

The show is a snapshot into his life after turning 50 and how he has to juggle being a father of four children, a husband, a comedian and an actor, all while taking in the current cultural and political climates around us.


"Even though I am now 40, in many ways, I feel like I'm still crawling and I'm looking back at my journey from being an aspirational doctor, coming from a relatively conservative Muslim background, where both my parents were doctors, and how I actually journeyed to becoming a stand-up comedian" says Riaad.

As an award-winning comedian, actor, write and presenter, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa's most popular and acclaimed funny men and he happens to be a qualified medical doctor too! Although he never ended up practicing medicine, Riaad is still fondly known as the "Comedy Doctor" and he certainly seems to have the remedy for the nation's ills - a healthy dose of laughter, straight up - and hold the asprin!

"The show is very philosophical and existential. It involves the normal issues of getting older while at the same time experiencing, at a maturity where I'm supposed to be wise, a world that is completely turned on its head. And it's about how I negotiate all these things happening around me while trying to maintain a positive attitude. Through my comedic lens, I hope to put a different spin on that and hopefully my next 40 years will be lived with renewed vigour and excitement",  Moosa adds.

The show is rated PG for language and starts at 20h00. Tickets from R160 and are available through Computicket. 


Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday Choon: Gabriel & Dresden feat. Sub Teal - Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix)


As party season starts to heat up in Ibiza, we thought we'd bring you some of the heat from there to warm us up here in South Africa. This week's featured track is one that has been getting a lot of traction of recent, it's the Cosmic Gate Remix of Grabriel & Dresden's song, featuring Sub Teal titled "Only Road".  It's been getting massive play not only in the clubs but by also various artists in the festivals such as Tomorrowland and this past weekend at Untold in Romania. Above & Beyond are massive fans of this track, well it might also be because it is produced by their Anjuna Beats label so it is expected. Either way, it's a great track and a perfect way to get the week off to an uplifting way.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Corona SunSets Festival - Durban Support Acts


As most of you already know, Corona SunSets Festival is hitting the East Coast of South Africa for the first time at the end of September this year, with international head line act Robin Schulz being at the helm, he is to be joined by some phenomenal local support acts who will set the SunSet scene and get the hype going until Robin hits the stage. Today we're going to bring you some background on some of the artist that will be performing at the Shongweni Polo Club on the 29th of September. 


First up on that lineup is Lady Zamar, bringing some femininity to the stage and representing SA house music with her high-energy stage performance, no doubt including her current number 1 'Collide'.  Next up we have everyone's favourite, the Big Dawg of house music in SA, DJ Fresh! His rhythmic beats is loved world over and he definitely needs no introduction. Another local act that needs no introduction locally is Good Luck, Jules and the boys have been making some fresh new music and cannot wait to share it with the crowds in KZN. 


Probably one of the hottest names in the SA circuit at the moment, Timo ODV, he is a multi-talented superstar, and his music if proof of it. Local crooner Matthew Mole will join him and the rest of the lineup with his very SunSet mix of sexy and chill, bringing the crowd closer to the magical SunSet mandala moment. 


Black Motion may have made it big internationally but are proudly homegrown and their African-inspired house music will stand out amongst even the talented cast and their set is surely one not to be missed. Then we have SAMA-Award winning DJ Kent who will be bringing his blend of vocal-infused house music to the stage. Joining him is Congalese superstar, Tresor who brings the cool to the stage with his tropical sounding set, perfect for any SunSet Moment. 


Closing off the night we have two Durban natives, with Memeza hitmaker Benny Maverick and DJ Bashkar who round off the event beautifully, ending the day/night on a memorable note. Early bird tickets for this event is already sold out with the phase 1 selling fast as well! So hurry up and purchase yours now for the inaugural leg of the Durban Corona SunSets Festival. 

General Access Phase 1 - R300 (Final Phase R400)
VIP Final Phase - R600*

*VIP comes with private bar, well maintained private toilets, exclusive access parking and an elevated vantage point for the best views at the festival. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Bucket Seat: 2018 Ford EcoSport - First Impressions


Ford are currently launching their new EcoSport in the country, a car that many have grown to love since its introduction into the market, with over 45,000 units being sold in SA alone. The thing that made this compact SUV so popular was it's multiple award winning 1 litre EcoBoost engine. The new EcoSport will have 2 engine variants, keeping that fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine with a new six-speed automatic transmission available on selected models as well as the 1.5 TDCi diesel engine which is only available on the Ambiente model. 


Whats new? Well there's more that meets the eye with the new Ford EcoSport, starting off at the design which overall looks the same as the outgoing model but if you look closely there have been some modifications. The front trapizoidal grille has grown and has been elevated giving the car a more aggressive and prominent stance. The front headlamps are angled to suit this new configuration and adds to the bold look of the front end, below the headlamps are fog lamps encased in a triangular housing. The overall design is sleeker and has a new range of alloy wheels to choose from, around the back much remains the same from the previous model which is a bit disappointing. 


The interior has received a nice revamp, stand out feature is the large floating 6.5" touch screen on the Trend models, which is upgraded 8" touch screen on the Titanium, both  complete with Ford's SYNC 3 entertainment system which is standard on the Trend and Titanium models. This incorporates Bluetooth and voice control and has the option to load Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The rest of the cabin is very ergonomically designed, providing comfort for both the driver and their passengers. The EcoSport has keyless entry and push start ignition with auto start stop for extra fuel saving. 


There's a poplar saying, that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and essentially that is what Ford have done here, but in saying that they have improved on things that needed to be, like the interior and tech aspects. The new EcoSport is really a great vehicle for those looking at getting a fuel efficient SUV which looks great, is spacious and great value for money. Pricing on the models is as follows. 


EcoSport 1.5 TSCi Ambiente 5MT  -      R 264 500
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6MT -      R 287 500
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6AT   -     R 300 700
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6MT -  R327 800
EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT - R 339 900



Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday Choon: Au/Ra & Camelphat - Panic Room


We got some deep house to get the week going today, British DJ and production duo Camelphat did a great remix of Alternate/ Indie songstress Au/Ra not too long ago. The original by her was released at the beginning of the year, has a more dark sound to it but Mike and Dave gave it a bit of an uplift-ment treatment, keeping the same vibe but adding those deep bass tones and that distinctive Camelphat beat. It's getting some decent airplay on some of the local stations and great track to listen to. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Bucket Seat: Lexus NX300


The Lexus NX was the Japanese luxury car manufacturers answer to the much popular compact SUV market. With the market already being dominated by the luxury German brands, Lexus knew that it wont be an easy feat for them but credit to them, they took on the challenge and while it might not be the most popular SUV on the road, they do sell their fair share of them. With the Toyota heritage, you know you're not just getting a raised car but a proper SUV, and while it might not have full off-roading capabilities, it  will do more than just hop a curb. I got given the updated NX300 F-Sport to drive around with for a week, having seen it often on the road I was quite excited to see what it had to offer. While certain elements did surprise me about the car, it still stays true to form as every Lexus does. 


DESIGN

In 2009 Lexus changed it's design language and introduced the world to "L-Finesse Design". it is compromised by two ideas; leading-edge and finesse and was showcased in the LF-Ch concept. It was uncharacteristic from the company, as they always played the safe, conservative card when it came to their designs, in fact many labelled them as "boring" but these was anything but boring! The lines, the edges, the sleekness of the overall package just left people astounded but it was a concept so how much of this would translate into the production models? Well a lot if it! From the IS, RC, LX, RX and the recently launched LC, Lexus has changed the way people see their brand, its exciting, cutting edge and futuristic. Much is the same with the NX, the lines on this car sometimes seem impossible but some how they've done, and done it with style.  When I got the NX, I tweeted some pictures and said, "I'm driving the best looking compact SUV on the road at the moment" and no one disagreed. 


No matter what angle you look at the NX, it is perfection, the F-Sport guise which I had, gives the model more character with the large spindle grille and the brushed aluminium front sill which ties along the front. The split head lamps with LED day time running lights below just add to the flamboyance of the design. Another great thing about Lexus is the paint offerings, with a car like this, no ordinary paint will make it stand out, so the range they have available really elevated the design in every possible way. I was driving a White Quartz which is almost like a pearl white but with more sheen. It's sparkles in minimal light and you can watch it for hours catching the suns rays which it transform colour throughout the day. The large 18" alloy wheels were finished in a dark metal, which accentuates the car and adds to the aggressive look. While being modern and futuristic the entire package works well and ties up quite nicely in the rear with a clean but edgy look. The Side profile is rather attractive too, with big wheel arches showing off that raised suspension. 


PERFORMANCE

When the NX was first introduced, it came in the NX300 which was naturally aspirated, later on, the NX200t was introduced, sporting a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, in the latest upgrade the NX300 badge is re-introduced but with the turbo engine, which in my opinion is the right way to go. While the purist might appreciate naturally aspirated engines, in the type of driving people do on the regular, turbos make a whole lot more sense and also brings down that fuel economy figure. The NX is a big car, so don't be mistaken by the the "compact", part of its description, it competes with the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC, if you comparing it to its sister company, you could probably say this is a more luxurious version of the Rav-4. The engine is a breakthrough for Lexus as they say it is their first Eco Turbo engine, where by the cylinder head is integrated with the exhaust manifold along with the twin scroll turbocharger which is a worlds first in this combination. This achieves 235 bhp,  175kW and 350Nm of torque. The turbo lag is almost non existent, so much so you might think there isn't a turbo in there. The torque does help a lot in this aspect of the car, it is also a well balanced vehicle, so around bends or in a straight line, it gives the driver confidence in what they're doing. 


COMFORT

Moving onto the inside of the car, the design follows the same lines as the outside with more quirky styling and a protruding but sculpted center console, which for some might not be their cup of tea but it works. There's a nice mixture of textures and fabrics on the interior that makes it inviting and comfortable to be in. The brushed aluminium and chrome aspects shout out the sportiness of the F-Sport but the elements of class are brought in with the analogue clock placed high up just below the aircon vents. Ride quality on the NX is quite soft, not as smooth as the bigger Lexus SUV offerings but that could also be down to the large rims on the car but for everyday driving it could rival any German competitor. The car comes with dual climate control air-conditioning as well as seat warmers and coolers for the front occupants. In the rear, there is ample space for the passengers with good height room, given the shape of the car I thought it would be a bit tight but it was more than adequate. The boot space is quite generous as well and the automatic tailgate means there's no stretching to close the lid when you're done. 


TECHNOLOY

The NX might not be packed with tech options like some other brands but what it does offer is a lot of the compulsory stuff as standard and not something you need to tick off on a sheet. That was always the difference with Lexus, while their prices might seem a bit steep when comparing to other vehicles in its class, a big mistake people would do is compare the Lexus which is fully stocked to a base model of another brand. Some of the standard tech for me is the LED lights which in this day and age is a must, the smart entry system works really well with it doubling as a proximity sensor so the car when locked recognizes when you're near it and unlocks for you, don't worry if you're nearby and someone else tries to open the door, it won't open.  The large 10.3" multimedia display is quite easy on the eye but the touch pad might take a while to get used to. I watched a review on the LS500 where they said, the only reason we find it tricky to use is because we're not used to it, and they were 100% correct. After 4 days or so, you kind get to know what you're doing with it. Some of the driver support systems like Hill assist control kicks in automatically, so when taking off from a stand still on a hill, the electronic brake holds the car in place until there is enough momentum to move forward. AI shift control technology works well when in Sports mode which enables sporty shifting in accordance with the driving conditions which provides excellent acceleration. 


VERDICT

Apart from its great looks the NX300 F-Sport is really a good package, it delivers what it promises and you won't be disappointed. While the alternative options in the market might have some differences that make you want to change your mind, all you have to do is put them side by side, and you can see why you'll stand out more in this car. The great thing about compact SUV's is that it can be used for so much more than just road trips and light off-roading, with many choosing this segment of cars, it pushes brands to make their vehicles appealing, so like the NX you're going to get more luxury, more sportiness, more technology in them and for me the NX already ticks all those boxes and is a perfect all-rounder. While the acclaimed fuel consumption is 7.1, you will average around 9 in city driving which again is not that bad when comparing to other cars in the segment, its a pity Lexus doesn't offer a diesel variant but there is a Hybrid model available and it isn't that much more expensive. 


SPECIFICATIONS

 Engine
 2.0 Litre tubro
 Gear Box
 6 Speed Auto
 Power
175kW
 Torque
350Nm
 Top Speed
200km/h (electronically governed)
 Economy
7.1 L/100km
 Price
 R797,500