Support acts, more tickets announced for Mumford & Sons


Hilltop Live has announced the opening lineup for Mumford & Sons. With a rotating cast of support acts and an emphasis on African artist incorporation, we are proud to welcome:

The Very Best
The Very Best is a collaboration between London-based DJ/production duo Radioclit and Esau Mwamwaya, a singer from Lilongwe, Malawi. Their music has been described as an Afro-Western mix of dance, hip-hop, pop, and the traditional music of Malawi.

John Wizards
John Wizards is a South African band from Cape Town formed in 2010. They are currently signed to Planet Mu records. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist John Withers, vocalist Emmanuel Nzaramba, drummer and percussionist Raphael Segerman, bassist and keyboardist Alex Montgomery, guitarist Tom Parker and guitarist and keyboardist Geoff Brink. The band released its self-titled first album in September 2012, which includes the singles “Lusaka by Night” and “Muizenberg”. The band’s style has been described as a mix of R&B, soukous, afro-pop, reggae, South African house, Shangaan electro and dub.

The band have toured extensively in Europe and the UK over the past few years, including festival appearances at Glastonbury, Primavera Sound, Field Day, Pukkelpop, Worldwide Festival, Latitude and Melt! Festival, as well as supporting Jagwar Ma on their UK tour in 2013.

Beatenberg is a fresh new face in pop music from South Africa. Or rather, three faces, handsome and young and intelligent. The faces are of Matthew Field, who also has a beautiful voice and plays the guitar, Ross Dorkin, who has beautiful hands that play the bass, and Robin Brink, who has a beautiful life-force and plays the drums like a nutcase.

Despite being in love with and schooled in ‘serious music’ like Beethoven, Debussy and John Coltrane, (Ross and Matthew studied music together at the University of Cape Town) Beatenberg is adamant that they are heard as ‘pop music’, which they believe is actually quite serious too.

Songwriter Matthew says: ‘It’s about emotions, images and fleeting senses of things: the mad stuff that everyone feels and almost understands.’

Baaba Maal
Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. He is well known in Africa and internationally is Senegal’s most famous musician. In addition to acoustic guitar, he also plays percussion. He has released several albums, both for independent and major labels. In July 2003, he was made a UNDP Youth Emissary.

Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking people, who live on either side of the Senegal River in the ancient Senegalese kingdom of Futa Tooro.

Baaba Maal will have the honour of performing with Mumford & Sons during their performance.

Running orders for each show will be released shortly.

Another set of tickets
Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce that they will be releasing a number of tickets for each of their first ever South African live performances next year. Fans are able to register for the remaining tickets via a ballot this week.

The band, arguably one of the most exciting live acts of their generation, broke all South African ticketing records back in September when they announced six shows for 2016 and sold out all 85,000 tickets in minutes. They are now offering the opportunity for all ticketless fans to register via from the 8th December, to be in with an opportunity to purchase official tickets, at face value to the show of their choice. It gives disappointed fans another, final chance to gain entry to some of the most highly anticipated live shows in this country for years.

In association with Gentlemen of the Road and Hilltop Live, South African Mumford & Sons fans can register for their chance to buy face value tickets via between 8th and 13th December. By registering, everyone has a fair chance to get hold of these remaining tickets. On Monday 14th December, a generator will randomly draw out registered users, and these users will be able to purchase tickets to the show of their choice.

For fans who aren’t randomly drawn from the generator, they will still stand a chance of being drawn to win a selection of amazing hampers of merchandise and albums from Universal Music South Africa, that includes the new Mumford & Sons album, ‘Wilder Mind’

For more information on the sign up please head to or

1. Fans register on
2. When registration closes (13 December), a random generator will select a number of registered users – these users will be emailed a unique voucher code that must be at Computicket.
3. Users log onto / visit Computicket to purchase their tickets and will be required to enter your voucher code. This code unlocks your reserved tickets.

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Nikita Ramkissoon

Editor at So Much Music
Nikita is a Journalism and Education lecturer by day and music Jedi master by night. She can be seen in the photography pit or stage left with her Wookie husband. She can also be found trying to source corn dogs. If you see her, buy her a corn dog. She loves corn dogs.