Performing at Tanz Café is a rite of passage for many South African musicians. This live music venue in Johannesburg features an exciting range of artists working in different genres. It's best known for its rock, blues and folk artists and has consistently been voted the city's favourite live music venue.

Did you know?

Tanz Café was also the name of a popular 1971 TV series.

What the best live music venues have in common, along with great acoustics, is a line-up of fantastic artists and loyal fans. At Tanz Café these elements combine to create an electric atmosphere, night after night.

Situated in the Buzz Centre in Johannesburg's Fourways suburb, Tanz Café has a well-deserved reputation, having been voted the city's favourite live music venue 3 times in a row. Its gig guide features the country's best musical talent, having hosted, amongst others, Jesse Clegg, Arno Carstens, Locnville, Freshlyground, Prime Circle, Evolver, Yoav, Civil Twilight and many other artists and bands.

The venue also keeps its line-up fresh by featuring lesser-known bands, giving young artists a fantastic introduction to Johannesburg’s live music scene.

This live music venue also mixes things up genre-wise, keeping audiences happy with line-ups that include rock, blues, folk, jazz and everything in between.

The stage is 10x4m in size, big enough for elaborate band set-ups, and features an impressive array of amps, speakers and mixers, including a superb Midas Venice 240 mixing console.

The venue can accommodate approx. 150 people in its restaurant section, with space for another 150 in the bar and other areas, including a mezzanine section that has been built along one side of the room, with great views of the stage. They also cater to private functions in their 60-seater private lounge and dining area.

Along with great live music, Tanz Café also serves up a delicious menu; in addition to a la carte fare, they offer set, buffet and snack menus. They have an extensive wine and cocktail list too.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Tanz Café
Tel: +27 (0) 11 658 0277

How to get here

Tanz Café is located on the busy Witkoppen thoroughfare in Fourways, Johannesburg. Travelling south on the N1 highway, take the Malibongwe off-ramp right and continue straight until you reach Witkoppen Road. Turn right into Witkoppen Road and continue straight until you reach the Buzz Shopping Centre on your left hand side.

Best time to visit

There is live music on at Tanz Café every Tuesday to Saturday evening. Visit their website for gig details.

What will it cost

Entrance to gigs varies, depending on who is performing. Expect to pay between R100 and R200 cover charge.

What to eat

Tanz Café has a very good menu, featuring everything from full meals to snacks.

What's happening

Along with a jam-packed gig calendar, every second Wednesday of each month is karaoke night at Tanz Café.

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