Go with the flow at Tings
Tings an’ Times
Tings an' Times in Pretoria offers a live South African music experience with a twist. This mid-sized venue is styled along Jamaican lines, with an excellent menu, and regularly features top class performances from South Africa's best bands and musicians.
The Interior of Tings an' Times in Pretoria.
© Tings an Times
Tings an' Times Pretoria is a live music venue with a difference situated in the heart of the student enclave of Hatfield. Featuring Afro-Jamaican décor and portraits of reggae music icon Bob Marley, and an easy-going Rastafarian vibe, Tings an’ Times, describes itself as a “100% attitude-free zone”.
Located near the University of Pretoria, Tings an’ Times has a laidback student vibe, and as a premiere live music venue in Pretoria, it hosts has some of the best parties in town.
At this Pretoria live music venue, expect live music performances 3 nights a week, on weekday nights, while weekends usually see DJs performing during themed parties.
Musically speaking, their focus is on new and original acts, usually with an alternative slant, although you can also expect to see a few local heavyweights from the pop, rock and reggae genres too. Being Jamaican-themed, DJs tend to focus on playing reggae and dub, though the venue's eclecticism allows for much, much more.
Don't let the Jamaican theme and laidback atmosphere fool you into thinking that it is some kind of down-at-heel student venue. The food really is superb - a bit out of the ordinary and cheap. A well-stocked bar and excellent sound system means that the vibes are good and quality high.
Tings an’ Times have a no-under-21's policy and there is plenty of safe parking outside the venue. The controlled door policy also means that while a good party is always on, it's never out of control. Moreover, the bartenders and staff are amongst the friendliest - and funkiest - you will meet.
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How to get here
From Johannesburg, take the M1 North towards Pretoria. Follow the N1 North signs (Pietersburg highway). Take Exit 140 (Atterbury off-ramp). Turn left onto Atterbury Road (M11). Keep left and take Charles Street (still the M11). Turn right into Brooklyn Road (M30) and right again into on Duncan Street (M7). Follow the slipway left into Burnett Street, then turn right into Hilda or Festival streets. Tings is in Arcadia Street.
Around the area
Nearby are the suburbs of Lynwood, Sunnyside, and Arcadia, which has a number of foreign consulates and embassies. Pretoria University’s main campus is in Hatfield. Loftus Versveld stadium is within walking distance, and the Menlo Park Shopping Centre is a 15-minute drive.
Pretoria buses operate between 06ham and 18ham, and run the length of Burnett Street. If coming from outside Pretoria, self-drive is probably your best option. The Pretoria, Hatfield and Centurion Gautrain stations will be operational in June 2011.
What will it cost
Admission is free if no-one is performing. Otherwise admission varies depending on who is performing. Check the website for details.
Where to stay
There are a number of guesthouses and lodges in Hatfield and nearby Arcadia. Full service apartments are available at Protea Hotel Manor Hatfield. City Lodge Hatfield is a new 184-room hotel.
What to eat
Tings an' Times is renowned for its kitchen and vegetarians are well catered for. Nearby Hatfield has predominantly fast-food chain and franchise restaurants. Waterkloof and Arcadia have fine dining options.
Tings an' Times features a regular line-up of top South African artists. Visit the website for details of who is performing.