Real Concerts, headed up by Roddy Quin, is one of South Africa's foremost concert promoters. Since Real Concerts' inception in 1994, Quin has gained a reputation as South Africa's most adventurous promoter and has successfully brought to the country many international music and comedy acts, among them Kylie Minogue, Michael McIntyre, Tracy Chapman, Eddie Izzard, Kevin Hart, Massive Attack, Skunk Anansie, Faithless, Hootie and the Blowfish, Tevin Campbell and Youssou N 'Dour.

Real Concerts is always keen to explore fresh terrain and established Real Comedy in 1998, blazing a hugely successful comedy trail, (starting with Steven Wright's 1998 SA shows) proving that South Africans really love to laugh. Real took comedy out of clubs and launched it in to big arenas, unleashing a number of events that have captured the imagination of a growing number of comedy fans throughout the country. Blacks Only Comedy was established in 2004 and is the biggest comedy show in South Africa.

Quin and his team have also entered the contemporary theatre arena and successfully produced a 12-week run of the Ben Elton play, Popcorn, in Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Boys in The Photograph.

Quin and his skilled Real Concerts team draw on 30+ years experience in the industry to ensure high production values and absolute attention to detail when promoting any event. It's this commitment combined with a deep appreciation and understanding of the global entertainment arena that ensures Real Concerts remains ahead of the crowd.


Real Concerts was responsible for promoting South Africa's first single concert promoting an international and South African line-up of artists. In October 1996, Real Concerts brought eager music fans an all day festival that featured Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour, Spin Doctors, The Mission, Yothu Yindi, Johnny Clegg, Lucky Dube and 25 premier South African acts split over two stages.

The company is just as adept at producing and promoting exclusive, small-scale shows. One of the most successful of these was Bill Cosby's private fund raising performance on Robben Island, on behalf of President Mandela's office, which drew 80 top South African politicians and business people. Cosby's show then moved to Johannesburg for two sell out dates.

WOMAD SOUTH AFRICA: Roots and World music has no bigger brand than WOMAD (World Of Music, Arts And Dance) and it is Real Concerts who staged the first ever festival in South Africa in February 1999, showcasing the talents of close to 30 international and domestic acts. A three-day event that took place in Johannesburg, more than 20 000 South Africans streamed through the turnstiles at South Africa's inaugural WOMAD, which was declared a resounding success. Among the artists appearing at WOMAD were Jackson Browne, Baaba Maal, Funmental, Johnny Clegg and Juluka, Brenda Fassie, Drummers of Burundi and many, many more. In April 2000, the WOMAD festival provided a dazzling array of 25 home-grown and global acts, among them Joan Armatrading, Heather Nova and Afro Celt Sound System. WOMAD SA festival was staged again in September 2001.

Heavyweight Comedy Jam: In 2000, the Heavyweight Comedy Jam was established with five of SA's top comedians playing to a sold-out audience (3 500) at Gauteng's Gallagher Estate, before moving onto sold out shows in Port Elizabeth (PE Opera House), Cape Town (3 Arts Theatre) and Durban (ICC).

Vinyl Experience: March 2001 saw Real Concerts stage the Vinyl Experience, which brought the hugely popular Frankie Knuckles and a host of SA DJs to Johannesburg, (in an event promoted with YFM), and Cape Town where Metro FM was the Vinyl Experience's broadcast partner.

Dance Experience: The freshest talent on the UK circuit - FC Kahuna, Matt Lawes and Mark Wilkinson (Problem Kids) - along with SA’s hottest DJs played Johannesburg (Club Illusions June1st) and Cape Town (The Fez June 2nd) in events promoted with 5FM.

46664: Real Concerts produced the 46664 series in South Africa and internationally between 2003 and 2008. 46664 were AIDS charity concerts played in honour of Nelson Mandela by South African and foreign musicians in Cape Town on 29th November 2003, in George on 19th March 2015, in Tromso, Norway on 11th June 2005, in Johannesburg on 1st December 2007 and in London’s Hyde Park on 27th June 2008 and Madison Square Garden in New York on 18th July 2009.


Roddy has been involved in concert promotion and artist management for the past 30+ years, working with both international and South African events and artists. In the culturally isolated 1980s, Roddy was intimately involved in the careers of (amongst others) two of South Africa's hottest acts - Johnny Clegg and Mango Groove, whom he toured both at home and abroad. During this decade, Roddy staged two of the biggest concert tours and the first stadium tour of South Africa with a South African artist (Mango Groove) - breaking all attendance records and winning the highly coveted SA TV1 Toyota Top 20 Award for the "Most Successful and Best Promoted Concert in South Africa".

In 1989, Roddy staged the Human Rainbow Concert, which joined black and white South African artists on the same stage. The concert was banned by the South African government, resulting in a year-long court battle, which finally saw the ruling overturned. That landmark decision meant mixed concerts were allowed in South Africa, without having to apply for government approval.

A firm supporter of the cultural boycott, Roddy only entered the international arena when it was lifted. Having successfully promoted numerous South African concerts, moving in this terrain was a natural progression that saw Roddy successfully promoting hundreds of international concerts in South Africa, including Phil Collins, Sting, Midnight Oil, Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Joe Cocker, Bryan Adams, Crowded House and Whitney Houston.

In 1994 Real Concerts was formed and since then the list of international artists Roddy has worked with, as well as the areas he has moved into, have expanded rapidly.


  • 21 Songs - featured a collection of SA artists and Joan Armatrading
  • 46664 Concerts (* see below)
  • 46664 It's No Joke Comedy series
  • 50 Cent
  • 5FM 25th Birthday Concert with Smashing Pumpkins and James
  • Afro Celt Sound System
  • Andrew Lloyd Weber's Boys in the Photograph
  • Anthems of Democracy
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Basement Jaxx
  • Ben Elton's Popcorn (a theatre production)
  • Bill Cosby
  • Blacks Only Comedy Series
  • Bryan Adams
  • Camel 1-Triple-9
  • Camel Ibiza Experience 2000
  • Crash Test Dummies
  • Crowded House
  • Dance Experience
  • Depeche Mode
  • Dr Alban
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Faithless
  • Garbage
  • Heather Nova
  • Heavy Weight Comedy Jam
  • Hootie and The Blowfish
  • Human Rainbow Concert
  • Hurly Burly Show
  • Jesse Clegg
  • Jim Jefferies
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Joan Armatrading
  • Joe Cocker
  • Johnny Clegg and Juluka
  • Johnny Clegg Best Live and Unplugged
  • Johnny Clegg The Final Journey World Tour
  • Johnny Clegg The Full Story
  • Johnny Clegg The Music & The Dance
  • Johnny Clegg The South African Story
  • Just Jinjer
  • Kevin Hart
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Lucky Dube
  • Mango Groove
  • Massive Attack
  • Michael Learns To Rock
  • Michael McIntyre
  • Midnight Oil
  • Phil Collins
  • Placebo
  • President Mandela's 80th Birthday Concert, with Stevie Wonder, Kenny Lattimore, Chaka Khan, and Dru Hill
  • Prime Circle
  • Radio 5FM's birthday concerts
  • Radio Metro's birthday concerts
  • Real Concert Series
  • Real Unplugged Sessions
  • Russel Peters
  • Shaggy
  • Simple Minds
  • Skunk Anansie - 1997 and 2000 tours
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Spin Doctors
  • Stars from the Apollo
  • State of The Nation music festivals - 1998, 1999 and 2000
  • Steven Wright
  • Sting
  • Storm Fashion show, featuring Kate Moss and Georgianna Robertson
  • Tailor
  • Tevin Campbell
  • The Mission
  • Thoroughly Modern Milly
  • Tracy Chapman
  • Tribute Magazine's 10th Anniversary Jazz concert
  • Vinyl Experience
  • Whitney Houston
  • Womad 2000
  • Womad '99
  • Yothu Yindi
  • Youssou N'Dour

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