There used to be a time when, as a South African, I would look on enviously as overseas countries attracted all the world’s biggest stars while South Africa had to make do with one or two A-listers a year – if that at all

However, things have changed in recent years.

These days, South Africans have to budget cleverly if they want to be able to watch all their favourite performers and still pay all their monthly bills – such is the calibre of talent (and price of tickets…) that is heading to Mzansi in the next few months.

Here are just a few concerts and music festivals that you cannot miss between now and mid-2019.

Beyoncé – Global Citizen Festival

The Global Citizen Festival is probably the biggest outdoor event to take place in South Africa in a long time.

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Coinciding with the Mandela centenary celebrations, Global Citizen has secured Beyoncé and Jay Z, Usher, Pharrell Williams and many other high profile musicians and celebrities to perform.

Ed Sheeran will also be in the lineup but if you can’t make it on the second of December then you can always catch…

Ed Sheeran – Divide Tour

Ed Sheeran will be bringing his worldwide Divide Tour to South Africa in 2019.

From the 23rd of March, you’ll be able to catch the ginger-haired, loop pedalling hitmaker in Cape Town and Johannesburg.