HEADED FOR JOZI: (from left) Top Gear's Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson will return to Johannesburg for the 2015 Top Gear Live festival in June. Image: Supplied
Top Gear Live 2015 will return to the Northgate Dome in Johannesburg, running from from June 12-14, four years after the motoring extravaganza was last held in Gauteng.
On Tuesday (March 3) Wheels24 reported that the June event was cancelled for Durban as the city reportedly had “no money” and that organisers were searching for an alternative venue.
Fans who had bought tickets for the Durban event have been contacted and offered alternatives.
BACK TO THE DOME
Johannesburg was the first city to stage the show outside the UK in 2008. To date Top Gear Live events have been held in 25 countries and performed in front of a claimed two-million fans.
Top Gear Live spokesperson James Cooke-Priest said: “South Africa has always been one of our favourite destinations on the tour not least because South Africans were the first fans outside of the UK to welcome our show so enthusiastically.
“We’re delighted to be able to bring Top Gear Live back to The Dome and have been overwhelmed by the support from previous partners, sponsors and ticket-holders."
The show will be hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May and will feature Top Gear’s famous masked stunt driver, The Stig, and a soon-to-be-revealed motoring guest.
The 90-minute show will, says organisers, debut stunts and bring back fans' favourites derived from a decade of touring. "Top Gear fans," the organisers say, "can expect lots of fire, tyre smoke, ridiculous stunts and the witty banter between Clarkson, Hammond and May."
Tickets will be for sale from March 20.
In February 2015 Durban's deputy mayor and chairperson of the city's economic development and planning committee, Nomvuzo Shabalala, was reported as saying he city had no money for the Top Gear festival or the World's Route Forum, the latter scheduled for September 2015.