Late Night Comedy at the Catalina

"We are giving away two sets of double tickets to late night comedy at The Catalina Theatre in conjunction with ON Fire Comedy.

All you have to do to win is share the event and tag The Factory Cafe…easy :) 

Follow this link to the event…happy sharing!


A Charity Gig

This Thursday at the cafe we have we’ll be hosting an epic charity gig and it will be great to have you! Its for a great cause, check it out…

#90Days, 90 Towns 90 Gigs

Singer/Songwriter Natalie Chapman aligns with EPIC Foundation in her endeavour to visit 90 towns in 90 days performing 90 gigs and hosting talks across South Africa raising awareness for and bringing a voice to the millions of victims of violent crime in South Africa. The journey will be documented via online streaming, Filming, traditional media and through social networking. One woman on an Epic Mission!

R30 entry
Donations Welcome

Sponsored by KIA Motors South Africa Marshall Music Woodmead Woman INpowered Primi World


Side By Side Gig


This Sunday we’re really excited to be hosting Josie Fields and Laurie Levine as they perform a Durban leg of their “Side By Side” tour.

The folksy, one of a kind duo, with 16 years of experience, 8 albums and a dozen SAMA nominations between them are going to be a real treat to watch so be sure to pull into the cafe this Sunday.

Date: Sunday 30th March.
Time: 11.30am, but we’ll be open from 10.30am
Place: The Factory Cafe (369 Magwaza Maphalala).
Bookings: info@factorycafe.co.za/ 031 205 3283. 


Jenna Fredman

This Thursday evening we’re having a lovely picnic gig under our fairy lights, you can catch the details here.

Jenna Fredman is one of the acts we’re luck enough to hear perform on Thursday. Jen describes her sound like this:

"I have an acoustic folk sound and enjoy covering bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy, Iron and Wine, Johnny Cash and the occasional golden oldie that people can sing along to."

Pull into the cafe on Thursday night for this "pay with a tweet" gig to hear her sweet sound! In the mean time follow Jenna on twitter @JenFredman


Pay with a Tweet

Imagine the cafe at night.
The industrial feel heightened by the lack of daylight,
The twinkle of our fairy lights adding a sense of hope to the factory.
Sweet sounding music rolling through the rafters 
The hazy buzz of banter trapping the silence.

This Thursday evening we can make this, and more, happen. At 6.30pm our doors will be opening for all you fine folks. You’ll be serenaded by three epic Durban bands- Jenna Fredman, Karma Arcade, and Faye and Wren. Pizza and drinks will be on sale so pull in and bring a picnic blanket with you.

ENTRANCE: To gain FREE entrance, tweet to @thefactorycafe any time this week about the gig and use #factorycafe. Otherwise you can pay R30 at the door. 


Words of Wisdom from Dani Carrilho

"Make coffee, not war."

These are wise words from Dani, our incredible cafe manager.


Saturday Sessions: Hyde and the Resistance

Our Saturday Sessions are becoming a popular vibe to be at. This Saturday we’ll be hanging out to the sound of Hyde and the Resistance. Music starts at 11am, bring a friend.

Hyde and the Resistance is a three piece melodic rock band from Durban, South Africa. The band formed early 2013 by Preston Ellapen (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Princeton Ellapen (bass guitar) and Shannon John (drums and backing vocals). The band draws influence from Switchfoot, U2, Muse and Coldplay and yet they have something remarkably different to offer the music industry. It’s their combination of positive lyrics, stadium anthems and ability to think out of the genre box that makes them unique and assures the listener that they will be around for a while.

H.A.T.R current focus is their live performances and building a fan base. They have already shared stages with bands such as Dance Your on Fire, Cutting Jade, aKing and Ard Mathews. In Jan 2014 H.A.T.R launched their debut single, Freedom for Free, on community, campus and internet radio stations across South Africa. The band plans to record and release their EP before November 2014

Twitter: @hatrband




Josie & Laurie

This is an official save the date for a gig we’re really excited about. Its happening on the 30th of March here at the cafe.

The folksy, one of a kind duo with 16 years of experience, 8 albums and a dozen SAMA nominations between them are going to be a real treat to watch, so make sure you keep the 30th free.

Watch this space as we’ll be sending more details about Josie Field and Laurie Levine your way soon.


No Power? We’ve Got it Covered!

Eskom says no power. We say there’s no way we’re letting that stop us. 

According to the schedules released for all this load shedding business, our powers is being cut from 8.30am- 10.30am tomorrow (Saturday) morning. This interferes with our Saturday Sessions which we think are too sweet to cancel. So, we’ve made a plan. We’ll have tea’s, cold drinks, slow brew and filter coffee’s, some tasty treats and we can still cook delicious scrambled eggs on our gas stoves.

More than this you’ll be serenaded by the lovely sound of the Durban based duo, Faye and Wren from 11am. 

So don’t sit around twiddling your thumbs and staring at your walls tomorrow morning, come hang out.


For the Love of Locals #1


Over the next while we’ll be introducing you to some of the locals who hang out at the cafe. Most of these guys visit us daily and we’re just so stoked that they are a part of this Factory Cafe family!

This week we’d like you to meet Jeff. Its rather fitting that he’s the first to be mentioned as Jeff was probably the first customer here at the factory. He’s watched this place evolve from nothing to something over the past few years.

If you ask Jeff why he keeps coming back day after day he’ll tell you that is because of the coffee. He loves the way it tastes and thrives off of the caffeine kick it gives him.

Friendly, easy to talk too, full of good advice and very polite, Jeff is such a pleasure to see everyday.

Next time you’re at the cafe be sure to give Jeff a hi-5!



Serving you coffee & making you smile since 2011. Destination, music venue & art gallery inside Colombo coffee roastery in Durban - South Africa. Posts about Durban, coffee, music and general awesomeness with love from our barista team!


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