R210pp until 15 August, thereafter R250pp (kids 6 and under are free) or R300 at the gate.
Tickets are available from St John’s College shop or below at web tickets.
Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!


Bring your picnic basket and join us for a night of spectacular music and fireworks to celebrate the 120th birthday of St John’s College.

The St John’s College Symphony Orchestra and Prep and College bands will take us on a musical journey through 120 years of the history of the school, supported by an AV display featuring rare and historical visuals from the school’s archives.   This journey down memory lane will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display against the magnificent backdrop of St John’s College. The evening will end with a toe-tapping performance by Michael Ferguson. 

A variety of gourmet food trucks will be serving delicious food and soft drinks. Picnic baskets can be ordered from the Old Johannian Club by emailing [email protected] You are welcome to bring your own wine, beer and soft drinks to the venue, however hard liquor will not be allowed.

Click Here to download Guidelines and tips on how to avoid undue stress towards all animals during On The Night.

The PA is committed to ensuring that we track and manage noise levels caused by both the Pyrotechnics and the music. To this end we commission an environmental impact assessment every year. 

Summary of The Environmental Impact Report from 2017:

A Study was commissioned to measure the noise levels.  Noise levels were measured at 3 points:

1 = Eastern Side of Jhb Zoo (Upper Park Drive)
2 = Bottom of Munroe Drive
3 = On the field

“The pyrotechnics display was for a short period of time only and although the sound was audible on the boundaries  of the property, and at a distance when there was no traffic, it at no stage threatened the hearing capabilities of the residents abutting St John College.”
* For a copy of the full report, please email [email protected]

15h00 to 15h45

Thembe X

15h55 to 16h40

Pre-Prep Orchestra, Prep Junior Strings, Prep Senior Strings

Prep Windband, Prep Jazz Band, Prep Rock Band

16h45 to 17h30

College Windband
College Jazz Band
College Big Band


Massed Choir School Song


St John’s College Orchestra and Friends


Pyrotechnic Display


Michael Ferguson


Event Ends


HIPnotic is a young, vibrant jazz quintet that merges old jazz styles with more modern sounds to create a fusion of old and new.


The St John’s College Wind Band is the oldest of the instrumental ensembles at St John’s and performs regularly throughout the year at concerts, outdoor functions and other events.

The band consists of brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, and meets weekly to rehearse. The repertoire of the band ranges from Classical to Rock to Jazz, as well as a number of pieces from the world of musical theatre and film.

Currently conducted by Allan Thompson and Jaco van Staden, the leader of the band is saxophonist James Channon (UV, Hodgson). For their performance at On the Night they will be performing the powerful and popular opening sequence from Carl Offf’s ‘Carmina Burana’, as well as famous marches by Sousa and the evergreen Disney hit ‘Bare Necessities’, featuring soloists Krischan Mumbi (UV, Thomson) on trumpet and Daniel Stevens (UV, Thomson) on clarinet. 


GoodLuck is an award-winning electronic band from South Africa, who have achieved an astonishing 8 radio #1 charting hits in just 4 years. GoodLuck creates a sound that is thoroughly their own and they have been taking this sound to audiences across Europe, Africa and the UK. GoodLuck is known for their incredible live show, pushing the boundaries of live electronic performance with their use of drum machines, synthesisers, electronic percussion, saxophone and vocal performance. GoodLuck challenges audiences across the globe to take an interest in a new-wave of pop music that is being hailed as uniquely African with an ability to transcend audiences and cross over to modern electronic sound.


The St John’s College Big Band is a standard jazz ensemble which consists of brass, saxophones, piano, guitar, bass and drums. The Big band is one of the most popular ensembles at the College and regularly performs at concerts, festivals and functions. The repertoire of the band consists of all the jazz styles but also focuses on contemporary music, and the aim is to enhance its members’ ensemble playing ability and improvisation. The Big band is currently conducted by Jaco van Staden and the leader of the band is guitarist Ryan Stopforth (UV, Nash). This year they’ll be performing Stan Kenton’s popular piece ‘Artistry in Rhythm’, one of Miles Davis’ pieces ‘Milestones’, and the epic finale ‘Caravan’ from the film Whiplash, originally composed by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol. They will be featuring a number of Old Boys who have previously been part of the band. 


Without a doubt one of the most exciting acts to break out from 2013, Monark are changing the face of pop music in South Africa. Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery – polished with his distinctive falsetto – and Ewald Jansen van Rensberg’s unmatched, global production style, Monark craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks.

Performing as a 4-piece band, Monark deliver something completely fresh and unique, and is setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape. Having dominated the South African airwaves with their first 2 singles, Smiling (5FM Top 3) and Build It Up (5FM Top 5, and #1 on Jacaranda FM, Highveld/KFM, Algoa FM, OFM), they then released their 3rd single, Something, building up to the release of their debut album NEGATIVES. The album, which was released worldwide on 14 July 2014, peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart on the day of its release.

Their energetic and polished live performances have been incredibly well received by their fans, with Monark performing on some of the top stages in the country – including Rocking The Daisies, Durban Day, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Parklife, 94.7 Joburg Day, KFM 94.5’s KDAY, Splashy Fen, KKNK, Durban Botanical Gardens, to name but a few.


Food & Alcohol

You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic baskets and beers, wine and soft drinks.  No hard liquor will be allowed at the event.  A variety of foods and beverages excluding alcohol are available for sale in the food vendor area. 

Food & Beverages available this year include:

Bubble Waffles | Paquito’s Churros | Amici Pizza’s | Seattle Coffee | Peter The Ice-Cream Man | Mobi Cans (selling soda’s, waters, iced tea etc) | Chip ‘n Dip | Prego Rolls

Tickets for the toy stall

A variety of light-up toys will be available at the event.  Booklets of tickets worth R100 (2x R20, 2x R10 and 4x R5 tickets) will be available for pre-purchase outside the Pre-Prep from Thursday, 13th September 2018 in the mornings after drop-off as well as at the ticket booth at the event.

Methods of Payment

Credit Card machines will be available at the gates for anyone wishing to purchase tickets at the gate, however we strongly advise that you pre-purchase tickets as we often sell out before the start of the event.

Food vendors accept cash, credit card, Zapper, and Snapscan where available. Toy Stall tickets are cash only. Toy Stall purchases with tickets only. There will be an ATM available on site.


Parking is available on Rice Field (entrance on Elm street) and C & D Rugby Fields (entrance on the corner of Joe Slovo & St Patrick’s Road).

Uber/Taxify Drop-off/Pick-up Point

We have seen a big increase in the number of people using a taxi service to get to and from the event.  In order to minimize traffic congestion and ensure your safety, we have created a dedicated taxi drop-off and pick-up point at the main entrance on the corner of St John road and Joe Slovo drive with dedicated security to ensure the safety of visitors.

Picnic Baskets

Picnic baskets can be ordered from The Old Johannian Club.  Please contact them on 010 492 0088 or [email protected] to get menus and pricing  and to order.

Animal & Environmental Safety

The PA is committed to ensuring that we track and manage noise levels caused by both the Pyrotechnics and the music.  To this end we commission an environmental impact assessment every year and work with suppliers to decrease noise and impact each year as technology improves our ability to control these factors.