Posts Tagged ‘Nando’s’

Nando’s Music Exchange: From South London to South Africa

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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After meeting this summer at Nando’s Music Exchange launch event at the Roundhouse, South African electronic DJ/producer Muzi invited double MOBO award winner Stormzy to discover the exploding music scene in Durban.

Exploring the roots of South Africa’s bass-heavy street music, where the taxi drivers are the tastemakers and the cars are the clubs, the pair compare life, cultures, and musical inspirations.

Featuring music from both artists, including tracks from Muzi’s hotly anticipated first EP, ‘From South London to South Africa’ is our first documentary showcasing a series of creative collisions.

#NandosMusic: Shan McGinley

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

ShanHot on the heels of our recently launched Nando’s Music Exchange, we’ve been working with DJs, producers and artists to help find top talent from Nando’s birthplace – South Africa – and the UK. This month, DJ and radio presenter, Shan McGinley from IAmMusicTV and Roundhouse Radio has taken over our #NandosMusic Spotify playlist for a Music Exchange special.

Here, Shan talks us through some of the highlights from his playlist:

Black Coffee
South Africa has become a haven for electronic music and this movement is pioneered by inspirational producer, Black Coffee. His latest release ‘We Dance Again’ is without a doubt one of the best house music tunes of 2015, and formed the foundation for my entire playlist.

‘Ojuelegba’ is a feel good rhythm that had to be dropped into the playlist. I heard about it when Drake and Skepta collaborated on the remix, and I’ve had the song on reload ever since.

UK Grime and Dubstep
On the UK front, I wanted to illustrate some of the incredible artists whose African roots are embedded in their material for example JME and Benga. We’ve also taken a trip up north to Sheffield to deliver a new grime artist named Coco. His new tune ‘Big Bou Yah’ produced by Toddla T is an absolute belter, I reckon you’ll love it!

Upcoming Talent
Expect some game-changing tunes from up and coming stars set to blow in 2016 including SG Lewis, Mabel, Faze Miyake, Dua Lipa, Rayvn Lenae and more.

Nando’s International Master Griller has been crowned!

Monday, October 12th, 2015

3 UK Grillers (Bruno,Amy,Shih)In our UK Championships, Amy, Bruno and Shih battled through rounds of PERi-PERi heats, and the heat was back on in our International Grillers’ Challenge last month!

Canada played host to our international competition, with 26 finalists from all over the world flying in for their turn at the title… and what a championship it was!

There was PERi-PERi passion a-plenty as Griller after Griller put their heart and soul into each round, judged on everything from their oven knowledge to their technical grilling skills, and of course, their chicken!

But there could be only one winner, and it was Sabina Chhetri from Australia who grilled her way to the top and earned herself the title of International Master Griller. Congratulations Sabina! A huge well done to Maurice from Zambia who took second place, and Rahul from New Zealand who grilled his way to third place.

Though not everyone could earn themselves a title; all of the international finalists performed spectacularly and deserve a massive congratulations. A special thanks to Amy, Bruno and Shih, who served up some tasty chicken while flying the Nando’s UK flag. Top work guys, you made us proud!

Next year’s International Master Grillers’ Challenge will be held in Malaysia, and we’re sure we’ll see a few familiar faces making a return… Generic 3

Nando’s Rule The Roost: Bestival

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

NAN_Bestival was 2015’s final festival outing for Rule The Roost, and it’s safe to say the Isle of Wight was an Extra Hot place to sign off for the summer.

Our festival food truck kept the party well-fed across all four days, while flaming hot acts performed above. The likes of Rudimental, Hudson Mohawke, Mistajam and Slaves kept energy levels peaking, and we were even treated to a B2B masterclass with two of the biggest DJs around, Artwork and Jackmaster.

Muzi, the hotly-tipped new South African producer and one of our special guests from our Music Exchange joined the party too. He produced one of the weekend’s standout sets on the Sunday afternoon, amping up the festival crowd with his tasty melding of electronic beats and local South African flavours.

It’s been an incredible summer touring the country with #RuleTheRoost, and we’re already excited for 2016 when we’ll be back for more #NandosMusic! Big love to all our DJs and bands who performed on top of our Cock o’ Van, but especially to the thousands of revelers who joined the party and made it such an unforgettable summer!

Check out our latest serving of Fame Grilled from Bestival…

Join the Bestival party!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

We’ve been busy Ruling the Roost this Summer, bringing our Nando’s Cock o’ Van across the UK to the nations coolest festivals with a feast of awesome #RuleTheRoost performances.

We’re closing the season at Bestival on the Isle of Wight next month, where you’ll find us firing up the grills in The Stardust Field*, serving hungry festival goers PERi-PERi goodness while Extra Hot acts showcase surprise sets on top of the Cock o‘ Van.

With flaming–hot acts including Chemical Brothers, Gorgon City, Stormzy and Alice Jemima on the line up, you won’t want to miss out on the festival fun! We’ve got x2 pairs of weekend tickets to Bestival: the Festival of Love, to give away to Nando’s fans, along with travel and PERi-PERi treats at the festival food truck. To join the party, simply answer this question in the comments box below:

What magical location is Bestival set?
• Isle of Wight
• Isle of Dogs
• Isle of Man

*Terms and Conditions apply:

1. Competition closes at 00:59 Thursday 3rd September 2015.
2. The winners will be selected at random and notified via email by 2pm on Friday 4th September 2015.
3. The prize includes a pair of weekend tickets to Bestival on Thursday 10th September – Sunday 13th September at Robin Hill, Isle of Wight, UK, chicken cheques redeemable at the Nando’s Cock o’ Van at Bestival, and £100 in travel expenses.
4. The tickets include pitch space for camping.
5. Under 18’s must be accompanied by one person over 18 – ID may be required.
6. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
7. Winners that we can’t contact within 48 hours by reasonable means to send out their prize will lose their entitlement.
8. Nando’s accepts no responsibility for any damages, losses, liabilities, injuries or disappointment incurred or suffered to you or any other persons as a result of entering the prize draw or accepting the prize.


The heat is on for our International Grillers’ Challenge

Friday, August 21st, 2015

We’ve been all fired up for our Griller of the Year final this month, where our Grillers went head to head to show off their PERi-PERi skills.

It was no easy feat, we’ll tell you that! Our finalists battled through 340 restaurant heats, 33 quarter-final heats and 4 semi-finals to reach the ultimate UK final… and what a final it was!

Our Birmingham Bullring restaurant played host to our finalists and expert judges, as well as over 200 supporters. But there could be only one winner…

Let us introduce Amy from our Leamington Spa restaurant. Flames flickering, tongs in hand, Amy fearlessly grilled her way through the final to be crowned this years’ Griller of the Year.

With her top-notch technical skills and the tastiest flame-grilled chicken, Amy’s a shining example of our passion for PERi-PERi.

Runners up Bruno, from our Chichester restaurant, and Shih, from our Liverpool ONE restaurant, will join Amy and Nando’s grillers worldwide, at the International Grillers’ Challenge in Canada next month.

We wish Amy, Bruno and Shih the best of luck… we’re currently the reigning champs, so the pressure is on!


Freshers! The Nando’s Sauciety is here!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Here at Nando’s, we know going away to university can be tough…

Packing up your entire life into a suitcase and waving goodbye to your family, friends and local Nando’s is enough to pull on anyone’s heartstrings.

Well don’t you worry, because we’re here to help make the start of your university life a memorable one!

We’re heading to Freshers Fayres far and wide to spread some PERi-PERi love and fun across your University! And we’ve lined up something pretty special for Nando’s lovers old and new…

Got a Nando’s Card? Well step forward and join the Nando’s Sauciety! Just spin our mighty wheel to claim your awesome PERi-PERi reward. It really is that simple, and we’ve got tonnes of prizes to giveaway that are guaranteed to make your new flatmates green with envy!

If you don’t have a Nando’s Card and you want to get in on the Nando’s Sauciety fun (well, you’d be silly not to), you can take part in a PERinitiation! Chat to our freshers team for more info.

So take a break from all that partying studying, and come and join the Sauciety!

Check out the list below to see if we’re swinging by your University’s Freshers Week, and if not, keep an eye on our Twitter for some more chances to win!

Terms & Conditions:
Minimum spend £5/€5. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Photocopies will not be accepted. One voucher per person per day. Valid in any Nando’s restaurant. Offer expires October 25th 2015. Green Rewards exclude All Together Now and Wing Roulette; Orange Rewards exclude Chicken Thighs, Chicken Butterfly, Churrasco Thigh Burger, Butterfly Burger, Prego Steak Roll; Red Rewards exclude Double Chicken Burger/Pitta/Wrap + 1 or 2 sides. Offer can be withdrawn without notice.
*Please note if you are attending the fresher’s events in Swansea, Norwich, Aberdeen, York or Portsmouth you will have to register your Nando’s Cards to obtain the reward. The reward will expire 30 days after the Fresher’s Fayre you attended. The reward is only valid in the local restaurants nearest your fresher’s event, please check with our team at the fresher’s fayre if you are unsure which restaurants these are. Please allow 24 hours for your reward to load from the Fresher’s Fayre day you attended.

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Trinity University -01/09/15
Westminster University (Cavendish campus) -01/09/15
Harlow College -01/09/15
UEL -01/09/15
University of Bedfordshire -01/09/15
Islington College -01/09/15
West Herts College -01/09/15
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry -01/09/15
Southampton -01/09/15
Essex – 01/09/15
Redditch College -01/09/15
West Bromwich College -01/09/15
Bradford University -01/09/15
Technical Skills Academy Barking -04/09/15
West Thames College (Hounslow) -04/09/15
Dundee University -05/09/15
Edinburgh Napier University -05/09/15
Aberdeen University -06/09/15
University of Derby -08/09/15
Weymouth College -09/09/15
West Thames College (Feltham) -09/09/15
College of West Anglia -09/09/15
BG University -09/09/15
Edinburgh University, Napier University -10/09/15
Regents College – 11/09/15
Manchester University and Metropolitan -11/09/15
University of Hertfordshire -12/09/15
Winchester University -12/09/15
St Andrews University -13/09/15
Epping Forrest College -15/09/15
University of Exeter -15/09/15
Wiltshire College (Salisbury Campus) -15/09/15
Brunel University -15/09/15
Preston University -15/09/15
Queen Mary University -16/09/15
University of Portsmouth -16/09/15
Wiltshire College -16/09/15
UEL -14/09/15
Hartbury College -14/09/15
Newcastle University (Gateshead Halls) -14/09/15
Glasgow University -14/09/15
Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan -14/09/15
Newcastle University -14/09/15
UCD: 14/09/15
Greenwich University -17/09/15
University of Essex -17/09/15
Oxford Brookes -18/09/15
UWE & Bristol University -18/09/15
Kings College -18/09/15
St George’s -20/09/15
University of Bath & Bath Spa -21/09/15
University of Cardiff -21/09/15
University of Northampton -21/09/15
Nottingham Trent & University of Nottingham -21/09/15
University of Sheffield & Sheffield Hallam -21/09/15
Worcester University -21/09/15
Huddersfield University -21/09/15
Middlesborough University -21/09/15
Trinity University -21/09/15
Queens University -21/09/15
Blanchardstown IT: 21/09/15
Swansea University/Swansea Metropolitan -22/09/15
Magee (University of Derry) -22/09/15
University of Ulster: 22/09/15
MK College -22/09/15
University Glamorgon -22/09/15
IT Tallght -23/09/15
City University Campus -23/09/15
University of Reading -23/09/15
Canterbury Christchurch & Kent University -23/09/15
Kent -23/09/15
West Sussex -23/09/15
Southbank University -23/09/15
St Mary’s (Twickenham) -23/09/15
Birmingham University/ Aston University -23/09/15
Anglia Ruskin University -23/09/15
University of Gloucestershire/Gloucester College -23/09/15
St Peters and Chester Road -23/09/15
Robert Gordon University – 24/09/15
Bletchley College – 24/09/15
LSE -24/09/15
Buckinghamshire New University -24/09/15
Goldsmiths -24/09/15
University of Plymouth & Marjons -24/09/15
University of Southampton & Southampton Solent University -24/09/15
Bury College -24/09/15
Coventry University -24/09/15
University of East Anglia -24/09/15
Wrexham University -24/09/15
Westminster University (Harrow campus) -25/09/15
Bournemouth University -26/09/15
Hull University -27/09/15
University of Cumbria -29/09/15
UCA University of Arts Epsom -28/09/15
Imperial University -28/09/15
University of the Arts of London -28/09/15
University of Leicester & De Montfort University -28/09/15
University of Bedfordshire -30/09/15
Colchester Institute – 30/09/15
Chester -30/09/15
DCU -01/10/15
Middlesex University -01/10/15
University of Brighton -01/10/15
Warwick University -01/10/15
Surrey University -02/10/15
UCL -03/10/15
Durham University -05/10/15
University of Cambridge -06/10/15
Wolverhampton University -08/10/15

SA2UK: Stormzy

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

StormzyEarlier this summer, we introduced talented DJ/producer from Nando’s birthplace, South Africa, Muzi. The young musician kicked off Nando’s Music Exchange, which will see us connect the hottest artists from South Africa with top talent hailing from the UK. Travelling over both countries, we’ll share some incredible acts inspiring the next generation on the other side of the water.

We asked Muzi to tip off a UK artist inspiring him at the moment, and he chose incredible rising grime artist, Stormzy. Muzi explains why he’s so excited by one of the UK’s hottest new MCs:

“I’ve always been attracted to the UK’s ability to come up with new genres, with artists taking their influences and interpreting them in their own unique way. This is what I’m trying to do with my music as well, which is why Stormzy is one of my favourites right now.

“I can relate to having hip-hop as your first love and reaching a point where you make music inspired by the sounds you grew up listening to but most importantly, interpreting it in your own way and adding your own twist. I love the rawness of what he does and the vibe of it, plus his energetic flows would be a perfect fit for my wild beats!”

Stormzy’s had a whirlwind 2015 already, featuring in the BBC Sound of 2015 poll shortlist tipping the biggest new acts of the year, starring on stage with Kanye West in that Brits performance, and winning Best International Act at the hugely influential BET Awards in the US. With the musician recently announcing his Live in the Flesh tour in October, we’re expecting even bigger things from Stormzy for the second half of the year.

Nando’s Hove is here!

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Brighton and Hove’s third Nando’s in the city has opened, and we’ve made sure our brand new restaurant is perfect for the summer season with outside seating and Fro Yo’s on tap!

The Brighton beach inspired restaurant, located conveniently at the Goldstone Retail Park, is draped in exclusive South African artwork, unique lighting features and bespoke tables and chairs. We’ve even dedicated one of our infamous chairs to a special Nando’s fan…

We invited Jack Harper to our opening day; a Nando’s super fan and footballer who has just left Real Madrid youth team to join Brighton & Hove Albion Football club. As he’s a new resident to the city, we want to make sure Nando’s Hove is home from home, so we gave him his very own chair.
Jack Harper 1
Check out our awesome new restaurant (and see if you can find Jack’s chair!) and our Nandoca’s* will be there to give you a PERi-tastic experience!

Nando’s Best of the Fest: Camp Bestival

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Our tour of the summer festivals continues this weekend when we take our Rule The Roost to the amazing Camp Bestival. We’re firing up the Cock o’ Van with enough chicken for all the family, and as always, we’ll have some very, VERY special, unannounced guests coming to play on our Extra Hot soundsystem. Come find us and join the party!

To get you all geared up for the weekend, here are five unmissable acts playing around the Camp Bestival site that we know you’re going to love:

Kiko Bun

The perfect soundtrack for a sizzling hot weekend (fingers crossed!) Kiko Bun’s irresistible reggae-tinged soul is going to sound very special at Camp Bestival. New single ‘Where I’m From’ is playing non-stop across radio and fast becoming one of the defining tracks of the year, and it’s just one of the many highlights of an amazing live show.

Kate Tempest

One of the UK’s most inspiring singer-songwriters, Kate Tempest performs with a fiery passion that’s quite incredible to witness. Emerging from London’s spoken-word scene, she’s evolved a unique sound that integrates hip-hop into her storytelling, and on-stage is where it truly comes to life. Last year’s debut album was nominated for the esteemed Mercury Music Prize and expect to hear much of it in what will be an unforgettable performance.

George The Poet

The North London rapper’s 2015 started with a major bang when he was shortlisted in the Sound Of 2015 award, where DJs, writers and other tastemakers nominate the hottest new acts for the coming year. Since then he’s risen to become one of the UK’s most popular MCs, and we can’t wait to hear him light up the Camp Bestival stage this weekend with his inspiring lyrics and unique delivery.


Ekkah’s lush pop sound is cooler than a Gelado and their show this weekend will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Their debut single ‘Last Chance To Dance’ was a regular on Radio 1 and will sound even tastier with the Camp Bestival crowd singing along. And we hear the band has just signed a major record deal so they’ll be bringing an extra dose of good vibes this weekend!

The Bohicas

Having spent some quality time wandering the many wondrous chilled out worlds of Camp Bestival, you might find yourself needing to just throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care. And there won’t be many more exciting live sets this weekend than The Bohicas, whose sharp guitar pop will appeal to fans of The Strokes or Wolf Alice. Their recent single ‘Swarm’ was a Hottest Record In The World on Radio 1, and no wonder for it’s pretty much a perfect rock song to go wild to.

Check out these artists and more in our Camp Bestival festival Spotify playlist below.