Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts
It is that time again Cape Town – The Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts are right on our doorstep so it is time to phone your friends, dust off that picnic blanket and take the basket off the top shelf and make sure you have tickets for the Sunday concerts …
The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts have been taking place for as long as I can remember, they are such a highlight on the Cape Town calendar and it is a fantastic opportunity to wind down the weekend, sitting on the beautiful grassy banks in front of the stage at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, while listening to some of the best South African musicians and bands we have to offer.
Photo Credit: Kirstenbosch Summer Concert – Image Source – by Coda on Flickr.com
The artists for this year’s line up have recently been released and oh boy are we in for some treats! The concerts run every Sunday (starting on 22 November 2009) and run all the way until 4 April 2010. The gates open at 15h30 and it is advisable to get there early because these concerts are generally performed in front of sold out crowds and if you want to get a good spot you need to arrive early. The concerts start at 17h30.
If you’re wondering what the tickets will set you back by, you will be pleasantly surprised, you will not be paying an arm and a leg to see some of your favourite South African performers because the tickets range from R65 to R95 for adults (you get a discount if you are a Botanical Society Member). These prices make the concerts easily accessible for most bank balances, so it doesn’t matter if you are a student on a budget or a high flying executive these prices should suit your budget.
This year’s line up kicks off with Johnny Clegg who is an absolute legend in South Africa. He is often referred to as the white Zulu and has a strong following in France where he is fondly referred to as Lu Zulu Blanc. Johnny’s music blends traditional Zulu rhythms with pop music. Some of his most well known tracks are Impi, Great Heart and Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World.
These concerts really do have something for everyone’s taste, you will find moms, dads and children all spending time together and enjoying the unique vibe that these concerts produce. Some of the other artists performing in 2009 are Claire Philips and Neo Muyanga, Jesse Clegg, the Johnny Cooper Orchestra, Astray Electric and Pretty Blue Guns.
To get into the Christmas spirit make sure you get to one of the Carols by Candlelight concerts, which take place over 4 evenings (not only a Sunday). They start on Thursday 17 December until Sunday 20 December 2009. Here you will hear and can sing along to some of your favourite Christmas carols.
Are you a bit unsure on how to celebrate the start of the New Year? Then why not book a ticket to the New Years Eve concert. Tickets are a bit more for this event and will cost you R220 a person. You will be treated to music from Flat Stanley, Loyiso, Loading Zone and Chad Saaiman. This is a great way to spend your time while seeing in the New Year. Bring your friends and family and find a comfortable spot on the grass.
The new year brings with it a host of fantastic South African bands and artists such as Josie Field, Farryl Purkiss and Dan Patlansky. Freshlyground, who’s Doo Be Doo was one of the great Summer Anthems in 2005 with extremely catchy lyrics will also be performing in the 2010 line up. South African sensation Zebra & Giraffe led by singer and songwriter, Greg Carlin are set to rock the gardens on 17 January 2010 and the gardens will continue to rock the following week when Fokofpolisiekar take to the stage.
Taking us into the second month of 2010 will be Lira and friends, HHP and RJ Benjamin with Feburary and March offering a steaming hot line up of South Africa’s most popular bands. aKING kicks things off on 7 February, followed by Jamali and friends, Jody, Sasha-Lee and Soulstone. Just Jinger treats Cape Town to their soulful sounds on 21 February and one of my favourite South African bands, Prime Circle, will entertain us on 28 February.
Goldfish who has international acclaim, as they spend part of the year spinning the decks to the party goers in Ibiza, Spain, will once again bring Kirstenbosch to their feet on 7 March – get your tickets early, because these will fly out quickly. The Dirty Skirts follow the next week and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra starts to wind things down on 21 March. Well know band, Watershed, performs the penultimate performance and the concerts are bid farewell on 4 April with the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Encounter with Gang of Instrumentals, Tidal Waves and Tumi Molekane.
If you want to book your tickets early you are able to do so at webtickets.co.za or for more information to you telephone the Kirstenbosch information desk on +27 (0)21 799-8783.