The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts is the perfect way to end the weekend. The 2017 / 2018 season kicked off on Sunday 19 November with an electrifying performance from Ismaël Lô and his band.
The lawn became a rainbow of colours as friends and families spread out on blankets and unpacked their picnic feasts.
Champagne corks popped, and wine glasses glinted in the sun. Drinks were spilt, and laughter filled
the air. Dads and kids played, moms closed their eyes and embraced the sun, and everyone was smiling.
Dubbed the “Bob Dylan of Africa”, Lo had the crowd singing and dancing to the sounds of Senegal as his voice soared through the trees and seeped into the mountain.
The space in front of the stage was a swaying mass of toddlers, grannies and all the ages in between,
dancing with delight as the music flowed through their bodies.
Make the most of your Kirstenbosch concert experience
Come early and walk through the gardens before the concert then get supper sorted with a gourmet
picnic hamper from Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch (021 762 9585) or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room (021 797 4883).
Bring your picnic blanket or if you prefer low comfy chairs, so you and your friends can sit at the back chilling and talking with the music in the background.
Immerse yourself totally in the sounds, clap and sway with the thousands of music lovers as the sun
sinks behind the mountains in this beautiful setting.
- Do arrive before 4 pm if you want to get a specific spot. The gates open at 4 pm sharp and you will queue
for a while to get in.
- Don’t rush off after the concert unless you absolutely must. It is still light so relax, enjoy the views and the vibe, finish your picnic, watch the people and avoid the rush and the traffic. Garden close at 8pm.
- Take sunscreen, a hat, a jacket and a blanket. The weather can change from hot to chilly when the sun dips behind the mountain.
- If you want to sit in comfortable chairs, please go to the back.
- Take all your litter home, the concert venue is bin-free.
- Stuck for ideas for Christmas presents? Why not give concert tickets as a gift, see the line-up below and buy them online now.
26 November: Zakes Bantwini
3 December: Mi Casa
8 December: Texas
10 December: Matthew Mole / Majozi
14, 15, 16, 17 December: Christmas Carols (sales opening soon)
23 December: Mango Groove
31 December: GoldFish / HotWater
1 January: Freshlyground
7 January: Prime Circle
14 January: The Parlotones
21 January: Fokofpolisiekar
28 January: The Soil
2 February: The Vamps
4 February: Beatenberg / Alice Phoebe Lou
11 February: Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
18 February: Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival
25 February: LIRA
4 March: GOODLUCK / The Kiffness
11 March: The Christians (UK)
18 March: Jeremy Loops
21 March: Petite Noir (BEL) / Slow Jack
25 March: Dan Patlansky/ Albert Frost
1 April: Kahn Morbee & Karen Zoid
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