Hi CITP fans! Well, sadly our concert series for this season is drawing to a close and our final concert will be happening on Sunday featuring Freshlyground, The Rudimentals and opening act Skyscrapers. It has been a fantastic series and every concert has been a delight. It’s always so heartening to see Cape Town communities from far and wide coming together to form one big concert community, and just having a wonderful time together. Whoever said ‘Capetonians’ aren’t friendly hasn’t been to a FREE Concert in the Park!
And aside from the sublime music we’ve enjoyed so far, there have also been a fair few giveaways! Our first Scar hair voucher & Jimmy Nevis signed CITP t-shirt has recently had her hair done and here is the pic!
Congratulations, Marguerite – your hair looks lovely!
We also had some winners from our most recent concert, featuring Hotwater & Mark Haze. That was such a lovely show, and so much fun! Mark Haze is such a fantastic musician; wow can he sing! He performed some of his classic hits, as well as his very catchy latest single, ‘Shake What Your Mama Gave You’. Headliners, Hotwater, had the crowd eating out of their hands. From Donavan Copley climbing a ladder on stage (literally!) to inviting members of the audience to come and dance with the band on stage. They featured well-known hits such as Wamkelekile as well as a lovely version of the Click song, sung by Xoliswa Tom. We’ll be posting the winners of this concert in our next blog.
We’re really looking forward to an epic final concert on Sunday. With such a fine line-up of artists performing, how can it not be? Youngsters band, Skyscrapers, will kicking off with catchy indie-pop tunes. If you haven’t heard of them or seen them, you should get to the park at 3pm on Sunday. These kids will blow your mind with their talent. Support band will be the inimitable Rudimentals – they have performed many times at our concerts and we just love them. They have so much energy, and are such amazing performers. Our final act will be Freshlyground!! What can we say… they are such brilliant musicians and we’re super-excited to have them finish off this series for us (we might be in danger of being star-struck on Sunday ;)!
So, that’s it for this post – get to De Waal Park on Sunday at 3pm. Miss this one and you’ll have to wait till next summer to see another one. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Sunday!
Hi CITP fans! Wow, we’re approaching the end of this series already! Only two more concerts left… but the series up till now has been pretty darn awesome, don't you think? Last Sunday’s concert (on 19 Feb), was a triumph. Cape Town musicians The Rockets along with Mr Jimmy Nevis truly blew us all out of the park! The amount of people who came to see the show was phenomenal. And the atmosphere was equally so. And yes, we do say this about every concert, but it’s true. There is always such a happy vibe at these concerts. And if you haven’t yet attended one, then please do make a plan. We have our penultimate concert coming up on Sunday, 5 March – Mark Haze and Hot Water will be rocking the band-stand and it’s bound to be a mega shindig of note!
For those who came to the previous concert, you might remember that we were giving away a couple of prizes. The first prize, a Van Hunks restaurant voucher went to a lovely lady called Charmaine, who had come to see the concert from all the way out in Table View! Congrats again, Charmaine, we are sure you will enjoy your dining experience at Van Hunks.
Here is Charmaine accepting her voucher. With her is Chris Boje (left) from Van Hunks Restaurant and Concerts’ very own Charles Lindsay-Bowman.
The other big giveaway of the the last concert was a R1,500 voucher from Scar hair, as well as a Concerts in the Park t-shirt signed by Jimmy Nevis!! The lucky recipient of that mega giveaway was a lady called Marguerite - we have been told that she and a couple of her besties will be sharing the voucher and once they've had their makeovers, we will be sure to post their pics!
So, guys - that's is for this post. If you'd like to be in line to win a Van Hunks Voucher or a Scar hair voucher to the value of R1,500 along with a CITP t-shirt signed by Donovan Copley from Hot Water and Mark Haze, then you need to make sure you're at Sunday's concert. That's the only way to be in the running, so please make a plan guys - if you miss it, you'll miss out!
Hello again, CITP fans. It’s been a while. How are you all - missing the concerts? We certainly are! It’s been three long weeks since Ard Matthews, Al Bairre and Albert Frost rocked the band-stand. So, we are super-stoked that our next concert is around the corner! This coming Sunday, 19 Feb, we are going to be in for a treat. Two of Cape Town’s most celebrated home-grown talents will be gracing our concert series – starting off with the vastly versatile quintet, The Rockets, followed by the supremely talented pop star, Jimmy Nevis, who will be headlining.
The other exciting news for this week’s concert is that there will be 2 HUGE sets of PRIZES that will be giving away at the concert:
First giveaway - a Scar hair voucher worth R1500, along with a Concerts in the Park T-Shirt signed by Jimmy Nevis!
Second giveaway - a Van Hunks Restaurant voucher worth R500!
Be sure to look out for our social media posts this week, which will have more details on how to enter. So guys, how super-duper is that?! Yet another reason to get yourselves to De Waal Park this Sunday afternoon at 3pm (and probably a good idea to get there a bit earlier, in order to find a good spot).
Lastly, we'd like to end off on a warm and fuzzy note, so we're posting a pic of Freshlyground's lovely Zolani Mohala and her beautiful baby boy, Eli Zen. Young Eli, was almost born at the Freshlyground Concert in the Park performance last year! Zolani actually managed to perform on stage just days before going into labour, which we thought was properly impressive. See the pic of the gorgeous pair below.
By the way – be sure to diarise Sunday, 19 March at 3pm – for our final concert of this season – headline performers will be none other than Freshlyground! We think it will be a fabulously fitting finalé to the series, don't you?
Greetings, CITP fans. Such a wonderful concert experience on Sunday – starting with the stars of the show - the wonderful muso’s who graced the band-stand were just brilliant and had concert-goers enthralled. Kicking off with Sonik Citizen – Marc Fransman is a muso extraordinaire. He has talent coming out of his very musical ears and if you haven’t heard him, do make plan! Followed by The Rudimentals – they really are the most engaging and fun-filled band you could wish to see. The crowd absolutely loved them and the energy levels went through the canopy! Finally, our headline performer, Kahn Morbee. Such passion - his music just gets under your skin and goes straight to your heart and boom, you’re enraptured!
But, it wasn’t only the music that was amazing - the crowd that attended Sunday’s performance, were just wonderful too. We’d like to take a moment to reflect on this. The idea behind these concerts is to make quality music available to everyone. That’s why the concerts are FREE. So that anyone who has an appreciation for beautiful music can come along, with family and friends (furry ones too), to enjoy a top quality musical experience.
And Sunday’s concert was a beautiful example of how music can unite and delight different people from all walks of life. There was such a happy atmosphere and as we walked around the park, it was clear to see that pretty much everyone was having a wonderful time. For those few hours of the concert, it felt like everyone enjoying the concert in De Waal Park had become a community, united in music. And that was very special to see and experience.
And we look forward to the next concert in confidence that this wonderful spirit of community that presides over our lovely concerts will once again cast its love and positivity over all those who attend.
Hello again, CITP fans! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the New Year and wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2017. We’re excited to start off the year with our 2nd concert of this season on Sunday. And what a concert it’s going to be!
The enigmatic Kahn Morbee (from The Parlotones) will be headlining for us on Sunday. He’ll be supported by Mother City music stalwarts, The Rudimentals and the primo talented Sonik Citizen will be kicking off proceedings. We are over the moon to have artists of this calibre performing on our grand old dame of a band-stand and can’t wait to see them live in action.
It’s been a heck of a month, it must be said. From having to move the concert location from Wynberg Park back to De Waal Park then to pushing the starting time forward from 4pm to 3pm. We even had a wobble earlier this week that put the entire concert in jeopardy! Yep, it’s been a bumpy few weeks. Very thankfully, we’ve ironed all those 11th hour creases and are now smooth sailing towards Sunday and a successful musical matinee.
Do join us - the winds might be fresh, but the skies will be clear, the setting will be gorgeous and the music, of course, will be ‘wunderful’.
Hello again, CITP fans! Well, the year is coming to a close and December is flying as it always does. So, apologies for not writing this post sooner! This week we’d like to tell you all about the food and drink options available at the concerts, providing a host of cuisine options that will cater for most taste buds.
The food-stands were probably not very visible at the last concert, which was a shame as that meant that many of the concert-goers seriously missed out! So, for the concert on the 8th of January, we’re rectifying that and they’ll all be situated behind the information booth near the band-stand – we think this will make things a lot easier and more accessible for everyone.
So, what’s on offer then? Well, there’s no shortage of options to choose from, that’s for sure. From cool-drinks to coffees to take-away meals, you’re bound to find something to hit the spot.
If you’re in the mood for rock ‘n roll retro fare, then head for Hippos Diner. They’re an American style mobile diner offering good old fashioned American diner fast food, but with a few home-grown tasty twists. Definitely a great choice for the family!
Fancy some gourmet grub on the go? Well, that’s entirely possible at Moreish Eatery. From gourmet burgers to slow roasted pork belly to sticky Mongolian beef no less, you’ll be dining in style while catching the show!
In the mood for something a little more exotic? Shawarma Express delivers delectable Middle Eastern schwarmas and falafels to go. With an array of refreshments on offer along with generous portions at affordable prices, that’s dinner sorted!
For those of the sweeter tooth persuasion, do visit the FrozenYo food-stand! They are SA’s first mobile frozen yoghurt food truck. Delighting Capetonians with servings of frozen yoghurty bliss, but with less of guilt! Look out for their turquoise and yellow truck and say hello to the FrozenYo mascot, Boris the pooch.
Coffee and Cream
Their slogan is ‘Coffee and Waffles, not particularly in that order’. Well, we concur – any order will do. Another great choice for families – waffles are always a hit with kids! Or, for that matter anyone in the mood for a tasty sweet treat.
Rolling Stock Catering
For some healthy, mouth watering cuisine, you need look no further than Rolling Stock! Defining what top quality food-on-the-go should be, these guys keep it simple and authentic as they serve up truly exceptional dishes that will tantalise your taste buds.
If you feel inclined towards festive food flavours, go for Dos Chido. Offering Mexican street food, they cater for private functions and film sets all over the Western Cape. Think tacos, nachos, Mexican style pitas and so much more. With friendly service and a festive vibe, they’re bound to get your taste buds dancing… we say, olé!
Wok This Way
Serving Asian fusion cuisine, Wok This Way is the go-to option for those of you who prefer the out-of-this-world flavours of the Far East. Serving up dishes such as hand-rolled Vietnamese spring rolls, tasty stir-fries, hot-wokked rice and noodle delights, they’ll tantalise your taste buds for sure. Also, all their meals can be adapted for vegetarians and vegans, which we think is very cool.
Fancy a taste of the islands? If so, be sure to visit the Wahine food truck. With all ingredients freshly prepared on site and cooked in a Polynesian style, they offer a healthy, balanced fast-food alternative, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Come and try out their tropical taste sensations for yourself!
So, now that you know what delectable fare will be on offer, why not consider grabbing a bite at the concert. Dinner and a show as the sun sets – sounds good to us. And you’ll be supporting these local culinary entrepeneurs, which we think is rather a good idea too!
Hello again, CITP fans! What an epic event on Sunday! Seriously, just wow! For those who were there you’ll know what I’m talking about. For those who missed it, um, you really missed out!
Right from the get-go, things started off with a bang – of the vaudeville persuasion that is. The Dukes of Note kicked off with so much energy that any thoughts of lazy Sunday afternoons were quickly abandoned. These Dukes are ones to watch. Have you ever heard of carnival-rock? Well, think fantasy, sinister-sounding melodies tempered with fun, upbeat rhythms, burlesque ladies with black feather boas, top hats and clowns – what a show!
Following on with a similarly festive inclination, was Crimson House! And oh my word, did they get the crowd going with their utterly infectious energy. With their unique Gypsy-rock inspired sound, they took the audience on a foot-stomping musical journey that filled up the senses and left all those around wanting for more. What a band - what a performance - thanks Crimson House!
And then, to finish off our inaugural concert in style, we had the wonderful Arno Carstens, with his very talented band of musos. Playing tracks from his latest album, ‘Lightening Prevails’, along with a medley of older hits, this platinum-selling and award-winning artist just took things to another level and fans were treated to a thrilling performance from a true South African music legend.
If you did miss the first concert, don’t despair too much. Just make sure you’re at the next one on 8 January 2017 at Wynberg Park. Headline artist Khan Morbee (from the Parlotones), supported by The Rudimentals and Sonic Citizen – need I say more?
Hello again, CITP fans! Apologies, had meant to get this blog post up on Tuesday already, however, this has been the most hectic, crazy week and as is to be expected in the final days before our first concert of the series on Sunday, more and more balls have been thrown into the air, demanding to be juggled… in fact, I strongly suspect that everyone involved with the Concerts has actually grown an extra set of arms this week along with juggling skills that would put the Cirque performers to shame ;)
But, it’s all good – Sunday is only three sleeps away and the weather promises to be fine – clear skies and sunny. The wind is even predicted to subside somewhat for our inaugural Gala event (yay!).
Honestly, Sunday’s concert is promising to be epic, so please come along and say hi. Pack a picnic, bring the family (furry friends too) and find a spot from which to enjoy the show.
It just leaves to say a HUGE thanks to all our sponsors! Without them, there would be no concerts to speak of. There is a long list of wonderful businesses, people and organisations who have all contributed generously in various ways to make this concert series a most unique and special event on the Cape Town summer calendar.
Unique and special sums it up: The entry - FREE to all. The setting - lovely De Waal Park with our beautiful Table Mountain in the background. The atmosphere – young and old from all walks of life dancing and singing along together. The music – the super- talented musicians who serenade us as the sun sets. If you’re not yet totally convinced, come and see for yourself – 4pm on Sunday.
Hello again, CITP fans! Things have been extremely busy leading up to our first concert of this series. There is a heck of a lot to sort out in order to make these concerts happen. One item in the mix that has recently been ‘on the boards’ is the stage itself! Our beautiful old Victorian bandstand – the star of our De Waal park performances for many years.
De Waal Park was opened in 1895, although the bandstand only arrived around 10 years later. It was built by Glasgow company, Walter Macfarlane. At the time, the Macfarlane foundry supplied many parks in Britain and its empire with bandstands, as back in those days, military bands and park entertainers were very popular (and remained so until about the mid-20th century).
Unfortunately, not many bandstands in Europe survived World War II, as their iron fittings were melted down and turned into weapons and artillery. After the war, most of the surviving ones fell into disrepair as the era of brass bands playing in parks had passed.
Our own De Waal Park bandstand was actually built for the Cape Town Exhibition which took place in Greenpoint in 1904/05, and was moved over to the park afterwards.
Fast forward a few decades and enter ‘centre-stage’ Higgovale resident Charles Lindsay-Bowman, who had the inspiration to start the concerts after he had joined the Friends of De Waal Park committee. He recognised what a potential gem this old bandstand could be. Of course, old gems occasionally need a bit of polishing, and the bandstand was lovingly restored to its former glory.
Very happily, it can once again play host to wonderful musical performances for the entertainment and inspiration of all. Do come and enjoy the wonderful music and be enthralled at our first concert on the 8th of December, featuring the incredible Arno Carstens, as well as Crimson House and The Dukes of note. It promises to be a cracker and is not to be missed!
Concerts in the Park are back! Here to bring you a dazzling array of some of SA’s most exciting musical talent, in a beautiful park setting, as always absolutely FREE!
The past few seasons of Concerts in the Park surpassed all expectations. The response from our Cape Town community was just overwhelming and it has spurred us on to deliver an even more spectacular offering this time round. We’ve also updated our website and have sorted out our social media platforms and we are now ready to hit the ground running for this season and we’d love for you to join the ride.
You can peruse our website for this season’s line-up, info on the talented musos who will be performing in each upcoming concert, wonderful pics of previous concerts as well as the regular musings on this blog. You can also visit (and like!) our Facebook page if you haven’t done so already and do follow us on Twitter and Instagram! So, share with your friends – let’s spread the word so that those who don’t yet know about our wonderful concerts, can also share in the joy!
Finally, a huge shout-out and word of thanks to all our amazing sponsors. These are the organisations and wonderful people who make the FREE concerts possible and we’re ever grateful for their patronage. Please visit our patrons’ page to find out more.