Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts 2017/18

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts 2017/18 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Texx and the City

These sunset concerts are the place to be on a Sunday evening.

As usual, the magnificent gardens of Kirstenbosch provide the backdrop for these open-air gigs – the perfect place to spend lazy afternoons. It’s also a fantastic picnic location, so bring along a blanket and a hamper of goodies.

Here Comes the Sun

This season’s lineup has a little something for everyone. Artists that have yet to hit the stage include local favourites, such as Freshlyground and Fokofpolisiekar, and international acts including The Vamps (UK), with Goldfish and Hot Water performing a special New Year’s Eve double act.

Please note Tickets for all Kirstenbosch concerts are available from Webtickets. Sarah Struys, events manager at Kirstenbosch said in a statement: “Only tickets purchased at Webtickets.co.za are legitimate tickets. Please do not purchase tickets from any other websites, as it may be a scam, and there is no guarantee of the validity of tickets bought from any other source.”

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Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Lineup 2017/2018

Artist Date Price Starting Time Book
Mango Groove 23 December 2017 R180 / R135 5.30pm Book Online
Goldfish and Hot Water 31 December 2017 – 1 January 2018 R385 7pm Book Online
Freshlyground 1 January 2018 R180 / R135 5.30pm Book Online
Prime Circle 7 January 2018 R180 / R135 5.30pm Book Online
The Parlotones 14 January 2018 R140 / R205 5.30pm Book Online
Fokofpolisiekar 21 January 2018 R180 / R135 5.30pm Book Online
The Soil 28 January 2018 R180 / R135 5.30pm Book Online
The Vamps 2 February 2018 R570 7pm Book Online
Beatenberg / Alice Phoebe Lou 4 February 2018 R180 / R135 5.15pm Book Online
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra 11 February 2018 R180 / R135 5.30pm Book Online
Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival 18 February 2018 R180 / R135 5pm Book Online
Lira 25 February 2018 R180 / R135 5.30pm Book Online
Goodluck / The Kiffness 4 March 2018 R180 / R135 5.15pm Book Online
The Christians (UK) 11 March 2018 R205 / R140 5.30pm Book Online
Jeremy Loops 18 March 2018 R205 / R140 5.30pm Book Online
Petite Noir (BEL) / Slow Jack 21 March 2018 R180 / R135 5.15pm Book Online
Dan Patlansky / Albert Frost 25 March 2018 R180 / R135 5.15pm Book Online
Kahn Morbee & Karen Zoid 1 April 2018 R180 / R135 5.30pm Book Online

Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 10 December 2017

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105 Responses to “Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts 2017/18”

  1. Tamarra Dammert

    Can we please get Shekinah and Jimmy Nevis pleeeeeeez!!!

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  2. Nkosinathi

    Oliver Mtukudzi please

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  3. Max

    Hey there.
    Are we allowed to bring our own wine to The Soil concert 28th Jan 2018 and Lira concert 25th Feb 2018?

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  4. Imaan

    PLEASE BRING BACK JIMMY NEVIS!!!!!!I NEVER GOT TO SEE HIM LAST YEAR 🙁

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  5. nazli

    hi are we able to pack a basket.is it kid friendly i want to bring my bby 10 months.whats the seating /spot diffrence between 135 and 180 prices?Will be first time im attending.want to be prepared.

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  6. Bill

    Cat (Yusuf) Stevens was outstanding! His voice as good as it was back in the 70’s. An incredible concert and worth every cent of the R850! Can’t believe people critical of the ticket price to hear such an icon perform live in the most amazing setting.

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  7. Lize

    Good day
    Are we allowed to bring wine and our kwn snacks to Cat Stevens concert

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  8. Antoinette

    Anyone has extra tickets For Sunday cat stevens please email me on antoinetteshome@gmail.com

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  9. Gilles Cristiny

    I want 4 tickets for Jeremy loops 18 March

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  10. Nomatter

    Amazing moments

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  11. tembi

    AND I DONT SEE ZONKE DIKANA IS SHE MAYBE PERFORMING?

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  12. Anel

    I am not impressed with the acts at all this year it is getting worse and worse every year. I use to come to these concerts sometimes all of them but last year I attended only Karen Zoid and Coke and year before only Jack Parow. Arno is always a hit … no Arno no Karen no Jack so sad.

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  13. Angel

    And Jah Prayzah?

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  14. Bruce Johnson

    How about getting Danish Rock band “Chowie and The Hyenas” to play?
    They are awesome and quite versatile.

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  15. Stanislav the plumber

    How about half price tickets for the Goodluck/The Kiffness concert?
    Full price for Goodluck, but then with a 50% refund for having to sit through the greasy-haired, virtue-signalling, misnomer that they have the misfortune to have to share the stage with.

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  16. Brynne

    How about some Florence and the machine at Kirstenbosch…

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  17. Stuart McLaren

    Wow. Lots of moaning going on here! I agree that Cat Stevens is a bit overpriced but you can’t beat The Christians at R205! With 4 South African Top 10 hits in the 80’s like ‘Harvest For The World’, ‘Ideal World’, ‘Words’ and ‘Born Again’, this brilliant UK act from Liverpool is a MUST SEE! I wonder why the editor of this article hasn’t mentioned them?

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  18. Richard

    Can’t comment on most of the acts – being from the UK, I’ve never heard of most of them, BUT we saw Mango Groove there a couple of years ago. FANTASTIC. Really disappointed that they are on near Christmas in 2017, when domestic commitments stop us from travelling. Perhaps next year, e.g. November? Worth the entrance fee and more. A great evening’s entertainment in store for those lucky enough to be there

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  19. Aubrey Swanson-Jacobs

    South Africans and supporters of South African music, please boicot these international artist shows that come to our shores and think they can come and make a quick buck while our own musicians get paid peanuts. I mean really now, R850 to R180. Shame on you Kirstenbosch.

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    • Emmy

      Attending concerts at Kirstenbosch for the price is really not pleasant at all anymore. Considering that you pay a price to attend a concert and then you have to be subjected to people who cannot control their alcohol intake and who throw abuse at others. I was so embarrassed by the way a young man hurled abuse at a woman who politely asked him to keep quite.

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  20. bev

    I think it is disgraceful that tickets are ‘sold on’ and available on what look like decent sites eg Clegg concert. Tickets now available for over R2000
    Shame on you! Kirstenbosch.

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  21. Ralf

    We are on the 11th of November in the area of Kirstenbosch and would really like to go to the concert of Cat Stevens. Is there a chance to get 2 tickets ?

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  22. Lone neckel

    Who do I contact is I like a overseas band to play her ?

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  23. Ntando

    More black artists !!

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  24. Carol

    Consider Blacksmith and Jenny and the Jameses, please.

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  25. Tamsyn

    Maybe this year you could allow people to vote for the acts they’d like to see the most?
    It might be nice to see some up and coming acts as well as old favourites.
    Also, keeping the ticket prices reasonable ensures all ages get to enjoy this beautiful venue and lekker vibe.

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  26. Yapha

    Are tickets from viagogo authentic?

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    • Trevor

      Hi Yapha, viagogo tickets are not valid

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    • Nico

      I don’t know but do know that I have been ripped off R 5 500 for two tickets and going rate is R850 p/p

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  27. Brett

    Good to see Jah P, Zim bouy raising the bar.Affordability is a measure of the different people and anyway criticism betters the quality next time.The gardens actually inspires top dollar.On a a good note it dissuades the cheap criminals that infest our shores from making it there….#just saying.#My opinion.

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  28. Julia

    Very disappointed about NYE lineup.
    I wish you had a different act for NYE.
    I’ve already seen JC at KB on NYE and I can’t be paying all that money to see him again? Surely there are other artists that you haven’t hosted before?

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  29. Nicky

    Yay Matthew Mole 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  30. Shea

    No freshly ground this year…. Oh Noooooo!!!
    But it’s ok ,ill be attending the Mi casa, Lira, The soil and Zonke..The line up is still good just missing freshly ground. Looking forward to it…

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  31. Sharon

    A little bleak seeing Johnny Clegg is playing on Years Eve.

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  32. Shannon

    Hi, great line up from this year. I really enjoy the kirstenbosch concerts so I try to attend them regularly. Although I love the artists, I think that one more should be added. “Jackal and the Wind” are a South African indie rock band with great music and good vibes, and I really think that they should be invited to perform. You can look at their Facebook page for more infomation. Thank you

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  33. Boniswa

    Awesome the lineup is good,can’t wait

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  34. Philip

    This is AWESOME!!!! I am super excited for this years concerts again!! Same lineup… blah blah blah???!!! WHO CARES these are amazing artists and I would go see them year after year!!!

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  35. Hadley

    Hi guys my name is hadley veldsman, im a relatively unknown artist residing in cape town. My instruments are guitar and piano. Over the past couple of years i have found it hard to get gigs in this city so have decided to stage my own events. I have two coming up this month. My desire is to deliver quality to the people at an affordable price. Please feel free to add me on facebook to find out more. Cheers

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  36. Kayla

    Hi
    Are tickets from viagogo.co.za legitimate? I know I was ripped off with their prices but I have unfortunately already sent through payment and would like to know if these tickets are legit or not? Thanks!

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    • Lezl Swart

      Where/how do we buy tickets?

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    • Fateeqah

      Dude, I got my tickets from webtickets at the advertised price. No idea if the viagogo tickets are legit.

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    • karin Shaw

      Bought tickets in Dec 2016 through Viago with no issues. But think you do need to be registered with them… a bit like registering with Computickets.

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  37. Jaqi

    Awesome lineup and very reasonable prices. We got our tix for a few of the shows secured and are very excited!

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  38. Axel Borovski

    Hello, i agrees with other komment not much variety from different years to years, i see same band too. many times. It get much borringk (sp? ). It show South Africa too conservative with music taste. I see many young act not get chance to grows. Perhaps organize must go round to music venue to see new act for self. But big pity becos very beautiful venue.

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  39. Sophs

    There are lots and lots of artists that can be invited Zahara,Nathi,Sisanda Nilsson,Caiphus Semenya,Selaelo Selota.We can’t keep on enjoying music from the same people year in year out.

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  40. Zimbo

    So keen for my boy Jah Prayzah. Too bad Winky D couldnt pull through as well

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    • El.Jay

      Happy for my homeboy Jah Prayzah…nice one @list we going to enjoy ourselves…keep it up

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  41. Richard Duane

    KICK OUT new group to hit the CT scene, 3 part harmonies with 3 acoustic guitars plus bass, the most beautiful sound you have ever heard, Cape Towns own CSNY, give them a chance and all the others who would blow your socks off.

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  42. john

    Soooo cheap!!!! You guys are cheapskates comnentimg here.

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  43. Jimmy Musicman

    Ditto, Samezies, copies, repetitive, same old, nothing new, boring, sad. Can’t believe they book the same acts every year, why not mix it up a bit, there are so many bands or groups that would book the whole place, and bring something new to this amazing venue. Not going to even bother going to any of these boring concerts this year.

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  44. Matt

    This is not expensive. It is reasonably priced. The Botanical Gardens are one of the biggest attractions in Cape Town. PLUS the artists also need to be paid. The acts in the line up have been coming for years and it works. Packed every time! I am sure SANBI has carefully selected the artists for the line up. If the music style does not suit you, try a different venue. However, I agree that South Africa has many new artists who would sure make an awesome performance, ex. Casper Noyvest, AKA (to name a few).

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  45. David Dunning

    When will you release dates and artists for 2017

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  46. Misa

    Something vibrant maybe ? Nice line up but its the same as last time – where is the fun in that ?

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    • Nosipho

      Hayibo, same artists. Njani na lento? I was so excited to see who I’d like to go see but it’s the same artists I’ve seen already. Feels like de ja vu. Please book other artists as well.

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  47. CHRISTINA

    what about The soil, Lira and Zonke dikana? please bring them back…………and Mi cassa

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  48. Tamsyn

    I was SO EXCITED to see the line up for this season and then…UGH…THE SAME OLD BORING BANDS AGAIN. Come on man. Such an amazing venue and a great afternoon out with friends, please book some new talent in 2017!!!

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  49. Deryck

    Why all the negative comments. The ticket price includes entry to gardens from the opening in morning, so spend the day there.

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  50. Ella

    Why do you always have to moan about everything? If you want to go, GO. If you do not want to go, STAY AT HOME! It is really not expensive. People waste so much money on other things like drinking and smoking. It is so much better to spend your money on a lovely concert in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world! If you do not like the music, well there is a lot of other people who love the music and they will go and enjoy the evening.

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  51. Warren

    Why not bring a artists like emo Adams that’s definitely the answer he entertains for sure worth paying

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  52. Trudi

    Looking for some new blood. How about the new Cape Town band CROSSCURRENT. They are seriously good. Amazing local talent. They will blow you all away and rock the crowd big time. How about getting them to open for someone. Listen to their new 5 song EP on soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/crosscurrent-za/sets/stargazer-ep

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  53. Anja

    Seriously? Boring lineup. No Matthew Mole?

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  54. Irene HarrisonMy

    My husband and I are tourist who have been to one of these concerts and are puzzled as to why there are so many negative comments about the price for an outdoor concert. A week long Festival in our home town charged £49 (approx 1000Zar) each evening to an event attend by 1000s of people who were not necessarily wealthy but knew that was the ticket price they had to pay if they wished to attend.On top of this it cost 200Zar to park your car and 120 Zar approx equivalent for a beer and wait for it Picnic Basket for 2 another 1000Zar as one cannot take their own food to these events.Doesn’t that make the events at Kirstenbosch inexpensive to us British tourist? We intend to come again this November.

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    • Melanie

      There’s your answer…you come here with ££££££s. So it will be a ‘good price ‘ for a labourer from the UK than a qualified artisan from SA. I have a family of 5 so at R165 per person, you do the maths….automatically cannot afford if I need to pay the bills. So next time you come here buy me 5 tickets for a night out that the average South African cannot afford.

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      • Dylan

        Melanie, Skattie! It’s not expensive. It’s cheap! Sorry you can’t afford it, there’s lots to do for free in Cape Town. We’re spoilt for choice, stop whining and take your kids to the beach!

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  55. Suzette

    Guys, really ……………? Kirstenbosch is a highlight of the summer and been going non stop for few years now. Why do we need to listen and pay for the same artist year after year? There’s great talent out there, be more creative before this is another beautiful, special event busy dying on us 🙁

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  56. ian

    Parlotones??? Time those egotistical guys retired and took their terribly boring music with them. Surely CT can come up with a better line up than this?

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  57. Fiona Sacks

    What about Hacketman now there is some talent. This lineup is predictable and boring. Rinse Repeat Rinse Repeat

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  58. Bruce Johnson

    It could be worse, Freshly Ground.

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  59. Azeez

    I so agree with most of the comments here same ol line-up every year the absolutely terrible Parlotones yech! .. and equally bad Beatenberg seriously we have so many new and young vibrant musicians and what about some jazz artists like Airborne or Richard Ceasar to name a few .. so yeah thats my 5cents worth will skip this year again like last year .. pity !!

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  60. Jeremy

    Pity you insist on the same old same old! If you hear 1 song on Parlotones you have heard them all – all he has is a low croak which becomes so annoying after 2 songs!

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  61. Jessica Ellis

    Jimi Nevis, The Parlotones, Prime Circle….seriously?! So many incredible musicians in South Africa yet we are subjected to the same concerts year after year. What an incredibly boring and disappointing line up once again! Get it together Kirstenbosch!!

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  62. Albert

    Not a SINGLE Concert here that attracts my attention – Nevermind the price, the material is so boring.

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  63. Nancy

    Prime Circle and the Parlotones? Again?? Seriously?? This industry has a lot of talent and it’s a shame Kirstenbosch just keeps rehashing the same olds every year. #movewiththetimes

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  64. Maria

    This is not a very exciting lineup at all. Where are the days when Kirstenbosch was a melting pot for some really exciting music? They are more interested in people through the turnstiles than with it being a meaningful experience. Prime Circle, Beatenberg, The Parlotones? Really? Come on Kirstenbosch you can do better than this…

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    • fran

      Very boring. SA got so much talent. Must we be excited about that line up? Come on. It’s a shame.

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  65. Rene

    As a local family of 5, this is yet another activity in my beautiful city we cannot afford. I would love, love, love to do so many things with hubby and kids (who are almost adults), but it will cost around R1k in all. I agree with local costs for SA ID holders, and tourist costs for visitors. I miss out on so much. 🙁

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  66. Nicky

    It’s not only about going to kirstenbosch and having a picnic, it’s about seeing some of the best musicians in the country! This is no ordinary Sunday outing, it’s truly special
    Save up

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  67. Zimbie

    The people who are saying that tourists should pay more have their heads in the sand. Get your government sorted and get your currency up to par. So what you are saying is that if a South African went to a concert in Zimbabwe the Zimbabs should charge you more because you are not a local or if you went the the States the States should charge you more because of the same reason. Silly, sounds like hogwash to me. They had this same scenario in Zims years ago and look what happened to their currency-Wake up people…..and smell the flowers…..

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  68. Caroline

    I agree with the writers who say that it has become too expensive for locals. Even visiting the gardens without a concert is going up to R60 for adults this month. How can a local family possibly afford this. There should be a price for SA ID holders and a higher price for tourists. I go there often and have calculated the garden is making a lot of money and could well afford to do this.

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    • Karley

      I absolutely agree! Locals should get a favourable rate as the tourists in any case find a visit to SA a bargain, whereas most locals are struggling. We would also like to enjoy our fabulous local musicians but it’s not possible when you’re trying to survive every day life.

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  69. Sunel

    Ever thought of a family package? Too expensive to pay full price for toddlers and babies.

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    • Anton

      These events are not for toddlers and babies? Why would you want to take a 3 year old to a Prime Circle concert?

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      • Amos

        Why would you want to take anything sentient to a Prime Circle concert?

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      • Mike

        Why would anyone go to a Prime Circle concert in the first place! 😛

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      • Kat

        Because it’s during the day, in a beautiful garden and nice music. Hanhing iut with friends, enjoying nature and developing social skills, hanging with other kids in the kids area, or just simply sitting on a blanket with your parents listening to music. What’s wrong with all of that???

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      • Frank

        Who’d want to take an adult to a Parlatones concert? 🙂

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  70. Wardah

    There should be a price for locals and a price for foreigners/ vacationers – in fact, all the lovely local touristy places should subscribe to that principle. In that way you will obtain more support from locals which means the foreigners get to experience it so much better with a local influence. Otherwise it seems as if these places are really just for vacationers to enjoy and sad for locals to be excluded.

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  71. christine

    Wanted to go New Year Eve but over priced for unknown band
    Why not have some country and western bands there as there is a great following in Cape Town .

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    • Tracy

      Ew! I’m guessing the country and western following is beyond the boerewors curtain, as everyone I know would rather stick needles in their eyes

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  72. Alicia

    Sadly have to agree with Sarah & Judy – yet another of the Cape’s finest features being outpriced for locals to enjoy and share with families. We really have amazing developing local talent that can be showcased & promited whilstvat the sane time time making these events low cost,affordable and accessible to ( particularly) the locals and their families. After having travelled abroad it is becoming evident that easy accessibility to local features is one if the pillars to instilling & promting national pride.#stillprpudlycapetonian

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  73. Judy

    Does seem to priced just too high for a family to go.
    Such a stunning venue though

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  74. Sophc28

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve yet to go.. This summer I shall be there! ?

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  75. Sarah Revell

    you have got too expensive. It used to be a value for money family outing. Sadly, no longer

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  76. Reza

    It would be great to introduce some fresh new talent along with the old favorites. The curator needs to get some fresh perspective on what current music and entertainment trends are in SA. Just a thought.

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    • LekkerLocal

      Cape Town locals are such cheapskates!!! Working at a fine dining restaurant at the V&A, we get these “tourist and local price” comments all the time. Locals want the 5 star experience but want to pay McDonald junior burger prices! R125 for an amazing day out in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, listening to LIVE music is CHEAP!!!!!!!! You have close to 3 months to save up!

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      • Bobby

        I totally agree! Also, if you can’t afford a family outing, you should perhaps have considered having a smaller family and then sticking to what you can afford. Sad, but true.

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  77. kholeka

    Wooow, I love Kisternbosch gardens, to top it with the concerts, it’s indeed a cherry on top. Can’t wait, I’m sorry excited. Horaaaayy

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