The Two Oceans Aquarium is well known for its marine conservation work and diverse sea creature exhibitions that top any locals’ or visitors’ to-do list.
And while this may be one of Cape Town’s most popular day-time attractions, it has entertainment at night too. The Two Ocean’s Aquarium’s After Dark music series gives visitors the opportunity to ‘dive’ into a world where the sea meets the sounds of some of the best local musicians.
Following the sold-out success of the 2018 shows, the Aquarium once again teamed up with Texx and the City to warm up winter and bring four nights of South Africa’s finest musical acts.
Our editor Aubrena Armstrong looks at five reasons why the Two Ocean’s Aquarium’s After Dark Series should not be missed.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE WINDOW TO THE SEA
Performing stripped-down acoustics sets, eight bands turn the I&J Ocean Exhibit into a unique, living room-style music venue. The exhibit holds 1.6 million litres of seawater and is home to stingrays, musselcrackers, sea turtles and many more marine creatures. It is 6 metres deep and is the first exhibit of its kind in South Africa to boast a full 10-metre long tunnel with the main viewing window consisting of a continuous 9 metre-wide, 4 metre-high panel.
SHADOWCLUB AND MANU GRACE SET THE BAR
SAMA-award winning rockers Shadowclub and emerging artist Manu Grace performed at the first event last month, upping the ante and excitement for the rest of the music series.
Shadowclub frontman Jacques Moolman, bassist Louis Roux and drummer Isaac Klawansky thrilled their Cape Town fans who came out to support local music. Playing old hits and new material, the Shadowclub set was stripped down and acoustic, perfectly complimenting the serene, deep blue backdrop of the aquarium.
The supporting act, Manu Grace, captivated the audience with her relaxed synth-pop sound.
DANGERFIELDS AND TWIN WEAVER READY TO ROCK THIS MONTH
Cape Town band, Dangerfields has a reputation for putting on live performances that take their listeners on a journey that is at times upbeat and noisy and at other times slow and introspective but always suited to the space they are in. Their sound has been referred to as shoegaze, post-punk and dream-pop.
Twin Weaver is a four-piece alternative-pop group based in Cape Town, formed in late 2016. They are self-produced, self-recorded and self-conscious.
Date: 26 June | Time: 7pm to 11pm | Tickets: Book Now
EVEN MORE LOCAL BANDS TO LOOK FORWARD TO
South African singer-songwriters Manny Walters and Luh’ra are set to take the After Dark stage next month.
Manny Walters has influences rooted deeply in rhythm and blues, rock and soul music. Influenced by the work of artists like Tracy Chapman, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield, Manny’s lyricism has a contemporary appeal with the raw soul of his commanding voice.
Luh’ra, from Cape Town, is accompanied by her guitar to bring her acoustic soul through tranquil melodies and sharing personal feelings through her lyrics.
Date: 31 July | Time: 7pm to 11pm | Tickets: Book Now
In August, eight-piece Zulu-funk band The Steezies and Androgenius, a four-piece band from Cape Town perform at the last event of the After Dark music series.
The Steezies have powered through the Cape Town music scene since their inception in 2017. With performances at Rocking the Daisies, River Republic, Up the Creek and Splashy Fen, the offbeat, cheeky band have swiftly solidified their eccentric presence with their vibrant live shows.
Androgenius’ music explores various moods and melodies, fusing old-school R&B and soul with funk, hip hop and jazz to create a sound they’ve aptly dubbed “soul hop”.
Date: 28 August | Time: 7pm to 11pm | Tickets: Book Now
COMPLIMENTARY BEER & 40% DISCOUNT ON AQUARIUM MEMBERSHIP
Drifter Brewing Company offers concert-goers a complimentary taste of their special nautical-themed brews.
For an extra R245, After Dark ticket holders also get a one-year membership (usually R430) to the Two Oceans Aquarium.
– One year’s unlimited access to the aquarium.
– Exclusive invitations to events and previews, such as members-only extended hours and behind-the-scenes tours.
– Special discounts on public events.
– Reduced rates on experiences, like 25% off scuba diving.
– Discounts at the Gift Shop and selected food and beverage outlets