For live music enthusiasts who have been craving some soul-touching gigs, we’ve made a list of upcoming summer music experiences not to be missed. Whether it’s raw talent in an eclectic bar, local jazz icons at an outdoor festival, authentic South African music in Muizenberg, or a full four days of floating in the river while listening to local bands, here’s where to find it.
Established in 1990, Up the Creek has become South Africa’s second longest-running music festival and arguably its most unique. This year, they are celebrating their 30-year reunion at the river, with 4 days, 4 stages, 50 bands, and 2 500 Creekers and their lilos.
In the past, festival-goers have witnessed riverside opera performances, laughter yoga sessions at sunrise, live performances on a Pied Piper-like jam van’s rooftop stage, and a drifting four-poster bed in the Anything That Floats Competition – among many weird and wonderful other things. The organisers promise that this year’s celebration is going to be even more surprising. As always, tickets are limited to 2 500 and selling fast.
Hazendal Jazz Club is a regular concert series hosted at Hazendal – a picturesque wine estate nestled against the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch. Featuring acclaimed local and international jazz musicians, upcoming performances include vocalist, songwriter, and performer Emma de Goede, as well as young international jazz sensation Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, performing for the first time in South Africa.
Guests are invited to enjoy a wine tasting, glass of wine or one of their signature cocktails in the luxurious Wine Tasting Lounge before the show, which will take place in the stylish Avant-Garde Restaurant. Hazendal’s premium, award-winning wines will also be on sale at a special rate, and the Zakuski Russian-inspired tapas-style menu will be available.
Dates: 30 October 2019 (Emma de Goede) and 20 November 2019 (Chad Lefkowitz-Brown)
Time: 5pm (doors open), 7.45pm (show starts)
Tickets: R195 (October) and R250 (November)
Bookings: Via Quicket, click here for October and here for November / or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.hazendal.co.za | Email: email@example.com | Tel: 021 903 5034
Facebook: Hazendal Wine Estate | Instagram: @hazendalwine
Casa is an atmospheric and down-to-earth neighbourhood bar in Woodstock. On Thursday nights they host the Plug & Play #OpenMic Sessions, welcoming anyone with a song, poem or story to share to their stage.
The vibe is relaxed, accepting and interactive – perfect for a newcomer testing out their musical creations to a listening audience. And for live music enthusiasts looking for a unique and raw performance by undiscovered talent, this is where to find it. Casa also serves food and has ongoing drinks specials. Check out their Facebook page for updates.
With an always-available in-house piano and guitar, Casa offers a platform for musicians, DJs and artists to express themselves (#ExpressYourself). They also offer an #ArtJam, for upcoming new talent. #SupportLocalTalent
Starting at 2pm, this one-day festival features local jazz and classical icons take turns performing over seven hours. The line-up allows for refreshment and food breaks, and a chance to absorb the atmosphere of the idyllic Spier Wine Farm.
The show will open with the Kyle Shepherd Trio with Shepherd (piano), Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums), followed by classical composers-performers Reza Khota, Brydon Bolton, Matthijs van Dijk and Cara Stacey of the Night Light Collective and Mandla Mlangeni’s Tune Recreation Committee (Clement Benny/drums, Nicholas Williams/bass, Reza Khota/guitar, Mandla Mlangeni/ trumpet and Afrika Mkhize/ piano and keyboard). Next up will be violist Jan-Hendrik Harley’s Ensemble Je ne Comprends Pas and trumpeter/vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis and his quintet will bring the show to an end.
Performances will take place at Spier’s amphitheatre, and there will be several options for casual dining or pre-booked picnics.
Date: 23 November 2019
Time: Doors open at 1pm, last set finishes at 8.45pm
Website: www.spier.co.za | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 078 398 6250
Facebook: Jazz & Classical Encounters at Spier
The Silo Concerts are a free, monthly, open-air concert series held at V&A Waterfront’s Silo District. Concert-goers gather – often with picnics and blankets – in the square in front of Zeitz MOCAA to enjoy a diverse line-up of South African performers. This year’s programme includes a night of Afro-soul on 1 November, featuring multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Amanda Black performing with her full band, as well as Wandile Mbambeni, who will open the show.
On 6 December, “This Thing Called Swing” will take over the stage, with a dedicated dancefloor for those who love to “jump, jive, jitterbug, swing or hop”, and a 20-piece big band, swinging dancers through the thirties and forties.
Dedicated to Latin music, The Puesta Del Sol concert will take the audience on a sensual journey on 3 January, from traditional Brazilian folk music to Argentine tango, as well as hot and steamy Cuban Salsa. The last concert on 7 February features a night of acapella music with the multi-platinum-selling Kasi-soul band The Soil and SA’s Got Talent winners, AnecNote.
Rootspring’s vision is to collaborate with exceptional performers for intimate house concerts and field recordings to give performers a platform to express their music in its most genuine form. “Rootspring exists for the love of music – including but not limited to – original, traditional and improvised music. We seek to uphold the values of creativity, excellence, and authenticity in all we put our hearts and hands to,” they say. Further, they aim to create a safe, tolerant environment where people gather to celebrate, honour and participate in conscious music.
Rootspring Live Sessions happen regularly at The Rootspring House in Muizenberg, and upcoming gigs include performances by Orah and The Kites, Jenny & The Jameses as well as Hezron Chetty and Jules Terea.
No liquor is served at the premises, but guests are welcome to bring their own (glasses are provided). Pre-orders for food are essential with ticket purchases via Quicket (food options pop up after you select your ticket).
Dates: Various, check here for upcoming shows
Time: Doors open 6.30pm, show starts 7pm | Interval for dinner 7.45pm, show resumes 8pm
Website: www.rootspring.co.za | Email: email@example.com | Tel: 076 963 2658
Facebook: Rootspring Music | Instagram: @rootspring_music