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The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are back Kirstenbosch rocks!

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town kicks off its 2023/2024 series of Summer Sunset Concerts on Sunday, December 3 with a star-studded line-up of South Africa’s best loved, grooved-to acts.

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are a deeply embedded, and much loved and looked forward to part of the Cape Town summer social scene. This season’s line-up lives up to all expectations, bringing the biggest names in South African music to the city.

The line-up kicks off with Mi Casa and wraps up 17 weeks later (on March 31) as autumn starts settling in. Music lovers can groove along all summer to acts like Lloyiso, Mango Groove, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Emo and Loukmaan Adams and many more.

The traditional (and hugely popular) Cape Town Carols at Kirstenbosch proudly hosted by the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch are scheduled for 14, 15, 16 and 17 December. Swing City will include carol tasters in their performance to warm you up for the Christmas celebrations on December 23. The New Year’s Eve Concert sees Jeremy Loops and the Congo Cowboys take to the stage; and a show by Goldfish rings the new year in on January 1. The season wraps up at the end of March with Neon Dreams and Ard Matthews.

Sarah Struys, Events and Tourism Manager at Kirstenbosch says the whole team looks forward to concert season. “It’s wonderful to welcome so many people to the garden, and to be such an ingrained and beloved part of Cape Town’s festive season and summer happenings. This is a city that has few (if any) rivals for fun, outdoor summer lifestyle living. The summer sunset concerts make the most of this, and of Cape Town’s fantastic weather; long, lingering evenings; breathtakingly beautiful surroundings and fun-loving people.”

Food trucks will be in full attendance at every show offering a variety of delicious eats. Concertgoers are also welcome to pack a picnic, or to pre-order five days ahead from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room or Moyo Restaurant. 

Besides artists already mentioned, the line-up this year features multi-award winning and platinum selling singer-songwriter, Amanda Black; Soweto a cappella group, The Soil; the incomparable Jack Parow; rock bands Die Heuwels Fantasties and Fokofpolisiekar; American diva Lalah Hathaway; trumpet maestro, Mandisi Dyantyis; Ami Faku, whose debut album debuted at #1 when she released it in 2019; indie rock bands, Shortstraw and Al Bairre; SAMA record of the year winner in 2021, Matthew Mole; Scots pop band, Deacon Blue; Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd; Cape Town’s own nostalgia generator, The Golden Oldies (who cover and celebrate living legends older than 60); singer-songwriter (and winner of The Voice, Season Two), Craig Lucas; electronic music band, Goodluck; and world music sensation, Sun-El Musician who will share the stage on March 24 with South African diva, Simmy.

Unless otherwise stated, gates open at 4pm on concert days. The line-up (that may be subject to change):

December 3 Mi Casa

December 10 Amanda Black and The Soil

December 14, 15, 16 and 17 The Cape Town Carols at Kirstenbosch proudly hosted by the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch. Gates open at 6pm

December 23 Swing City

December 31 Jeremy Loops and the Congo Cowboys in a New Year’s Eve special. Gates open at 7pm

January 1 Goldfish

January 7 Die Heuwels Fantasties and Jack Parow 

January 14 Mango Groove

January 21 Al Bairre and Shortstraw

January 27 Lalah Hathaway. Gates open 6pm (International act brought to Kirstenbosch by Showtime)

January 28 Lloyiso and Ami Faku

February 4 Unity at Kirstenbosch with Emo and Loukmaan Adams

February 11 The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

February 18 Matthew Mole

February 22 Deacon Blue. Gates open 6pm (International act brought to Kirstenbosch by Breakout) 

February 23 Xavier Rudd, Gates open at 6pm (international act brought to Kirstenbosch by Breakout) 

February 25 Mandisi Dyantyis

March 3 The Golden Oldies

March 10 Fokofpolisiekar

March 17 Goodluck and Craig Lucas

March 24 Sun-El Musician and Simmy

March 31 (Easter Sunday) Neon Dreams and Ard Matthews 

Tickets may be booked through Webtickets, at Pick n Pay stores nationwide and at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden gate. Please note that Webtickets is the SOLE online ticketing partner of the Summer Sunset Concerts. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden cannot guarantee that tickets purchased from third parties will be valid. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has no working relationship with Viagogo.

The concerts are non-smoking events. There are no designated smoking areas anywhere at the concerts, or in the garden. There will be a zero-tolerance approach to smoking. Offenders will be fined. People who simply cannot attend a concert without lighting up are advised to stay away. 

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