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A FREE concert in the centre of Cape Town is convenient only as long as you do not have to drive or use public transport to see the show.
It was with this consideration in mind that the people behind the Cape Town Festival, which is hosted annually at the Company’s Garden, decided to take the concerts to the people – starting with Delft.
Tomorrow local residents will be treated to a free concert when the Delft Community Festival kicks off with performances from local bands as well as from well-known groups like The Black Ties and The Rockets.
Latasha Storm, festival project manager, said yesterday that for some Cape Town residents finding money to go to a free concert in the CBD was a luxury.
“We know that sometimes people cannot get out of the area, so we are bringing the music to them.”
Storm said there had been support from the police, the community policing forum, councillors, the City of Cape Town and other stakeholders.
“We will have community artists who have never had the opportunity to perform on stage before.”
There would also be sports and recreation areas for those bringing young people to the festival.
Chad Saaiman, a Cape Town-born musician and songwriter who is now based in Joburg, will perform with The Black Ties, who include Keeno Lee and Lloyd Jansen.
“We are very excited to be performing in Delft as we don’t often get booked to perform there.”
Saaiman said residents could look forward to an “A-grade” performance.
“The band is just three solo artists coming together, having fun, singing songs we love and people love.”
Storm said the organisers were hoping to make this an annual event and also looking at expanding the concept to bring the festival to other areas.
The festival will take place between 9am and 6pm at the Delft Central Sports field. - Cape Argus