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A series of outdoor concerts take place in and around the Mother City over the summer season.

Music is the one language everyone speaks and it easily brings many together. Spending quality time with family and friends under the hot African sky is a recommended way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon while listening to music. There are a few places to visit to suit your mood.

The De Waal Park Summer Concerts are back for their second year to deliver South Africa’s freshest acts in the park in Oranjezicht. The free concert’s line-up includes Jimmy Dludlu, Mark Haze, Robin Levetan, Arno Carstens, Saudiq Kahn, Karen Zoid, The Glenn Robertson Jazz Band, Steve Louw and Big Sky, Robin Auld and Hot Water. Performances take place every second Sunday from November 18 until March 17.

With a new and improved look, the V&A Waterfront amphitheatre is a hot spot for a bumper summer line-up.

The free sunset concerts featuring top South African artists are plentiful for visitors.

On December 14, Christmas cheer will fill the air with Carols by Candlelight, with lead accompaniment by a brass quintet from the Philharmonic Orchestra.

In January alone, music lovers can enjoy more than 50 free music and dance acts in the open-air entertainment arena, all starting at 6pm. Local musicians such as Macstanley, Ard Matthews and Vicky Sampson, along with Sterling EQ, Mark Haze, Plush and Bed on Bricks can be enjoyed.

The New Year’s Eve programme is jam-packed with at least four major parties to choose from.

Hosted at various locations in the Waterfront, the shows will feature a variety of bands, DJs and live music acts, including one of the world’s most famous dance music DJs, yet to be revealed, who will head the bill at the official 5FM party on the Breakwater roof.

Moving out of the city bowl and onto the slopes and into vineyards of Stellenbosch, the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre always gives music lovers a range of genres to enjoy.

Bringing us entertainment for the past 35 years, a yummy picnic basket with a glass of wine while enjoying the acts on Sundays in the beautiful gardens is a must.

Some of the highlights on the line-up include The Delft Big Band, a 16-piece ensemble under the directorship of Cape Town jazz guru Ian Smith, The South African Youth Choir, which will collaborate with previous members, and the award winning Cape Town Tango Ensemble with Melanie Scholtz, Buona Sera Signorina and Nicola Cencherle (tenor). Expect Neapolitan songs, jazz standards and perhaps some tango.

Other acts include the Afro-pop group Freshlyground showcasing their new album, Take Me to the Dance, and Afrikaans sensation Nataniël who will feature alongside the Charl du Plesiss Trio.

For costs and times of these shows visit www.oudelibertas.co.za


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