On its own, the V&A Waterfront’s Silo district is one of South Africa’s most visited destinations for lovers of the finer things in life. It’s one of the main attractions for the millions of international and local tourists who wing their way to CTIA on cheap flights to Cape Town every year.
The Waterfront is a shopping and dining destination of note and always has a jam-packed summer programme to delight anyone who arrives on the Mother City’s shores. Now, for 2019/20, there’s another one to add to your wish-list of things to do this decade.
The Silo District is turning things up a notch for the Cape Town summer season, with a host of awesome live concerts by top artists from around the country. The concerts are happening on every first Friday of the month, so you can pair them with the Sunday Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts for a magical musical weekend in Cape Town. The party is happening on the lawns and paving outside the Zeitz MOCCA, starting at 7pm.
Here’s what to expect:
Amanda Black and WandileMbabeni
The multi-award-winning, Amanda Black of Idols fan favourite fame takes to the stage on 1 November 2019 to woo the crowd with her soulful Afro vibes. Although Amanda only finished 7th in this prestigious competition, she was snapped up by Ambitiouz Entertainment regardless. The gamble paid off and her first album, Amazulu, went platinum in its first month.
Since then, Amanda has since been nominated in the SAMA’s, the BET and Metro FM Music Awards and will be releasing her second album, Power, any day now.
WandileMbabeni will be warming up the crowds beforehand in his signature deep-listening story-telling style. If you missed Rocking the Daisies and the Richmond Hill Music Festival, now’s your chance to enjoy this up-and-coming artist live on stage.
Like Amanda, Wandile was raised in the Eastern Cape and achieved much success as a provincial rugby player before opting for a career in music. He is mainly focussed on the festival circuit, where he has won many accolades and has 3 EPs to his name so far.
Puesta Del Sol
On 6 December 2019, concertgoers will be singing a completely different tune. This time with a Latin focus. Lap up the passionate beats, while professional coaches help you master the steps to the tango and salsa.
Argentinian folk music sets the scene followed by pure flamenco, courtesy of a six-piece ensemble, and a high energy salsa band ends the performance.
This Thing Called Swing
Dust off your dancing shoes for 3 January’s epic trip back to the 1930s and 40s era of the big band. The Swinging All Stars Big Band and swing DJs will be taking you through the paces on the night. Expect hopping, jiving, jitterbugging and a whole lot of fun.
Anecnote and The Soil
Who doesn’t love acapella? If you do, then diarise 7 February 2020 when SA’s Got Talent winners, Anecnote team up with the award-winning band, The Soil. It’s going to be epic!
Make a Day of It
Why let the fun stop there? You’ll have time afterwards to grab a delicious meal at one of the V&As upmarket restaurants, or head for Shimmy Beach Club for seaside cocktails, dining and dancing.
Another exciting add-on is the chance to check out the latest exhibits at the Zeitz MOCAA before the show starts. It’s just the thing to get you in the mood for art in every form.
Other famous attractions at the V&A Waterfront include:
• The Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
• The V&A Food Market
• The Cape Wheel
• Ferry Trips to Robben Island
• Helicopter flips
• Boat Cruises
• Two Oceans Aquarium
If you love a good museum, try the Chavonnes Battery Museum, The Springbok Museum, Iziko Maritime Centre and the Cape Diamond Museum.
Get in on the Swing of Things with Cheap Flights To Cape Town
If you aren’t convinced that a trip to Cape Town belongs on your list of priorities this summer, check out these other cheap things to do in Cape Town.
Now’s the time to experience the long days and balmy nights of South Africa’s favourite seaside city. When you compare prices, you’ll be surprised at how cheap flights to Cape Town really are. Book yours now before the last-minute rush.