|U2 360 concert Green Point stadium|
It’s fair to say we don’t get the same numer of music and shows as our fellow citizens in the northern latitudes. It makes sense that the cost of hauling equipment to the southern tip of Africa for one, maybe two, shows just doesn’t make it viable. What lures many an artist to our part of the world is a visit to Cape Town, a chance to meet Nelson Mandela and a safari experience. My other half used to ferry celebrities on a private ferry to Robben Island and has a story or three.
A few weeks ago Green Point stadium aka Cape Town stadium hosted the U2 360 concert. A crowd of around 75 000 revellers rocked to old and new numbers. It was a brilliant show but the supporting bands were so so. If you are in Cape Town and want to see what shows or events will be happening try these links – Computicket or maybe the Cape Town magazine. Two more useful sites are Uncover the Cape and SA Venues.
|Goldfish concert at Kirstenbosch botanical gardens|
Another favorite music venue are the local botanical gardens in the major cities in South Africa. These concerts usually feature local artists but Bryan Adams and a few others have done shows there. It’s an earlier show and a lot more family oriented.
You bring a blanket, your own booze and a picnic basket. Kids play in amongst the plants and older folk relax on the grass. Beats the drink and food queues at most mega stadiums. That said, I was impressed with Green Point stadium. No loo queues and a vegetarian pita for me.
I am also pleased to say that Kirstenbosch have a strict no smoking policy. Read more here – Kirstenbosch summer concerts.
U2 photo courtesy Ragnhilde Reid