How To ... Survive the Cape Town jazz fest

2013-04-05 15:04

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival involves about 40 acts performing on five different stages in two days. You will get confused. But there’s hope.

» First things first: get the programmes and decide which musicians you are willing to not see. Scratch those out.

You can start by knocking off musicians you are likely to see again soon.

If you are planning a trip to New York in the near future, you are likely to run into the Robert Glasper Experiment at the Blue Note there.

So you can forgive yourself for missing them here.

This might not be the case with musicians like Chano Dominguez.

The Spanish player is here to perform music inspired by Miles Davis’ forays into flamenco music.

» If you’ve been to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, you know it’s huge.

So there’s bound to be a lot of walking as you crisscross its floors to and from shows.

Better leave your Jimmy Choos at home. Comfort is king here.

» You’ll be buying CDs, T-shirts and memorabilia from the kiosks and stalls as each night unfolds. You’ll need to put them somewhere.

Consider swapping that cute purse for a backpack.

» As you enter the convention centre, make sure you buy tokens.

Your money won’t be any good to you.

This party runs on its own currency. So you’ll need to comply.

It’s an easy trip. Be comfortable. Have a simple plan of what to see and you’ll have a blast.

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