Amanda Black, Sho Madjozi and more: Here's the guide to the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2019/2020 you didn't know you needed

Sho Madjozi (Photo: Getty)
Sho Madjozi (Photo: Getty)

Cape Town – Grab your picnic basket, blankets and tickets! The Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts are back for another stellar year!

The organisers have released the list of artists performing in the upcoming season and features a diverse mix of genres with fresh new talent on offer, as well as many much-loved favourites.The concert season starts on Sunday 24 November 2019, has become a much-anticipated top outdoor music event in Cape Town, where families and friends flock in their droves to soak up world-class live music in a unique and awe-inspiring open-air setting.


The 2019/2020 line-up kicks off with Crimson House who will be launching their Bounceology album, the show promises to deliver an exciting mix of blues and cabaret rock that is designed to make you bounce! Newcomers to the concert series Southern Wild will open the stage for Crimson house with their alternative rock shifting between rock, neo-soul and folk. 

This inaugural show leads the way for a diverse range of exceptional artists such as Jo Black, Craig Lucas, Paxton Fielies, Black Motion, Amanda Black, Kwesta, Sjava, Prince Kaybee, Sho Madjozi, Shekinah, Unathi and Hip Hop sensation AKA - who is taking to the Kirstenbosch stage for the first time. Favourites that will be back again will include Spoegwolf, Matthew Mole, Sun El Musician and Simmy, Lady Zamar, Jeremy Loops, Goldfish, Jimmy Nevis, Mi Casa, Goodluck, Tresor and Watershed - who will be kicking off their 20th-anniversary tour.


The Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival will be taking place once again, as well as the much-loved Christmas Carols, hosted by the Rotary. In addition to this, a special New Year's Eve concert is scheduled with performances from Freshlyground, who will be joined by Nomadic Orchestra and Native Young.

This will be the last time that Freshlyground will be playing together and promises a not to be forgotten end to 2019.

Freshlyground (Photo: Simon Attwell/Supplied)

On 22 March a fresh new addition has been added to Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Line-Up – The Cape Town Opera starring Ms Pumeza Matshikiza, who has won the hearts of audience members in the world's great opera houses (including London, Milan and Paris).

This summer, Capetonians will have a rare opportunity to hear Ms Matshikiza on home soil for an evening of gorgeous classical and African arias and duets, with the Cape Town Opera Chorus and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jeremy Silver.

The concert line-up winds down with the smooth jazz tunes of Andrew Young and Don Vino – with guest vocalists Amy Jones, Gavin Minter and Selim Kagee joining them on stage.  


24 November 2019

Crimson House / Southern Wild

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

1 December 2019

Black Motion / Amanda Black

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

8 December 2019


Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

12, 13, 14, 15 December *

Christmas Carols - Hosted Rotary Club

Tickets: R25/p – R125/p

22 December 2019

Shekinah / UnathiTickets: R170/p – R220/p

29 December 2019


Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

31 December 2019

*NYE special concert: Freshlyground /Nomadic Orchestra /Native Young

Tickets: R435/p

5 January 2020

Jimmy Nevis / Craig Lucas / Paxton Fielies

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

12 January 2020

Mi Casa

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

19 January 2020

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

26 January 2020

Goodluck / Tresor

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

2 February 2020

Kwesta / Sjava

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

8 February 2020*

Yo-Yo Ma (International Concert)

Tickets: R900/p

9 February 2020


Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

16 February 2020

Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

23 February 2020

Spoegwolf / Jo Black

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

1 March 2020

Matthew Mole

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

8 March 2020 

Prince Kaybee / Sho Madjozi

Ticket prices: R170/p – R220/p

15 March 2020

Sun El Musician and Simmy / Lady Zamar

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

22 March 2020

Cape Town Opera

Tickets: R170/p – R220/p

29 March 2020

Jeremy Loops

Ticket prices: R170/p – R220/p

5 April 2020

Andrew Young and Don Vino

Ticket prices: R170/p – R220/p 


Bring family and friends, pack a picnic (or pre-order 5 days in advance from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room or Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch) and relax on the lawns listening to world-class musical performances with Table Mountain as the backdrop.

Moyo food trucks will also be offering freshly made burgers, boerie rolls, beverages and snacks – so make sure you come hungry! 

Book tickets online at Webtickets. Please note that Webtickets is the ONLY online ticketing partner. Kirstenbosch cannot guarantee that tickets purchased from third parties will be valid.


Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

When: From 24 November 2019 to 5 April 2020

Times: Gates open 16:00, concerts start time varies 17:00/17:15/17:30, shows end at 19:00.

Concert Tickets (unless otherwise noted above):

Adults: R220

Youth (age 6 to 21 with ID): R170, children under 6 years do not require a concert ticket.

*Christmas Carols, *New Year's Eve and *International Performances have separate rates for adults and children.

For more concert info call: 021 799 8783/8620/8773 

NB NOTE:Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are picnic-style, so bring a blanket and a picnic basket. All concerts take place irrespective of rain. Regret no refunds are issued. The Kirstenbosch concert arena is a non-smoking venue, there will be no designated smoking areas available. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the concert arena (this includes all smoking tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaporisers).

Compiled by Alex Isaacs

Photos: Getty/Simon Attwell/Supplied 

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