By Jonathan Duguid
Happy New Year! Here’s wishing you an amazing 2014. I want to start the year
off by asking that you add two things to your resolutions list: 1. support
musicians by going to see them perform live, and 2. to rather purchase an
album or song legally, rather than downloading the song from a torrent site,
which will make a musician go to bed having been robbed, and your hard-drive
will also probably be robbed, but via a virus or spyware.
This year is going to be a big one, in terms of artists visiting us – from the Real
Slim Shady (Eminem) to Bruce Springsteen to Santana, to name a few. At the
moment, I’m uncertain about who I’m more excited to see, as they’re all
amazing at what they do.
But let’s not forget that there’s no time like the present, and performing this
week in Cape Town are the chart-topping London-based group Bastille, who
had to add an extra Cape Town concert due to popular demand.
They are Britain’s most exciting band and they’ll be at the Kirstenbosch
Botanical Gardens on Wednesday and Friday, January 8 and 10 at 7.15pm.
Tickets have sold out for both shows.
On Saturday, January 4 multiple award-winning string group, Sterling EQ, will
be performing live at The Barn in Plettenberg Bay. For the show, all-woman trio
will perform some favourites and hits from their three studio albums. Known for
changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their
extraordinary fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats.
We move back to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for another concert on
Sunday, January 5, where The Parlotones, fresh from their hiatus in the United
States of America, will be live and happening. Tickets range from R115 to R145
in price, and are available from webtickets.co.za. The gig starts at 6pm.