If you live to ruck, maul, scrum and generally tumble, then Absa Boktown at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre welcomes you to join them and to enjoy the Rugby World Cup with all the gees you can muster. All World Cup matches, starting with the opening ceremony and the first game on Friday, September 18, will be screened live on a brand new Amphitheatre screen, installed ahead of this year’s World Cup.
All games involving the Springboks, as well as the quarters, semis and the final will be supported by free live entertainment. Beer and soft drinks as well as snack accompaniments such as nuts and biltong will be on sale at these special Absa Boktown matches to get the crowd into the mood. V&A Waterfront retailer WOZA will also be on hand with rugby apparel and merchandise, to ensure you fit right in with the “manne”. Fans attending Absa Boktown matches also stand a chance of winning prizes.
Although each Absa Boktown event is free, entrance will be limited to the first 500 fans per match.
Two other big clashes from the early rounds will also have live Absa Boktown entertainment: England vs Wales and England vs Australia.
Even if your blood isn’t green and your heart isn’t gold, you won’t want to miss the Rugby World Cup spirit at Absa Boktown.
The following matches will be supported by additional entertainment activities.
Saturday, September 19: SOUTH AFRICA vs. JAPAN
Pop rock dance band Shen Winberg will get Bokke fans into the World Cup spirit as they take the stage at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre for South Africa’s first 2015 World Cup match on Saturday, September 19, at 4.30pm.
Bringing together a pool of talented, trained musicians, the Shen Winberg Band is led by Shen Winberg himself, a UCT Music School graduate, and the main creative influence on the band. The band consists of a number of trained musicians, including Omar on the electric/double bass, Domenico on the keyboard and accordion, back-up vocalist Kurt on drums, and Adam on the percussion. From dance to Sinatra, the band’s body of work will set an eclectic, spirited scene to enjoy the Bokke’s opening match.
Saturday, September 26: SOUTH AFRICA vs. SAMOA (also ENGLAND vs. WALES)
Saturday, September 26, sees Absa Boktown at the V&A Amphitheatre gearing up for two iconic clashes in this year’s Rugby World Cup. Starting with South Africa versus Samoa at 4.30pm, followed by England versus Wales at 9pm, rugby fever will be in full swing. Mpho and Uvimba will provide entertainment for both matches, performing first at 4.30pm for the first match, and again at 7.45pm for the second.
Specialising in African jive, Mpho & Uvimba was started by David Shuping and Mpho Motheane-Shuping to combine both traditional afro-fusion sounds to create unique, richly textured music for audiences to enjoy. This vision has since expanded into an eight-piece band, who will create a festive atmosphere ahead of these two RWC clashes.
Saturday, October 3: SOUTH AFRICA vs. SCOTLAND (and ENGLAND vs. AUSTRALIA)
Watch South Africa take on Scotland, followed by England challenging Australia broadcast live at Absa Boktown at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Saturday, October 3. RJ & On the Move will perform ahead of both matches at the Absa Boktown event, charming rugby fans with jazz sounds and funky R&B/dance music covers.
First formed at the Impronto School of Music and called the Khoisan Initiative, they changed their name to On the Move when the band started becoming successful. Having now joined forces with lead vocalist Ronald Jones, the band goes by the name RJ & On the Move, under the leadership of band lead Mundhir McKriel.
Wednesday, October 7: SOUTH AFRICA vs. USA
South Africa takes on the world’s superpower, the USA, in this early-round Rugby World Cup match. Starting at 4.30pm, guests will be treated to a special performance by South African legend Kurt Darren, famously known for ‘Meisie Meisie’, ‘Loslappie’ and ‘Kaptein’, as well as English hits such as ‘Standing on the Edge’ and ‘My Facebook’. Darren’s music is known for its careful and balanced selection of ballads and up-tempo songs in both Afrikaans and English.
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