Cape Town Music Guide – 15 Dec to 31 Dec

Black Coffee – Shimmy Residency

After his successful residency at Hi Ibiza, multi-award-winning DJ and producer, Black Coffee, returns to Shimmy Beach Club for a second season, with 5 Friday night shows. Black Coffee’s residency forms part of Shimmy’s annual Summer Calling campaign, and he is joined by a fresh lineup of local DJs, including Da Capo and Enoo Napo.

8 December to 5 January 2018, 6PM to 4AM

R195 – R350

Shimmy Beach Club, 12 South Arm Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

021 200 7778

Jazz on the Riverbank

The town of Paarl plays host to Jazz on the Riverbanks, a child- and family-friendly event that sees guests enjoying a day of live music and entertainment. The event features 14 different bands, a designated braai and kiddies area, cash bar and beautiful scenery. This year’s line-up includes Judy Boucher, TopDogSA, Karin Kortje, Salome, Claire Phillips, Vuvu Khumalo, The Rockets, N2, Public Opinion, JedoHouse, Soul Sound, Tylo Fortuin, Cold Sweat and Blu Tone.

16 December, 9AM (all day event)

R100 – R150

Paarl Arboretum, Klein Parys Sports Complex Rd, Paarl

082 795 4521

Hope @ Paul Cluver: Karen Zoid

Karen ZoidSouth Africa’s “Queen of Rock” Karen Zoid takes to the stage at Paul Cluver at the Hope @ Paul Cluver summer season. Among her many accolades are gold album sales, sharing a stage with Vusi Mahlasela and winning a SAMA for best female artist.

16 December, 7.30PM to 8.30PM

R330 – R350

Paul Cluver Forest Amphitheatre, Paul Cluver Wines, De Rust Estate, N2, Grabouw

021 844 0605

Corona SunSets Festival

The Corona SunSets Festival returns to launch Cape Town’s summer season, featuring local and international acts to entertain party-goers. This year’s event is hosted by K Yeezi and the line-up includes Jonas Blue, Klingande, Mi Casa, Timo ODV, No Method, Da Capo, Strange Loving, Leighton Moody, Majozi, Early Hours and Johnny Paps.

16 December, 12PM to 11PM

R450 – R550

The Bungalow, Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Rd, Clifton, Cape Town

I Maestri di Musica Benefit Concert

Xolane Marman presents a benefit concert to raise funds for his opera direction internship program at the National Theatre in Mannheim, Germany. Bass-baritone and head of Vocal Studies at the South African College of Music Patrick Tikolo joins baritone George Stevens, acting director of the UCT Opera School to accompany the final year student as he performs works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, Schubert, Rossini and more.

15 December, 6PM to 7.30PM

R80 – R100

Erin Hall, 8 Erin Rd, Rondebosch

071 701 8785

Petit Carmen – Concert Version

Oude Libertas presents the concert version of popular opera Petit Carmen, as part of its Summer Season Festival. This production of one of the most popular operas in the classical canon is condensed to an hour-long work for this occasion, without compromising the integrity of the original work. All the highlights are presented in a chronological order, with the artists interpreting more than one role.

15 December, 8.15PM to 10.45PM


Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Oude Libertas Wine Estate, cnr Adam Tas Rd & Libertas Rd, Stellenbosch

021 809 7473/7380

Christmas Carols at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents four evenings of Christmas Carols in celebration of the festive season. The Christmas-themed sing-along concert series is the flagship project of the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch and forms part of the organisation’s annual fundraising efforts. While each evening boasts a line-up of well-known local acts as pre-entertainment, the main attractions are the Cape Town Concert Brass and Male Voice Choir, who performs traditional Christmas tunes and carols.

14 to 17 December, 6PM

R25 – R125

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town

Carols by Candlelight with a Touch of Folk

Traditional Christmas carols with a touch of folk presented by Hope City Church in the historic 6 Spin Street venue. The songs are performed by a band in keeping with the traditional words and interpreted with a touch of folk. Guests are invited to sing along and the music is interspersed with Bible readings and thoughtful reflection.  Candles are provided and drinks and snacks are served after the service.

17 December, 7.30PM to 9PM


6 Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town

Cape Point Vineyards Carols

The Cape Point Vineyards Community Market once again hosts a Carols by Candlelight event in aid of the Valley Development Project. This year’s Carols are led by young local performers from Alas Academy, followed by a concert by Hot Water. No outside food and beverages, nor pets, are permitted.

14 December, 4.30PM to 8.30PM


Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Rd, Noordhoek, Cape Town

021 789 0900

The Alma Cafe December Lineup

The Alma Cafe hosts live local and international music acts. This Sunday Gert Vlok Nel and Schalk Joubert perform.

17 December, 6.30PM


The Alma Cafe, 20 Alma Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town

021 685 7377

Wednesday Nights at Nomad

Nomad presents a platform for local talents and bands to showcase their music in a line-up every Wednesday of the week.

8PM to 11PM


NOMAD Bistro & Bar, 33 Waterkant St, CBD, Cape Town
021 418 3020