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Mojito, Cosmopolitan, or an Old Fashioned? Nah … Instead come and savour the intoxicating Rock Star In The Park Cocktail (shaken, not stirred of course) of Prime Circle, Jesse Clegg and Lee Cole mid- February.

It’s true that February is short … but bound to be super sweet indeed – especially if Concerts In The Park has a say in the matter. We’re hard pushed to imagine a more gratifying mid-summer cocktail than the one we have in store for you at De Waal Park on February 12th. With more than a dollop of electrifying rock, a dash of passionate lyrics and a pinch of raw powerhouse vocals, our hand-picked combo of heavyweights headlined by epic South African legends Prime Circle – and flanked by two other musical prodigies Jesse Clegg and Lee Cole – is guaranteed to have you up against the bandstand, inhaling every awe-inspiring vibe.

Johannesburg-based band Prime Circle is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most prized national treasures in South Africa’s buoyant music arsenal. With 21 years – a darn long time for any band to stick together – of producing perpetually memorable songs, Prime Circle’s winning recipe has gone from strength to strength, inspiring various generations of South Africans no end with songs like the unforgettable “She always gets what she wants” (2008) that lingered on the charts for a whopping 52 weeks. Other household favourites (there are too many to single out, really) include “As long as I’m here” (2003), ”Breathing”(2010), “Turn me to stone” (2010) and “Pretty like the sun” (2017). Singer-songwriter Ross Learmonth’s incredible voice and meaningful lyrics have been speaking to audiences across the country – and world, from India to Dubai, Belgium to Australia – and the allure of this Famous Five (Ross Learmonth, Dale Schnettler, Dirk Bischhoff, Marco Gomes and Neil Breytenbach) seems to only grow more potent as time goes by, with loyal fans continually gagging for more of their magic. The awards and accolades received over the years are too innumerable to recount (google them and gawk) and the acts Prime Circle has performed with are eye-wateringly impressive and include the likes of Queen, Annie Lennox, Katie Melua, Iron Maiden, Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, Muse and Iggy Pop.

As for the charismatic, mesmerising Jesse Clegg and his heartfelt lyrics, here’s another name with fond historic connotations (son of SA’s beloved Johnny Clegg) and a mean legacy of his own – Jesse has already reached platinum-selling success. His 2011 album “When I wake up” made national waves, and in fact so much so that it caught the imagination of Canadian producer David Bottrill who produced his second album, “Life on Mars”. A tour through Canada and North America secured him an international fanbase. 2016 Saw ‘Things unseen” and expanded his international following no end. Johannesburg-based musician Lee Cole adds to the epic offering of the day. Who can forget his smash hit “I don’t wanna wait” with its poignant lyrics and catchy tunes? A class-act who is no stranger to audiences in the USA and further afield. Another gorgeous ace up our sleeve is that the first opener of the day will come from the enthusiastic and youthful talents that make up the Plumstead High School band.

I mean, it’s a no-brainer – how can you bear to miss a part of this intoxicatingly magical day  at De Waal Park? It’s history in the making and you need to be there, surely!

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A Sure-Fire Way of Amplifying the Awesomeness of your January?

Simple: Matthew Mole x Will Linley x Dukes of Note x De Waal Park!

Fancy getting up close and personal with South Africa’s very own über-talented musical poster boy and export, the inimitable Matthew Mole? We in South Africa wax lyrical about this home-grown genius muso, his catchy, folksy guitar vibes and cute lyrics in hits like Running After You, The Wedding Song and Take Yours, but we’re not alone – folk all over the globe are humming these sweet tunes while going about their day-to-day business. That’s the stuff that classics are made of: creativity that crosses borders, oceans and continents with oodles of all-encompassing quality feel-good appeal. That being said, Concerts in the Park couldn’t be more chuffed to invite you to see Matthew Mole perform in person from the olde-worlde bandstand at De Waal Park on Sunday January 29th. If this doesn’t make you jump for January joy, we don’t know what will!

Not that you need any more convincing but … Empangeni-born Matthew Mole is no stranger to musical accolades: he made SA chart history as the first local artist to enter the iTunes album chart at number 1 with his first album The Home We Built. A string of nominations followed, such as that of Male Artist of the Year, Newcomer at the MK Awards as well as Best Pop Album 2014 at the 20th Annual South African Music Awards. At age 21 he won a competition run by Converse in London and with it came a recording contract; he was subsequently signed up to Just Music – and the rest, as they say, is history. None of these achievements, however, bring home just how fabulously talented and charismatic Matthew Mole is in person – but don’t take our word for it, come and experience it for yourself!

On the day Matthew Mole is supported by another legend-in-the-making, our own lookalike Ed Sheeran, Capetonian Will Linley, who initially kicked off his career as a TikTok sensation and hit the SA music scene running in 2021 with Miss Me (When You’re Gone). The catchy Wrong Time followed, and on the way Will Linley has built up a beefy following both locally and abroad. No surprises here – his recipe of memorable lyrics served up with copious quantities of cheer is guaranteed to get the crowd gagging for more. And the penultimate ace up our sleeve is the inimitable Dukes of Note, who need no introduction to the local scene – Cape Town’s own steampunk-carnival rock band that always leaves a lasting impression with their larger-than-life personas and imaginative vintage vibes.

Concerts In The Park feels strongly about nurturing budding young talent and giving a platform to inspiring young musicians from the community. We’re delighted introduce the fabulous Muizenberg School Band, who will be warming up the stage prior to the big guns strutting their stuff. We’re hard pushed to think of a better way to celebrate a sunny high summer’s day in Cape Town, and you’re cordially invited! Come along for a day of good vibes and unforgettable tunes, and in the process create enduring memories with family and friends – old and new! Tickets are available from Quicket.

Concerts in the Park on Sunday, 18th December 2022, featuring Francois Van Coke, Tasché, The Rockets & Camps Bay High

Concerts in the Park on Sunday, 18th December 2022, featuring Francois Van Coke and Tasché

Cape Town’s favourite, Concerts in the Park, is back with an impressive event in the Mother City’s historical park – De Waal Park.

Concerts in the Park was established with a vision to bring people of all colours, religions and walks of life together to enjoy some of the best musical artists South Africa has to offer. 12 Years later, they are still the go-to events for a unique and lively musical experience.

For the concert on the 18th, Concerts in the Park presents Francois Van Coke and Tasché.

Francois Van Coke rose to fame as the lead vocalist of South African rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. In 2015, Francois launched his self-titled debut solo album and kicked off his solo career with the release of Toe Vind Ek Jou featuring Karen Zoid. It became the first Afrikaans album and single to simultaneously jump to number one positions on the SA iTunes Store.

The iconic Francois Van Coke will not be performing alone; he will be sharing the stage with the world-class talent, Tasché.

Tasché became the first female winner and youngest of the reality TV series, The Voice SA 3, in 2019, just after her 19th birthday. She is known for her charismatic stage presence and is carving out her space as the new generation Afrikaans rocker.

So, join us for a Sunday Funday at this tranquil park and bring your friends, family and pets. Please do remember to have your pets on a leash the whole time.

Gates open at 10 am and the concert starts at 1 pm. To get your hands on the tickets, visit the Concerts in the Park website ( or Quicket. Tickets are R99 p/p.


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Craving the ultimate summer soundtrack to your Xmas 2022? We’ve got you covered, absorb the halcyon holiday vibes in De Waal Park with legendary Francois Van Coke & Co.

Work’s done and dusted for the year, summer’s finally here, you’ve got the flip-flops & shorts combo out and life is just s-w-e-e-t. Nothing like an epic music fest to add a soundtrack to this sexy summer cocktail. So, dial up the chill factor: relax, let your hair down, arrange the kikoi on the green, green grass and let the music do the talking. And as you may have guessed, we’re alluding to much more than a bit of pre-Xmas “Jingle Bells” under the canopies of De Waal Park’s gigantic trees here. On December 18th you’ll be made merry by the real McCoy, the inimitable, the charismatic, the only Francois Van Coke, ‘local is lekker’ frontman of badass SA rock bands Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Cartel. If that thought doesn’t properly float, errr … rock both your and Santa’s party boat, we don’t know what will.

Famous for his solo albums since 2015 as well as collaborations with the likes of local legendary musos Karen Zoid, Spoegwolf, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Jack Parow, Bellville boy Francois Van Coke allegedly started Fokofpolisiekar as a joke to shock the conservative Afrikaans community, and the name stuck. Urban myth has it that his minister-father asked him to change his surname from Badenhorst to Van Coke as the local church-goers sent in complaints about his son’s performances! This artist’s work needs no introduction to the local market: “Toe Vind Ek Jou” was Most Popular Song, Best Song, Rock and Digital Album of the year back in 2015; in 2022 Francois Van Coke is still going strong with a fourth album called “Kanniedood” that merges ‘old punk and new pop’.

Another (very) local talent, Brackenfell-based Tasche will be supporting Francois Van Coke from the quaint bandstand in The Park as the second band of the day. Winner of the 2019 M-Net The Voice SA, with a subsequent record deal at Universal Music SA, Tasche released her first single in 2019 titled ‘Die Een”. The rest is history and on Dec 18th you can get up close and personal with this irrepressible vocalist under the trees, too.

The Rockets will be rocking the band stand on the 18th December too! No introduction needed to one of South Africa’s most successful pop bands ever – these household names and recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ghoemas and SAFTA Best Music Show award are a force to be reckoned with. If you’ve missed their 50th anniversary sold-out show at Grand West Arena, come to De Waal Park and catch them there!

Camps Bay High School is famous well beyond the city for their out-of-this-world, superbly accomplished music and drama performances. This show by the Camps Bay High School band is bound to be one of the highlights of Concert In The Park 2022/3 season. Absolutely not to be missed!

See you at our pre-Xmas extravaganza at De Waal Park. Be sure to stash the sunscreen and shades, the vibe will be fiery, the atmosphere sizzling and the music scorching hot. As for the company, we’ll no doubt be kicking up the proverbial storm in The Park. Can you dare not to be there?





What do you get when you mix copious quantities of electrifying Hip Hop, Deep House & Afrobeat with some gentle Indie Folk vibes and a pinch of passionate Flamenco? Duh, Concerts In The Park’s inaugural, long-awaited music offering in The Park, of course!


Does your heart, like mine, beat to an African drum? If so, picture this: a Cape Town Summers day full of glorious promise, thousands of like-minded music lovers making the pilgrimage to our beloved De Waal Park for the first of Concerts In The Park’s now legendary feats … the park rocking with exuberant musos picking their perfect spot under the trees and laying down picnic blankets in fevered anticipation, with the most beautiful mountain in the world overseeing proceedings … One would indeed be hard pushed to think of a more idyllic scene.

And it’s not any old concert we’re kicking off with, we’re launching with the very best, the inimitable Johannesburg band Mi Casa, who needs no introduction. Hip hop, Afrobeat, Amapianio, Deep House, Soul – call it what you will, Mi Casa takes African music to another level. They’re on an unstoppable wave exuding pure, unadulterated energy, a quintessential vibe – and  a l-o-t of love. Hop on, you’re cordially invited to the ride!

One should stop and momentarily marvel at the awesome self-made fairy-tale success story of the creative trio J’Something, Dr Duda and Mo-Thave, who have known each other for over a decade, given us 5 epic albums and in the process been energising, inspiring and electrifying crowds across Mzanzi and beyond. Bringing extraordinarily diverse musical backgrounds to the table: the Afro Pop Mango Groove connection of Mo-T’s father Kgasoane Banza, Mozambiquan J’Something having used his marketing degree to get a foot in the music industry’s door and Dr. Duda having played keyboards in a gospel band in his childhood church since age 8, one would be hard pushed to refute that these guys eat, breathe and sleep music. For those of you who’ve been dozing under a rock, a quick history lesson: looking w-a-y back, the band released the urban jazzy Mi Casa to huge local and international acclaim in 2011/12, followed by Su Casa (2013) – topping no 1 spots in South Africa on release day, in 2015 came Home Sweet Home, Famiglia in 2017 and We Made It in 2020 containing the poignant ‘Mamela’. The accolades collected over the decade are too plentiful to mention, and simply writing about them doesn’t do justice to this precious gem in the SA music crown. Best advice from us to you: come and see for yourself!

Second support band Majozi equally is a local household name. Nhlanhla Majozi’s indie folk music has been lighting up Durban’s live music scene over the past few years, with his first single, The River off his EP Marvellous Light having been wonderfully well received. We suggest you come and discover for yourself why this humble musician form Durbs is such a sensation. To add to the already dazzling cocktail, District-Six born Capetonian flamenco guitar legend Saudiq Khan will add his passionate tribute to the day. And finally, for the very first time at Concerts In The Park, we’re mightily delighted and super proud to give a platform to our budding young talent, the first of our school bands Elkanah. No doubt they’ll wow the crowds no end.

All that remains to be said is, welcome to a wonderfully eclectic and simply badass line-up as we kick off this season! How could you possibly want to miss out? Get your tickets ASAP from Quicket and spot you from under our tree!



How a leftover Pocket between Reservoirs became the City’s most coveted green Haven and Music Hub.


There’s no doubt that a city’s heart beats boldest through its green spaces. New York has Central Park and Cape Town De Waal Park. But our park – or rather “THE Park” in local lingo – sits darn pretty. In fact, in terms of location it’s hard to beat: flanked by one of the most recognizable mountains in the world and overlooking both urban cityscape and ocean, De Waal Park is the emerald in the crown of leafy Oranjezicht. In this serene setting we city folk come together to unwind, recharge our batteries and inhale copious quantities of nature after a grinding day at the desk. It’s also a place where dog walkers meet up and let their four-legged babies say hello to their furry friends. It has also, over the years, been a place where communities have come together under the canopies of the 120+ species of trees to have a picnic, practice their slacklining and enjoy musical performances around the bandstand.

Today this gracious Victorian grande dame, complete with criss-crossing footpaths, trees, benches and a Victorian fountain centerpiece still delights, just like she did at her conception in 1895. The city’s first and largest park (after the Company’s Gardens) was purchased from the Van Breda family who owned a farm called Oranjezigt back in the day. The city divided the plot into three sections and built 2 small reservoirs below Camps Street and a larger one (Molteno) below Belvedere Rd. with the space between the reservoirs forming a natural park and voila! De Waal Park was born.

A forward-thinking councilor and law-maker at the time, David Christiaan De Waal, ordered the planting of thousands of trees in the city as well as in the ‘park’. The park, initially referred to as “Jubilee Park”, was opened to the public in 1895 by De Waal, who was mayor at the time. Soon it became simply known as De Waal Park – as it still is today. Elegant art-nouveau-style gates with wrought-iron arches were created as entrances and in 1899 a wall was built along Camp St and extended up Orange St in 1900. A hedge of Kei Apple was planted to fence off the rectangular-shaped park.

Incidentally, the original Edwardian bandstand was manufactured by Messrs Walter McFarlane & Co of Glasgow and presented to ‘The Corporation’ in Cape Town by the Traders-Market & Exhibition Ltd. London in 1904! It was initially used at the Cape Town Exhibition held in Green Pont but moved to De Waal Park after the exhibition was over. In 1968 De Waal Park received National Monument status, and has since been maintained as a public garden.

That being said, the iconic bandstand has been an intrinsic part of the community over the decades and has seen its fair share of musical performances, not least the annual set of summer Concerts In The Park, staged from the same Edwardian bandstand over the past 12 years. In 2022/3 the awesome line-up yet again consists of the very best of South African musical talent – kicking off with headliners Mi Casa, 2nd and 3rd band respectively, Majozi, and Saudiq Khan, and for the first time at Concerts In The Park, the delightful Elkanah School Band on December, 4th, 2022. The Park yet again cordially welcomes the rainbow nation of all ages to come and be part of the excitement. What are you waiting for? Save the date and get your tickets from Quicket!

MI CASA to headline Concerts in the Park on Sunday 4th December

MI CASA to headline Concerts in the Park on Sunday 4th December, along with the Majozi

South African icons, Mi Casa, will perform at De Waal Park in Upper Orange Street, Cape Town.

One of the most acclaimed and successful bands to emerge from South Africa in recent years, Mi Casa blends the infectious Deep House & Soulful House style and musical traditions of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock. Formed in Johannesburg 2011 where they all met at a Night Lounge – the band is a national hit. Their live shows are legendary.

On Sunday 4th December from 1pm, Mi Casa will share the bandstand with the Majozi and a surprise opening Group.

“Why not do different places?” remarked lead singer J’Something when asked about De Waal Park. It is an exciting and beautiful venue to share our music with the city. “This is a show we as a band really look forward to with the audience being so close to you. You truly feed off the crowd

“We have our album out entitled “WE MADE IT”, and we will be playing material from that, as well our classic hits. The songs translate so well live and fans show so much love when they’re played, so we’ll be reciprocating, big time!”

MAJOZI, a South African singer/songwriter, performing original Indie-folk / pop material. Known for his wide vocal range, Majozi – a self-taught guitarist later studying Jazz Foundation Trust also high energy pop. Majozi is guaranteed to have audiences on their feet. The infectious beat and meaningful lyrics have fans singing along with Gusto – an entertainer throughout.

Gates open at 10 am. Concerts start at 1 pm Enjoy a wonderful afternoon in the pet-friendly park. Remember; however, please keep your pets leashed at all times while within the park during the concert.

Book via Concerts in the Park. Net OR Quicket: Tickets cost R99 each and will also be available for sale at the park on the day.

Notes to the editor:
The Concerts in the Park concert series are staged on the original Edwardian bandstand, which was manufactured by Messrs Walter McFarlane & Co of Glasgow and presented to ‘the corporation’ in Cape Town by the Traders-Market & Exhibition Ltd. London in 1904. It was moved from the original exhibition space in Green Point to De Waal Park some years later.

06 October 2022

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