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Honest, Raw Virtuosos: Acoustic Acts Play At Kirstenbosch

Catch Derek Gripper, Louise Carver, Flat Stanley and six other acts

When Bob Dylan switched from acoustic to electric guitar during his famous Manchester shows in 1966, he was dubbed Judas and industry players predicted the end of acoustic music. But in 2020, it’s going strong, and in Cape Town, it doesn’t get bigger than the annual Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival.

The festival, now in its 14th year, boasts an incredible line-up of SA folk and acoustic artists at the pristine Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Here’s what to expect at the festival (part of Kirstenbosch’s Summer Sunset concerts series) on Sunday, 16 February.

2020 FOLK FESTIVAL LINE-UP
This year’s artist lineup includes some of the best South African artists including Ross Learmonth from Prime Circle, Cape Town’s acoustic star Louise Carver, and world-renowned classical guitarist Derek Gripper (a proud local).

Also joining the line-up are t Paige Mac, veteran Andre De Villiers,  Emmy-nominated and SAMA-winning James Stewart, Afro jazzman Mandisi Dyandis, locally raised Israeli-Romanian singer-songwriter Yoav and Cape Town band Flat Stanley. 

WATCH FLAT STANLEY PLAY THEIR HIT AS I AM


WATCH ROSS LEARMONTH PLAY A PRIME CIRCLE HIT SOLO


WATCH LOUISE CARVER’S HARDER THAN I THOUGHT


WATCH DEREK GRIPPER PLAY SONGS HE TRANSLATED FROM A 21 STRING KORA

EXPLORE THE GARDENS AND BYOB
Your festival ticket gives you access to the gardens to explore before the show begins Gates to the concert area open at 4pm, and you can bring your own basket, or get something to eat and drink from the stalls. Each act plays an estimated 10-minute set.

TICKETS TO THE CAPE TOWN FOLK 'N ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL 2020
Tickets cost R170–R220 and can be bought online. Children under six enter for free. Contact the venue on kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za or 021 799 8783 for more details, or contact the organisers on Facebook.

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Arrive early and explore the beautiful and diverse Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Check out the schedule and see what else is on at the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts.

Mark them off in your diary; the biggest annual music festivals and a host of other events.

There are plenty of places to watch live music in Cape Town and other venues.

Pack your basket and lay out your blanket on the lawn at one of our favourite picnic spots in the city.

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