Interplanetary Folk Festival

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Interplanetary Folk Festival

Experience different forms of folk music at this diverse music festival

More than 16 folk musicians are coming together to perform their music and share their knowledge of the genre at The Interplanetary Folk Festival from Monday, 26 September to Sunday, 2 October 2016 at Blah Blah Bar, where great music and fantastic food come together. Book your tickets for this out-of-this-world experience from today.

Folk music has transformed over the last few decades from the traditional style using acoustic instruments to contemporary subgenres such as folk punk and psychedelic folk. The purpose of the Interplanetary Folk Festival is to accommodate a variety of genres related to folk music (or ‘world music’ as it’s known in countries outside of the USA) and make it an inclusive experience for local performers. Included in the line-up are renowned local acts such as Guy Buttery and Mr. Cat & the Jackal, who have both been performing in South Africa for over a decade.


  • Riku Lätti & Churchill Naude
  • Dark Privilege feat. Hezron Chetty & Jonno Tait
  • Ottoman Slap
  • Simon van Gend Band
  • Luna Paige
  • Miles Sievwright
  • Roxton met Herki
  • Dizu Plaatjies – Ibuyambo Musical Group
  • Mr. Cat & the Jackal
  • Laurie Levine & Josie Field
  • Guy Buttery
  • Qadasi & Maqhinga
  • Paige Mac
  • Steve Newman & Hilton Schilder
  • Anton Goosen
  • Hanru Niemand & Gert Vlok Nel
  • Derek Gripper

Shows will take place at 6:30pm, 8pm, 9:30pm and 10:30pm daily.

The Blah Blah Bar hosts a weekly open mic programme called Launchpad that gives any musician a chance to perform on their stage. There will be one free Best of Launchpad performance at 10:30pm from Monday, 26 September to Friday, 30 September 2016 as well as a display by Dr Mojo Films & Music on Saturday, 1 October 2016.

There will also be music master classes throughout the week priced at R50p/p featuring the following musicians:

Tuesday, 27 September: TBC
Wednesday, 28 September: Dizu Plaatjies (Ibuyambo Ensemble) – Ethnic Instruments
Thursday, 29 September: Hilton Schilder – Origen & Influences
Friday, 28 September: Guy Buttery – While My Guitar Gently Smiles, African Style
Saturday, 29 September: David Jenkins (Qadasi) & Maqhinga – Maskandi music

Booking is essential as the class seats only 20 people .


Tickets are available from and are priced at R120p/p. If you would like to see more than one show on the night, consider going for the combo special that covers the 6:30pm and 8pm shows for R180p/p. There is also a special on the Sunday night that includes either the 6:30pm show or the 8pm show and a serving of pizza for R200p/p.

Doors open at 6pm.

Tip: If you have a pre-booked ticket, you can get 10% off your food bill on presentation of your ticket on any night!


Want to see more local music performed live? Have a glance at our selection of annual music festivals in Cape Town.

Interested in other musical events around Cape Town? Take a look at our overview of September events in Cape Town and surrounds so you don’t miss a single shindig.


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