Rock out or roll in the aisles

From se­ri­ous bump and grind to side-split­ting the­atre, there are many ways to party into 2012 inthe

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODVIBRATIONS - ROBYN CO­HEN

WE ARE a rather last­minute kind of city, so chances are that a good pro­por­tion of read­ers are still con­tem­plat­ing what to do tonight, New Year’s Eve. Many cities have sig­na­ture events. Syd­ney has har­bour fire­works, New York has Times Square. We have Kirsten­bosch Gar­dens. The set­ting is mag­nif­i­cent and for the most part Kirsten­bosch is pro­tected from the south-easter.

The high-pro­file Prime Cir­cle are due to take the stage at 10.30pm but Nel­spruit band No One’s Arc will get the party go­ing from 8pm. Idols win­ner Elvis Blue fol­lows at about 8.30pm.

DJ Guy Mac­don­ald from Good Hope FM is the host for the evening.

No One’s Arc may not be that fa­mous in the Mother City but the six-piece band have been around for more than a decade, hav­ing been started in 2001 by a bunch of teenagers. Dy­lan Bolton ( lead vo­cals and gui­tar) says they are def­i­nitely a party band. For their live shows they bring plenty of danc­ing and en­ergy: “I’d like to think that we are a party band. Our en­ergy on stage is con­ta­gious – the mix of reg­gae, rock, ska, funk… forces you to bump and grind un­con­trol­lably.”

As for not be­ing that well known in Cape Town, Bolton scoffs: “Well, we are from Nel­spruit and spend most of our year play­ing the Jo­han­nes­burg/pre­to­ria scene but we have toured the Cape 10 times over the past two years. Maybe we should just move here. We love Cape Town and its peo­ple. Of all the cities it is our favourite.”

And they don’t have any qualms about open­ing for Prime Cir­cle. “Isn’t Prime Cir­cle clos­ing for us? On a se­ri­ous note, yes we are look­ing for­ward to shar­ing the stage with the guys. We have played with them a few times – Blue Moon, Splashy Fen, Lucky Fish, Syn­ergy, that’s what I re­mem­ber.”

It has been a big year for No One’s Arc, with loads of tour­ing around the coun­try and high-pro­file gigs. “The high­light has to be open­ing for UB40 last week at Mbombela sta­dium in Nel­spruit,” says Bolton.

Re­gard­ing tonight’s gig, Bolton says the band wants to get the crowds revved up, but don’t ex­pect schmaltzy cov­ers of muzak. “We aren’t into do­ing cov­ers and are proud to say so. New Year’s Eve is no time to be chilled or nos­tal­gic. It’s a time for par­ty­ing away 2011. We’re look­ing for­ward to par­ty­ing all night long with you Capeto­ni­ans and to com­ing back to the Cape in Fe­bru­ary for Up the Creek.”

Gates to the Kirsten­bosch con­cert area open at 7pm. Tick­ets cost R250. Book at www.webtick­ets.co.za or phone the ticket of­fice at 021 761 2866. Get there early if you want a good spot on the lawns. Kirsten­bosch New Year’s Eve con­certs have sold out in the past, so don’t leave it to the last minute.

Amarula is the spon­sor of the con­cert and there will be a stand with Amarula cock­tails at R30 each and 375ml bot­tles for R60 (comes in a cooler bag). There is a take- your- lit­ter- home pol­icy at Kirsten­bosch so take bags for your waste.

PIC­TURE: GARETH SMIT

PARTY TIME: Dirk Biss­choff and Marco Gomes of Prime Cir­cle will per­form at Kirsten­bosch tonight.

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