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