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Headlining Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve are veterans, Freshlyground, who still hold the biggest show attendance record ever at Kirstenbosch. Add a bakkie full of awards, seven albums, multi-platinum sales and a most played song on radio in 2005 with “Doo Be Doo”, and Freshlyground is to SA what U2 is to Ireland.

This is Freshlyground’s swansong gig together, which promises to be raw, nostalgic, intimate and emotional.

“This is our very last public performance before we go on an extended break. Our Kirstenbosch concerts have always been special and we’re proud to have forced a change in audience capacity allowances – all thanks to our phenomenal fan base! We’ve called Cape Town home, for almost 18 years and we regard our loyal, multi-generational following as our ‘extended family’. Performing here again ensures we continue the annual tradition of many families celebrating being Capetonian and South African, which makes it super special for us”, says Zolani, Freshlyground.

Fans can expect an epic and kaleidoscopic mix of Freshlyground’s folk, African pop, jazz, Indie and rock from all the band’s seven albums, marking 17 years of hit music-making.

Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve opening acts are also sure to get your feet a-tapping and your limbs a-flailing with Cape Town’s Nomadic Orchestra, a five-piece instrumental brass band that pumps out infectious, super high-energy dance, gypsy and jazz beats. Regulars at music festivals across SA, the ‘Nomads’ are super-amped to help get Zolani’s farewell party started and #KBRocks fans a-rocking!

“We’re looking forward to bringing you a high energy and feel-good set that’s bound to get you off your picnic blanket and dancing your way into 2020!”, promises frontman Gabriel Du Toit, Nomadic Orchestra.

First up on stage is Native Young. Yannick Wilde, creator of the project, describes it as a “constantly evolving tapestry of culture, emotion and melody”. #KBRocks NYE party-goers can look forward to a magical fusion of anthemic uplifting vocals, Indie folk grooves and raw African rhythm. They’ll also be premiering their hot new single “Zola”.

WHERE: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735

WHEN: Time to chill your champers and pack your picnic to party on the grass at #KBRocks New Year’s Eve! Gates open 19h00. Concert starts 20h30, ends 00h15.

TICKETS: R435/p. Regret no free entry for children. Book now at Webtickets.

If consuming alcohol, please do so responsibly and ensure that you have a designated driver for your safety and that of others.

See also Cape Town Green Map