This season those living on the Northern Suburbs and Winelands don’t have to drive all the way to Kirstenbosch to enjoy Sunday afternoon concerts in a lovely setting. Backsberg is hosting a concert series running until the 31st of January with performers that wouldn’t normally play at Kirstenbosch.
I went to watch aKing do an acoustic set and can tell you that it makes for a very pleasant sunday afternoon. Because this is a new event, only a few hundred people attend instead of the thousands at Kirstenbosch. This means you can arrive and leave again without getting stuck on traffic, and you can park close by. For those who live out that way, you also don’t have to drive hundreds of miles into town. It’s easy to find space to sit and you are close to the stage. It has a much more intimate feel.
We didn’t take a picnic with us, instead we bought some wine there and one of their picnic hampers. Backsberg wine is available at cellar prices, we paid R30 for the chenin we were drinking. Sauvignon Blanc was R40, etc. The picnic hamper cost R50 and is a small selections of cheeses and cold meats with bread and crackers. It’s not fantastic so I would recommend bringing your own snacks.
The performance starts at 5pm and ends at 6pm so you can either relax on the grass afterwards or the evening is still available to you if you have other plans. Tickets are R85 prebooked and R100 at the door. I’m sure these concerts will become very popular over time.