My top live music venues in the city

DJ and live music lover Angela Weickl recommends a diverse mix of live music venues in Cape Town’s city centre

Recreating the comfort of home, while showcasing talent from across Cape Town and beyond, The Waiting Room on Long Street offers the best location venue to experience live acoustic music on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The intimate space, scattered with armchairs and couches, creates a relaxed setting for audiences more inclined to listening than rump shakingdancing. That said, there are nights when the energy is so contagious that chairs are pushed aside and the dancefloor is opened up for a bout of midweek revelryboogie.

Housed in an old warehouse, The Assembly on Harrington Street in District Six is the largest music venue in Cape Town. The venue’s capacity alone qualifies it as the destination for any local or international band with a large following too large for its counterparts (but not quite large enough to fill stadiums!). Although the venue places a lot of focus on electronic music, the live music contingent of line-up ranges from pop to rock and includes metal, too.

An institution within Cape Town’s city bowl realm, Mercury Live and Lounge remains is thea venue that has launched many an iconic local music career. Large enough to meet the needs of bands with avid big followings, the space club is designed to not feel cavernous on intimate nights, but is also works for conducive to sweaty mosh pits and euphoric fist- pumping crowd anthems.

If your music taste is more discerning, The Crypt jazz restaurant is an ideal choice. Situated deep within Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral, the venue hosts an array of live jazz music from Tuesday to Saturday nights, the only venue in the city that holds this claimto do so.

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