WIN: Al Bairre & Shortstraw at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Time to say farewell to everyone’s favourite symphonic indie pop band, Al Bairre for one last time… They’re joined by bae Shortstraw for Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts on Sunday 2nd of April 2017.

We’ve partnered with Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts to give you the opportunity to win 1 of 2 double tickets to the show!

In the comments, tell us your most memorable Shortstraw and/or Al Bairre live show,

Winners tickets will be emailed to them via webtickets on Saturday.

Winner of MK Award for Best Indie in 2013, and best album in 2014, Shortstraw are undoubtedly making waves on the national indie music scene in a big way. With their simple melodies and catchy rhythms and often unexpectedly brilliant lyrics, the band has taken pleasure in rocking the most prominent live music venues and clubs in the country and is well known for getting the crowd dancing!

Al Bairre is a Cape Town based, 4-piece Symphonic Indie pop band, who combine cello, violin, guitars, keys, ukelele and drums. They have recently returned from a UK and European tour and have enjoyed radio success with singles like Bungelow and Caviar Dreams.

Gates to the concert area open at 16h00.

All concerts take place irrespective of rain. Regret no refunds are issued.

Please note that our concert tickets are ONLY sold online
Tickets purchased from third parties, such as Viagogo, who are not authorised to sell tickets for us and charge many times the actual ticket price, can unfortunately not be honoured.



  1. John Last

    March 27, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I saw Al Bairre performing at De Waal Park in January. Great concert

  2. Paul Hilton

    March 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Salt Rock Beach …..last July …ShortStraw with Desmond & the Tutus,The Kiffness. ……. OMG it was amazing

  3. Claire Wynne

    March 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I saw Al Bairre at the Assembly when it was still open, and they rocked it! Will miss these guys man!! And they make classical instruments look super cool! Super proud of the talent in SA

  4. Robin Starke

    March 30, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Al Bairre, What can I say… I think the best was at Utopia Fest (A teeny tiny festival at nekkies) Just after Nic Preen had Peroxided his hair and looked a bit porky just after school. They Rocked the stage with handstands and shit (I think a teeny tiny bit wasted) it was super great with like 250 people being at the festival #intimacy Nic also proceeded to get involved in shortstraws set singing Shane’s Part in the wedding blues and due to his earlier intoxication got a little bit rowdy.

    All in All Kiefff Vibes, I fucked up and didn’t buy tickets for this weekend so it would be poes cool if I could win some tickets as I think both of these bands are probably the best things to come out of SA in the past while and Kyles amazing social media skills which wass like a whole new perform ance 🙂

    AL Bairre fan

  5. Sam Manne

    March 30, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I saw Al Bairre play at the Waterfront, in Stellenbosch and at Kirstenbosch last year! Heartbroken you guys are breaking up- we love you!!

  6. Rita Schoeman

    March 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Saw both Al Bairre and Shortstraw perform some of their first shows in stellies way back when! have also been fortunate enough to see Al Bairre play a private gig on the deck at Kaaimans. Always guaranteed an amazing time when these two bands are playing!

  7. Dale Rivett

    March 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Back in 2012, before Al Bairre were big I saw them at ragazzi bar on the lower part of long.

    Having no idea who was playing that night (wasn’t a huge party person so my friend dragged me out) I walked in only to be greeted by what would become my favorite band.

    I even got to meet them after the show and buy their ep, but I haven’t seem them play since.

    Please please please give me one last chance to see them play again 🙂

  8. Ai-Ting

    March 30, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I was at (arguably) the coolest Shortstraw and Al Bairre and The Plastics even in Manila Bar a few years back.
    Al Bairre was just starting off and was (more) bright eyed and bushy tailed.
    All the bands were so crazy, Manila bar was crowded, sweaty, hot and pumping and when each band wasn’t playing, they were deep in the crowds cheering and dancing with everyone.
    Al Bairre, being the crazy new kids on the block were so fantastic! They’re energy is always unbeatable and a signature move of Nick getting on Kyle’s Shoulders and just dancing to every Shortstraw song was born!
    What a lekker and legendary viiiibbbee….!!
    That’s my story. KThanksBye.
    Really hope I win and go with bae.

  9. Courtney Forster

    March 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Most memorable was meeting my soulmate, Tom (the drummer in Al Bairre) after their Rocking the Daises show <3 <3

    (entering for my sister, she was slow and being the girlfriend can only get you so far in life!)

  10. Devan

    March 30, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Shortstraw at oppikoppi! Blew my mind

  11. Willemien steyn

    March 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I went to park acoustic in Pretoria and balcony tv in Joburg on the same day to see Al Bairre life. Both events was mind blowing!

  12. Tom Lillyman

    March 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    My obsession with Al Bairre emerged from one of their earlier shows with Shortstraw in November 2013 at Aandklas, Stellenbosch. Since then, Al Bairre have become such an influential part of my life. It would be an honour to see them on stage one last time!

  13. Arnold

    March 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve had the honour of witnessing both Shortstraw and Al Bairre live too many times than I can count. Never enough though.

    Best Shortstraw gig was when they performed alongside PHFat, Niskerone, Hyphen and the oh so incredible SAWAGI. My feet are still sore from that show many moons ago.

    Best Al Bairre gig is tricky. Too many. But Daisies 2015 stands out for me. Took a nap in the sun in front of Main Stage when my friends jumped on me to drag me to the front of the stage. Had no idea who is playing. Turns out it was the lonely whale Al Bairre themselves.

    The Vengaboys cover has since always been enjoyed!

    Always a positive experience with these 2.

  14. Jade Rowe-Roberts

    March 30, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    The last time I watched Al Bairre perform was at a private concert they gave to the students in our hall at Springfield Convent -it was definitely the best one I’ve seen yet!! Desperately want to see them live again- it’s my best friends birthday this weekend so I’d love to win two tickets for me and her to enjoy the concert together – she is also a huge fan of Al Bairre so please help me make her birthday that much better ??????

  15. Catherine Groenewald

    March 30, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I have been a fan of Al Bairre since i received a very early sample CD from one of the band members who taught me marimba. Ever since then, i have supported and loved their music. I will never forget watching them at Kirstenbosch last year with a good friend of mine who took me as a birthday gift. We had our Al Bairre T-shirts on and were right in the front of the stage, singing our hearts out to all of their songs. Another fond memory was watching them at Assembly last year. I had just turned 18 and i was with my best friends, dancing and singing to their music.

    It is my best friends birthday this sunday and i would love to take her to the concert. We have been best friends for 12 years and I wouldn’t want to celebrate it any other way with her than be jamming to Al Bairre for their last performance. Thank you !!!

  16. Cara Eachus

    March 31, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Taking my then 3 year old to his first live concert at the Waterfront and him rocking out #albabies

  17. Dayna

    April 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Two years back, after my test at uni, my friends and I spontaneously decided to go watch Al Bairre at Aandklas in Stellenbosch. The crowd was small, but pumped with copious amounts of energy. You could tell every since person was an Al Bairre fan and that everyone was in a happy-go-lucky mood – which was great!

    Three years ago, my friends and I watched Shortsraw perform at Kirstenbosch. The weather was so good to us and we ate so much food before the performances.

    Both memories are filled with so much happiness, so I would love to relive those moments of pure joy with my best friend, Laura. We haven’t seen each other since January, so this would be the perfect reunion/lady day out!

  18. Matthew

    April 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I remember the first time I saw Al Bairre at my holiday camp in December 2013 (before they were well known). I’ve been in love with them ever since. I bought their album immediately and Right Here In July has been my anthem ever since.

    I’ve seen Shortstraw multiple times and every time has been better than the last. The first time I saw Shortstraw was at their event in Johannesburg (Boosh at the Zoo Lake Bowl’s Club). I’ll never forget it. One of the best days of my life with my friends. Made even better by the music of Shortstraw.

    It would mean the world to me if I got to see my favourite South African band Al Bairre play one last time. Along side Shortstraw, I couldn’t ask for anything better.

  19. Tanya

    April 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Watching shortstraw in the rain I’m jhb newtown with my best friend Kerry losing our voices from singing all the songs and having an amazing time in the rain

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