The Two Oceans Aquarium is full of surprises. It’s well-known as the venue to venture to if you want to take a gander at Cape Town’s aquatic secrets. It’s hardly the place to go for an evening’s entertainment during your stay in self-catering accommodation in Cape Town though. Or is it?

Following on the success of last year’s event, the Two Ocean’s Aquarium’s After Dark music series is back and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a musical interlude in soothing undersea surroundings.

Novelty is the number one reason why locals and visitors alike are flocking to this event, but there are plenty of other reasons to pencil this aquatic night-time experience into your diary.

Spectacular Views

The I&J Ocean Exhibit sets the scene for live musicians against a living panorama of stingrays, sea turtles, mussel crackers and more. The Window to the Sea acts as a backdrop to the set for this occasion, allowing you a glimpse of the after dark activities of these creatures, flitting about among 1.6 million litres of sea water contained within the 6m deep display.

After the show, head ‘backstage’ along the 10 metre tunnel which boasts incredible views of this undersea world, along almost it’s entire length.

Listen in Comfort

There’s no mosh pit at this upmarket event, the venue has been restyled into a comfy lounge-style configuration to ensure you get the best experience possible. There’s no better way to enjoy the show.

Incredible Talent

So far, the series has featured incredible acts. SAMA-award winners, Shadowfax broke the ice at the first event, with a range of old hits and new material performed acoustic-style to the delight of their local fans.
Emerging artist, Manu Grace brought some relaxed pop-synth sound to the party, earning herself some new fans at the same time.
Next up, Dangerfields set the stage alight with their vacillating vibes that sway from noisy and upbeat to slow and dreamy. Not to be outdone, Twin Weaver followed with their own brand of alternative tunes.
At the last event, Manny Walters and Luh’ra wowed the crowds with a dash of blues, rock, soul and acoustic guitar renderings.
Wait, There’s More

During August, audiences will be introduced to the art of Zulu-funk, courtesy of The Steezies. This eight-piece band comes to you fresh off the stages of every major musical festival in the country and have been powering their way through the local music scene for the last two years.
Lastly, Androgenius promises to take it down a notch with their scintillating blend of old school soul, R&B, hip hop and jazz.
Free Stuff

No musical event is complete without a suitable liquid accompaniment and at After Dark, you’ll get your first beer free. Drifter Brewing Company is in the house for all the events, offering a free taste of their aptly nautically-themed brews.
What’s more, supporters of After Dark get a huge discount on annual membership of the Two Oceans aquarium and all the extra goodies that go along with it, like discounts on activities and shopping.
If you didn’t have a 
reason to visit Cape Town before (as if) you’ve certainly got one now. Get in touch to book your luxury self-catering accommodation in Cape Town and secure front row seats to some of the country’s best live music shows.
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