The search is on for Cape Town’s next big music act


Cape Town is gearing up for another bumper summer season, which kicks off with a long-standing tradition: the switching-on of the festive lights on Sunday, December 3, at the Grand Parade.

An integral part of this tradition is the free concert, from 16:00, featuring a line-up of top local artists. Last year, for the first time, home-grown talent was given the opportunity to be discovered and perform alongside the big names lined up for the evening.

This year, Capetonians will once again be able to vote for an undiscovered local act that they want to see become the next big star on the festive lights stage.

“This exciting competition is a demonstration of our commitment to building an inclusive city and our support for up-and-coming local talent. In line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, we are looking to take opportunities directly to residents,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member For Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith.

The search for Cape Town’s next big music act will be run on – a social video talent platform.

Smith is calling on talented Cape Town-based artists to give it a bash and participate in the challenge.

“All you need to do is upload your videos to and then share your entries across social media platforms. The idea is to attract the highest number of likes to be crowned the winner and walk away with the R10 000 cash prize and the honour of performing at the festive lights event,” he explains.

Budding artists can visit any of the City’s libraries and make use of the free internet access via the SmartCape facilities to upload their videos and artwork.

The competition ends on November 28.