Backsberg Picnic Concert Series set to once again rock the Paarl Valley
The lineup for Backsberg’s much anticipated 2018 Picnic Concert Series taking place every Sunday from 18 February to 18 March has just been released and we couldn’t be more excited.
The bands this year are Spoegwolf (18 February), Valiant Swart Trio (25 February), Manouche (4 March), a double bill with Sutherland and Nic Preen, the lead singer of Al Bairre (11 March), and Bottomless Coffee Band (18 March) to wrap the season.
In 2010, we presented our very first Picnic Concert Series, one of the first wine farms in the Cape to do so. Since then, these popular events have become a much anticipated staple on the winelands entertainment calendar and have gained a loyal following, specifically with those who love to take advantage of the long, hot summer days during one of the most stunning times of the year in the region. There’s nothing better than ending off the weekend lazing under the trees on the sprawling lawns and enjoying fine wines, great food and live music by some of the best South African musical entertainment on offer. Kids get to have their own fun too with jumping castles and lawn games. It’s the perfect way for families to wind down ahead of a new work and school week, relaxing in a gorgeous setting with family and friends, surrounded by lush vineyards and the incomparable beauty of the surrounding Simonsberg Mountain range.
“Wine and hospitality have always been an integral part of the Backsberg tradition – it shows how the wine industry can successfully merge hospitality, entertainment and lifestyle,” says Simon Back, CEO of Backsberg, who joined his father Michael Back in the business in 2008. Backsberg is a 100 year old family run farm that was started by Michael’s enterprising grandfather CL Back who arrived at the Cape from Lithuania and made his way from doing deliveries to owning a butchery at Paarl station that he sold in order to purchase a farm that would eventually become known as Backsberg.
Picnic boxes are available for purchase with your ticket and include a selection of fresh bread, quiche, charcuterie, locally sourced cheese, olives, pâtés, preserves, pinotage onion relish, pickles, a chef’s salad, a chocolate brownie and fresh seasonal fruit salad. Wine, beer and cider is available for purchase on-site as well as an assortment of easy foods such as wraps, burgers, fries, soft drinks and water. Branded promotional items including picnic blankets will be on sale each Sunday too.
Doors open at 3pm with the opening act starting at 4pm. The main band takes over at 5pm and the final set ends at 7pm. Tickets are available via Webtickets at R120pp or R230 including a picnic box; or alternatively, at the gate on the day at R150pp or R60 per student on presentation of a valid Student Card. Children under 12 enter free of charge.
*Promotional deal: We will be offering a limited number of R100 tickets per concert (available from 18 January 2018). These tickets will only be purchasable on-site from the Backsberg Restaurant or Tasting Room prior to the concert date.
Please view the full line-up including opening acts below:
- 18 February: Spoegwolf (opened by Matt Carstens)
- 25 February: Valiant Swart Trio (opened by Jake Gunn Band)
- 4 March: Manouche (opened by The Askaris)
- 11 March: Sutherland & Nic Preen, lead singer of Al Bairre (opened by the Stone Jets)
- 18 MarcH: Bottomless Coffee Band (opened by Genesis)