It’s 3-2-1 for the Rockets at the Taalmonument
The famous and beloved The Rockets is such an institution at the iconic Language Monument that they will once again ascend the Paarl Mountain to properly celebrate the summer and new year of 2020. If you haven’t seen this energetic pop group live yet, then Friday, 24 January is an evening that you can’t miss out on; if you already know them, no encouragement is necessary. Furthermore, their concert is partly in aid of the Let’s Read! literacy project for children, and visitors are asked to bring and donate any children’s books for this purpose.

The Rockets are more than just a group; they’re indeed a musical institution. They have travelled in excess of 3 million kilometres performing before millions of fans, and they continue to set both local and international stages alight with their colourful, uncompromising and energetic performances. This year the group was honoured with a Ghoema Lifetime Achievement Award and their sold-out 50th Anniversary show received a SAFTA award for the Best Music Show Production.

The Rockets have many a CD under their belts and are old acquaintances on many radio stations – the songs of their latest Afrikaans album, Sonskyn, are also regularly heard. Old and young love Jerry Watt, Manuel Losper, Ryan Smith, Jano van der Berg and Bruce Newman’s soothing voices that bring music from the past to the present to harmonious life.

The show commences at 20:00 in the Garden Theatre – just in time for a stunning sunset – on the soft lawn at the foot of the monument. Visitors are welcome to explore the iconic monument and scenic surroundings via footpaths while the children entertain themselves in the playgrounds. Bring your own drinks (no glass) and picnic baskets, or order one in advance at the delicious restaurant on 021 863 2800. Coffee, light refreshments, pizza, wine and beer will also be on sale.

Tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, are available at Computicket and the Language Monument at R100 for adults R50 for children under 13. Remember a blanket or pillow and warm clothing. Safe parking is available (a shuttle service transports visitors to the gate) and entry is controlled. Unfortunately, no dogs or fires are allowed.

For further information about these and other exciting events (such as the full moon and stargazing picnics), call 021 863 0543/4809 or visit www.taalmonument.co.za and www.facebook.com/afrikaansetaalmonument. The concerts this season include the big 45th year birthday bash (28/29 February) as well as the Taalmonument Choir Festival (14 March). More on The Rockets at www.rockets.co.za.