Assembly

Godfather sound

Photography: Julian Graham 

Bands and fans alike dig the unpretentious vibe at the assembly.

When The Assembly opened in 2007, it succeeded because the owners had done their homework, consulting with local artists until they understood the need for a venue that could accommodate crowds of 700 or more that the most popular acts were pulling in.

“This opened up new opportunities for exposing Capetonians to top acts,” says co-owner Duncan Ringrose, “because before The Assembly, you had to choose between big events featuring international acts, or nothing at all.” 

Located in an old warehouse on Harrington Street in Cape Town’s Fringe district, The Assembly has for the last seven years been the city’s premier live performance venue, with a line-up that takes in everything from stand-up comedy to indie rock, from The Bloody Beetroots to The Gaslamp Killer. Dozens of high-profile performers have applauded the club’s ‘plug in and play’ professionalism, and brands have responded by tailoring their events to fit the club’s style. 

“Before The Assembly, you had to choose between big events featuring international acts, or nothing at all.”
Duncan Ringrose

Insider Info 

Alain Ferrier, 33, co-owns Beanstalk, which produces the Cape Town World Music Festival

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Artist every Capetonian should know…
John Wizards, Toby 2 Shoes, Maoriginal, Jacobsnake and Regan. 

After hours I visit… 
Bullion Bar, below ground level on Burg Street.

If you’re really hungover try…
Sucking on a Bloody Mary, followed by breakfast at Lazari off Buitenkant Street.

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