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May 06, 2013

Bon Jovi live in Cape Town: road closures and other important stuff

Bon Jovi performs live this Tuesday, 7 May, 2013 at Cape Town Stadium! Photo courtesy of Viditu

Do you hear that, rock music lovers? The early strains of You Give Love a Bad Name, the thunderous applause and the crazy screams of the crowd? Yes, Mother City fans, it’s time for superstar rock band Bon Jovi to perform live at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday 7 May, 2013.

I’m so excited about seeing the über-sexy Jon Bon Jovi and his band mates on stage, I’ve had Livin' on a Prayer on repeat since last week, but just in case you really want to prepare to sing along all night, here’s what they've been playing recently on this current Because We Can tour:

You Give Love a Bad Name, Lost Highway, Whole Lot of Leavin', Because We Can, That's What the Water Made Me, Wild is the Wind, It's My Life, What About Now, When We Were Beautiful, We Got It Goin' On, Keep the Faith, Amen, The Fighter, Someday I'll Be Saturday Night, Army of One, We Weren't Born to Follow, What's Left of Me, Wanted Dead or Alive, Who Says You Can't Go Home, Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen from Mars and Bad Medicine.

Encore: Have a Nice Day, I Love This Town and Livin' on a Prayer.

Now, the seriously important stuff, the road closures and parking info:

Road closures

City centre

  • Waterkant: from Lower Burg Street and Buitengracht, full closure in both directions from 16h00 to 00h00

Green Point

  • Fritz Sonnenberg Road: from Metropolitan Golf Club to McDonalds entrance, full closure in both directions from 06h00 to 23h59
  • Fritz Sonnenberg Road: McDonalds entrance to Granger Bay Boulevard, full closure in both directions from 14h00 to 23h59
  • Fritz Sonnenberg Road: from Portswood Road and Granger Bay Boulevard, full closure in both directions from 06h00 to 23h59
  • Granger Bay Boulevard: from Beach Road and Helen Suzman Boulevard, full closure; Beach Road to Helen Suzman Boulevard from 14h00 to 23h59
  • Granger Bay Boulevard: from Helen Suzman Boulevard and Beach Road, full closure; Helen Suzman Boulevard to Beach Road from 14h00 to 23h59
  • Fort Wynyard Road:  from Portswood Road and Granger Bay Boulevard, full closure in both directions from 14h00 to 23h59
  • Vlei Road: from Green Point Cricket Club entrance and Fritz Sonnenberg Road, full closure in both directions from 06h00 to 23h59
  • Vlei Road: from Helen Suzman Boulevard and Fritz Sonnenberg Road, full closure in both directions from 14h00 to 23h59
  • Stephan Way: from Hamiltons Rugby Club and Fritz Sonnenberg Road, full closure in both directions from 14h00 to 23h59
  • Beach Road: from Portswood Road and Haul Road, full closure in both directions from 22h00 to  23h30
  • Portswood Road: from Helen Suzman Boulevard and Beach Road, northeast-bound only, from 22h00 to 23h30
  • Somerset Road: from Ebenezer Road and Chiappini Street, southeast-bound (city-bound) only, from 16h00 to  23h59
  • Somerset Road: from Buitengraght and Chiappini Street, full closure in both directions from 16h00 to 23h59
  • Main Road: from Ebenezer Road and York Road, bi-directional traffic, from 16h00 to 23h59
  • Main Road: from York Road and Ebenezer Road, southeast-bound only, from 16h00 to 23h59
  • Ebenezer Road: from Prestwich Street and Somerset Road, local access only – no through traffic from 16h00 to 23h59

Public transport

No parking at or near the stadium will be available to the general public.

Concert ticket-holders are encouraged to:

  • Use Metrorail to the Civic Centre railway station and walk to the stadium, or
  • Park at the V&A Waterfront and walk to the stadium

No additional train services have been scheduled before the concert, and normal tariffs will apply.

Limited special Metrorail services will be available after the concert. Click here for the schedule.

MyCiti service

Due to the Satawu bus drivers' strike, the MyCiTi services for this event cannot be confirmed at this time.

Coaches and buses

Private coaches and buses may, on a first-come, first-served basis, use the limited coach parking on Helen Suzman Boulevard between Beach and Vlei Roads.


At rail stations

These are situated at or near rail stations, and a nominal fee may be applicable at some of these facilities. Please contact the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 for more information.

  • Fish Hoek: unrestricted, a nominal fee may apply at the beach
  • Monte Vista: unrestricted, a nominal fee is applicable
  • Goodwood: 24/7, a nominal fee is applicable
  • Century City station: from 14h00 until 30 minutes after the last train has left the station, R20 per vehicle


Parking restrictions will be enforced in the residential areas adjacent to Cape Town Stadium from 00h00 to 00h00 (midnight) on 7 May 2013, including on Main Road.

Motorists are advised to obey the signage. Normal restrictions and charges apply to kerbside parking in the CBD for a weekday.

 People with disabilities

  • Dedicated parking has been allocated on Vlei Road, park P5, for those attendees with disabilities. Only people with an official disability permit from the City will be allowed to park in this dedicated parking area
  • Ticket-holders must formally request access to the parking bays dedicated to people with disabilities by sending an e-mail to terri@bigconcerts.co.za or donne@bigconcerts.co.za
  • Concert-goers will have to provide evidence that they are entitled to these parking bays by clearly displaying the Vehicle Access Permit (VAP) in full colour on their dashboard when entering the parking area (P5) on Vlei Road. Failure to display will result in access being denied
  • Enquiries regarding the limited parking within the stadium for people with disabilities must be emailed to terri@bigconcerts.co.za or donne@bigconcerts.co.za
  • Parking for people with disabilities is issued at the discretion of the event organiser, and is subject to availability

On-street in the CBD

  • On-street parking is available within the CBD, but no additional security will be provided
  • Parking tariffs will apply until 17h00, when on-street parking becomes free of charge

V&A Waterfront

  • The V&A Waterfront has approximately 3 500 parking bays available to the general public
  • There is a charge associated with this parking, and traffic flows into and out of the V&A Waterfront may be congested

Pedestrian routes

Pedestrian routes between the stadium and city centre (via Fan Walk)

  • Part of the road will be open to normal vehicular traffic
  • Pedestrians are urged to use the sidewalk and dedicated lane to the underpass at Green Point Circle

V&A Waterfront

  • This route is via Granger Bay Boulevard
  • Pedestrians are urged to avoid Portswood Road, as the pedestrian walkways along that route are restricted


Attendees wishing to cycle to the stadium are encouraged to do so. Bicycle racks are located on the eastern (Waterfront) side of the elevated circle at the stadium. Cyclists must provide their own lock and chain, as bicycles are left at own risk.

Please remember the “ridesafe” motto and wear a helmet, have adequate lighting and wear  reflective clothing (NB: helmets are not allowed inside the stadium.)

OK, so know you have all of the rocking info for one of the Mother City’s BIGGEST live shows of the year, here’s a little taste of what to expect from the legendary Bon Jovi tomorrow night:

Too tired to drive home? Then, stay the night in the trendy city centre with our top accommodation spots.

Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Kings of Chaos are on their way to Cape Town. Check our sensational Events page for more details of what’s happening in the Mother City.


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