Cape Town has struggled with balance for centuries – a core consequence of both its colonial history, and its legacy of apartheid architecture. Over the past two years, Cape Town’s CBD has seen a major decline in the number of live music venues: from the closure of The Assembly in Harrington Street (which has recently reopened as The District, under new ownership), to Tagore’s shutting its doors in Observatory, and the loss of Straight No Chaser in Buitenkant Street, to name only a few.