Ballito gears up to welcome thousands of teens to 4U Rage Festival

2013-11-27 00:00

BALLITO will come alive this week when thousands of youngsters flock to town for a non-stop dose of fun at the 4U Rage Festival, also known as Matric Rage.

Yesterday, the preparations were already underway with workers on site levelling the ground and putting up gigantic marquees in the scorching heat in preparation for the 10 000 party seekers expected to converge in Ballito.

The tents have been put up close to the Quarter Boutique shopping centre in Ballito.

There will also be Rage parties in Umhlanga and Margate.

The matrics wrote their last major paper, English paper 3, on Monday and more Grade 12s will sit for their final paper this Friday.

And then the party begins.

Speaking to The Witness, event organiser Igor Najbics of G&G Productions said they have been planning for the event for nine months.

This event has grown from about 200 youngsters at a party per night when it was first introduced in 2005 in KwaZulu-Natal to up to 10 000 young people on any given night.

“People think it’s uncontrollable and hedonistic and a party were everyone goes mad,” said Najbics.

“However, it is a well-thought-out event that provides a fantastic venue for a good time,” he was quick to add.

It doesn’t come cheap either to cater for a crowd of about 10 000 and G & G Production has already coughed out about R3 million to set up and for the logistics.

“For just one tent it’s R300 000,” he told The Witness.

Every year, the organisers try to up their game, and this year they have an international line-up of DJs including R3hab, Borgore, Danny Avila, Hanna Wants, Madeon and Tube and Burger.

Local acts include DJs Fresh, Kent, Funky G, Justin Miller and many more.

The organisers pointed out that they are against drinking and driving and drugs.

He said they will also have subsidised shuttle services to transport the festival goers to their hotels.

They also are trying to create a “cashless society” and the Ragers will have to use tokens to buy their food and drinks.

“It’s more than a jol — the event provides a massive cash injection to Ballito, it employs local companies and promotes local brands as well,” he said.

Out-of-towners attending Rage in KZN can pay anything between R10 000 to R13 000 including accommodation, party passes, drinks, petrol and food.

With the platinum passport, which costs R1 800, partygoers get access to all events as well as VIP status.

The organisers have booked Regal Inn and Life Hotel in Ballito exclusively for partygoers to book accomodation.

Ballito resident Lerisha Naidoo, who is employed at the local shopping centre, thinks Rage is brilliant and that it will create an upbeat atmosphere.

“This is a seaside town, it’s going to pump it up a bit and it’s great exposure for our town as well. That’s what we wait for,” she added.

However, Zubali Handmade Indonesian Furniture owner Conrad Miles said she was scared about what the youngsters may do to her shop once they get a bit drunk.

“And who’s going to take responsibility if they break my window?” she asked.

Fabric Land Interior Design owner Donovan Crous said he hoped there was close supervision.

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