Local songwriter creates music festival

2011-12-09 00:00

SINGER-SONGWRITER Josie Field is showing the music industry how to go about things. She’s putting on her own event — the Drake Music Festival. “As a South African musician, I have found that there are not enough platforms supporting original SA music. My hope is to make this festival an annual event in which we showcase the best in SA music, and help add to the sustainability and long life of original music,” she says.

The event takes place on December 17 at Willowvale in Rosetta, right on the Mooi River, and has outstanding views of the Berg and surrounding farms. In an interview with The Witness, Field said that she “partnered with Willowvale because of their amazing location and facilities. The venue owners were also very open to the idea of the music festival and to me, that’s the most important thing. It’s all for the love of music.

“Rosetta is also one of the most over-looked villages on the midlands route, and we hope to bring new life to the area. Rosetta is where I spent most holidays growing up on my family’s farm,” she says.

“Drake” comes from Field’s family farm in Rosetta, after her grandparents settled in the area in 1965. The festival is part of incorporating her family heritage.

On the line-up are a number of SA solo acts, including Field, as well as John Ellis, Guy Buttery, Nibs van der Spuy, Nate Maingard, Shannon Hope, Joshua Grierson, Naming James and Malory Torr.

“The aim is not to compete with other festivals, but to add to the overall SA music scene,” says Field. “The purpose of doing this festival, for me, is to add to the sustainability and long life of SA music and adding to the music scene by creating another platform for artists to perform. That is the sole purpose.”

Tickets cost R190, and the event starts at noon and runs until 11 pm. The venue is situated on the R103.

For more information, phone 083 577 7726 or e-mail josie@ josiefield.co.za or visit the Facebook page: facebook.com/thedrakemusicfestival

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