Over 20?000 Ragers expected at this year’s bash

2014-11-11 00:00

MATRICULANTS are busy with their exams, but the preparation for the annual year-end Rage celebrations are already under way.

Regional head of Rage Festival organisers G and G productions Igor Najbicz said matric party goers spent around R225 million last year.

This year, the main Rage bash will move from Ballito to Durban, with over 20 000 Ragers, seven international DJs and 70 local acts are expected at King’s Park Stadium as well as six clubs in Ballito, Umhlanga and Durban.

The Rage Festival kicks off on November 28 and runs until December 6. Blair Lock, Owner of Crush nightclub in Ballito claimed that Rage officially started at their venue 10 years ago.

“It is organised well, that is why over the years we have had less and less issues,” he said. “We stock up quite a bit of alcohol for November and December,” he said

Eugene Du Plessis, who managers Alpha Pharm East Coast Pharmacy in Ballito, said they have been doing the same thing for years — stocking up on condoms during Rage. “We stock up on hangover tonics, energy tonics, morning after pills but mostly condoms,” he said.

Najbicz said that, as always, a lot of planning has gone into this year’s event. “Over 100 security staff and ambulance services will be at the events,” he said.

“Each Rager will get an armband which has a chip with all their medical details on it.”

Najbicz said barmen will not serve a visibly drunk person.

Will McIntyre, this years Rage director said they have a partnership with Holiday Inn Express, Regal Inn and Road Lodge where rooms are block booked and sold on to Ragers, ensuring there is a secured number of rooms available.

“I can only speak for accommodation partners in the Rage Village. Rates range between R800 and R1 400 per room per night,” said Sandras.

“Safe transport is key at Rage and G&G Productions does not condone drinking and driving.

For this reason, Rage has developed a comprehensive and cost-effective transport network to ensure attendees get around Rage safely, without the need to drive,” he added.

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