‘Rage’ - 10 days of party

2016-11-23 06:00
PHOTO: FILE The 2016 Rage Festival is taking place from Friday 25 November to Monday 5 December.

PHOTO: FILE The 2016 Rage Festival is taking place from Friday 25 November to Monday 5 December.

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THE popular “Rage” festival is a 10-day party often referred to as a “rite of passage” for matriculants.

The celebration takes place between Ballito, Umhlanga and Durban every year after the matric examinations have been completed.

Festivities involve 40 parties, music from over 50 artists and 2 500 attendees, commonly referred to as “ragers”, are expected this year.

The 2016 Rage Festival takes place from Friday 25 November to Monday 5 December.

“I would definitely think that Rage is a rite of passage. It’s a great way to celebrate a long and hard year of studying, to let loose one last time with your friends before you head your separate ways,” said 2015 rager, Frankie du Toit.

Rage is not only a rite of passage into adulthood and student life, but is also a distress mechanism used by pupils after the demanding final year of school.

Lungi Ntombela, a 2016 matriculant who is planning to go to Rage, said that she is looking forward to meeting new people and having fun with friends.

“We will be releasing the stress from finals and celebrating ‘pens down’ and obviously enjoy the vibe by dancing to great music,” she said.

Danielle Marx, who attended the 2015 Rage, said that people are willing to pay the expensive price to go to Rage and “forget about their work and their worries”. Marx added that the whole experience is expensive. The Rage passports range from R950 to R3 650, excluding accommodation.

“I would definitely recommend the Rage Festival to anyone finishing their matric year as it truly is something worth experiencing – even if partying isn’t usually your thing. The music, the crowds and the atmosphere is definitely worthwhile,” said Cara De Vries, who attended Rage last year.

There is great anticipation and excitement leading up to the festival and for many attendees the festival far exceeds expectations.

“I had heard from a lot of people how amazing Rage is, but when I actually got to experience it, it was way better than my expectations. It is a time in your life that you will never forget,” said 2015 rager Thomas Schädle.

While the festival is enjoyed by all, past ragers emphasised the importance of taking the necessary precautions to ensure each person’s safety during the event.

Some suggestions included ensuring that cellphones are always fully charged and has airtime in case of emergency, staying with a group of friends, having prearranged transport, never leave a drink unattended and always being aware of the surroundings.

At any festival of this nature there is always a large amount of alcohol consumption. Consequently, most parents have concerns. These concerns are somewhat eased knowing that there is ample transport provided to safely drive ragers back to their accommodation.

However, Ross McLennan who attended a rage festival said that it is “heartbreaking,” to see people taking advantage of their freedom and abusing it by engaging in excessive alcohol and drug use.

According to Caro Smit, founder and director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD), binge drinking is drinking five or more units within two hours.

“It is especially dangerous to the undeveloped brain in the under 21 year olds. Binge drinking under the age of 15 leads to a 40% chance of developing alcohol dependence. In the under 18s it is a 20% chance.

“For over 21 the chance is 10%. Alcohol poisoning occurs in young people who binge drink to the point of unconsciousness or coma. If this occurs the person should be taken to an emergency unit,” said Smit.

The dangers of underage drinking cannot be overstated and parents are advised to look out for behaviour that might indicate their teenagers are consuming alcohol.

“Teenagers may often be unsupervised during school holidays so it is important for parents and adults to monitor teenagers as best as they can over this period. It is not okay for underage youths to drink alcohol under any circumstances,” said Rowan Dunne, Alcohol Policy Manager at SAB.

Regardless of this, there is always a large amount of excitement around this party and the consensus is positive.

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