It’s time to go Wild@ heart!

2015-06-23 11:07
Some of the artists that will perform at this year's Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees.

Some of the artists that will perform at this year's Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees. (SUPPLIED)

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SUNNY skies are forecast for the 2015 Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees weekend packed with entertainment and things to do for the wild at heart family and music lovers.

“The tents and marquees are all up, the electricity is connected, we have generators on stand-by, the biggest stage in the Eastern Cape is ready, and the activity on the social media is reaching fever-pitch.

“Everything is on track for the best Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees ever,” said festival director Jenni Honsbein.

The festival takes place this weekend from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28.

Designed to cater for the whole family and all ages, this year parents will be able to let their children have fun in a supervised play and adventure area.

“Kids will be treated like kings at the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees when, for the first time at a festival in the Eastern Cape there will be a dedicated festival within a festival for children,” said Honsbein.

A highlight will be a journey through the first purpose-built Faerie Garden in the Eastern Cape.

Entry will be through a giant hollow tree, which opens into a magical village filled with faeries, adventures, a froggie pond, lily leaf steps, trees, an enchanted bridge and more.

The Faerie Village and Trail will be open from nine in the morning until nine at night.

Entrance is free and only available to children under the age of 12.

For the older siblings there are adventure rides during the day and an array of the country’s top performers on Friday and Saturday night.

Other attractions over the weekend include presentations in Die Burger Praat Saam Perseel, browsing through over 350 specialist stalls, an anti-rhino poaching demonstration by the Addo Elephant National Park honorary park rangers, Boerboels, the Eastern Cape’s only new vehicle expo, an agriculture expo, and mohair expo.

There will also be High Tea with Hannes and Emsie, Rocco de Villiers with “Een Hart, Een Klavier” and Johan Engelbrecht with “Die Hart is maar net ’n pomp” in the Absa Show Hall.

Stars to be seen on the giant Windhoek on Friday night include Wicus van der Merwe, the Radio Kalahari Orkes, Jay and Lianie May and Snotkop. 

Facebook followers were given a chance to help the Wildsfees team to select the Saturday line-up.

“We had great feedback. The festival is clearly close to the heart of a large number of people from the Eastern Cape and beyond,” says Honsbein.

Desmond Wells, Izak Davel and Nicholis Louw will be performing at the festival for the first time on Saturday, June 27.

Also making their Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees debut will be Manie Jackson, Jannie Moolman, Corlea Botha and Mi Casa.

Favourites Ray Dylan, Elizma Theron, Kurt Darren and Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels are back by popular demand.

The whole family will be entertained and treated at the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees on Sunday.

Festival goers can look forward to a line-up filled with local South African artists against the backdrop of the Rietberg Mountains and the aromas of fresh coffee, braai fires and koeksisters.

Gates will open at 9am and festinos can party late into the night.

Tickets are available at the gate, Mafuta Padstal in Kirkwood, BZN stationers in Uitenhage and Westway Café in Port Elizabeth.

Go to www.wildsfees.co.za for more information.

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