Music festival – Pulling up daisies

2014-10-15 18:45

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Malibongwe Tyilo recently attended his first Rocking the Daisies music festival in Cloof, Western Cape, to find out how the other side parties

The very first dance floor I go to is the beach camp dance floor. There are a five others, including the main stage, the electronic stage and a stand-up comedy theatre, all within this wine estate and within five minutes strolling distance of each other. They are all packed and happening.

But this one, the beach, seems to be the jol of choice for those who have been hitting the gym hard. They’re all half-naked, well-toned young thangs dancing barefoot on the sand.

Some are swimming in the makeshift beach’s very brown water. It’s really a tiny dam, but a bit of sand’s been thrown around it for that beach effect.

Everyone is clearly having an awesome time and, after I find my friends, I catch myself also moving to the beat.

This is my first time at the popular Rocking the Daisies music festival, which is already in its ninth year. To be honest with you, I should mention that I’m really not the festival type, especially huge ones that run over four days and require camping.

I’ve never liked crowds and this year the festival had grown to 20?000 people attending through the weekend.

Live music has never been my thing either. In fact, with the exception of Rihanna last year, I haven’t been to a music concert in about a decade. Were it not for the private lounge at the Cape Town Stadium that I scored an invitation to, I would have also missed Riri, the queen of my heart and all universal life. As for the Daisies, I had no idea who most of the performers were.

Lastly, and not to sound like a miserable old queen, but I also can’t deal with youngsters who are either way too drunk or tripping out on psychedelic drug cocktails. Trust me, parents, if your kid is at a music festival, they’re tripping out.

I suppose my cynicism doesn’t exactly make me the best candidate for the festival, but when a free ticket fell on to my lap earlier in the week, I thought: “Why not? Keep an open mind.”

My expectations were so low, I assumed I would be annoyed all weekend and almost all my friends promised me I’d only last one night before heading back to Cape Town.

Well, I am proud to announce that not only did I survive the Daisies, I thrived like the 18-year-olds who surrounded me, and they are, incidentally, exactly half my age.

When faced with long shower queues, I did as I was advised by those more experienced: I got resourceful with wet wipes.

Instead of being annoyed by the insane number of jocks who addressed each other as bro, bru, bruh or breh, depending on their level of intoxication, I simply embraced a spirit of nonjudgement, and possibly even got back in touch with the inner hippie of my youth.

Even when the absolute worst thing happened – as it used to in my younger days when some kid would see my black face in a sea of white and ask if I could sell them drugs – I wasn’t even that annoyed.

Speaking of drugs, security was pretty tight on the farm and there was a strong police presence, but it soon became clear to me that they were not there to stop the partygoers from ingesting lots of drugs.

No, they were there to protect them and ensure they had a safe space to party and get as trashed as they wanted to without being interrupted by the?…?uhm?…?“elements”.

That’s how the privileged kids party I guess, high on a wine estate under police protection.

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