Nothing but fun

2016-06-22 06:00
Upcoming star Nomisupasta, with her fusion of traditional Xhosa instruments and commercial drum and bass, will perform at the Smoking Dragon Adrenalin Festival in the Drakensberg from June 16 to June 18. PHOTO: supplied

Upcoming star Nomisupasta, with her fusion of traditional Xhosa instruments and commercial drum and bass, will perform at the Smoking Dragon Adrenalin Festival in the Drakensberg from June 16 to June 18. PHOTO: supplied

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WITH Youth Day falling on a Thursday this year, many South Africans are taking an extra day off to take advantage of a long weekend.

Food and family fun at Shongweni market

The Shongweni farmer’s and craft market on June 16 promises a family outing with good food, live music and loads of vibrant market stalls.

Running from 10 am to 5 pm, the music line-up includes Rubber Duc, whose quirky and catchy songs have taken the South African music scene by storm, as well as the Lectric Monks, a vibey, upbeat folk band from Pretoria that’s guaranteed to make you want to get up and dance.

Also on the bill are crowd-pleasers Black Whiskey, acoustic duo Qadasi and Maqinga performing a fusion of maskandi and folk and, to top it all off, the Celtic sounds of the 1 Med Pipe Band.

With its charming country setting, the venue offers large covered seating areas, lush open spaces and views of Kirk Falls.

There will also be a kids zone, as well as a wide variety of stalls selling artisan food and beverages.

Advance tickets are available at Computicket and at the Shongweni market today. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate. Children under four years old enter free.

Gates open at 9 am. No food, beverages or chairs may be brought into the venue, but blankets are welcome. Inquiries: or contact 031 563 0824.

Smoking Dragon Adrenalin Festival

THE Smoking Dragon Adrenalin Festival will take place at the Amphitheatre Backpackers’ Lodge, in the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park of KZN, from June 16-18.

The three-day unique event combines adrenaline-packed festivities with great music in the bo-ho Backpackers’ Lodge overlooking the northern Drakensberg mountain range.

The festival offers high-octane activities and chilled relaxed vibes that are suitable for adrenaline junkies, music lovers, families with children and even for the more mellow folk.

The music offering includes a range of neo-soul, folk, trance, house music and Afro funk sounds.

On June 18 the festival will focus on women in music under the theme Smoking Diva Saturday. Performances include Nje, the band led by vocalist Portia Malunga Rowling, who will perform with bassist Rogan van den Berg, drummer Gary Parker and guitarist Gregan Aherin.

Also on the line-up is DJ Lindi Lush. Her passions span from electro to progressive and trance among other genres.

Trailmix, a dynamic DJ from the UK, offers a “Bloody Good Rave” on Saturday, and promises to mash up the dance floor bringing a blend of reggae, dancehall, digital dub, steppas and bass.

DJ Nicky B from Kaya FM will also blaze the decks with his unique mix of Latin and African music.

Another interesting element will be the collaboration of the Fantastic Cortina Whiplash (a three-piece all women rock ’n roll band), DJ Spicy M with electro house sounds and upcoming star Nomisupasta with her fusion of traditional Xhosa instruments and commercial drum and bass.

Also on the bill are Ann Jangle, DJ Shakti, DJ Nats and Saarkie.

Also catch singer Gavin Ferguson, Rubber Duc, Durban-based soul music artist Chico Muya, 7th Son and local Mbaqanga artist Inkonjane no Bheseni.

MXO will add his afro-soul sounds in the line-up, while the Lovestains from Johannesburg, Held On Till May, Raygun Royale, Boxer, Kings Down South and the Black Cat Bones provide an eclectic mix of mood sounds to the weekend.

To accommodate everyone at night, DJs will play in a private electronic dance music area far from the family camping site.

In between the music performances, festival-goers can enjoy numerous activities such as tandem skydiving (from the festival grounds), bag jumping, paragliding, abseiling, mountain biking, trail running, Microliting, quad biking, off-road Segway, downhill scooting, canopy touring, paintball, hiking (to the highest waterfall in Africa), kloofing, white-water rafting, bass and fly fishing or hot-air ballooning. Most of these activities are charged separately and can be booked through the Smoking Dragon website.

Accommodation is available at BnBs and hotels nearby, and the Amphitheatre Backpackers’ Lodge.

All arrangements for the festival are done through Inquiries: or call 082 551 2495.

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