12 festivals to check out in 2014

2014-01-20 08:49
The holidays have come to an end, a new working year has started and the temptation to feel a slight bit blue is rather strong.  

Park Acoustics, Pretoria, 26 Jan  

An app to add value: Virtual Zippo. If you're not a smoker (and let's face it, smoker's are kind of a dying breed), chances are you won't have a lighter to whip out and wave around when the band plays your favourite acoustic slow jam. Well, no need to worry! This nifty little app will allow you to shine a little light... but not to light your friend's cigarette, sorry! Available on Android and iOS    

Venue: Fort Schanskop, Groenkloof

Tickets: R120 online / at the door

More info: Park Acoustics website

Up the Creek, Swellendam, 30 Jan – 2 Feb 

An app to add value: We're going to go with good old Instagram on this one. With all those colourful lilos, beautiful people and picturesque views, you won't be able to resist taking pics... and, well, Instagram really does make the most mundane photo look infinitely cooler. Available on Android and iOS

Venue: Breede River Valley Campsite  

Tickets: R650 – full weekend, R500 – Saturday and Sunday only

More info: Up the Creek website

Hands-on Harvest, Robertson, 1 Feb – 30 March  

preliminary programme for 2014 and start making your selections.

An app to add value: Vine. Not only does it have an appropriate name, but will also allow you to immortalise your weekend of harvesting in a series of short, punchy and fun videos. Available on Android and iOS

Venue: Various wine farms (including Arendsig, Ashton, Bonnievale Cellar and Excelsior)

Tickets: Varies between free and R600 pp, depending where you go and what you do

More info: Hands-on Harvest website

Ultra Music Festival, Cape Town & Johannesburg, 14 & 15 Feb  

Venue: Cape Town – Ostrich Farm, Johannesburg – Expo Centre, Nasrec

Tickets: Between R650 and R1 100

An app to add value: Soundhound. Heard something that you definitely want to add to your playlist for future parties?  Then download this app that can recognize a song by humming a tune or playing it from a speaker in about four seconds. It also allows you to get up-to-date information on touring artists, watch music videos, purchase songs and view lyrics. Available on Android and IOS

More info: Ultra Music Festival website

Clarens Craft Beer Fest, Clarens, 21 – 23 Feb

An app to add value: Beer Hunt. Ever dreamed of being rewarded for all the many beers you drink. Well, this app does just that! You get points every time you log a beer into your beer profile depending on what type of beer it is. More points if it's a rare beer, a beer from a far away country, or simply a beer you've never tried before. Which basically means, you will be raking in points at the Clarens Beer Festival. Available on Android and iOS

Venue: Town Square, Clarens

Tickets: R150 for the whole weekend, R100 for either Saturday or Sunday.  

More info: Clarens Craft Beer Fest website 

Nitro Circus, Cape Town, Durban & Joburg, 15, 19 and 22 Feb  

An app to add value: BMX Extreme. While you certainly won't be watching any of the more than 1 000 videos on the app during the circus, you may want to brush up on your BMX history and facts in the wiki section. Only available on iOS

Venue: Cape Town – Cape Town Stadium, Durban – Moses Mabhida Stadium, Joburg – FNB Stadium

Tickets: Tickets cost between R330 and R1810 per person and are available from Computicket.

More info: Big Concerts

Flamjangled Tea Party, Durbanville, 28 Feb – 2 March

An app to add value: Victorinox Festival ReadyThe company that gained fame for creating the best Swiss army knives, has made every festival-lover's life easier by designing this music festival multi-tool for your phone. It features a packing checklist, weather updates, emergency medical instructions, and a geotagging feature that helps you keep track of your tent and the whereabouts of your friends. Available on Android and iOS

Venue: Contermanskloof Wine Farm, Durbanville

Tickets: To be confirmed

More info: The Flamjangled Tea Party Facebook page

Franschhoek Oesfees, 22 March

An app to add value: Uber. Since you will be drinking loads of wine at this festival, you really shouldn't be driving. Instead use this app to order a taxi service. Available on Android and IOS

Venue: Solms Delta wine farm, Franschhoek  

Tickets: To be confirmed

More info: Solms Delta website

Cape Town Jazz Festival, 28 – 29 March

An app to add value: Shazam. What's cool about the jazz fest, is the fact that it features both established artists and lesser known ones. So, chances are you might hear a few really cool songs, but not know what they are. Well, Shazam will help you identify it. All you need to do, is whip out your phone, hold it towards the speakers and see if the app knows more jazz than you do. Available on Android and iOS

Venue: CTICC

Tickets: Weekend passes have been sold out. Day passes – R490

More info: Cape Town Jazz Festival website

Bot River Barrels & Beards, 5 April

An app to add value: Beardify. If you didn't get the memo in time and find yourself clean-shaven among the rugged and manly winemakers of the Bot River valley (or you're a woman), join in the fun by filling facial hair on all your photos. It's silly, but so hilarious! Available only on iOS 

Venue: Old Shed on Anysbos farm

Tickets: To be confirmed (bookings only)

More info: Check out the Bot River wines website or email nicolene@botriverwines.co.za

Splashy Fen, Underberg, 17 – 21 April  

An app to add value: Find my friendsA slightly stalkerish app, but very useful for a big festival like splashy. Using GPS technology the app helps you track the friends you've added. So, get your group to download the app before heading to the festival and keep tabs on each other's whereabouts more easily. Available on Android and iOS

Venue: Splashy Fen Farm, Underberg

Tickets: R700 per person arriving on Thursday 17 April or Friday 18 April R500 per person arriving on Saturday 19 April R200 per person arriving on Sunday 20 April

More info: Splashy Fen website

AfrikaBurn, Tankwa Karoo, 28 April – 4 May

An app to add value: PhotosynthIf there was a prize for the most photogenic festival out there, AfrikaBurn would win hands down. The austere desert scenery, combined with crazy art installations and all sorts of quirky people makes for excellent pictures... that are even better in panoramic format. This app helps you to capture the entire scene by allowing you to pan up and down, as well as left to right. Only available on iOS 

Venue: Tankwa Town  

Tickets: R870 (tickets go on sale on 2nd February – best to jump on it quicky, tickets tend to sell out within seconds)

More info: AfrikaBurn website  
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