Summer festivals round-up

2013-01-16 08:40

Are you ready to tackle the first batch of 2013's outdoor art and music festivals? Well, just to get you a little more amped, we've rounded up a few that you definitely should not miss!

Origin Festival, 1 - 3 February, Elandskloof Farm between Villiersdorp and Greyton

Origin is a weekend long psychedelic trance party that promises not only to be a feast for your ears and itchy feet, but also for your eyes. With more than twenty acts gracing the Origin Stage you can be sure that there won't be a single dull moment to be had! The décor is always one of the festival's main features, so keep your eyes peeled to appreciate the wide array of lighting and visual effects, colourful shading, video mapping and art.

Although it is already set to be a fantastic jol, organizers are encouraging party-goers to make it even better by stomping ‘consciously.' Basically this comes down to having a positive attitude and leaving no trace when the fun is over. Origin Festival has a strong history of recycling almost 99% of the waste generated at our events. They have an efficient recycling team on site who work throughout the weekend.

Ticket prices: R 300 outlets (incl booking fee), R 310 online and R320 at the gate.
Sunday after 9am R150
Gates open on Friday @ 14h00

For more info visit the Origin Festival website or the Facebook event.

Up The Creek , 31 January- 3 February, Breede River just outside Swellendam

What better way to shake off all that January stress than a fun-filled, aesthetically pleasing weekend away? Set just outside Swellendam, in the superbly beautiful Breede River Valley, Up The Creek offers you just what you need: good music, gorgeous scenery, a bit of rough and tumble camping delight and a whole lot of river-related fun. The festival boasts no less than three stages and a line-up that features some of South Africa's most talented artists, including Peachy Keen, Black Cat Bones, Karen Zoid, Jeremy Loops, Janie and the Beard, Nomadic Orchestra and Yoav to mention but a few.

One of the biggest highlights of the weekend, however, is the Anything that Floats competition. All you have to do is find something that can float, decorate it extravagantly, get on and you'll be in the running for some cool prizes. 

Ticket prices

Thursday - Sunday: R600.00 (presale) R650 (at the gate)
Friday - Sunday: R550.00 (presale) R600.00 (at the gate)
Saturday and Sunday: R450 (presale) R500.00 (at the gate)
Children 13 and younger enter for free, children 14 years and older pay full price.

For more info, visit Up the Creek's website.

Big Blues Festival, Kleinmond harbour, 1 & 2 March

Although it might have had humble beginnings, Kleinmond's annual Big Blues festival is quickly shaping up to become the Western Cape, if not South Africa's, premier blues event. With its picturesque setting, nestled between mountains and the ocean, friendly small town vibe and highly sought after line-up of artists the festival is a feast for all the senses. 

This year sees talented local act, Tribal Echo, kick the event off with their unique roots rock sound, followed by a stellar selection of artists, including Karen Zoid, Dan Patlansky, Lyzyrd Kings, Crimson House Blues, Valiant Swart, Albert Frost and Boulevard Blues Band. 


Early bird (available till 31 January) - R200
Weekend ticket - R250 (presale) and R280 (at the gate)
Friday only - R130 (presale) and R150 (at the gate)
Saturday only - R180 (presale) and R200 (at the gate)

For more details regarding group bookings, student & pensioner discount, as well as regular updates, visit the Big Blues Festival website.

Holi One Colour Festival, 2 March, Grand Parade, Cape Town

Inspired by the original Holi in India, the HOLI Colour Festival has travelled around the world to Germany, the USA and Singapore - and now launches in South Africa for the first time.

Thousands of people, dressed in white, will come together to share in music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation. Revelers at the open-air festival will soon be covered in brilliant hues as the air is filled with the clouds of brightly coloured powder at a countdown on the hour, every hour.

The festival will host a line-up of some of the biggest DJ's in the country and a host of the freshest and most impressive new DJ's exploding onto the music scene.

Be part of the exhilarating experience, vibrant energy and mischievous behaviour when the Holi One Colour Festival comes to South Africa.


Early Bird - R170
General Admission - R190
General admission including powder - R290

Check out the Holi One website for more details 

Flamjangled Tea Party, 15 - 17 March, Durbanville

A very liberal, melting pot of musical mayhem, artistic tomfoolery, culture mashing and absolute hilarity.

'The Flamjangled Tea Party' is a weekend long outdoor festival, aiming to create an event firmly rooted in the eclectic, artistic and humorous side of life, a cultural mash-up weaved together with a glittering thread of freaky funk, booting world beats, jiving rock 'n roll, swinging jazz, up-beat salsa, big beating breaks, honky-tonk, dubby-house, flamjangled folk, and anything that 'swings' or 'grooves'.

Not much has been revealed in the way of line-up or ticket prices, but keep a close eye on the Flamjangled website for details. 

Splashy Fen, 28 March - 1 April, Underberg, KZN

Established in 1990, Splashy Fen is South Africa's longest-running music festival. This unique outdoor experience takes place over the Easter weekend and attracts thousands of diverse revelers to a farm just outside Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal's Southern Drakensberg region every year. This year's Splashy line-up is still in the process of being confirmed, so keep your eyes on their Facebook page for regular artist updates. So far P.H.Fat, Muffinz, Jeremy Loops, December Streets and Habit TO, among others, have been confirmed. 

In addition to the usual assortment of food, beverage and craft stalls, you will be treated to a whole new experience when you make your way over to the Freestyle Tribal Village. On your magical journey through the colourful tipis, you'll be able to try your hand at off-beat activities such as fire-poi and drumming, or you can just shop around for some crafty gifts.


R575 pre-sale
R700 per person arriving on Thursday or Friday
R500 per person arriving on Saturday
R200 per person arriving on Sunday
R125 children 4 - 11
For more information visit Splashy Fen's website. 

AfrikaBurn, 1 - 6 May, Tankwa Karoo

Photo: Jonx Pillemer AfrikaBurn website

Okay, so AfrikaBurn may not exactly be a music festival, but it is still an amazing outdoor party experience in the middle of the Karoo. Loosely based on Nevada's annual Burning Man, this art festival seeks to create a temporary community based on radical self-expression and self-reliance in a non-commercial environment. What this means is that you can leave your wallets at home, as money has no value here.

The whole festival economy works on a gift exchange basis... so get the creative juices flowing beforehand to make some desirable goodies to give to others in exchange for equally awesome trinkets. You can also pack your pots and pans to open a make-shift restaurant, after all everyone needs to eat at some point!

This year's theme: Archetypes

Tickets: Check out the AfrikaBurn website for ticket information  

Strab festival, Ponta Malongane, Mozambique, 22 - 26 May 2012

The Subterranean Rhythm & Blues ("STRAB") experience started in 2003 when a group of 60 scuba divers from the dive school Ocean Ecstasy in Pretoria decided to add some live music to one of their weekends in Ponta Malongane, in the south of Mozambique. It was initially held in August and was known as "The Birthday Bash".

The first band to ever play at the event was legendary local act, Jack Hammer, and since then the line-up has grown to include a diverse range of sounds, beats and performers.

Because of its location STRAB has always been an exclusive event that doesn't allow thousands of people to flock to Malongane. Those who attend the festival are committed music lovers and have always supported the festival's philosophy of respect, love and harmony. So, if this sounds like you, better get your paws on some tickets!

Line-up to be announced.

For more information visit the STRAB website  

MTN Bushfire Festival, Swaziland, 31 May - 2 June

Every year thousands of music loving revellars descend upon Swaziland's Malkerns Valley for a three day carnival of tunes, dancing, drama and rollicking good times.

The festival is famous for hosting diverse acts from across the continent and the world, and having heart, as all proceeds are donated donated to Young Heroes, an NGO providing education, healthcare, food and general support to Aids orphans.

Not much has been revealed as far as the line-up pricing is concerned, but keep a close watch on theBushfire Festival website for details. 


Friday: R150 (presale) R350 (golden lounge presale), R200 (at the door) R400 (golden lounge at the door)
Saturday: R200 (presale) R400 (golden lounge presale), R250 (at the door) R450 (golden lounge at the door) 
Full Weekend: R400 (presale) R650 (golden lounge presale, R450 (at the door) R700 (golden lounge at the door)
Children: R50 (presale) R150 (at the door)

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