Here’s what to expect during this year's festival season

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Glitch vs Priest to play at Under the African Sky Festival
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Glitch vs Priest to play at Under the African Sky Festival Photo: utas.co.za

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The festival season is fast approaching, and there's nothing better than spending some time in the sun, with your favourite drinks and perfectly curated artist line-ups to keep you entertained. 

Though festivals, such as Afropunk, which commemorates and honours Afropunk and black alternative culture through music, art and fashion, haven’t made their way back to South African shores since the pandemic hit, there are still others to sink your teeth into that are still coming your way this year. 

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Here’s what you can look forward to on the festival circuit for the rest of the year: 

Dstv Delicious International Food & Music Festival: 

Date: September 24-25  

Venue: Kyalami Grand Prix 

After a two-year hiatus, this festival is back with a bang. Intended to recover Gauteng’s Tourism Authority (GTA), this year, a whopping 50 000 patrons are expected to create R340 million in revenue for the GTA.  

A two-day affair in the sun doesn’t sound so bad either, with acts like Nigerian Afrobeats royalty Burna Boy and the 80s' hip-hop trio, Digable Planets, expected to perform. The Dstv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will be a highlight music festival this year, hosting talent and attendees from all over Africa.  

Under the African Sky (Day Party):  

Date: September 3  

Venue: Hillcrest Quarry - Durbanville 

Another installment of Psymedia’s Under the African Sky is upon us, and it is the perfect event for festival goers who hate the hassle of finding tents, accommodation, food and water resources at festivals that run for multiple days.  

Burning only a R375 hole in your pocket, this year, the festival promises to be an authentic outdoor experience, hosting some of Cape Town’s most influential talents. Igoba Records’ Headroom will be taking to the stage, alongside other acts, such as Miles from Mars and DJ Mark.  

Under the African Sky is a beautifully curated festival, which will also have some great food stalls like Blended Food Truck, with their signature vegan, vegetarian and beef food options, and Love Pizza because what’s better than a hot pizza and a cold beer?  

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After making headlines for all the wrong reasons this year, it will be interesting to see what RTD has in store Photo: rockingthedaises.com

Rocking the Daises (RTD):  

Date: Oct 2022 7-9 (CPT) 

Oct 9 (JHB) 

Venue: CPT: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling 

JHB: Supersport Park, Centurion

After making headlines for their lacklustre music line-up, it might be interesting to see what else Rocking the Daises has in store for its patrons this year. For all the curious minds like me, I will catch you at the front row of the festival, waiting to see if RTD is worth all the hype this year. 

Rocking the Daises has always been about the drinks and the music. As an authentic music festival one can expect artists such as Focalistic to take the stage this year, alongside acts like US music group Clean Bandit, local rapper A-Reece and amapiano royalty DNB Gogo. 

Phase two has already started, so you better head on over to get your tickets soon. Plus, the best part about it is that there are two festival locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town to suit your travel and accommodation budget perfectly. 

Rocking the Daises will be an interesting experien
Rocking the Daises will be an interesting experience this year after making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Photo: rockingthedaises.com

Justin Bieber Justice World Tour: 

Date: september 28 - October 1

Venue: HL Stadium, Cape Town, on September 28 

FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, on October 1. 

READ: Make or break for Rocking the Daises

Now, I’m looking forward to this one simply because I am hoping Bieber performs some of his old hits, like Baby, Somebody to love and Favourite girl. Wishful thinking, I suppose, but it might be worth the risk. 
After several trips to South Africa over the years, Bieber may as well be considered a local. This year, he will be back with his Justice World Tour.  

Bronville Sports and Arts Festival:  

Date:August 7 

Venue: Bronville Stadium, Welkom 

Another one-day festival for the simple festival lovers, The Bronville Sports and Arts Festival is expected to be one of this year’s most anticipated sports events. With a 16-team soccer tournament, four-team rugby tournament and four-team netball tournament, Bronville will be buzzing with aspiring sports stars, sports lovers and an endless amount of quench-refreshing beers. 

Malibongwe - A Tribute to Women:  

Date: August 9 

Venue: Emmarentia Botanical Gardens 

What better way to honour the women in our lives than a family-friendly day in the sun, surrounded by the women who have impacted you the most. Malibongwe - A Tribute to Women is a picnic-style event at the cozy and nature-filled Emmerentia Botanical Gardens. 

Magula Productions is bringing you the best women in South African entertainment. This year, the line-up will host acts such as Ami Faku, Simmy and Uncle Waffles. Tickets will onlyy cost R250-R345.

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Uncle waffles expected to perform at Emmerentia Botanical Gardens Photo: Twitter

Amandla Maskandi Festival: 

Date: Aug 7 

Venue: Umhlathuze Sports Complex Grounds, Richards Bay Central 

Maskandi is one of the biggest genres to come out of our beloved country. This year, the Amandla Maskandi Festival will also honour women and “teach and encourage men to respect women, and consider it as their power to protect women and children from abuse”. 

With a starting price of only R100, the Maskandi festival will definitely be the place to be for all things Maskandi, featuring a line-up that includes Amahlebezi and Lekouh S. 

 
All things maskandi will be at the Amandla Maskand
All things maskandi will be at the Amandla Maskandi Music Festival. Photo: amandlamaskandifestival/Facebook
The Ubungoma Festival: 

Date :  October 1 

Venue: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg  

As the first of its kind, the Ubungoma Festival reveals what traditional healing and traditional practices entail. It is expected to be a transcendental experience that will bring to the stage some of South Africa’s most influential spiritual healers.

READ: Battle of the traditional healers heats up

We finally get an intimate look at the lives of some of our favourite social media sangomas with Gogo Skhotheni and Gogo Maweni making guest appearances.  

Other performing acts include Sjava, the Qwabe Twins, Blaq Diamond and Lerato Kganyako, who will be spinning the decks. 

J.O.M Platinum Jazz Festival 

Date:  October 29

Venue: Olympia Park Stadium, Rustenburg

You didn’t think I would end this list without giving a shameless jazz festival plug, did you? 

The J.O.M Platinum Jazz Festival is returning, brought to you by Doyze Media. This year, they will be honouring the life and times, values, culture, heritage and legacy of Kgosi J.O.M. Mamogale. If that doesn’t float your boat, the event promises to also host some great local and international Afro jazz and jazz acts. We’re excited to see the line-up for this one, but start saving, tickets cost between R300 and R2 000  

Shameless Jazz festival plug with the J.O.M Platin
Shameless Jazz festival plug with the J.O.M Platinum Jazz Festival Photo: Jomjazzfest/facebook


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