Head down to Margate for a beachin' bike fest

The South Coast Bike Fest 2017 Beachfront Boulevard in Margate (Photo: South Coast Bike Fest 2017)
The South Coast Bike Fest 2017 Beachfront Boulevard in Margate (Photo: South Coast Bike Fest 2017)

Cape Town - The sub-tropical paradise of KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast will once again play host to the annual South Coast Bike Fest.

Rev up your engines and cruise on down to a motorcycle and music festival for 4 days of 2-wheeled fun. 

Set along the palm-fringed beachfront boulevard of Margate, the South Coast Bike Festival is likely to be another great event marked by loads of entertainment and biking action with a culturally diverse crowd, from all over Africa and the world, united in their enthusiasm and love for two-wheeled action.

Revellers can expect a stacked line-up of entertainment this year from musical acts on different stages, themed bars, markets and expos, to stunt shows, food courts and - of course - the mass ride.

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The South Coast Bike Fest has raised the bar for its 2018 edition with a number of prominent biking legends making their way to Margate to showcase their skills. Max Rabalago, Piwe Zulu and Alfred Matamela, to name a few, are some of the icons who will be in attendance from 27-30 April 2018.

Biking is often revered for its culture of community and camaraderie, and the South Coast Fest aims to exemplify this in the South African context. The noise and smells of engine-revving and tyre-burning will set the scene for a vibrant, all-inclusive biking festival where new and returning visitors will be able to enjoy motorsport in a charming, coastal location.

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Rumbling into Margate on his Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle is Max Rabalago, the chairman of the Rainbow Mzansi Bikers Organisation (RAMBO).

RAMBO sets the benchmark for what biking culture can be in the South African context as it is an organisation that essentially inserts the notion of ubuntu into what has historically been an American culture. RAMBO and Rabalago thereby fill the spaces between race and culture by representing interests of motorcycle clubs across Gauteng, Free State and North West.

Another South African biking legend sure to leave crowds impressed and the roads smoked up is Alfred Matamela, commonly known as King Donut. Renowned for his stunts, King Donut will be flexing and showing off his moves on his Yamaha R1 and MT10 with his Shinko SA tyres.

Revellers attending the South Coast Fest this year will be dazzled by the displays of flair and joviality that not many riders can so easily bring about. King Donut will be doing his thing on Saturday, 28 April and Sunday, 29 April at 11:30.

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Hailing from the Gamalakhe Township outside of Port Shepstone is Piwe Zulu who will be competing at the Powasol EnduroX on WR250F.

An experienced racer, Zulu has completed the South Coast Xtreme Enduro, Powasol EnduroX in Pietermaritzburg and the Matat2Pont. Check him out as he competes at the SCBF2018 Powasol EnduroX taking place on Monday, 30 April at the Village Fishing Pier from 08:00 to 16:00.

When you’re in the need of respite from all the exciting biking action, why not head to one of the 8 festival-themed bars?

If that wasn’t enough, there will be 22 on-site clubs, restaurants and pubs of all types catering to a range of different tastes and interests.

The festival wouldn’t be a festival if it didn’t include a stacked, vibrant line-up of musical acts. This year your sonic entertainment is provided by South African house royalty DJ Fresh, rock icons Karen Zoid, Francois Coke and Springbok Nude Girls and many other great musical acts such as Sketchy Bongo, The Kiffness, Babes Wudomo and Chunda Munki.

Bikers are encouraged to register online ahead of the time for the Free Fun Seeker tickets which give them, and their pillions, free access to the main festival areas including the main stage performance area.

Tickets for non-biking pedestrians are available for R210 per day, giving you access to the Budweiser Main Beach Stage Golden Circle as well as access to the event precinct. 

For registration and tickets, head on over to quicket. For general information, check out the South Coast Bike Fest website

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Check out the video below to see what to expect: 

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