2018 music events worth saving for


Pretoria and its surrounding areas annually host a wide variety of music festivals that are worth putting on your calendar. Perdeby breaks down which events are a must and how much students will have to dish out to attend.


Ultra South Africa

If you are a fan of EDM, laser lights and getting grinded on by guys with backwards caps and wifeies, head to the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec on 10 February for the world’s premiere electronic music festival. Headliners for this year include AfroJack, Dubfire and Hardwell supported by South African DJ legend Black Coffee and countless more. Be ready to pay anything from R800 to R950 for a ticket to Ultra.

The Republic of Mieliepop

This boutique four-day festival near Lothair in Mpumalanga is dubbed the most beautiful festival in South Africa. The venue is surrounded by magnificent views, rolling hills and sparkling lakes. More than 90 acts will be performing on six different stages. 2018’s line-up includes viral youth band African Rhythm and Pretoria’s favourite, Hellcats. Online tickets go for R750 while buying tickets at the gate will be R850. Remember to save enough money for transport and food. The festival will be held from 21 to 24 March.


Park Acoustics

Although not an actual music festival, park acoustics is an outdoor live concert that happens monthly at the Voortrekker Monument. If your pocket does not allow for a full weekend away at a first-rate music festival, consider heading to a Park Acoustics concert and enjoying a fun day with friends, good food and even better live entertainment. Keep your eyes peeled for the monthly line-ups. Most big time local acts, such as Shortstraw, Aking and Francois van Coke have performed at these gatherings. Tickets vary in price from month to month but will not set students back more than R200.



No festival bucket list would be complete without mentioning the dustbowl that is the amazing festival of OppiKoppi. Be ready to ditch make-up, clean clothes and general hygiene while camping under the blaring sun on a farm near Northam, Limpopo. Tickets will set you back anything from R700 to R800 for a full weekend pass. Although the dates for OppiKoppi 2018 are not yet confirmed, the festival usually takes place early in October. Previous international acts that have graced the stage include The Naked and the Famous, August Burns Red and the extraordinary rapper Joey Badass.


Illustration: Rhodeen Davies

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