Republic of Mieliepop 2017 wrap-up


The Republic of Mieliepop music festival was held in Lothair, Mpumalanga, from 17 to 20 March. As a family-friendly festival, all were welcome and enjoyed the 60 music acts and various comedians. This festival catered for an impressively wide spectrum of music tastes, with five stages accommodating the numerous styles, and two of the five stages running throughout the entire day. Main Stage was used for the bigger acts, as well as the indie and folk acts, while Willow Tree Stage was for almost all tastes, ranging from metal bands like Boargazm to rock bands, such as The Dandies and even the reggae band Tidal Waves. The Cool in the Pool stage was only used from 11:00 to approximately 15:00 to keep people moving and entertained while enjoying the day by the poolside. The Rave Cave and Bar Floor both only ran in the evenings, focusing predominantly on the various subgenres of electronic music.

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Let your inner geek out with these conventions in 2017


Each year has a lot of fun and exciting concerts and events to attend, but what if you are more of a nerd than a music enthusiast?

GeekFest is an annual convention that emphasises cosplay, live action role-playing (LARP), table-top gaming, and other interesting activities. The event usually takes place in April or May. The venue changes, but it usually has a lot of outdoor space capable of accommodating a large crowd and the number of interesting events and attractions on offer. If you are into cosplaying, role-playing as different characters, or running away from a zombie horde, then GeekFest is an event you defintely need to attend.

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Wacky scientists honoured with Ig Nobel Prizes


Every year the Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded to scientists whose research is deemed “different” from other ground-breaking research. As the organisers of the event put it, prizes are awarded to “research that makes people laugh and then think”. This year marked the 26th annual Ig Nobel Prize awards where scientists received their honours from actual Nobel Laureates. The ceremony takes place at Harvard University and is attended by some of the greatest scientific minds in the world. The scientists are allowed to let loose, even throwing paper planes around the auditorium, delivering one word welcoming speeches, and pulling various pranks and science jokes. Perdeby took a look at some of the most notable prizes won this year.

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Superbalist In the City rock Joburg

The first week of October 2016 played host to yet another annual In the City, this year sponsored by Superbalist. The three day event took place all over Johannesburg and included local and international acts, many of which featured at the 2016 Rocking the Daisies. The final event of the three day line-up was the daytime concert in the park.

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SRC to host UP Spring Day bash


The SRC will be hosting the annual official UP Spring Day event on 7 September. The event will take place from 13:00 to 22:00 on the Rag Farm and will feature a beer garden, food stalls, benefit concert and fun activities. Tickets are R50 pre-sale and R60 at the door and the event is open to all UP students.

Peter Kamlongera, the TuksRag chairperson who also serves on the SRC as the TuksRag ex-officio, explained that the event is in aid of UP students with disabilities and that a portion of each ticket sale will be donated to the disabilities unit on campus. Kamlongera explained that based on the success they had with the [Rag] procession in terms of attendance and the money they managed to raise, they decided to host a Spring Day with the same format. “Initially we hadn’t even thought about [hosting a Spring Day] event this year based on the past failures and the fact that we haven’t really had one in the past three years,” he said.

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