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Krêkvars-Kopanong promises hot student entertainment

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

The annual student drama festival, Krêkvars-Kopanong, is set to take place on UP’s Hatfield campus from 18-23 July. The festival promises a wide variety of shows and genres, many of them performed, written or directed by UP’s own students. The festival program runs all day with the Lier, Masker and Bok theatres at the heart it, along with two other venues: a film studio and an “open-air” theatre. Tickets cost only R20, making it cheaper and more unique than your typical night out.

According to a press release, “This year’s highlights include a physical theatre piece by Mozambican artists, Giftig performed by Micia De Wet and Bailey Snyman, 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, and If these Bodies Could Speak performed by Nicola Haskins and Bailey Snyman, both fresh off the Prague Fringe Festival.”

More details can be found on the Krêkvars-Kopanong Facebook page.

Iron Maiden brings metal madness to Johannesburg

ELMARIE KRUGER
On Saturday, 21 May, heavy metal pioneers Iron Maiden made a long-awaited visit to Johannesburg during their Book of Souls world tour. After opening performances by Johannesburg locals Jasper Dan and English melodic metal band The Raven Age, the metal legends were welcomed by cheering fans, vigorous head-banging and frenzied moshing.

The band played songs from their latest album, The Book of Souls, including the album’s title track.

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Fly your freak flag at GeekFest 2016

KOJO ESSAH

Not everyone enjoys loud concerts and done-to-death expos with nothing innovative to offer. If you’re looking for some pre-exam relaxation of a more alternative kind, perhaps GeekFest is the event for you.

GeekFest is a two-day festival for “geeks”, according to the event’s organisers, Dark Carnival. The festival will take place on 7-8 May at Inanda Country Base in Kyalami.

“Fight a Knight” is one of the activities on offer at the festival. Festivalgoers get to dress up as a knight and fight against a foe supplied by the festival who is not allowed to hit back.

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Drake Views - Review

CHAD JOHNSTON

Drake released his fourth studio album recently, and so far it’s been met with mostly positive reactions from fans and critics alike. This is echoed by the album debuting at number one on the Billboard Top 100.

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A festival like no other: Mieliepop in retrospect

SHEN SCOTT

Tucked away in a valley near Lothair, Mpumalanga, you will find the most beautiful festival venue. Once a year, Tolderia resort opens its grounds to festivalgoers, musicians and a good atmosphere to host Mieliepop. Often compared to Oppikoppi, what Mieliepop Festival lacks in international acts it makes up for in everything else. Hot showers, clean bathrooms, three stages, great food, and a unique location definitely put it high in the ranks of South African music festivals.

There hasn’t been a Mieliepop since 2014 since they moved the date from the usual October last year to March this year. This was done to allow more students to attend as well as to allow the construction of permanent showers and bathrooms. The festival is split into two by a river, with general camping on one side and the rest of the festival on the other. A ferry takes attendees up along the river and into the bigger dam for a tour on constant back and forth trips. The festival also hosted yoga sessions, a mountain biking competition, a swimming pool, and the freedom to explore the massive natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, caves, rivers and forests. The three stages consisted of the Main stage, the Rave Cave, and the Willow stage.

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