SA's best music festivals

SA's best music festivals

Aroma Theron

Over the past month, pictures of Coachella flooded our social media feeds and FOMO was a constant struggle. So Perdeby has compiled a list of some of our favourite local music festivals in South Africa.

 

Mieliepop
This music festival took place from 21 to 24 March at the Tolderia Resort in Lothair, Mpumalanga, and is the popular choice among UP students. This festival is more laid-back than others as it takes place in Mpumalanga, and festival goers are surrounded by picturesque scenes of green mountains and clear lakes. Early bird tickets were on sale for R650, and included with the festival ticket was the option to bring your own tent, but you could also book a spot in a tented camp for extra money. The line-up included a variety of artists like DZ Deathrays, Van Pletzen and African Rhythm, and the Yoga Flow Festival. 

 

Rocking the Daisies
This is a favourite among Capetonians, but if you are lucky to have money to fly over or take a road trip, then Rocking the Daisies won’t disappoint your Coachella craving. It is held annually on the Cloof Wine Estate, near Darling. This year, it will be held from 5 to 7 October. Phase 1 tickets cost R595, but a camping pass will cost extra. There are a variety of camping facilities to choose from, depending on your budget. The line-up will be announced but the festival caters to a lot of music genres, from hip hop to electro.

  

Oppikoppi
Oppikoppi is a student bucket list experience and a huge favourite among South Africans, especially UP students. The festival takes place near the mining town of Northam in Limpopo. This year the festival will take place between 9 and 11 August, and the theme is “Nomakanjani”. Oppikoppi initially focused on rock music, but now accommodates a wide range of genres, including hip-hop, indie and metal. It was ranked by British media as the fourth best music festival in the world in 2008. There is also a variety of camping options available on the website to accommodate your budget. Phase two tickets are currently on sale for R 675.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Lush
This festival was held from 29 March to 2 April. It was held on the Linwood Farm in Clarens, Free State. This festival also catered a variety of different genres and presented acts like Dewald Wasserfall, TiMO ODV, PHFAT and Monark. The early phase tickets cost R695 but excluded the option to camp. The R745 tickets included general camping, but you had to provide your own tent.

 

Photo: Elmarie Kruger

 

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