BEST FESTIVALS IN SOUTH AFRICA (FOR YOUR 2020 BUCKET LIST)
BEST FESTIVALS IN SOUTH AFRICA (FOR YOUR 2020 BUCKET LIST)
We saw some pretty epic festivals happen across South Africa in 2019 and 2020 has got some exciting stuff in store for us too. No matter who or where you are there is nothing like a South African festival to get your tekkies squeaking or your toes in the grass -If that’s what you’re into 😉
Whether it’s rock and roll, metal, EDM, folk music or anything between there’s a gathering somewhere with your name on it. Here’s a look at our “Bucket list” picks for the biggest and best events in 2020:
When: 28/29 February 2020
Where: Cape Town and Johannesburg
Price: Prices range between R600 - R4000
Top Artists: Afro Jack, Black Coffee, Dash Berlin, DJ Snake, Steve Aoke and much more.
One of the biggest music festivals in South Africa and arguably the world. Ultra is the number 1 EDM and electric festival not to miss. Comprising of massive International DJ's, impressive stages, decor and pyrotechnics this is one not to be missed.
When: 27 April 2020 - 03 May 2020
Where: Tankwa Karoo (Northern Cape)
Price: Prices range between R200 - R3500 general tickets start from R1985
Top Artists: So here’s the deal: AfrikaBurn isn’t a music festival. And because it’s not a music festival, there are no DJ or live band lineups, and no headliners. In the dust, it’s the projects that are the headliners – and even those are largely only revealed on arrival.
About:AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of a community of volunteers who, once a year, gather in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance! For those that have been no explanation is necessary, for those that haven’t none is possible.
watch the 2019 after movie here
When: 09 - 13 April 2020
Where: Splashy Fen Farm, Underburg , KwaZulu-Natal
Price: Prices range between R300 - R920 general tickets start from R875
Top Artists: To be announced .Expect some of South Africa's top artists; previous line ups include Good Luck, Matthew Mole, Jeremy Loops, Prime Circle, Desmond & the Tutus and many many more.
About : "Dubbed as SA's friendliest festival" expect grassy mountain views, hot weather and the best music South Africa has to offer. Splashy Fen is one of SA's oldest music festivals officially starting in 1990. Don't forget to pack your flip flops, cozzies and inflatable unicorns.
When: 02 - 04 October 2020
Where: Cape Town
Price: To be announced . 2019 General Ticket prices were R995
Top Artists: To be announced .Expect some of South Africa's top artists; previous line ups include Mi Casa, Kyle Watson, PHFAT, Cassper Nyovest and many more
About: One of the prettiest festivals South Africa has to offer. Get ready for a weekend of hot weather, great tunes and awesome people. Don't forget to pack your bikini, inflatables and sunscreen .
When: To be announced
Where: Constitution Hill Johannesburg
Price: To be announced . 2019 General Ticket prices were R1100 for a 2 day pass.
Top Artists: Solange, Miguel, Masego, Gold Link, Neo, Sjave, Busiswa and many more
About: The Afropunk Festival is an annual arts festival that includes live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists. The festival made its first debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2005, and has since expanded to other parts of the world including South Africa
When: 6 - 9 February 2020
Where: Western Cape
Top Artists: The Kiffness, Francois Van Coke, The Black Cat Bones, Short Straw, Wonder Boom and many more
About: Established in 1990, Up The Creek has managed to adapt, grow and refine an authentic, no-nonsense personality while staying true to its original culture. Honouring only South African artists for three decades, Up The Creek has paved a pioneering path in the South African music festival circuit by offering a smaller, more intimate experience.
When: 16 May 2020
Where: Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Price: R150 - R350
About: Not exactly a festival but still one of the best days you will have in a park. Joburg Day takes place in the beautiful botanical gardens and is one of Jozi's biggest music events. Pack your picnic blankets and get ready for a day of dancing to some of South Africa's biggest artists in the sun.
Top Artists: DJ Fresh, Sho Madjozi, Ami Faku, DJ Kent, Prime Circle, Bongo Maffin, Black Motion, Holly Rey and more.
When: 7 August - 10 August 2020 (Unconfirmed)
Where: Northam, Limpopo
Price: To be announced. General Ticket prices can be expected to be between R600 - R1000 for a 3 day pass.
About: This is a festival for the books. Attracting around 20 000 fans to the small town of Northam this is one of South Africas most legendary festivals. Starting as a small rock festival Oppikoppi grew to be the biggest festival in South Africa and has introduced more genre's over the past couple of years. The Daily Mirror UK ranked Oppikoppi as the 4th best festival in the world in 2008. This years event is highly anticipated due to the 2019 edition being cancelled leaving fans devastated. Pack your wetwipes and dust masks and prepare to have probably one of the best weekends of your life, leaving with more friends than you came with.
Top Artists: To be announced. Previous line-ups include :
Billy Talent, The Used, Bullet for my Valentine, Seether, Enter Shikari, Kongos, Diplo, Eagles of Death Metal, Bullet for my Valentine, Yellow Card, Deftones, Manchester Orchestra, Mango Groove, Aloe Blacc and many many more.
When: 13 March 2020 (Cape Town) 14 March 2020 (Pretoria)
Where: Voortrekker Monument Pretoria and Durbanville Western Cape
Price: R250 - R350
About: This is not for sissies. Ramfest is one of South Africa's most iconic metal/rock and electronic festivals. This festival will be in both Cape Town and Pretoria this year showing us that rock is not dead. Put on your gun metal boots and prepare to headbang the night away.
When: To Be Announced
Where: Amphitheatre Backbackers Lodge, Bergville , KwaZulu Natal
Price: To Be Announced. 2019 Ticketes range from R750 - R995 for a 3 day pass
About: Smoking Dragon Festival is set out in the beautiful mountain ranges of Drakensburg. The picturesque scenes set for a perfect weekend enjoying local music acts from around South Africa. The festival takes place over new years and has a very special way to welcome in the new year by lighting up a dragon shaped wood fire. The festival also has dams and rivers so don't forget to bring your iflatables.
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