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The Best Music Festivals 2022

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From the fairy tale New Year’s Eve festival Alcazar, to the strictly deep house camping experiences We House Sundays Festival and eclectic Liefde By Die Dam. These are the new, unique and charming music festivals that you need on your year’s calendar.

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12 Fresh Music Festivals You May Not Know About

REBEL IN SPIRIT, REBEL IN SOUND

25-26 January 2019
On the surface, The Festival of Rebels is all about motorbikes, but the Harley brand is also all about rock and roll. The line-up includes 40+ acts, and some past headliners include The Kiffness, Prime Circle, and Mean Mr Mustard. While it may speak to the rebel in us, kids are welcome to attend the Festival of Rebels – Motorcycle Lifestyle Festival.
Cost: R149-R1399 – Castle of Good Hope | Darling Street and Buitenkant Street | info@festivalofrebels.co.za

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METAL UP YOUR NORTHERN REGION

1 February 2020
Metal4Africa is the leading platform for up-and-coming hard rock and heavy metal bands. Twice a year they host a festival at the Metronome in the Northern Suburbs: WinterFest, and SummerFest. The festivals bring together some of the best underground rock and metal acts on the continent. These include staple acts like DevilSpeak, Abbadon, and Marene alongside other local and Southern African bands. The organisers provide shuttle services to and from the festival and you have a chance to meet the bands at SummerFest’20.
Cost: Ticket price TBC- Metronome Night Club | 12 Viben Avenue | Brackenfell Industrial | info@metal4africa.com | +27 (0)84 621 4913

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THE LOVING SIDE OF HEAVY METAL

September
Heavy metal may be hardcore to its roots, but it has its soft side. Take the annual Creature Feature festival: it brings together well known local metal bands like Abaddon, Terminatryx, and DevilSpeak amongst others, for a raucous night of noise, headbanging, and general craziness. But all of this is to raises funds for HART, the Helderberg Animal Rescue Team. See for yourself why metal is about more than beasts and darkness at Creature Feature.

Trenchtown | 143 Lower Main Road, Observatory | +27 (0)21 447 1787

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SHAKE YOUR GREEN BOOTY, AND DO IT MINDFULLY

September
As the name Equilibrium suggests, this festival is all about finding a state of balance. In collaboration with Bloedlemoen Gin, it’s set in pretty Paarl, where you can dance to acts like 2019 headliners Headroom, Lectric Likcs, Tanya Vee, and DJ Snake. But the focus is on holistic connections: there are yoga sessions with The Yoga Life, lifestyle talks on mindfulness, healing, and transformation, plus a cannabis workshop by Guerilla House. Food is strictly meat-free. Only over 20’s are allowed into Equilibrium: Spring Edition.

Nelson Creek Wine Estate | Paarl | info@equilibriumfestival.com

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ROCTOBER LIFESTYLE, ONE OF THE CITY’S BEST

October
The Roctober Lifestyle Festival happens in Langa, and is one of the city’s most vibey annual festivals. You’ll find a major line-up of entertainment, from electronic music artist to gqom DJs, comedians, food from local vendors, and even a fashion show. 

Maragana Park | Washington Street | Langa | info@pincodeconcepts.co.za | +27 (0) 794840318

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DANCE AMONG TREES, CAMP IN NATURE (HOT SHOWERS INCL.)

October
At Organik, nature is your playground and you get to dance in it all day. It happens annually at Kromrivier Farm in Riviersonderend. You get local and international DJs, with past acts including Undercover and, the DJ who created his own genre, Sensient. Plus if you’ve been out for a while and the dirt gets too much, there are hot showers at Organik’s Gaian Dream.
Kromrivier farm | Riviersonderend | Off the N2 | organik@organik.co.za

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IT’S MUSIC AND LAUGHS AT THIS AFRIKAANS FEST

16 November
Liefde by die Dam turns the pristine Meerendal Wine Estate into a music festival playground where an array of eclectic acts entertain the masses. Regularly MC’d by quirky funnyman Schalk Bezuidenhout, and with a lineup that has had the likes local rock royalty like Arno Carstens, Ghoema Award-winning Early B, and Afropop Star Majozi, it prides itself in creating an authentic South African music experience. It’s a family affair, so bring the kids along to Liefde By Die Dam
Price: R195–R795 at Computicket- Meerendal Wine Estate | Vissershok Road | Durbanville Hills | Western Cape | charlotte@morsecode.co.za

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LOSE YOURSELF IN THIS CAPE TOWN RAP BATTLE COMPETITION

Thursday, 29 November 
Like a scene from the Eminem biopic 8 Mile, local rappers go toe-to-toe (or rhyme-to-rhyme) while the crowd responds , all for the title of rap champion and a R1 000 cash prize. Even you can enter if you can rhyme like Busta, and you can’t, join the crowd at The 7500 RAP Battle & Glow in the dark House Party.
Cost: R60 pre-booked, R70 at the door- Club 7 on Loop | 7 Loop Street, Cape Town  | +27 (0)67-654-5259 

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