January 22, 2014
Festival Season in Cape Town
Natalie Roos’ body was born in Johannesburg… but her soul was always Capetonian. At the age of 14, Natalie started work in the television industry, presenting popular local kids TV show, KTV. Ten years and another TV job later (presenting celebrity gossip show JIP on Afrikaans music channel MK), Natalie made the move down to Cape Town where she started her blog, Tails of a Mermaid (www.tailsofamermaid.com). Her love for the internet and all things communication-driven became a natural progression to a career in Social Media, where she worked in an agency managing the online presence, content and reputation of various brands.
Natalie’s passions include cats, communication and Cape Town.
Festival season in Cape Town means weekends of local music, camping with friends, relaxing in rivers and enjoying the summer sun. The 2014 festival season in upon us, so here is a list of my three favourites that are not to be missed.
If you're not really into camping, you should check out the glamping offers that most of the festivals run. Think tents already set up on arrival, blow-up mattresses, hot showers and private loo's. One thing you don't need to worry about, is food. All three of these festivals provide food stalls that will have your mouth watering from dawn till dusk. Buying food there is so much easier than trying to keep your weekends worth of food fresh in your boiling hot car or tent.
Up The Creek
30 Jan- 2 Feb, Swellendam
The first festival of the season, Up The Creek is the perfect festival to ease into the festival madness. Imagine hundreds of blow-up devices floating on a lukewarm river in the hot African sun as a band performs from a floating stage right in front of you. This is Up The Creek. Limited to around 2000 tickets, Up The Creek is a mellow, intimate festival where your fellow festival-goers are likely to help you carry your cooler box down to the river bank and share a beer with you in the water. The vibe is all about great local music and chilling in beautiful nature. Tickets sell out fast but the Facebook page has lots of giveaways where you could win yourself a pass. Don't forget to take loads of sunscreen and a blowup device of some kind.
Find out more on the Up The Creek Facebook page.
6 March - 9 March, Elandskloof Farm
Celebrating their eighth birthday this year, Ramfest has grown from a small alternative music festival to one of the biggest, most well-run festivals in the country. This year, ticket holders can look forward to international indie acts Foals and Biffy Clyro. The vibe at Ramfest is all about good music and sweating in the crowd until the early hours of the morning. The festival does an amazing job of catering to everyone's musical taste - from Electro to Rock, with the same level of attention given to each of their three massive stages.
Find out more and get your tickets on the Ramfest Facebook page.
The Flamjangled Tea Party
28 Feb - 2 March Contermanskloof, Durbanville
Lush lawns, a warm dam to splash around in and an excuse to dress up in anything you like. Animal onesies, tutu’s, a magician’s hat – anything goes here. The Flamjangled Tea party is a mix of eclectic music, people and culture. Possibly my favourite festival of them all, the vibe is jovial and the music makes you want to dance until you can't dance anymore. Expect to find whimsical and magical touches everywhere you look.
Check out their Facebook page for details.