Survival Guide: Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies is Cape Town’s biggest outdoor gathering, and it’s become one of the highlights of the festival calendar. The event takes place on the stunning Cloof Wine Estate, just outside Darling, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The festival hosts over 25,000 people, and caters to every taste. Whether you’re into rock, folk, house, indie, drum and bass, or hip-hop there’s sure to be something going down on one of the many stages to get you going.

If you want a taste of what to expect, take a look at the official after movie below, and read on to find out how to Rock the Daisies like a local.


Rocking the Daisies uses an innovative and very efficient cashless system. You will get a wristband on entry, which you can buy credits for. Then you just need to scan your wristband to purchase food and drink. There will be no ATMs at the venue, so arrive with all the cash you need. Better still, pre-load cash onto your band through your NuTickets account so you can just saunter over to the bar when you arrive.


It’s tempting to pack a bunch of food to keep you going over the weekend, but we’d recommend packing only a few snacks. The food at the festival is fantastic, and you’ll be able to buy anything from pizza to hot breakfast to sushi! Any food you bring is likely to end up going to waste, or going home with you again, because one walk through the food court will have you salivating.


You can take drinks into the festival venue, but you can’t drink them outside of the camping area, and you won’t have access to electricity to keep them cool. It may be worth packing a few beers with ice for the first afternoon, but there are countless bars where you can buy everything you could want. Cocktails, beers, and the fantastic Cloof wines are all on offer, and much more. No glass is allowed in the venue, so make sure you decant anything that comes in a glass bottle before you go. Take along a bottle for water too. The festival is dotted with water points where you can fill bottles.


The festival has a number of options for accommodation. The large majority of people set up camp in the general camping area. If that’s your plan, make sure you back a tent with pegs, warm blankets, and ideally an inflatable mattress. Other options require booking in advance—there are “glamping” options at the festivals, and the nearby town of Darling has loads of affordable accommodation for those who like to plan ahead.

Get tech savvy

Pro-tip: download the Daisies app. It has the full line-up, along with info about the acts. You can create your own personal schedule with reminders, and mark the location of your tent on a map. You’ll thank us later, when you’re the most savvy, in-the-know member of your crew. The app gets launched a few days before the event, so just keep an eye on their Faceboook page for updates.

Dress for success

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a spring-time festival held in fields of daisies would have great weather. Don’t get caught out! The daytime is usually warm and sunny, and you’ll be fine in dresses or shorts. There’s even a dam to swim in. But when the sun sets, it gets really cold. Occasionally there’s rain too, so bring boots and rain-proof jackets. Make sure you have enough blankets in your tent, and layer up in the evenings. Rocking the Daisies is also known for it’s trendiness, so go all out with the glad rags. This is one of the few times you’ll get away with wearing headbands and full-body animal suits. Make the most of it.

Pack wisely

There are a few items that’ll make your Daisies experience much better. In no particular order, bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Clothes for all seasons
  • A torch or headlamp
  • A backpack to carry what you need from the campsite
  • Sunglasses
  • Wet wipes/towelettes
  • Trash bags
  • Earplugs


Rocking The Daisies is held from 5 – 8 October 2017. Visit for more information.

Tags: Festival, Music