Rocking the Daisies 2018 Survival Guide
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.
The 2018 edition of Daisies, as it is known to locals, takes place 5 – 7 October.
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.
Get Rocking the Daisies Tickets
Tickets go on sale in around March each year, so book early to avoid missing out on the early bird prices. They also often sell out before the festival, so get your tickets as soon as possible if you’re like to go.
They include access to the festival for the whole weekend, all the amazing performances, immersive experiences, food court access, and many activities. Tickets do not include a camping pass: you’ll need to buy one separately. Prices for 2018 are R595 for Phase 1, R745 for Phase 2, ad R895 for Phase 3.
Rocking the Daisies is a cashless festival and this year the payment partner is Visa. You can use your debit, credit or cheque card to transact throughout the festival. There will also be a prepaid card option available on site, which you can top up as you need.
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.
This year you won’t be able to take any liquids with you into the festival, other than personal hygiene items / make up / shampoo and soaps etc. There will be double the amount of bars within the campsites and in the festival’s main arena, where you can grab Cocktails, beers, and the fantastic Cloof wines are all on offer, and much more. Read the rules on the festival website.
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.
There are a few items that’ll make your Daisies experience much better. In no particular order, bring:
- Clothes for all seasons
- A torch or headlamp
- A backpack to carry what you need from the campsite
- Wet wipes/towelettes
- Trash bags
- Re-usable water bottle to fill up and stay hydrated
Rocking The Daisies is held from 5 – 7 October 2018. Visit rockingthedaisies.com for more information.