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Rocking the Daisies
Rock the weekend away in Darling
Audiophiles and rock music lovers, get ready for the 2013 Rocking the Daisies, the Western Cape’s most iconic outdoor rock music festival. This jam-packed musical weekend is set to take Cloof Wine Estate, in Darling, by storm from Thursday, 3 to Sunday 6, October 2013.
Every year, new arrivals, changes and farewells can be expected, but no matter the fresh faces or the old hands, the festival manages to only get better. This year, the festival is opening the camping grounds from the Thursday (3 October) for those who’d like to get set up with the best spots and most-sorted base stations before the crowds descend. The festival is also scheduled to start earlier - on the Friday (5 October) - and to close earlier - on the Sunday (6 October) – to give party-goers more time to manage the great trek back to reality.
What to expect at the 2013 Rocking the Daisies Music Festival
Besides the main stage, this year’s attractions include the Nu World Beat Barn, a stage showcasing traditional and folk music from around the world (Balkan, African, South American, etc.), and the Red Bull Electro Stage, a mini-venue where party goers can stomp into the wee hours of the morning. What’s more the eager beavers who arrive to set up camp on Thursday, 3 October, get a chance to see up and coming artists on the Carling Black Label Campsite Stage.
If at any point you need to take a break from the blaring beats though, don’t worry, there’s something for you too. Providing some comedic relief are local funnies at the Lemon Tree Theatre and or all the art-loving revelers, there will be art exhibitions and installations to check out between bands.
As usual, the Daisies Food Village will serve a variety of fresh fare and surprisingly un-festival-like cuisine, from pizzas to sweet and sour chicken, and Cloof Wine Estate will have tastings of their award-winning wines. What’s more, this year there’s no need to carry insane amounts of cash around, the Food Village and bars will have debit and credit card facilities, and there will be ATMS stationed around the festival area for those who want to draw cash. The Swop Shop will have a host of exciting stalls with festival must-haves, like beanies, wellies, jewellery and clothing.
Not forgetting the moms and pops, you don’t have to take turns to look after the tykes, leave them in the capable hands of the Cloof Wine Estate day care staff (just don’t forget to pick them up)!
Heartbreak Motel, a division of Felix Unite Tented Camps, is offering luxurious camp accommodation and the Daisy Den will keep the ladies fresh and pampered with first-rate ablution facilities (and HOT showers)for all those stars who need to rock out in style. All artist, trader, volunteer and art installation submissions are open, so visit the Rocking the Daisies website for more information on how to register.
Please note: While alcohol will be permitted in the camp sites, NO alcohol will be allowed in the main festival arena (water bottles permissible) and NO glass will be permitted at either the camp sites or the festival areas. No open fires or braais will be permitted, however gas braais and skottles are allowed. Unless they are guide dogs, no animals are allowed.
Tickets for the 2013 2013 Rocking the Daisies Music Festival
Early bird tickets are officially sold out and regular tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R600p/p for a full weekend ticket (Thursday to Sunday), R500p/p from Saturday to Sunday and R100p/p for a Sunday ticket. For those of you who want to Cycle the Daisies, tickets are an affordable R400p/p; tickets for the cycling option is limited so best you get yours now. At an extra R200 festival goers can pile into a campervan and trek to the outdoor jol in comfort. Select retail outlets selling tickets will be announced in April and if there are still tickets available festival-goers can get them at the gate. Gate tickets cost R700p/p for a full weekend ticket (Thursday to Sunday), R600p/p from Saturday to Sunday and R100p/p for Sunday's ticket.
Do note that no 13 to 17 year olds will be allowed at the festival, however, kids under the age of 12 enter for free.
Check back regularly for more on the line-up, and stay on top of all the latest developments, by checking out the Rocking the Daisies website (Rockingthedaisies.com).
Rocking the Daisies 2012
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