Jazz on the Rocks

Party up a storm at this beloved seaside concert with top jazz acts


Settle down on the pristine Cape Columbine Nature Reserve’s Tietiesbaai beach for the annual Jazz on the Rocks outdoor music festival from Thursday, 27 February to Sunday, 2 March 2014.

The oceanfront live music fair – it’s only a 90-minute drive from Cape Town city – merges sun, sea and soulful sounds to make for a four-day celebration filled with family fun, West Coast hospitality and postcard-perfect panoramas.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2014 JAZZ ON THE ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL

ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC: As always, the seaside jazz fest is all about the music, and showcases some of Mzansi’s best loved and up-and-coming performers as well as a handful of international acts. This year, the festival is headlined by American smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows, a man who’s performed with Eartha Kitt and The Temptations and who’s released more than 10 albums. Also on the bill are famed singer-songwriter Lira and Liverpudlian saxophone prince Andrew Young.

A UNIQUE SETTING: What makes this marvellous maritime musical jol an experience to remember is the fact that the stage is securely built on the rocks and boulders of the quaint Tietiesbaai beach, overlooking the sparkling Atlantic below!

WEST COAST CULTURE: While the live music is the obvious highlight, the festival also celebrates the culture of this West Coast dorpie. The festival boasts a wide selection of food stalls selling local cuisine, and the popular Tietie Bar, which is stationed on the strand, promises to keep those thirsts quenched all weekend long. As a family-friendly event, the fair offers a range of activities, including sand castle competitions, beach games and much more, to keep the little ones entertained. Not to mention, festival-goers can also look forward to a special nature trail walk with one of the park’s rangers.

CAMPING: The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is a pocket of undisturbed natural beauty that perfectly captures the essence of the West Coast. As part of its duty as the host venue for the jazz do each year, the reserve opens its gates to eager party-goers keen to set up a temporary home base in this secluded setting. Festival-goers can either rough it cowboy style and pitch their own tents or glamp it up in one of the kitted-out, pre-pitched campsites. ,  Do note, eeven though patrons are allowed to bring food, drinks and braai facilities to the camp area, the rules remain steadfast: be kind to the environment and your fellow revellers. As part of the festival’s “Too Precious to Pollute” campaign, overnighters are encouraged to take their dirt with them when leaving the campsite. Note that the gates to the camping area close one hour after the last performance, and party-goers who have booked in advance are welcome to camp out until Monday morning before hitting the road home.

SAFETY FIRST: The yearly shindig has teamed up with safety organisations like the South African Police Services, Disaster Management and the festival’s very own life-savers to maintain its reputation of being a safe and incident-free jol.

LINE-UP FOR THE 2014 JAZZ ON THE ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL

  • Marion Meadows
  • Lira
  • Judith Sephuma
  • Euphoria
  • N2
  • Ernie Smith
  • Nash Reid
  • DJ Keith
  • Stanley Engelbrecht
  • Zami Mdingi
  • Just Listen featuring Lee Stag
  • Salome
  • Andrew Young
  • V.J.R
  • Public Opinion
  • Vernon Carver
  • Vernon Castle
  • SAX Appeal feat Don Veno Prins
  • Classic Jazz Masters
  • Stan the Jazz man
  • West Coast All Stars featuring Allou April
  • DJ Brian Bohorne and Uncle Cal
  • Tucan Tucan
  • Dyers Brothers
  • Alistair Izobell
  • Major 7
  • Tina Schouw 

TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION FOR THE 2014 JAZZ ON THE ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL

The coveted camping tickets are already sold out, but glamping options through Heartbreak Motel and non-overnight weekend festival tickets are still available.

Glamping costs R4995 per group of two and includes festival tickets, breakfast each morning and accommodation from Thursday, 27 February to Monday, 3 March 2014 in a Graceland tent that comes with a mattress, plug points, linen and private ablution facilities. Standard tickets cost R400p/p for adults and R200p/p for kids between the ages of 12 and 18 years old – little ones younger than 12 years of age get in for free.

To book your tickets, contact Emmie Fritz on +27 (0) 21 591 5208 or camissa.emmie@gmail.com. Do note that standard festival tickets do NOT include accommodation, and ticket-holders will have to arrange alternative overnight arrangements.

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