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12 Fresh Music Festivals You May Not Know About

Includes the city’s New Year’s Eve party, trance, rap, metal, gqom

From the fairy tale New Year's Eve festival Alcazar, to the strictly deep house camping experiences We House Sundays Festival and eclectic Liefde By Die Dam. These are the new, unique and charming music festivals that you need on your year's calendar.

CAPE TOWN’S INNER CITY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
31 December
Catch DJ Shimza, Dean Fuel and a host of other world-class disc jockeys at this lavish New Year’s Eve celebration. This fairy tale festival held at the foot of Table Mountain showcases 12-hours of music by the reigning kings and queens of electronic. We should also mention there will be Cirque-style performance art by Olympic gymnasts and fire dancers across three distinctly decked-out stages, with VIP options at Alcazar.
Cost: R390–R690 

105 Hatfield Street | Gardens | hello@alcazarenye.co.za | +27 (0)11 880 2199

IT’S MUSIC AND LAUGHS AT THIS AFRIKAANS FEST
16 November
Once again MC’d by quirky funnyman Schalk Bezuidenhout, this Afrikaans festival turns the pristine Meerendal Wine Estate into a music festival playground with an array of eclectic acts. From local rock royalty Arno Carstens to Ben Ten hitmaker Early B and Afropop Star Majozi, there is an array of sounds and big names all day long along at the Meerendal dam. It’s a family affair, with kids and  at Liefde By Die Dam.
Price: R195–R795 at Computicket

Meerendal Wine Estate | Vissershok Road | Durbanville Hills | Western Cape | charlotte@morsecode.co.za

LOSE YOURSELF IN THIS CAPE TOWN RAP BATTLE COMPETITION
Thursday, 29 November 
Local rappers go toe-to-toe (or rhyme-to-rhyme) for the title of rap champion and a R1 000 cash prize. Even you can enter if you can rhyme. If not, join the crowd. If you bring a squad of five or more, you can enter the competition for free and drinks are also free until a certain time at The 7500 RAP Battle & Glow in the dark House Party.
Cost: R60 pre-booked, R70 at the door

Club 7 on Loop | 7 Loop Street, Cape Town  | +27 (0)67-654-5259 

JOIN THE HOUSE MUSIC FAMILY
14-16 December
Anyone who has been to a We House Sundays event will know, you don’t leave there without a bunch of new friends. Now the organisers from this house music institute have an all weekend outdoor house party at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling. The DJ lineup is made up of 22 local and international DJs and include the likes of Irshaad Samaai, Cody Losper, Jude Brown and Cya C Deep. There are also easy camping options where everything is set up. It’s a weekend of dancing, swimming, good food and quality music plus the chance to gain new friends/family at the We House Sunday Festival.
Cost: R450-R1345

R315 Malmesbury | Darling Road | info@wehousesundays.co.za | +27 (0)74 142 6359

ECLECTIC ACTS AND TOP CHEFS 
29 December
This annual festive season festival is as much about the food as it is about the music. From the freshest acts to the funkiest gourmet food trucks, it brings it all together for those looking for a non mainstream festival experience. The music line-up is the most eclectic you’ll find at a festival, hip hop, house and future sound. Top local chefs will be cooking for you and this year, the venue isn’t even a place, it’s a national monument, the Fort Wynand in Green Point to be exact. The music line-up for the first event will be announced, so keep an eye out for our updates on the Sizzled Food and Music Festival.
Cost: R150

The Fort Wynand Monument | Green Point | info@sizzled.co.za

REBEL IN SPIRIT, REBEL IN SOUND
25-26 January 2019
On the surface, this festival is all about motorbikes, but the Harley brand is also about rock and roll. The line-up last year included acts like the Kiffness, Prime Circle, and Mean Mr Mustard and while it may speak to the rebel in us, kids are welcome to attend the Festival of Rebels – Motorcycle Lifestyle Festival.
Cost: R149-R1399

Castle of Good Hope | Darling Street and Buitenkant Street | info@festivalofrebels.co.za

METAL UP YOUR NORTHERN REGION
1 February 2020
Metal4Africa is the leading channel for all up and coming hard rock and heavy metal bands to gain some traction. Twice a year they host a festival at the hidden gem known as Metronome in the Northern Suburbs: WinterFest, and SummerFest. For the summer edition this year you can expect some of the best underground rock and metal acts on the continent. These include staple acts like DevilSpeak, Abbadon and Marene alongside other local and Southern African bands. There are shuttle services to and from the festival and the chance to meet the bands at SummerFest’20.
Cost: Ticket price TBC

Metronome Night Club | 12 Viben Avenue | Brackenfell Industrial | info@metal4africa.com | +27 (0)84 621 4913

HOWLING AT THE MOON WITH THE FAMILY
21-23 February 2020
The people who organize the Wolfkop Weekender have created a more family friendly event that allows patrons to have the same experience, but with the kids in tow. It’s an entertaining weekend for the entire family along the Olifants River where the live music is accompanied by pop-up theatres, an animal garden, craft activities and canoeing. When it gets dark, you can share bonfire stories with other patrons and there will also be a young entrepreneurs market at the Wolfie Family Weekend.
Price: From R112 at Wontom

Wolfkop Camping Villages | Keerom Street | Citrusdal | howl@wolfie.co.za | +27(0)76 0174905

FRESH AND UNCONFIRMED FESTIVALS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2020

THE LOVING SIDE OF HEAVY METAL
September
Heavy metal may be hardcore to its roots, but it has its soft side. Take the annual Creature feature festival: It brings together well known local metal bands like Abaddon, Terminatryx and DevilSpeak amongst others, for a raucous night of noise, head banging and general debauchery. But all of this is to raises funds for HART, the Helderberg Animal Rescue Team. So see for yourself why metal is about more than beasts and cthulu’s at Creature Feature.

Trenchtown | 143 Lower Main Road, Observatory | +27 (0)21 447 1787

SHAKE YOUR GREEN BOOTY, AND DO IT MINDFULLY
September
As the name suggests, this festival is all about finding ‘a state of balance’. In collaboration with Bloedlemoen Gin, it’s set out in pretty Paarl, where you can dance to acts like 2019 headliners Headroom, Lectric Licks, Tanya Vee, and DJ Snake. But the focus is on holistic connections. There are yoga sessions with The Yoga Life, lifestyle talks on mindfulness, healing, and transformation by experts like Jenna Arnsmeyer and Ashley Epstein, plus a cannabis workshop by Guerilla House. Food is strictly meat-free. Only over 20’s are allowed into Equilibrium: Spring Edition.

Nelson Creek Wine Estate | Paarl | info@equilibriumfestival.com

ROCTOBER LIFESTYLE, ONE OF THE CITY’S BEST
October
The Roctober Lifestyle Festival happens in Langa, and is one of the city’s most vibey annual festivals. You’ll find a major line-up of entertainment, from electronic music artist to gqom DJs, comedians, food from local vendors and even a fashion show. 

Maragana Park | Washington Street | Langa | info@pincodeconcepts.co.za | +27 (0) 794840318

DANCE AMONG TREES, CAMP IN NATURE (HOT SHOWERS INCL.)
October
So you’re camping in the forest, nature is your playground and you get to dance in it all day. It happens annually at Kromrivier Farm in Riviersonderend. You get local and international DJs, with headliners such as 2019 acts Undercover and, the DJ who created his own genre, Sensient. Plus if you’ve been out for a while and the dirt gets too much, there are hot showers at Organik’s Gaian Dream.

Kromrivier farm | Riviersonderend | Off the N2 | organik@organik.co.za


THE MAJOR FESTIVALS IN 2020: USE THIS LIST OF AWESOME EVENTS


Name

Date

Venue 

Contact

Oude Libertas Summer Season Concerts

January 2020

Oude Libertas Farm

info@oudelibertas.co.za

Up the Creek Music Festival

6-8 February 2020

The Breede River

+27 (0) 21 510 0547 @UpTheCreek.MusicFestival

Alien Safari Masqued Ball

29 February - 1 March

Kogel Bay Resort

info@aliensafari.net

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

27-28 March 2020

CTICC

+27 21 671 0506 | info@espafrika.com

The Barleycorn Music Festival

March 2020

11 Imam Haron Road Claremont

+27 (0)82 373 8877

RAMfest

March 2020

 

dawid@ramfest.co.za

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 

May 2020

Baxter Theatre Concert Hall

info@ctbigbandjazzfest.co.za | +27 (0)21 794 8193

Chamber Music Festival 

July 2020

Stellebosch University

info@sicmf.co.za | +27 (0)21 808 2343

Sunflower Outdoor Music Festival 

August 2020

Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

mark@globaltakeover.co.za | +27 (0)82 562 2582

Rocking The Diasies

October 2020

Cloof Wine Estate

hello@rockingthedaisies.com 

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

November 2020 to March 2021

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

+27 (0)21 799 8783 | kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za 

See what else is happening around Cape Town in December with our selection of unique and special events and parties in December

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