River Republic Festival in Swellendam

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River Republic Festival in Swellendam

Escape to the river and drift away to the sound of sweet tunes at this weekend music festival

Summer in Cape Town is characterised by warm wind and perfect beach days under the African sun, so what better way to revel in the delightful weather than a music festival on a river? River Republic is the perfect weekend getaway for the young-at-heart who enjoy the festival vibes and a cool place to chill in the heat of the day.

That’s right friends; this magical mini-music festival takes place at Round the Bend Lodge on the Breede River in Swellendam from Friday, 2 December to Sunday, 4 December 2016. Bring your Lilo and costume and have a swimmingly good jol to some top-notch artists who will rock the stage right on the river.

Despite this festival being small in comparison to other major parties, the organisers have made sure that everyone will have a fabulous time, whether you’re a happy hipster, flower-power child or just a generally good bloke. Food stalls and cash bars will be on site to keep you sustained and well hydrated.

Whether you love the thump of electro, the scream of an electric guitar or the twang of the banjo, the line-up will ensure that you enjoy your escape to paradise. A team of talented DJs and musicians will take to the floating stage to have your hips swaying like the rolling river while your head bobs to their beats.


There are just under 20 acts on the cards, so it may not be the massive jol people often hear about, but it will certainly be the most laid-back, mischievous and intimate festival of the season. These are the artists who will be on-hand to relieve your stresses and woes:

  • Adrian Gemini
  • Crimson House
  • DJ Dirtroad
  • Forefront
  • Hans Zen
  • Hugo.Hugh
  • Jackal and the Wind
  • Manouche
  • Nate Maingard
  • Sir Sean Young
  • Slow Jack
  • Southern Wild 
  • The Jackie Oh's
  • The Liminals
  • Tom James (UK)
  • Veranda Panda
  • Tuin


Tickets for the festival are available online via, but please note that the accommodation options exclude the festival ticket:

Ticket Type


What You Get

Early Bird


Festival tickets and campsite with ablutions

Phase 2


Festival tickets and campsite with ablutions

A-frame Chalet

R2900 (sleeps 2 people)

Two beds, linen and an en suite bathroom.

A-frame Chalet

R5200 (sleeps 4 people)

Four beds, linen and an en suite bathroom.

Aloe Ridge House

R6800 (sleeps 4 people)

Self-catering house with two double or single bedrooms, kitchen, braai and plunge pool

For more information, you can email or call +27 (0)21 510 0547. 


  • Take the N2 towards Swellendam
  • Turn right at the Felix Unite/Infanta turn-off (about 8km before Swellendam)
  • Turn left at the Napkysmond turn-off (approximately 2.1km from the N2)
  • Drive for about 4.3km then turn left
  • Drive for 1.9km then take the slight right bend
  • Drive for 3.6km and turn right to the destination
  • Or, just follow the signs that point to River Republic from the N2


  • The BASICS: Your ID book (a passport or drivers’ licence will do), a tent (if you take the general camping package), mattresses, sleeping bag or duvet, pillows, camping chairs and a torch.
  • The ESSENTIALS: Sun block, insect repellent, cap or hat, towels, something warm, cash (ATMs are available but not reliable due to poor signal), swimming gear, headache pills (and hangover cures) and sunglasses.
  • The FUN STUFF: A camera to capture the crazy moments and ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that floats.
  • ALCOHOL POLICY: You may bring your own alcohol but it can only be consumed at your campsite or accommodation. You cannot bring your own alcohol into the Main Arena as the organisers rely on the revenue from the cash bar to organise next year’s event.


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