Fun in the Sun at Up The Creek Festival

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Fun in the Sun at Up The Creek Festival

Live music, comedy and riverside fun come together at this festival on the banks of the Breede River

Taking place from Thursday, 25 to Sunday, 28 January, this 'party on the river' near Swellendam is a hit on the annual festival calendar. 

Expect a variety of music genres including pop, indie folk, pulsating DJ acts—and even a violin solo on top of a kombi. Let us not forget about Friday night’s MC to grace the stage, Schalk Bezuidenhout, who is one of South Africa’s premium comedians. 


  • Mango Groove
  • Fokofpolisiekar
  • The Kiffness
  • Albert Frost
  • Nomadic Orchestra
  • Spoegwolf
  • Veranda Panda
  • Crimson House
  • Boulevard Blues
  • We are Charlie
  • Lucy Kruger
  • Slow Jack
  • MT Seas
  • Aidan Martin
  • Sunset Sweatshop
  • Mobbing Bali
  • West Coast Wolves
  • Sublime Tribute Project
  • Jackal & The Wind
  • Native Young
  • Southern Wild
  • Jerry & The Bandits
  • Sol Gems
  • Jak Skandi
  • Bongeziwe Mabandla
  • Fox Comet
  • Opposite The Other
  • The Steezies
  • Bad Peter
  • Jews for Techno
  • Half `n Half
  • The Beach Toys
  • The Shabs
  • Michael Canfield
  • Jägermeister Brass Cartel Band
  • Van T
  • Stone Jets
  • Veladraco
  • Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions


Up The Creek is still the only festival which allows you to camp next to your car. However, if you'd prefer to stay in something more stylish, the glamping experience is for you:

Graceland Tent for R4995 per tent: Each tent sleeps either one or two people. The tent include: carpet, two beds, two mattresses, linen, plug point, ceiling light, table, breakfast, private shower block, portable toilets, 24-hour access controlled security and roaming security. Please note: bring your own locks, no more than two people allowed and price does not include festival ticket.

Cadillac Tent for R3995 per tent: Each tent sleeps either one or two people. The tent include: two mattresses, linen, breakfast, private shower block, portable toilets, 24-hour access controlled security and roaming security. Please note: bring your own locks, no more than two people allowed and price does not include festival ticket.

Go to for bookings.


There are only weekend passes available this year. Tickets cost R1060/p (including a R30 service fee) and are available via Be sure to book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Prices include access to all shows, camping space as well as use of the ablution facilities on site.

No under 18s will be allowed at the event and ID will be requested when deemed necessary.

Up the Creek has only three rules: no VIPs, no pretentiousness and no cliques. This year, gates open at 3pm on Thursday, 25 January and close at 4pm on Sunday 28 January. Please note that NO open fires are allowed.


  • 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)
  • Continue along the Napkysmond Road for 13.1km
  • Turn left at the signs that point to Up The Creek


  • The BASICS: Your ID book (a passport or driver’s licence will do), a tent, mattresses, sleeping bag or duvet, pillows, camping chairs and a torch.
  • The ESSENTIALS: Sunscreen, 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 IF YOU NEED IT: Toilet paper and protection
  • The FUN STUFF: A camera to capture the crazy moments and ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that floats. 


Cape Town has its fair share of expert festival goers, learn about festival culture with the checklist to Cape Town festivals

If you are big on trance parties, then we have you covered with the 2018 trance party schedule.

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