Maddy Behrens

Artist Spotlight: Maddy Behrens

Making it in the music industry is hard. In South Africa, even harder. The scene is small, good (paying) venues are scarce, and it takes time and hard work to get on to a festival line-up. Living for the music isn’t free.

Enter Maddy Behrens, a folk/pop musician reminiscent of Gabrielle Aplin and Lisa Mitchell.  The young musician traded her busking corners of KwaZulu-Natal for the hustle and bustle of the big city to pursue a career in music full time. And she’s not losing any momentum. We caught up with her on the cusp of her second Oppikoppi performance.

Less Wes Anderson, more Wes Craven.

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This weekend: Park Acoustics January 2016

This Sunday it’s time for the first Park Acoustics of 2016!

The lineup:

10:00 – Gates open
11:00 – Maddy Behrens [ooh an interview!]
12:00 – Mind Pool [Wow – here’s an interview!]
13:00 – Josh Kempen [Read this interview for more info! Also check this RAD LIVE VIDEO!]
14:00 – Monark [They did this interview with]
15:00 – Matthew Mole [Here’s an older interview with him in case you’re the only person in the world who’s unfamiliar with him]
16:00 – DJ Michael Lesar

16:30 – 18:00: Sunset Comedy Stage

with Dusty Rich, Loyiso Madinga, & Lazola Gola

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What you need to know:

  • Tickets are R150 presale or at the gate. It’s up a few bucks from last year, but within reason.
  • Only 2000 tickets are available, and Matthew Mole is playing so there’ll be people for days. Buy in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • R15 entrance into the Voortrekker Monument grounds per vehicle.
  • No under 18’s will be allowed (“except for small children accompanied by their parents”. Also free entry for kids under the age of 6.)
  • The Cabin Fever dance floor is now only running every second month, starting in Feb.1
  • BYOB, but this time it’s a glass-free event.


We ask that you rather bring cans of beers & ciders and decant your wine or spirits in plastic bottles. We’ve added 2 recycling points in the festival area and we’ll also be handing out refuse bags as you enter, please keep your picnic spot tidy & recycle your garbage.

I’d recommend buying tickets online before the event, as such a stellar lineup is likely to sell out.

PS. Whether you miss this event or not, you might also want to check out Josh Kempen’s next show at Trio in Greenside: The Courtyard Sessions!

Floris Groenewald

Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.