Another year, another bunch of Park Acoustics events. The first, coming up on 4 February, has Koos Kombuis and Karen Zoid as headliners, with Diamong Thug, Michael Lesar, Dawie de Jager and Foxtrot filling out the bill. We have a double ticket to the event to give away – see below for details.
Last year, Mieliepop Festival had everyone talking afterwards. Its boutique status means no overcrowding, its location means luxurious, lush, peaceful surroundings, and the organising team means a tightly-run ship and a diverse, kick-ass lineup of some of South Africa’s best bands. There’s no reason to think Mieliepop 2017 will be anything less. See more details below, and enter our competition to win a double ticket to this event!
Park Acoustics is firmly established as Pretoria’s primary, regular must-attend one-day music festival. This November, they’re putting on a special Saturday end-of-year event on the 26th, featuring the usual music and comedy stages, but also the Griet 8th Birthday Stage and Bobbejaan Street Theatre in the evening, and a Movember Silent Disco. BONUS: We’re giving away a set of tickets (see below).
Michael Lesar is well-known around party scenes – popularly as “The King of Swing”. He’s a DJ from Johannesburg who’s developed a specialisation in swing sets, where he meshes old music with newer beats, and never fails to get a dance floor moving. But when I asked him about it, he told me that he really doesn’t mind if people are sitting down…
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It’s time to Swing It again – the Let’s Swing It Family Picnic is coming to Carfax on 9 April 2016.
Here’s all the info you need to know:
This time, Let’s Swing It will be taking over one of Jozi’s hottest inner city venues: the iconic Carfax! The side street (Main Stage) will be transformed into a picnic setting complete with astro turf, picnic baskets (pre-booked), gourmet street and market food, arts and crafts, and a secure kids play area with loads to keep the little ones busy including face painting, jumping castles, puppet shows and sand art.
It seems that March is music festival season. In addition to Splashy Fen and Otterlake Easter Festival, and the brand new Lush Festival in Clarens on Easter weekend, Mieliepop has moved from it’s traditional October/November slot to the weekend before Easter in 2016. Monday 21 March is Human Rights day, so it’s already a long weekend, and you can always take 3 leave days to just keep partying from this festival to the next – whichever one you choose!
This Sunday it’s time for the first Park Acoustics of 2016!
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 thefuss.co.za]
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
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!