Mieliepop 2018

Muddy or Magnificent – Mieliepop 2018

It’s your third year in a row going to Mieliepop, so you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. What to pack, where the good camping spots are, what time of day to go for a booze cruise, et cetera. But then, just a day or two before the festival, some horrible weather predictions start rolling in…

Floris Groenewald

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

Hello Beautiful - The Republic of Mieliepop 2018

Mieliepop Q&A: Hello Beautiful

Hello Beautiful has been stunning audiences for a couple of years now with their 80s-inspired mostly-instrumental synth-pop. Starting out as a solo studio project by relative all-rounder musician Matthieu Auriacombe (Beach Party, Kidofdoom, and now also Van Pletzen), Hello Beautiful has evolved into a full band – and that’s how you’ll be able to experience the alt/electro disco at Mieliepop next weekend. As is our three-week old tradition [see our interviews with Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses and Wolfgang Marrow] we asked Matthieu a series of “A or B” questions to get to know him in-depth…

Floris Groenewald

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

Wolfgang Marrow, Mieliepop festival 2018.

Mieliepop Q&A: Wolfgang Marrow

Wolfgang Marrow is a swampy blues band originally from Bloemfontein, but recently relocated to Johannesburg. They’re booked to appear at Mieliepop this year, and their Southern American-inspired music represents an important part in the festival’s diversity. We asked them a series of “A or B” questions to see if we could catch them choosing option C…

Floris Groenewald

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

Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses

Mieliepop Q&A: Deon Bakkes And The Stolen Horses

The Republic of Mieliepop 2018 is only one month away, and since Deon Bakkes and The Stolen Horses is probably the only horse-related band on the lineup, we aimed to get off our high horses, speak to the dark horse Deon himself, and get the goods straight from the horse’s mouth… Luckily he’s one who enjoys horsing around.

Floris Groenewald

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

The Republic of Mieliepop 2017

Passport to the Republic of Mieliepop 2017: Renewed

It’s not every event where you go from watching Shortstraw, to Boargazm, to PHFAT, to Mr Green in the Rave Cave. Hell, most events don’t even have a Rave Cave. Or a nice dam surrounded by grassy hills. Or a boutique festival vibe, with minimal crowds and queues, fancy food stalls, warm showers, and more than enough camping space. That’s why The Republic of Mieliepop is something special.

Floris Groenewald

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

PHFAT

PHFAT speaks about Mieliepop, splitting up, and meeting a new girlfriend’s parents.

PHFAT has always been a relatively hard-to-describe group. Bassy beat-driven electro hip-hop, I think. Though their Facebook page simply says “RAP MUSIC” – in all caps like that.  Then last year the duo split, with Narch Beats carrying on as an independent producer while Smooth Mike carries on as PHFAT. It’s pretty well established that they/he/it is from Cape Town, at least. And that they’ll be performing at The Republic of Mieliepop this year.

Floris Groenewald

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

Hellcats Mieliepop 2017

Hellcats ISN’T an all-female Swedish metal band, right? Find out at Mieliepop 2017

Hellcats is a local rock ‘n roll band that exudes energy and contagious enthusiasm. They’re shows are great to watch, their music is great to listen to, and their members are fun to talk to. Before they release their next EP and head out to play a set at The Republic of Mieliepop, I managed to fit in a chat.

Floris Groenewald

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

King of Communes / D&S

“Good music and some water always adds up to good time” King of the Communes talk Mieliepop math

King of the Communes is the party promoters/dance floor curators behind some of Pretoria’s coolest gigs recently. They’re also a DJ duo called D&S, and this March, they’re heading to The Republic of Mieliepop to introduce the brand new Cool In The Pool poolside jol area. We asked them for the secret herbs and spices that go into a King of the Communes party.

Floris Groenewald

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

Mieliepop Festival 2017

Ticket Giveaway: Mieliepop 2017

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!

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