Top Music Festivals in Africa

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    The Ultra Music Festival, the worlds premier electronic music eventvisits South Africa yearly, showcasing two events in Cape Town & Johannesburg.

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    From its early beginnings back in 1990, Splashy Fen has evolved into one of South Africa’s premier music festivals which nowadays sees thousands of people making the annual pilgrimage to Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal for what is regarded by many as the ‘ultimate outdoor experience’. With its unique vibe and character, this much-loved event has endured for over a quarter-century to become the longest-running annual music festival in the country. It was started back in 1990 by Bart Fokkens, and the now late Peter Ferraz, a festival and idea that was born around the dinner table with a bottle of wine.

    Splashy Fen, named after the farm upon which the festival takes place, is a perfect setting for a music festival. Natural amphitheaters, great acoustics, breathe taking mountain vistas, winding rivers and large level fields for camping.

    Originally held over 2 days, its original aim was “to have a really good time with a few musicians playing around campfires, joined by some truly passionate music-lovers.” No one was more surprised than Peter & Bart when instead of the anticipated attendance of 200, they attracted 1 200 enthusiasts, who camped under the stars and listened to artists like Tony Cox, the Silver Creek Mountain Band, Plagal Cadence and Syd Kitchen.

    Infrastructure was rudimentary – a make-shift stage, a tractor-powered generator (there was no Eskom then) and a few portable toilets. According to Peter, power was provided by an ancient little tractor driving an erratic farm generator. “Every so often the music would stop for 20 minutes while the tractor was refueled, but nobody complained. The foundations for today’s mellow Splashy vibe were laid right then and there.”

    A late snowfall on the final day of the festival also failed to act as a deterrent, but later saw Splashy’s positioning on the calendar change to early May and more recently to the Easter long-weekend.

    Despite all this, the pioneering Splashy Fen Music Festival was so successful that another was organized the following year, and the year after that – and so began the saga of an event that has become an integral part of the South African music scene.

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     Join us for the multi-sensory experience of a lifetime as Rocking the Daisies returns for its 13th instalment from 5-7 October 2018. 

    To celebrate 13 incredible years of Daisies, we’re curating an immersive and exclusive one-of-a-kind boutique experience limited to 15 000 people, featuring more international artists than ever before. 

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    1 Beautiful River. 3 Epic stages. 40+ Awesome live bands. Don't make plans between the 25th and 28th of January because you'll be at Up The Creek!

    Every year, around 3 000 like-minded people gather in a stunning location just outside Swellendam for a 4-day festival of music, nature and celebration. Up The Creek, perched on the banks of the Breede River, is South Africa’s second longest-running music festival – and arguably it’s most unique.

    This intimate outdoor event – about a 2.5-hour drive from Cape Town – honours only the best of South African music talent, while providing superb facilities for a comfortable camping experience. Four days of celebrating only local music, nature, and a culture of authentic human connections that will remain with you forever. Only a Creeker knows the feeling.

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    Bushfire is Swaziland's acclaimed international music and arts festival held each year at House on Fire, an inspired and magical venue combining sculpture, mosaic and theatre built in the heart of the Ezulwini valley.

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    Turn the chaos of being a South African into a beautiful dusty necessity. In just 3 quick days – OK24: Nomakanjani. 9,10, 11 August 2018

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    The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the flagship event for the leading events management and production company espAfrika which has staged and produced several world-renowned events. Affectionately referred to as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’ by both South African and international media, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), now preparing for its 20th year celebration, is an annual event. It is famous for delivering a star-studded line up. This proudly South African-produced event is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) each year on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April. This year, the festival will boast multiple stages, over 40 artists, performing over 2 nights. The programming, unique to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, is made up of South African and international artists respectively. The festival hosts an excess of 30, 000 music lovers over the 2 days. As part of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s commitment to the development of the music arts industry the festival has developed a Corporate Social Investment programme. The Training and Development programme runs co-currently with the festival as well as throughout the year. The South Atlantic Arts and Culture Trust was set up to run the Training and Development programme and to continue to bring the joy of music, as well as essential skills to more and more people in South Africa and beyond.


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