RAMfest (Real Alternative Music) is a raucous spectacle of sound and light, an adrenal delight of the fun and chaos that alternative culture brings to a solid community that loves this music. It showcases the best in local and international alternative music. The Fourie brothers, who started RAMfest 10 years ago (and partner with Hilltop Live), take special care with the infrastructure of the festival, which has no determined venue (the 10th anniversary event takes place at Coetsenberg Stadium in Stellenbosch in March 2016), Whatever the venue, expect big impressive stages, only the best tents, gear and even fencing – I love that they love their festival.
To my knowledge Up the Creek is the only festival in South Africa that has a stage on a river. Set on the banks of the Breede River just outside Swellendam, about 200 kilometres from Cape Town, festivalgoers get to watch bands while floating on an array of colourful lilos. The capacity is limited to 3 000 people, so it almost feels like a VIP weekend away for all who attend. It’s a festival that has grown into its skin over a period of 25 years. The organisers could make it bigger, but have decided against it. The small size of the festival has much to do with its personality – fun-loving, water-based, dance vibes; a fantastic riverside venue that is not overcrowded. One of the best weekends away you will ever have – and child-friendly too.
Rocking the Daisies is an established annual rock music festival with a blooming future. Set on Cloof Wine Estate in Darling, just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, it is also at the forefront of innovative growth and design that includes green initiatives, impressive apps and ticket down-payment options as part of the festival experience. From folk to electronic, Rocking the Daisies caters to all musical tastes, and makes for a fabulous weekend of musical delight.