Cape Town is well known for its beautiful nature, delicious food and wild adventures. However, these are not the only things Cape Town does well. The Mother-City is also the perfect location for the many music festivals including blues, jazz, rock, classical. Cape Town’s most popular festival genre is definitely electronic/dance music ranging from Trance to Techno and everything in between.
But we know that when you are travelling, you might not always be aware of these awesome parties that are happening right under your nose. That’s why we have put together a list including a few of the best festivals that should be on your calendar this 2017!
So all you need to do is grab your mates, book your tickets and be sure to stock up on enough booze to ensure your chosen festivals are full of laughs, good times and best of all quality music.
Please keep in mind that there are plenty of other exciting festivals happening, but we couldn’t fit them all into one calendar. These are just a few of our personal favourites:
Kirstenbosch Summer Concert Series
When the summer concerts start at Kirstenbosch, we know that summer has arrived in Cape Town. Luckily they go through the whole season, with the last concert in April. So you can enjoy talented local and international acts each and every Sunday afternoon within a gorgeous location. One of its charms is taking a picnic full of goodies and wine for you to enjoy as you listen to the tunes on a picnic blanket. Doesn’t it sound idyllic?
Dates: Every Sunday evening from November – April
Cost: R125 – R165
Location: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Up the Creek Music festival
Since the summer of 1990 Up The Creek Festival has been hosted at Up The Creek river camp, set between a dirt road and the Breede River. Ultimately this is a Rock ‘n Roll festival but they have different types of music mixed into the line-up too including; plenty pop, some indie folk, a couple DJ acts and the odd violin solo on top a kombi!
Dates: 26th – 29th January
Location: Up the Creek River Camp, about half an hour from the Cape Town city center
This Psychedelic music and art festival situated within a beautiful green valley is sure to get you in a trance for the whole weekend. Other music you can enjoy at this festival is Techno, Tech House and Lazy beats at the beats stage. Amazing artworks, live painting, spray and digital artists can also be found here in the form of demonstrations and workshops.
Dates: 27th – 29th January
Cost: R450 or R530 on the gate
Location: Elandskloof Farm, Helderstroom. Just under 2 hours from Cape Town
Cape Town Electronic Music Festival
This year’s festival is expanding to encompass five dance floors, enabling them to showcase more incredible South African talent alongside some international music icons. If you would like to learn the music making trade yourself then you are in the right place. Workshops are given at the festival each year.
Dates: 10th February – 12th February
Location: Cape Town City Hall
Ultra South Africa
Ultra is a worldwide electronic music festival with the biggest names in electronic music on stage. With a new venue this year the festival is only becoming bigger and better. This year the festival will be held at the Cape Town Stadium, which is exciting as never@home is located directly opposite. And with David Guetta and Martin Garrix as Headliners, its going to be HUGE!
Dates: 24th February
Cost: From R750
Location: Cape Town Stadium (located opposite never@home)
Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is now preparing for its 17th year with a line-up of national and international renowned artists on 5 different stages. This is a weekend not to be missed!
Dates: 31st March – 1st April.
Cost: Day pass – R690. Weekend pass – R1190
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre
If you are looking for a week of craziness, art and a sense of community, then make sure to get your tickets to Afrikaburn. This Burning Man break off festival gives everybody the chance to be themselves and show who they really want to be. During this week everybody sleeps in tents and other creations and no money is used. Everything you want, you will have to trade. So make sure to bring enough valuables, like water and food.
Dates: 24th April – 30th April
Location: Tankwa Karoo, between 4 and 5 hours from Cape Town.
Phoenix Festival of Fire
This festival celebrates the Winter Solstice. This is the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun appears at its lowest point in the sky. In celebration performance play music with light and fire shows all around them. Enjoy this unique festival in a beautiful location within the woods, with fire pits everywhere. As far as winter festivals are concerned, this is one of the best of its kind!
Dates: 25th – 27th June
Cost: To be confirmed
Location: Riviersonderend, about a 2-hour drive from Cape Town.
Into the Wild
Come and bounce to the techno and progressive beats played by talented DJs at the picturesque Nantes Estate. Are you wild enough to be part of this festival?
Dates: 25th – 28th August
Cost: To be announced
Location: Nantes Estate, about an hour out of Cape Town
With this list you now have proof that Cape Town really does have an incredible festival scene. So if one of these awesome festivals takes your fancy and you need a place to stay, be sure to make never@home your festival stay!