As spring approaches, the South African music festival season officially kicks off. South Africa hosts some of the biggest and most diverse festivals from anywhere around the world. Markham takes a quick look at the MUST NOT MISS festivals and why you should have a ticket.

Park Acoustics

Photo: Christelle Duvenage Photography

This monthly show takes place at Fort Schanskop in Pretoria. This mini festival takes place on the last Sunday of every month and the line up is a mixture of well known artists through to up and coming bands and DJ’s. Some of the performers who’ve graced their stages include Mango Groove, Tidal Waves, The Brother Moves On, Beatenberg, Grassy Spark, BCUC, Freshlyground, Tumi, Felix Laband and Moonchild, plus they throw in a cool mix of smaller touring international artists.

Once the sun has set, you can make your way down to the electro / house stage or head over to the comedy stage that has had the likes of Schalk Bezuidenhout, John Vlismas, Robby Collins and more performing.

Find out more about Park Acoustics and the next show here


This 22 year old festival is one of the most iconic in SA. Hosted out in the middle of the desert in Limpopo, this festival has 6 stages, over 140 artists, comedians, artists and more over 3 days in August. This year their line up includes Nakhane Toure, Urban Village Music, Sol Gems, Riky Rick, Reason, Neo Galaxy, Khuli Chana, Nasty C, DJ Speedsta, Aewon Wolf and Tresor, as well as The Kongos, Prime Circle, The Plastics, The Kiffness, Fokofpolisiekar, The Kiffness and US artists August Burns Red and Yelawolf.

Other activities at the festival include the comedy stage where you’ll be able to catch sets from Deep Fried Man, Laz Gola, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Robby Collins, Simmi Areff and Nqoba Ngcobo, or poetry or take part in the Oppikoppi 1000 Naked Run Dash (yes, people actually strip down naked and run through the dusty streets for nothing more than the knowledge you did it).

Tickets are on sale now – check out the VIP camping option and the rest of the line up here


Photo: Macufe

Held between 1 and 9 October, the normally peaceful student town of Bloemfontein comes alive for Macufe. Launched in 1997, Macufe has had AKA, Black Coffee, DJ Tira, HHP, Lira, Jazeil Brothers Mafikizolo, Unathi, The Soil and more grace the stages. Macufe is broken up into mini festivals, with a Comedy Festival, a Hip Hop festival, a Gospel festival as well as a Miss Glamorous modelling competition and a soccer tournament.

The line up for 2016, have yet to be announced but keep an eye out on their Facebook page for more information.


Held in the heart of Soweto, Drumbeat has been going for 9 years. This year, the festival will host 2 stages at the Soweto Theatre and on the bill is Emtee, Karabo (Idols), Mi Casa, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Nathi, Kwesta, Nasty C and more. Tickets for the 27 August show sell quickly, so get them quickly.

Photo: KuNeko Photography

Previous years have had Toya Delazy, Jonas Gwangwa , Cassper Nyovest ,  Jaziel Brothers, The Soil, Beatenberg, Lira, Zakes Bantwini, Vusi Mahlasela, Judith Sepuma and Paul Hanmer performing and is a not to miss in the Gauteng diary.

Find out more here

Rocking the Daisies

Cape Town’s biggest music festival takes place at Cloof Wine Estate in Darling and is the premier eco friendly music festival in SA.  This year you can do the Walking the Daisies, where you get to walk the 65km from Cape Town to the festival, crossing coast line, over hills and through fields and for those that prefer 2 wheels, you can also bike to the festival.

For all attending, take advantage of 10 entertainment areas, and for the first year, a dedicated hip hop stage. The line up also boasts performances from BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness – definitely check these guys out!), Hugh Masekela, Mango Groove, Jimmy Nevis, Nakhane Toure, Pop Art Live, Narch, Nasty C, Milkshake, Dj Dimplez, Supernova, Yanga and there is still more to be announced.

Heading over to SA for their debut performances, 3 of the announced headline artists are Foster The People (the dudes who brought you Pumped Up Kicks), Knife Party – an EDM group out of the US and US Hip Hop guru – Mac Miller.

Rocking the Daisies takes place between 6 and 9 October. Find out more here