TOP FESTIVALS IN AFRICA
1) Up The Creek, South Africa
This small, laidback festival is all about the creek – otherwise known as the Breede River. There are stages on land, with blues, indie and rock bands, but the river stage is definitely the highlight. Floating on a lilo and splashing around on a dance floor in the river to your favourite bands is the best way to spend a summer weekend.
Dates: 25 – 28 January 2018
Venue: Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
2) Into The Castle, South Africa
The festivals within the Music goes further concept are vibrant installations, shedding light on some of the most talented artists within the electronic music scene. The concept was born through a dream of creating something spectacular – a celebration of electronic music like it’s never been done before.
Dates: 26 – 28 January 2018
Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
3) Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar
The 15th edition of Sauti za Busara African music festival is planned to rock the ancient walls of Stone Town in Zanzibar during 8 – 11 February 2018
Dates: 8 – 11 February 2018
Venue: Stonetown, Zanzibar
4) Ultra Music Festival, South Africa
The world-renowned electronic ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is back in South Africa 2017 with iterations in Cape Town 24th February and Johannesburg 25th February.
Dates: 24 – 25 February 2017
Venue: Cape Town & Johannesburg
5) Cape Town Jazz Festival, South Africa
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.
Dates: 31 March – 2 April 2017
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
6) Splashy Fen, South Africa
With an eclectic mix of music from folk to rap, fun outdoor activities, luxury camping and a beautiful setting at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains, Splashy Fen is a popular music festival for families.
Dates: 13 to 16 April 2017
Venue: Splashy Fen farm, Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
7) AfrikaBurn, South Africa
AfrikaBurn is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance!
Dates: 24 – 30 April 2017
Venue: Stonehenge Farm, Tankwa Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa
8) Bushfire, Swaziland
MTN BUSHFIRE is Swaziland’s acclaimed international music and arts festival held each year at House on Fire, an inspired venue set against a breath-taking rural landscape in the heart of the Ezulwini valley.
Dates: 26 – 28 May 2017
Venue: House on Fire, Ezulweni Valley, Swaziland
9) Gnaoua World Music Festival, Morocco
The Festival Gnaoua and Musiques du Monde in Essaouira is a pioneering festival in the Moroccan cultural landscape and unique in the world landscape of festivals. Since its creation in 1997, the festival has been unanimously inspired: to develop a resolutely Moroccan project, a project that gives life to the soul, authenticity and modernity of Morocco.
Dates: 29 June – 1 July 2017
Venue: Essouira, Morocco
10) Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, Morocco
Lively and hospitable, Fes does not give up its secrets easily. From the surrounding hilltops where the Merinid tombs seem to slumber, a shimmering sea of green copper roofs rises above the sun-splashed city walls. While these walls protect both tangible and intangible heritage that takes time to seek out, visitors can see at once that here lies a fascinating city.
Dates: 12 – 20 May 2017
Venue: Fez, Morocco
11) Oppikoppi, South Africa
Oppikoppi is South Africa’s biggest festival, with more than 100 acts and 20 000 festival goers who brave the rough ‘n ready camping conditions of what’s been dubbed “Mordor”. What started as a rock festival now offers a diverse range of music, from pop to electro, and a mix of South Africa’s top bands, up-and-coming artists and international acts such as the Deftones.
Dates: 5 – 7 October 2017
Venue: Oppikoppi Farm, Northam, Limpopo, South Africa
12) Lake of Stars, Malawi
Malawi’s picturesque lake is the perfect setting for a music festival: imagine swimming in the calm water in between performances, or lying on the beach under the shade of a palm tree listening to bands. The line up is a diverse mix of music, from afro pop to indie rock, and there are local acts alongside international bands and DJs (such as the Foals and Freshlyground).
Dates: Taking a break in 2017
Venue: Lake Malawi, Malawi
13) Rocking the Daisies, South Africa
Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival is South Africa’s biggest and hottest outdoor gathering, which takes place over four days on the first weekend of October every year, officially kicking off the summer season.
Dates: 5 – 8 October 2017
Venue: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling, Western Cape, South Africa
14) Rage Festival, South Africa
Rage Festival is an annual South African electronic music festival on Durban’s sunshine coast. At the peak of summer, the festival transforms the coastal city into a party hub, spread across its popular Sound Factory venue, boasting four floors, as well as eight of Durban’s hottest nightclubs, refreshing pools and lush beaches.
Dates: 2 – 9 December 2017
Venue: Durban, Umhlanga, Ballito
15) Vic Falls Carnival, Zimbabwe
New Years celebrations in Victoria Falls have dated back decades,and have now evolved from humble beginnings to one of Africa’s largest New Years Celebrations.
Dates: 29 – 31 December 2017
Venue: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe