FESTIVALS IN AFRICA

TOP FESTIVALS IN AFRICA

1) Up The Creek, South Africa

Up The Creek Poster 2018This 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

Into The Castle LabelThe 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

Sauti za Busara LabelThe 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

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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

Cape Town Jazz Festival PosterAffectionately 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

Splashy Fen LabelWith 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 LabelAfrikaBurn 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 MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017MTN 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

Gnaoua Music Festival PosterThe 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

Fes Festival of World Sacred MusicLively 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 Music Festival 2017Oppikoppi 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

Lake Of Stars LabelMalawi’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 - #RTD2017Rocking 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 LabelRage 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

Vic Falls Carnival LabelNew 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