11 Amazing South African Music Festivals

South Africa’s festival season has gotten off to a great start with Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, Ultra South Africa and Up The Creek starting off our South African Music Festival adventure. There are a wide range of music festivals still left for you to check out. This list includes festival heavy weights like Rocking the Daisies and Oppikoppi but also checks out the newbies on the scene like Lush Festival.

Mieliepop Festival
18 – 20 March
Lothair, Mpumalanga

Mieliepop Festival offers a 3-day camping experience with more than 50 live acts on 3 stages at a 1 of a kind venue with food stalls, hot showers and lots of additional outdoor activities. When you think Mieliepop, think: great music talent, gorgeous rivers, rolling fields, squeaky clean infrastructure and incredible entertainment. The line-up includes Shortstraw, December Streets, Bye Beneco, Haezer, Kid Robot, Half ‘n Half and many more.


OutLand Festival
24 – 27 March 2016
Sierra Ranch Adventure Resort, KwaZulu-Natal

OutLand Festival is a new festival on the South African music festival circuit. You can enjoy a whole weekend of great music across 3 stages over 4 days. The line-up includes Prime Circle, Crazy White Boy,  Just Jinger, Hellcats, Thor Rixon and many more.

Splashy Fen
24 – 27 March 2016
Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal

For more than two decades, the annual Splashy Fen Music Festival has seen thousands of people heading off to the mountains every Easter to enjoy a long weekend of live music against a backdrop of the scenic southern Drakensberg. This annual tradition continues in 2016 with the staging of the 27th Splashy Fen in Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal.  Festival-goers can look forward to a 4-day line-up of the very best in South African music. The line-up includes Xavier Rudd, Civil Twilight, Mango Groove, Niskerone, Haezer and many more.


Lush Festival
24 – 27 March 2016
Linwood Farm, Clarens, Free State

Lush Festival is a new festival that will be held in the picturesque town of Clarens in the Free State. The line-up includes: Xavier Rudd, Civil Twilight, The Parlotones, Jeremy Loops, Francois van Coke, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Goodluck, Al Bairre, Bouwer Bosch, ISO, Grassy Spark, Rubber Duc, Pop Art Live, Austin Cassim, Chunda Munki, Vimo, Michael Lowman, Josie Field & Laurie Levine, Majozi, Farryl Purkiss, We are Charlie, Howie Combrink, Josh Wantie, Adelle Nqeto, Boxer, Simple Stories, Ruby Gill and more.

Soweto Camp Festival
25 – 27 March 2016
Soweto, Gauteng

The Soweto Camp Festival is a 3-day camping festival. The event is hosted in the heart of Soweto near Vilakazi street. The purpose of the event is to introduce festival life in Soweto. The Soweto Camp Festival is hosted annually during the Easter weekend and has been in existence for three years. The line-up includes: Brickz, Boom Shaka, DJ Ganyani, Mahoota and Fatkuk and many more.

1 – 3 April 2016
Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng

Twlight is an electronic music festival fantasy. You can look forward to three days of psy trance, drum & bass and techno. This festival is located on the Vaal river and you will experience this place as musical mystery, magic and mayhem. The line-up includes Antispin (UK), Sinerider (Austria), Divination (UK), Niskerone, Nick Grater, Rudeone and many more.

5 – 7 August 2016
Northam, Limpopo

Oppikoppi is South Africa’s second biggest music festival and it has played host to incredible international and local acts for the past 22 years. Line-up details have not been released as yet but get ready for dust in the sun and great music.

Photo by Charlemagne Olivier

Photo by Charlemagne Olivier

Afriski Winter Music Festival
25 – 28 August 2016
Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho

Afriski Winter Music Festival is South Africa’s only snow-themed music festival. We think that’s pretty cool. The line-up includes Shortstraw, Kyle Watson, Half ‘n Half and many more.

Woodstock SA
1 – 4 September 2016
Hartbeespoort Dam, Gauteng

In the North West, along the banks of Hartbeespoort Dam you will find Woodstock SA 2016. You can expect four days of peace, love and music. You will see international and local artists across six stages and the genres will include from rock, hip-hop, drum & bass and psy trance.

Rocking the Daisies
6 – 9 October 2016
Darling, Western Cape

Rocking the Daisies is our favourite music festival in South Africa and also happens to be South Africa’s largest music festival after its 2015 iteration. Rocking the Daisies is also considered South Africa’s greenest music festival. The line-ups are always relevant and amazing to experience.


Photo by Julian Graham

Synergy Live
Theewaterskloof Dam, Western Cape

Synergy Live Music Festival is a 3-day celebration of top global and local talent serving up a buffet of beats for like-minded souls. Synergy gets better with each passing year and they brought out Crystal Castles and Flux Pavilion for incredible shows last year. The next Synergy dates have not been announced at this time but be sure to the end of November/beginning of December clear for the festival.


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