Festival season is upon us with the days slowly getting warmer as we eventually welcome the summer weather, Cape Town will host some of the biggest music festivals in South Africa.

Whether you love stomping it out or moving your hips to the beat, the Cape’s musical festivals offer a wide range of music genres and other events while attending a festival.

With multiple festivals coming up, we have compiled a list of must-attend music festivals in Cape Town, starting from September until the end of the year.

Must-attend festivals:

1.Future Frequency Festival 

Boasting a range of techno-music, the Frequency Festival can be understood as an ‘avant-garde’ electronic music festival and is hosted in the Cape Town Airport industrial area in ‘The Hanger’, an airport hanger room that has been converted into the ideal music dance floor.

Local techno and electronic DJs will be performing at the event such as Cody Meyer, Lady M and more. There will be renowned international acts such as Fur Coat, a DJ duo from Venezuela and Eric Volta from London performing for the night.

The festival will take place on 22 September from 12pm – 2am on 23 September. Tickets cost R380 per person.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Address: Cape Town Airport Industria

Contact: [email protected]

Website: www.futurefrequency.co.za


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2. Playtopia 

Experience a one-of-a-kind music festival in Cape Town as Playtopia merges interactive arts and indie gaming with live music for a three-day festival. It will take place at the Castle of Good Hope and offers a stellar line up of activities for patrons and besides hosting music is a unique gaming festival experience.

Local DJs will perform during the festival such as Hazer, DJ Invizable and more.

There will be food on offer available during the festival at the allocated food stalls and as part of their interactive art display, there will be a Super Friendship arcade room with games played on custom controllers, VR rooms and the international exhibition ‘Digital Gardens’ created by A MAZE from Berlin.

The interactive art will allow patrons to engage with the art to provide a more than sensory experience.

Tickets range from R120 – R280, depending on the pass that you would like to purchase. The event will be hosted from 30 November – 2 December 2018.

Tickets can be purchased at Quickticket.

Address: Darling St & Buitenkant St, Cape Town

Contact: [email protected]za

Website: www.playtopia.co.za


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3. Smalltown beat

A new festival has hit the scene and promises to provide a collective line up at the heart of the Cape Town music scene with underground acts and well known DJ’s performing. The event will take place in Staford, just two hours out of Cape Town and is a three-day music festival hosting three different music stages along the river.

The line up of music performances is endless with over 2o DJ’s performing over three days. It takes place from 5 October to 7 October 2018, tickets cost R550 and it is an overnight event that welcomes patrons to camp or spend the night at a nearby accommodation service.

A clothing market and food stalls that cater to all diets available with multiple vegan and vegetarian options.

Art installations and exhibitions will be showcased over the weekend as well.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Address: Rivers End, Wortelgat Road, Stanford

Contact: [email protected]

Website: www.smalltownbeat.com


4. Rocking the Daisies 

An annual festival that is held in the Cape and well known for its full line up and large-scale amenities available for patrons, held at the Cloof wine Estate in Darling.

The three-day event, from 5 October  – 7 October 2018 will offer onsite camping, delicious food trucks and a full line up of musical performances. The event boasts an array of different sections where patrons can dance it out to different genres of music from hip-hop to deep techno music, jazz and more.  A makeshift beach section allows you to bask in the sun with a cold beer in hand while you jam out to the latest beats.

The festival tickets cost R600 – R900 and attendees are advised there is an additional fee for camping spots.

Tickets can be purchased on Quickticket.

Address: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling, R315, Cape Town

Contact: 067  094 0410

Website: www.rockingthedaisies.com

5. Eden Presents a state of happiness 

Hosted at the beautiful Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Eden presents a state of happiness will provide local and international dance music. There will be an Eden food village and Eden picnic baskets that can be purchased prior to the festival at R150 each.

The line up is yet to be released but the Eden festival ensures that there will be a wide line up of artists. It is a single day event that is hosted on 17 November from 1pm – 11.45pm

Accommodation is available at the  Zevenwacht Wine Estate and must be booked beforehand to avoid disappointment.

Tickets can be purchased on Nutickets and cost R300 – R370 per person.

Address: Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Langverwacht Rd, 7580 Kuils River

Website: www.theedenexperience.nutickets.co.za/Nov17


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