Great news music lovers! STRAB 2013 is coming in May and promises to be one of the most awesome musical experiences of the year. The STRAB music festival has been around since 2006 and is held in Ponta Malongane in Mozambique. This year’s event takes place from the 23rd to the 26th of May.
I attended my first STRAB festival in 2009 and I must say that it was one of the most awesome experiences I’ve had in my life. It was so much fun that I went back in 2010. If you haven’t been to one of these awesome music festivals, you definitely missed out. If you’re a music festival junkie (like me) you’ll definitely love STRAB.
Today I’m featuring 4 Reasons Why I’m looking forward to STRAB 2013. I hope this inspires you to get your music loving butt to Mozambique this year. Just remember to pack in your Passport.
REASON ONE: The Line-Up is Fucking Awesome! This year’s festival line-up will feature appearances by Peter Mitchell (MC and Tide Whisperer), @BaasDeBeer (MC), The Black Cat Bones, Bittereinder, Jack Hammer, Dan Patlansky, Sugardrive, Aidan Martin Band, Andra, Stefan Dixon, No One’s Arc, Justin Serrao, Wonderboom, Raoul and Black Friday, Gerald Clark and The Dead Men, Freygang Band (Germany), Classic Rock Project, Acoustic Groove Machine, Tamryn Jones, Akkedis, Southern Gypsey Queen and friends, Johnathan Martin, Natalie Chapman, Naming James, Martin Rocka and the Sick Shop, Juggernaught, Tombstone Pete, After Robot, Buurman, The Lyzard Kyngs, Shotgun Tori, Lucy Kruger, Hoot ‘n Anny, Absinthe, The Devil’s Ribs and Andy Fisher.
I must admit that there’s a ton of artists that I am not familiar with on this list, but I’m pretty amped up to see what they’re all about. I’m glad that Wonderboom and Sugardrive are on this list because I have not seen them live in ages. I’m pretty sure that it’s the way most of you reading this post feels.
REASON TWO: The 10 hour Road Trip: Let’s face it folks, there’s few things more exciting than driving 650 km in 10 hours through some of the most beautiful and interesting areas of South Africa. Just note that there will be stop and go’s along the way and just because it says it’s 100 km to the next town on the road sign it doesn’t mean that you’ll be there in an hour. Be prepared to dodge some goats and cattle along the way too. The fact remains: there’s nothing like a road trip to Mozambique. Just remember not to drink and drive or speed on your way there, because the Po Po will pull you over in Kwazulu Natal and they have “No Tollerance” laws in place.
REASON THREE: The Vibe is Amazing: I’ve been to just about every music festival in South Africa. I’ve experienced the hectic vibes of huge festivals (like Oppikoppi and RAMFest) and the chilled out vibe of smaller festivals (like Up The Creek and Mieliepop).
Let me tell you one thing, there’s nothing that comes close to the chilled out vibe that STRAB 2013 will have. Less than 1,000 people make their way to this festival every year, so it’s not over crowded. You also have the opportunity to go diving in the awesome Indian Ocean, chilling under the trees in the camping area or going pub crawling on the road to Ponta D’Ouro or Ponta Momoli during the day while you are waiting for the music to start in the late afternoon. The ablution facilities are clean and there is hot water. There are also chalets and cabins available for people who prefer a little bit more luxury. And, no matter where you are in the resort, you are less than 200 metres away from Ponta Malongane’s awesomely spectacular beach (which features MILES of white sand).
REASON FOUR: I’m craving some R&R’s: If you read this blog regularly you will definitely know that I love my booze. If you have not tasted a proper Mozambican R&R you have not lived – plain and simple. There’s nothing on earth like it. If you’re going be prepared to see a lot of people with Sparberry stained lips. STRAB offers one of the coolest deck bars that I’ve been to, so be prepared to party your arse off and dance on the tables into the early hours of the morning.
I hope these four reasons are enough for you to visit the STRAB website and book your tickets for STRAB 2013 right now. Booking open a few days ago and tickets are being sold as you’re reading this post, so move your music loving arse. You can follow @StrabFestival on Twitter or check out the STRAB 2013 Facebook event page for more information.
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