4 Reasons why I’m looking forward to Up The Creek 2015

Up the Creek 2015Up The Creek 2015 is around the corner…  This year’s festival will be held from the 29th of January to the 1st of February (less than three weeks from now) at it’s usual venue – the farm near Swellendam in the Western Cape (about 2.5 hours drive from Cape Town). The last time I made my way to Up The Creek was in 2012, so I’m pretty stoked to attend my second one and here are 4 reasons why I’m looking forward to it…

Reason 1 – The AWESOME line-up:  I’m just going to let the following list of artists speak for itself…

Zebra & Giraffe, Taxi Violence, Beatenberg , aKING, Dave Ferguson, Bye Beneco, Shortstraw, Hot Water, The Black Cat Bones, The Kiffness, The Ballistics, Stoker, Red Huxley, Scicoustic, Piet Botha & The Lyzyrd Kyngs, Gerald Clark, Mean Black Mamba, Manny Walters, Basson Laubscher, John Wizards, Al Bairre, Christian Tiger School, Gateway Drugs, Manouche, Grassy Spark, Nomadic Orchestra, December Streets, Shaun Jacobs Band, Diamond Thug, Bandelero, Qadasi, Sawagi (JPN) and Kite Rider.

Before you say anything: Yes, I know that this is not a list of 100 artists, but it’s a list of 32 of the best artists that SA Music has to offer. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the Black Cat Bones, Taxi Violence, aKING and Shortstraw. I’m hoping that the Black Cat Bones doesn’t end up playing their set at 4 AM (like they did in 2012), but if they do I won’t mind, because it’s always a party when they play their set…

Reason 2 – The Unique Vibe: 

Every music festival has its own unique vibe: Oppikoppi has tons of stages and dust that gets into every orifice of your body, RAMFest and Splashy Fen have mud, STRAB has the beach and liters of Mozambican rum and Mieliepop has their cave bar, but Up the Creek is just a little different.

The vibe is as chilled out as STRAB and Mieliepop, but there’s nothing like an “Anything that floats” experience on the Breede River. Picture this: More than a thousand people swimming and floating on anything that can float in a river, while bands jam chilled out and kick-ass tunes on a stage overlooking it. No festival in SA has this going for itself. Just have a look at this photo that I took at the 2012 edition of the festival, if you don’t believe me.

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Reason 3 – The Titanic and the Iceberg:

Up the Creek has two unique drinks that enhances your party and festival mood: The Titanic and the Iceberg. Both of them contain rum. One is blue (the Titanic) and the other is white (the Iceberg). I suppose that you could have any of the two at any time during the day, but I prefer starting with a Titanic and then switching over to the Iceberg, to achieve what I call “the collision effect”. This worked wonders for me the first time I was there in 2012, so maybe you should try it if you’re going to be there as well.

Besides this there is also word going around about a brandy cocktail that was introduced at the festival last year, that I’d really like to taste and I’m also hoping to have a shot of tequila or two with Western Cape based friends that I have not seen in a while…

Reason 4 – The MK Music Kombi: 

This year MK will be back in the form of a colourful Music Kombi. Leading Creekers, as the Pied Piper once did with the rats, down to the Sedgwicks River stage, back up to the Hunters stage and across to the Jagermeister Main stage. Loaded with musicians following the lead of the festival’s Pied Piper, DJ Dirtroad, the MK kombi will entertain Creekers throughout the whole weekend.

Whether between two bars, at the festival gate, down on the riverbank or even half way up that ‘hill,’ nothing will seem impossible. You can expect to enjoy live performances atop the kombi’s rooftop stage, a bevy of DJs from within the kombi’s belly and perhaps even an appearance from a visiting Drag Queen, Mary Scary. Anything can happen really…

Well, there you have it, 4 reasons why I’m looking forward to Up the Creek 2015. Just writing this article already excites me for the experience that lies ahead…

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If you’re planning to go this year, make sure that you sign up for an Up The Creek 2015 Sticker and stand the chance to win awesome prizes. Find the #Creekspotter app on the Up the Creek Facebook page and enter your details. The organizers will mail (yes post, not email) you your very own Up The Creek 2015 sticker for your car. There are monthly prizes and festival tickets for both those who stick and spot. Type, mail, stick, click. Good luck!

Tickets are priced at R750 and are available at http://utc.nutickets.co.za/. Tickets are for whole weekend access only (arrive any day Thurs – Sun). The organizers will keep next year’s festival the same comfortable size, however no under 18’s are allowed at Up the Creek 2015.

If you want to rock out in a little more comfort, then the Heartbreak Motel tented accommodation is for you. There are two options of pre-pitched tents, hot showers, toilets, buffet breakfast and other luxuries. For more info and bookings visit www.heartbreakmotel.co.za.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone