Looking for something different to do for New Year’s? Well I’ve got great news for you! Smoking Dragon will be celebrating its Fifth New Year’s Eve Festival this year with a three day event (from the 29th of December 2015 to the 1st of January 2016) hosted by Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge and set in the beautiful Northern Drakensberg.
The event is unique in that it offers families the opportunity to celebrate the parting of the old year and the arrival of the new one in a safe, beautiful environment whilst listening to some of SA’s top artists. From the success of the last four years, you can expect a dynamic festival for family revellers of conscious festival goers and many international tourists.
What sets Smoking Dragon apart from other festival, is that there is so much to do in the area. From lounging in the pool, to mountain biking through the Northern Berg, to hot air ballooning from the festival grounds or listening to the top SA talent. This festival is not only off the beaten path, it’s on a whole groove of its own.
You might be asking yourself? “Who’s playing at Smoking Dragon?” Well, here’s the line-up:
The Kiffness, Haezer, Das Kapital, Majozi, Albert Frost, Damage Inc, Phizisist, Household Funk, Ruby Gill, We Are Charlie, The Accidentals, The Meditators, Tidal Waves, Existing Consciousness, BCUC, The Brother Moves On, Devin Harmer, Tim Parr, Gugz & The Bam Bam, Acoustic Groove Machine, The Hezron Chetty Band, Sutherland, BOO!, Yorke, Heroine, Diamond Thug, Jack Rolling Dandy’s, Zebra & Giraffe, Napalma, Michael Lesar, Icurus and Rain, 2lani The Warrior, The General, Nomad, Headroom, Hippie Mafia, Chee Damage inc, T-Stack and Vin Groovin.
Camping with a festival ticket is free with access to two dams, a river, clean ablutions, a kid’s zone and food and craft stalls as well as that fabulous view of the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak.
For those who would like a bit of extra comfort there is also the option to stay in the Amphitheatre Backpacker’s Lodge campground at R135 per night. Here you can enjoy their restaurant, bar, free sauna, jacuzzi, bouldering cave, internet cafe and rock pool.
Gates open at 10 AM on the 29th of December. Pre-Sold tickets cost R700 person. Tickets at The Gate cost R800 per person. Children under 12 yrs old can enter for R25 . Day tickets are also available at R300 per day which includes one night free camping. You can arrive at any time on the date of arrival, but you must depart by 10 AM on the next day. Tickets are available on the Smoking Dragon website.
Not in the mood to drive all the way there from Gauteng? The Bazbus is a hop on hop off personalised door to door bus service that links all the backpacking venues throughout the country together. Although used primarily by foreign tourists without their own vehicles, jump on it and enjoy being driven. It drops you right at the festival. There is also a shuttle service for those travelling by mainline coach from Cape Town, Jhb or Durban (Harrismith being the pick up town) bookings can be made through the Smoking Dragon Travel store.