This morning Rocking the Daisies announced the full 2017 line-up! Main features of this year’s festival include Flume (Australia), Two Door Cinema Club (Northern Ireland), Black Coffee, The Naked and Famous (New Zealand), Joey Bada$$, Cassper Nyovest, Snakehips, Sam Paganini, Patrick Topping, Riky Rick, Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Ray Phiri and Beatenberg.
As a music and lifestyle festival, Rocking the Daisies sets itself apart through its ability to year-on-year offer finely curated line-ups that cater for the broad, diverse audience that the festival attracts. The carefully selected blend of international talent, South Africa’s best and tomorrow’s stars, provides a perfect focal point for an event continually hailed as the leader in its field.
Every year 25,000 festival fans make their annual pilgrimage to Darling in the Western Cape to attend Africa’s biggest festival of its kind. The four-day fest is now in its twelfth year and delivers on its promise of being a multi-genre mix of music, groundbreaking production design and creative spaces.
After years of high demand, 25-year-old Grammy-winning Australian producer Flume (Harley Streten) is set to headline Rocking the Daisies, bringing his highly visual set and globally renowned, experimental, future bass sound to the South African stage.
Two Door Cinema Club join the star-filled line up with their infectious alt-pop sound. Singer Alex Trimble, guitarist Sam Halliday and bassist Kevin Baird formed the band in 2008 and have released three highly acclaimed albums; Platinum-certified ‘Tourist History’, ‘Beacon’ and their latest offering, the Bowie and Prince inspired ‘Gameshow’, which is by far their most enthralling and danceable record. Headlining festivals across the globe, Two Door Cinema Club has solidified themselves as a global force and their set promises to be an exhilarating experience for all Daisies fans.
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, The Naked and Famous is a must-see act at Daisies. Their soaring songs stacked with anthemic hooks will make your weekend. Their third and latest album ‘Simple Forms’ was released in late 2016 and the group has been busy touring extensively since, including a US tour as support for Blink 182. Their release ‘Young Blood’ has been featured in numerous films and speaks as an anthem to an entire generation.
American, independent hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ comes from Brooklyn, New York. With his rugged style, Joey Bada$$ is placed among hip-hop’s elite and is a staple in the industry for maintaining an authentic, unique and versatile sound. His music is raw and original with his debut studio album, ‘B4.da.$$’ selling 56,000 units in its opening week making it the #1 rap and #1 independent album in the country. When not touring the US and playing overseas festivals, Joey creates original music for soundtracks, such as ‘Southpaw’. Joey is currently gearing up for the release of his forthcoming album ‘ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$’ featuring J. Cole, ScHoolboy Q and Styles P, which is set for immanent release on 4 July 2017.
Leading the charge from the infamous hills of Bellville Rock City, Fokofpolisiekar needs little introduction. Infamous for their powerful live shows, these local legends have always done things differently, from using a crowdfunding platform to release an album, to creating the clean, crisp malt ‘Fokof’ lager. Expect a total jol from their set!
Iconic South African jazz legend Ray Phiri will also be playing Daisies for the first time. He became founding member of the Cannibals in the 1970s and when they disbanded, Ray founded Stimela, with whom he conceived Gold and Platinum-selling albums. In the 1980’s Paul Simon asked Ray to join his Graceland project which was so successful that they collaborated again on Simon’s ‘Rhythm of the Saints’ album, which saw him perform on stages such as Central Park and Madison Square Garden as well as appearing on top television shows in the United States.
In 2012 Paul Simon organised a Graceland anniversary tour which Ray also participated in. Phiri has received many awards in recognition for his contribution in the music industry, one of these is the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver awarded to him by the South African president. This was to honour his sterling contribution to the South African music industry and the successful use of arts as an instrument of social transformation.
This year’s line-up is an endless list of incredible talent and includes names like Bongeziwe Mabandla, Sibot x Toyota, Shortstraw, Felix Laband, Alice Phoebe Lou, DJ Dimplez, PHFat, The Kiffness, YoungtaCPT, DJ Lag, Shekhinah, Speedsta, Floyd Lavine, Rubber Duc, Kid Fonque, Timo ODV, Diamond Thug, Frank Casino, Haezer, Kenzhero, Grimehouse, Niskerone, Strange Loving, DJ Azhul, Sho Madjozi, Tune Raider, Lucy Kruger, Josh Kempen, Vato Kayde, The Sweet Resistance, Rumswinger, Hi, I’m K-$, Mvelo, Bruce Loko, Shane Eagle, Rudeboyz, Leeu, Brother, Lady M, JNN KPN, Dogstarr, Siphe Tebeka B2B Dark Light, Dunn Kidda, Rebel Clef, Linda Meyer, Soulcraft, Patty Monroe, Vuyo Renene, Leighton Moody B2B Cassiem Latief, Rob Toca B2B Ashton, Pierre-Estienne B2B Julz Sanchez, Abby Nurock, White Nite, Pascoe, Brett Aitken B2B Dane Stirrat, Miss CJ B2B Douglas Olsson, VJ Jonno, Uncool Luke, CTRL Room, Nick Grater, Chad Da Don, Dirty Skittlez, Aux Gawd, Chrizz Beatz, GinaJeanz, D_Know, Paradise Citizens, Dan Tempo, Dwson, Lazersharkk ft Miki San Tzu, Paul Waxon, Tommy Gun B2B Mudblud, Daddy Warbucks and Sebastian Dark and many more.
Steyn Entertainment, the team behind the event, has shaken things up this year by injecting new energy into the festival format and refreshing the offering. Daisies is not just about the music, it has something for everyone and promises to be a deeply immersive experience.
If you want to get closer to the acts, check out @rockingthedaisy Instagram every Wednesday as one artist on the #RTD2017 line-up will be taking over the event’s account for an entire day. You’ll get a glimpse into their life and what you can expect from their Daisies performance through Instagram Stories.
Visit www.RockingtheDaisies.com for tickets and accommodation info. Phase 1 and 2 tickets are sold out. Tickets for the 3rd and final phase are available for R1,050 (excluding booking fees). The festival is 100% cashless this year, meaning it’ll be faster, more efficient and safer for all festival-goers. Daisies will launch new experiences and cool festival changes over the next few months, so keep your eye on its pages to be the first in the know.
I have to admit that this is quite an insane line-up, but I’m not willing to travel all the way to Darling (in the Western Cape) from Pretoria to experience this. It’s happening on the same weekend as Oppikoppi after all. If you also live in Gauteng and are not willing to travel that far, check out the line-up for Oppikoppi 2017 (which was also announced today).
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