The Lowdown on the Nokia Rise & Shine Festival Summer Edition

Summer Line-upLiving in Gauteng and looking for something to do this weekend? Well, you’re in luck, the Summer Edition of the Nokia Rise & Shine Festival will be held at Sandton Central Park this week Saturday (the 7th of December 2013). It’s the fourth edition of this event and it promises to be one of the musical highlights on theJohannesburg and Gauteng social calendar.

This edition of this one day festival will feature performances by Mr Cat & The Jackal (Cape Town based carnival pirate musical eclectica),  C.O.A.X. (Think Black Keys style blues-rock),  BCUC (Black magic super group from Soweto), Albert Frost (South African Blues Legend), Shortstraw (Indie favourites), Josie Field (Nu-folk songstress), Kite Rider (Starring the shape-shifting Jon Savage), Tamryn Jones (Tammy from Southern Gypsey Queen) and Banda (Chilled out hardcore afro-jazz). It’s a nice blend of genres and music styles to satisfy a diverse range of music fans.

Sandton Central Park is on the corner of Sandton and Grayston Drives (a brisk walk away from the Sandton Gautrain station). The entrance to the festival is on 5th street (just down the road from the Sandton City parking entrance).

Gates open at 7 AM and wonderful Yogi Karen Brink will get the day going with a Halcyon Yoga session at 8 AM before the music kicks off at 9 AM. In association with Johannesburg City Parks Nokia Rise & Shine will plant a tree for every 50 people who attend the festival to ensure that a green footprint is left behind. Trees will be planted in underprivileged communities in Gauteng.

Eco-friendly travel options include the Gautrain (from Pretoria, Midrand, Centurion or the East Rand) or a good old fashioned Sandton tuk-tuk. If you’re coming by car please fill every seat with a friend and park at Sandton City where it only costs R10 for the day.

Festivals goers are invited to relax in the green park, enjoy a fresh coconut, eat an organic taco, get their toes in some green grass, blow some bubbles, revitalize themselves with a delicious Scheckter’s Organic Energy Drink and enjoy a day of music in one of Sandton’s best kept secret locations.

Tickets are available from and cost as follows:

  • R100 – Early Bird Online Pre-sale
  • R150 – Online Pre-sale
  • R250 – Online Pre-sale Green Ticket (includes a tree planted on your behalf)
  • R200 – At the gate

I have been to 2 previous editions of this glorious festival and I can tell you that it’s definitely one of my favorite things to do in Johannesburg. Coming from a Pretoria native, that means a lot if you ask me.

For more information, check out the Rise & Shine Festival Facebook page or follow @RiseShineFest on Twitter.

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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

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