Up the Creek 2013 is happening on farm next to the Breede River near Swellendam in the Western Cape at the end of January. Last year I made way to this festival and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Sadly I won’t be able to make it this year, mostly thanks to increased airfares.
Just because I’m missing out this year, isn’t a reason that you should. Up the Creek 2013 is going to be awesome. Today I’m listing 3 reasons why I’m sad that I’m missing Up The Creek 2013. Hope this inspires you to go this year.
Reason One: It’s the best festival in the Western Cape that I’ve been to…
Make no mistake, I thoroughly enjoy going to festivals which are attended by thousands of people, like Oppikoppi and RAMFest, but I have a special spot in my heart for tiny festivals in South Africa, especially for Up The Creek and Mieliepop. It may be scorching hot during the day at Up the Creek, but it’s damn well worth being there and returning with a real sunburn afterwords. It’s also one of the best organized festivals that I’ve been to. And let’s not forget the crazies in the river during the Anything that Floats contest on the Saturday, the Titanics and the Icebergs, the chilled out vibe, the delicious food and parties in the bar into the early hours of the morning. I can’t look forward to all of this at Up The Creek 2013, but you can.
Reason Two: The Line-Up for Up The Creek 2013 is bloody awesome….
This year’s Up The Creek line-up may not have KONGOS on the line-up, but it looks pretty damn awesome if you ask me. Saintfearless, The Swingsetters, Piet Botha, Tombstone Pete, Dave Ferguson, Crimson House Blues, Ballistic Blues, Long Time Citizen, Nik Rabinowitz, Tailor, Machinery, Karen Zoid, BEAST, The Mysticcs, Goodnight Wembley, Lucy Kruger, Shotgun Tori, Trenton and Free Radical, No One’s Arc, Nomadic Orchestra, Grassy Spark, YOAV, Peachy Keen, Jeremy Loops, December Streets, Desmond and The Tutu’s, Black Cat Bones, Woodstock Mafia, Taxi and Friends Janie and the Beard and Siv Ngesi will be performing on the weekend this year. If you’re in the Western Cape and love SA Music, you’re an idiot if you don’t attend Up the Creek 2013.
Reason Three: No Mojito Slushies on the banks of the river for me…
Last year I had an ice cold Mojito Slushy or five at Up the Creek during the Saturday on the river bank. We don’t get those at the festivals up North. Nothing cools you down and gets you semi “dag dronk” like an ice cold Mojito slushy or thirteen in the shade on the river bank at Up The Creek – mark my words. Have a few for me this year at Up The Creek 2013, please.
If reading all these reasons has put you in the mood to book tickets for what is one of the Western Cape and South Africa’s premier music festivals, make sure that you check out the official Up The Creek website, the Up The Creek Facebook page or that you follow @UpThe_Creek on Twitter.
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