In case you forgot or did not know, Mieliepop Festival 2018 is happening next weekend at the Tolderia Resort (near Lothair in Mpumalanga) and it promises to be one of the music festival highlights of 2018.
Some of you reading this article might be in the dark when it comes to deciding who to watch or experience live (if you will) at this magnificent boutique festival, so I’m here to help you out today.
Here are 9 Must-Watch Acts at Mieliepop Festival 2018:
DZ Deathrays: I’m recommending these blokes because I think they are one kick-ass rock ‘n roll band, not because they’re from Australia. They are definitely one of the most relevant acts in the world today and one of those acts that you simply can’t afford to miss at Mieliepop 2018.
Hellcats: These laaties from Johannesburg have impressed me since the first time I watched them play at Arcade Empire (which also turned out to be their first gig ever). They’ve grown from strength to strength since then and recently opened for American Rock band Incubus in Pretoria.
Deon Bakkes & The Stolen Horses: I watched this band live for the first time at Oppikoppi last year and I became an instant fan. “Neither Here Nor There” is the horses’ debut album complete with gypsy minor 6th chords, speedy guitar, wild violin, rasping saxophone and a handful of kazoo solos.
Check out the live video for “Volcano” by the band below (shot by Dizzy Khaki)
Van Pletzen: This Afrikaans Pretoria duo (consisting of Peach Van Pletzen and Nik Nax) is musically not really my cup of tea (yes, it’s a tad electronic and I’m very picky about electro), but they put on a lekker show. I watched their first live show at Oppikoppi last year and it turned out to be quite some fun.
Raygun Royale: I’ve seen this Joburg rock band a few times and I’ve never been disappointed. They always have an oomph factor in their set and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to seeing them kicking into rock ‘n roll overdrive mode.
Retro Dizzy: These Cape Town rockers tore up That 70s Fest in February and they’ll be back in Mpumalanga to do so again. I’m actually looking forward to it because our last encounter was a tad blurry (yes, I blame you tequila monster).
Made for Broadway: This Joburg punk band is one of favorite acts to watch live and they have some really catchy tunes. They are definitely one of those bands that will improve your mood and mindset and will leave you feeling refreshed.
Femi Koya: Now this an artist that unexpectedly popped onto my radar last year at Mieliepop and I was very glad that he did. I’m glad he’s on the line-up again this year and this time I’m going to try and watch his whole set from start to finish.
Crimson House: I saw this act for the first time when they were still called “Crimson House Blues” at STRAB (in Mozambique) a few years ago and I was immediately hooked to their blend of what I think is either Gypsey Blues or Gypsey Funk mixed with Blues and insane saxophone solos.
Well, there you have it, 9 Must-Watch acts at Mieliepop Festival 2018. Take note that this doesn’t mean that you should only watch these acts at the festival next weekend. There’s a fuck ton of amazing musical talent on the line-up, you should try to experience as much of it as you can.
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