Earlier this week, Breakout Management (the same folks that bring you Parklife and Sounds Wild) announced the launch of a brand new, unique music and lifestyle festival in Clarens, in the Free State. Lush Festival will be taking place from 24 to 27 March 2016 over the Easter Weekend.
Clarens (situated in the foothills of the beautiful Maluti and Rooiberg Mountains) is nicknamed the “Jewel of the Free State” and the town and surrounding area is a popular weekend destination for residents of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. The well frequented village offers some of the most tranquil surrounds and spectacular views known throughout South Africa.
Lush Festival (which will take place on the stunning Linwood Farm) caters for the perfect festival set up and features an incredible line-up of top musicians and electronic acts. Two international acts are confirmed to headline the festival: Xavier Rudd and Civil Twilight.
Xavier Rudd is one of Australia’s most iconic voices. A multi-instrumentalist, surfer and activist, Xavier returns to South Africa, this time with his full band, after his first tour in 2013 performing at the first-ever Parklife Festival, which has become Johannesburg’s favourite inner-city festival.
Have a listen to Xavier’s single, “Follow The Sun” below:
Civil Twilight (who originally hail from Cape Town and are now based in Nashville, Tennessee in the USA) catapulted into international stardom with their single “Letters From The Sky” a few years ago and they are once again dominating SA Radio with their single “When, When” taken from their brand new album “Story of an Immigrant”.
Have a listen to “When, When” below:
The first of many local acts to be announced for Lush Festival include The Parlotones, Jeremy Loops, Francois Van Coke, Goodluck, Al Bairre, Grassy Spark, Rubber Duc, Pop Art Live, Austin Cassim, Chunda Munki, Vimo, Michael Lowman, Josie Field & Laurie Levine, Majozi, Howie Combrink and Josh Wantie.
The music stages are one of kind and each one unique by sound and view. The first stage is perfectly nestled in the woods, creating a natural frame of acoustic sound by nature. The second stage is a charmingly renovated barn offering picturesque views of the farm and the third is laying upwards towards the distinctive sandstone cliffs that Clarens is so well known for, huddled between two beautiful old willow trees, beside the river. Sounds almost magical when you think about it…
An early bird festival ticket (which includes general camping) costs only R395 and is on sale until Monday the 8th of February. There is also a special Plus Camping area at an additional cost of R600 per ticket and limited to only 350 people. The private area will allow for spacious camping and is alongside a small stream with points of shade under the willow trees. It is well positioned alongside the Harambee Hotel and will be close enough to be convenient but far enough to be more peaceful and will have its own toilets and showers.
The festival also hosts a glam camping section hosted by Harambee Hotel. Each luxury hotel style tent sleeps 2 with single or double bed options, lights, power points for charging phones and includes a few extra creature comforts including a restaurant catering for Breakfast (included in the price).
Activities available to Lush participants will include an official trail run and fun run, a three day Mountain biking tour event, and guests can also take advantage of nature trails, abseiling, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, hot air ballooning, and much more on offer in the area. And if you need to pop into town, the farm is only 5 km away from Clarens. One word comes to mind: “Perfection”.
Lush Festival is the perfect long weekend getaway that has everything to offer, it might just be your destination for the most idyllic Easter Weekend breakaway. Get your tickets at this link, check out the Lush Festival website or Facebook page for more information. You can also follow @lushfestival on Twitter.
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