Mieliepop 2017 is happening at Tolderia Resort (near Lothair) in Mpumalanga from the 17th to 20th of March (next weekend) and I’m extremely excited to attend this festival. It will be the sixth time that I made my way to what has become one of South Africa’s most-loved music festivals.
This year’s line-up is absolutely insane. I thought that it would be pretty easy to single 10 acts that I really want to see at this year’s festival, but that’s really an impossible task – yes, there are so many amazing acts on this line-up. Just check it out below and you’ll see what I mean… You can download a high res version of this image at this link.
When I go to a festival Mieliepop it’s always my aim to watch as many cool acts as I can. Some of you are probably thinking “that’s optimistic” (and you’re probably right) but it’s always nice to have goals. If you’re not sure who to watch, then you should read my festival guide below…
Friday the 17th of March 2017: This should be a chilled out night, filled with laughter and good tunes, but I’m thinking that it’s not going to chilled out, especially with folks like DJ Bongwater (Jaco Mans), Catherine Grenfell (ex 5FM DJ who currently does shows on The Eye Online Radio) and Rumswinger spinning kief tunes at the bar stage. We’ll probably be dancing on the tables (or attempting to do so) before someone can shout out “Kielie My Mielie”.
Saturday the 18th of March 2017: I suppose that this day will be starting out with a nice greasy breakfast (bought at one of the food stalls that will be keeping people fed at the festival) followed by a chilled out session at the Pool stage. From 1:45 PM I’ll be rocking out to the T&C’s at the Main Stage, experiencing The Dead Trends, finding inner piece with Adele Nqeto at the Willow Tree stage, dancing to The Lectric Monks on the Main Stage, listening to Bad Peter, rocking out to We Are Charlie, tapping into the Latin Music fan in me when I hear Greg & Ultra Natives, listening to Majozi, Gerald Clark, Hot Water Duo and The Oh Serious and then dancing my arse off to Desmond & The Tutus, Crimson House and Pop Art Live. If I’m still awake at 1:30 AM, I’ll probably party into Sunday thanks DJ Legend & DJ Dirtroad…
Sunday the 19th of March 2017: I’ll probably me more hung over than on Saturday morning, so I’m thinking I’ll start the day by watching The Barbosa Experience at 12:30 PM, then get my Blues fix with Jonathan Peyper, then I’ll let the Reggae fan inside me experience some Tidal Waves. Then I’ll kick-start my folk-rock lyric loving side with some Naming James, experience Johnny Cradle for the first time ever, rock out to Moths, experience Academie for the first time, rock out to Hellcats and Medicine Boy, listen to Femi Koya and Late Night Fox, dance to Grassy Spark and Hello Beautiful, stand on the side of the mosh pit at Fuzigish, gain inner peace thanks to Bye Beneco and then I’ll dance my touchie off when Haezer invades the main stage. If I can still walk after all of that I’ll definitely stay awake to party with the Bobbejaan DJ’s at 1:30 AM.
Monday the 20th of March 2017: After a nice greasy breakfast and a few drinks I’ll start my day with The Dandies, then I’ll experience Ruff Majik for the first time, listen to Yo Grapes, find out how cool Mouse is, rock out to Retro Dizzy, experience Miagii for the first time, chill out to Urban Village, experiencing The Deathrettes for the first time, rocking the fuck out to The Tazers, question life and attempting to dance to BCUC, rocking the fuck out Black Math, dancing and feeling happy thanks to Shortstraw getting my metal fix with Boargazm and finally dancing into the early hours of Tuesday thanks to PH FAT and Michael Lesar.
Well, there you have it, the full line-up for Mieliepop Festival and my festival plan. Hope this helps the newbies who have never been here before and hope this gets the festival junkies all amped-up for what will be one of the music festival highlights of 2017. If you don’t have tickets yet, get them here.
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