Great news! About a week ago, Red Hot Events (together with Jägermeister) announced that Fokofpolisiekar will be joining the incredible line-up for Up the Creek 2018.
Two legendary South African bands are now confirmed as the headliners for the weekend: The magnificent Mango Groove will make you dance under special stars on the Friday night and Fokofpolisiekar will blow the sky’s top right off on the Saturday.
Francois van Coke from Fokofpolisiekar says: “We played at Up the Creek in 2004. We were still a young band back then. I loved it and can`t wait to be back after 14 years to see what the festival has been up to. I have only heard good things!”.
The news also just gets better: Fox Comet (making a once-off return to the stage), Albert Frost, Opposite The Other, Lucy Kruger, The Steezies and Bad Peter have also been added to the already impressive list of bands and artists for the weekend.
The line up so far includes: Mango Groove, Fokofpolisiekar, Spoegwolf, MT Seas, Aidan Martin, Sunset Sweatshop, Mobbing Bali, West Coast Wolves, Sublime Tribute Project, Jackal & The Wind, Native Young, Southern Wild, Jerry & The Bandits, Sol Gems, Boulevard Blues, We Are Charlie, Veranda Panda, The Kiffness, Jak Skandi, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Crimson House, Nomadic Orchestra, Fox Comet, Albert Frost, Opposite The Other, Lucy Kruger, The Steezies and Bad Peter. The final acts will be announced early in January 2018.
Since the summer of 1990 Up The Creek festival has been hosted at Up The Creek River Camp, set between a dirt road and the welcoming waters of the Breede River. With various stages, including the unique Savanna River Stage at the water’s edge, you are guaranteed to be entertained throughout the weekend.
Also at the Sedgwicks’ Old Brown Food Court this year: Nikki Jackman and her travelling Soul Circus. They’re a nomadic festival within their own right, and a ‘voluntouring’ retreat for artists, activators and all people who care. Creekers, you can look forward to their performing skits, plays, talks, eco-bricking workshops and more. Get more info at http://soulcircus.org/.
Jeffrey the Jam Van will be on standby to entertain you before the Jägermeister Main Stage kicks off and the Sedgwicks’ Old Brown Food Court stage will be running in the mornings and afternoons to showcase new and upcoming artists.
Savanna Premium Cider is coming back to the festival in a big way, supporting live comedy; fresh local acts; draught cider on tap at the main bar; DJs on their Late Night Stage; fantastic giveaways throughout the weekend, and more. Rumour has it they’re even hosting a Savanna style brunch on the Sunday morning. While the festival is one of the few remaining that still allows you to camp next to your car (should you choose) there is also a greener campsite where no cars are allowed or you can book pre-pitched tented accommodation at www.heartbreakmotel.co.za.
In true festival tradition (the festival originally started out as a birthday celebration) the organisers believe in celebrating every milestone. Let the organiser know if it’s your birthday between 25 and 28 January 2018 and we’ll help you celebrate with a surprise on the weekend. Email [email protected] for more information.
The festival is going cashless in 2018 will introduce Howler Loaded. Once you’ve purchased your festival ticket, set up and pre-load your festival money onto your Howler account, collect your loaded wristband at the festival and you’re ready to go! If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with the organisers directly.
The video below will get you in the mood for next year’s festival:
If the video above didn’t this video will convince you to go:
Tickets cost R1,030 (excluding booking fees) and only full weekend tickets are available. You can buy tickets here: http://nue.so/9u4umy Take note that no under 18’s are allowed. There are three options to pay for your festival tickets: Credit card, EFT and Mobicred (a ticket payment plan option). There are only 2500 tickets made available each year so make sure to book as soon as you possibly can.
Great news is that you can extend your festival stay in 2018. Gates will open at 11 AM on the Thursday and there will be live music from 3 PM.
If you have not been to an edition of this festival, you should really make an effort to go. The venue and the vibe is amazing. I was there in 2012 and 2015 and I enjoyed myself to the max.
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