The 10th Rocking the Daisies festival is about to erupt in all its usual colour and musical splendour on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October, in one of the most eye-catching landscapes that the country has to offer. Set amongst Darling’s fields, at Cloof Wine Estate, you’ll be guaranteed the small-town appeal of a laidback country rock concert. Even though it is in essence, a display of some of the best current home-grown and international musical talent, the event is as famous for its eco-conscious roots. The festival has its fingers in many green pies and is always striving to reduce its carbon footprint. Since 2008, it has been using the Darling Wind Farm which produces sustainable wind-powered energy. And that’s where Cape Town’s often wild gusts certainly come in handy! Rocking the Daisies has also scooped the SA Climate Change Leadership Award for the second year in a row, proving its commitment to fighting global warming through various voluntary actions with the motto “Play Hard, Tread Lightly”. It may be a sold out event, but here’s what the lucky ticket-holders anticipating this weekend’s festivities can expect. Some of the main festival features for 2015 include:
- Performances by international acts including The Kooks, Milky Chance and The Cat Empire, and local talents Fokofpolisiekar, Jeremy Loops and 7th Son (to name but only a few!).
- An Electrodome and a Silent Disco for those who want to dance the night away.
- The Lemon Tree Theatre is a must for anyone who’s a fan of burlesque dancing, acoustic sets, comedy and more.
- The Coca Cola Rugby World Cup Village will ensure rugby fans don’t miss a minute of the Rugby World Cup action – including a screening of the SA game against Scotland at 16:45 on Saturday, 3 October.
- Enjoy traditional tunes from various worldwide destinations, including South America and the Balkans, at the Nu World Beat Barn.
- There’s also a gourmet Food Village and plenty of food trucks, a Daisy Den for the ladies, a Trader’s Market for some retail therapy and a solar-powered cinema for the Schnit International Short Film Festival!
We can’t think of a better place to enjoy our favourite tunes, digging our toes into the soft grass and enjoying the Darling sunshine and fresh outdoor air. Long live green festivals! For more information visit rockingthedaisies.com. Text: Kim Grové