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Come back Up the Creek

2008-01-16 15:38
Up the Creek music festival was never South Africa's biggest. But it’s always been one of South Africa’s most beautiful. It attracted a smallish crowd (about 1500 tops) to the banks of the Breede River where everyone camped, listened to bands, and swam in the river (at night, usually naked – don't knock it till you've tried it.)

Sometimes it rained. Sometimes it didn’t. But the party carried on regardless. With a clean river, hot showers, relatively clean toilets and enough space to allow bands and punters to mingle, it was one of the more intimate music festivals - there's not a lot that’s more intimate than listening to your fellow campers shagging, arguing and sleeping off the beer. Those tent walls are thin, bro!

Book Friday 1 – Sunday 3 Feb 2—8: 'cause the festival is BACK!

Yep, it’s back. With some old favourite acts and a few new ones. Confirmed so far: Bed on Bricks, Love Jones, Foto na Dans, Wonderboom, Parlotones, Ryno Velvet, Southern Gypsey Queen, Perez, Akkedis, Valiant Swart, DNA Strings, Taxi Violence, Prime Circle, Dan Patlansky, Van Coke Kartel, Harris Tweed, Boulevard Blues band.

Taxi Violence is on the bill courtesy of – because we don’t think a decent rock festival is complete without them.

How and where to book and what it costs

You can book your tickets at Ticket connection (0861 121 333) / Cost:
Full weekend pass - Online (R395) / Gate (R420)
Saturday & Sunday pass - Online (R295) / Gate (R320)
Sunday 1 day pass - Online (R150) / Gate (R150)
The Early Bird Special has been extended. Book before Christmas day and you get R45 off your ticket, plus you get a free ticket for every 10 booked. Where to sleep and where to stay

Bring your own tent, pots, pans, spare loo-paper, clothes, braai-meat, drinks, babes, and whatever else you require. Food is on sale, but it’ll cost you. You can also opt to have your tent pitched for you and a blowup mattrass waiting and ready in the "luxury" tented camp, where breakfast is also prepared for you. The organisers also offer to deliver coffee ann a newspaper to your tent. Coffee sounds good. As for the newspaper, we already suggested you bring your own spare loo paper, so no need for that.
...Oh and Here’s a map to the venue.

Send us pictures

So will you be there? Share your memories of the festival below, and if you have some photos you’d like us to publish, send them to me at together with your full name and a short description of what’s in the picture.

Check out this gallery of past years’ pics – were you there?

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