Littlegig: 5 facts about a 24-hour music festival you want to go to

2018-01-11 12:20

Cape Town -  If you're looking for a fun festival to go to but don't want to spend all of your time doing admin (in preparation for it), then we've got just the thing for you.

Littlegig is the world’s only 24-hour, everything included festival. The third edition will take place on 17 and 18 February in Stellenbosch. 

It showcases musicians, DJ’s, chefs, winemakers, artists, designers, and performers. 

Here are five facts to know before you go:

1. Local and international artists on the line-up as well as all the stages: 

There will be a collection of relevant musicians and DJs in 6 music areas. There’s the Forest Day Stage with our favourite live bands in the middle of the food forest, the Night Stage - on a real basketball court – with electronic acts; an Art Car playing the sun-downer set on the island and then moving to a secret forest location after midnight. The Festival Fashion Concept Store has a dance floor and a steady flow of champagne, the Island has DJs playing funk, Latin, soul and sounds from the continent, and the Gin & Whiskey Bar has late night live music. 

The international acts include multi-instrumentalist, carnival-style storyteller Stelth Ulvang, Cameroonian-New Zealand singer Estère, Kenyan DJ/producer Blinky Bill.  


Local artists include SAMA-award winning act Black Motion, afro-folk sensation Bongeziwe Mabandla, electro-soul songstress Nonku Phiri, Giles Peterson and Ninja Tunes-approved Sibusile Xaba, Johnny Cradle, electronic-folk artist Amy Ayanda and Samthing Soweto, the award-winning new project of The Soil founder Samkelo Mdolomba and futuristic queer music act Umlilo and the Stash Crew. 

There will also be some of SA’s finest DJ’s including; Kaya FM radio host and promoter Kenzhero, DJ and 5FM radio host Kid Fonque, queen of bass Doowap, Afrosynth blog and record store founder DJ Okapi, DJ and visual artist Zara Julius, DJ and executive producer DJ Strat3gy, Kaya FM crew The Maestro aka Greg Maloka and Sound Supreme featuring Just Themba, Tha Muzik and the Rhythm Sessions, and Maria McCloy fashion designer and publicist, alongside fixtures on the Cape Town DJ scene K-$, Toby 2 Shoes, Artelligent (AKA Headroom), Retro Rootz, Danalog, Tommygun, DJ Mamba and Marc Who. 

Performance artist Dear Ribane - who have recently done projects for Nike, i-D magazine, Chanel and Kenzo - will open the electronic stage. We are also excited to have celebrated UK comedian and bassist for Pink Floyd Guy Pratt who will do a musical-comedy performance. 

2. All food and drinks are included in the ticket price:

Littlegig is unlike any other festival in that all food and drink are included in the ticket price. Only premium alcohol and coffee brands are served throughout the event from a string of pop-up bars (with no queues) in fantastical locations. Lamb riblets, giant Vietnamese crystal rolls, wild mushroom kebabs, butter chicken and more are served from food stations dotted around the festival forest.

3. Art

Each area at Littlegig is designed by a top stylist, under the creative lead of Littlegig’s Bielle Bellingham, former Elle Decoration editor. Architect and artist duo Sean and Justine Mahoney have designed a 6-meter metallic inflatable artwork for the island, there will be a Deep Sleep tent where festival goers will lie suspended in ‘cocoons’ listening to regenerative brainwave music, and there will be an installation by Rodan Kane Hart on the basketball court. Dance, performance, comedy and magic will be making their Littlegig debuts. Performance art pioneers Dear Ribane - a sibling trio who has worked on campaigns for Kenzo, Chanel, i-D magazine, iPhone7 and Nike - will open the Night Stage. Also on the lineup are London comedian and Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt, contemporary dance outfit Indoni Dance Academy, and multi award-winning illusionist Stuart Lightbody.

4. Fashion 

Fashion, dress-up and creative freedom are the heartbeat of Littlegig. The Concept Store - the only place at the festival where money changes hands - presents vintage and bespoke festival ranges by exciting local designers such as Marianne Fassler, Mami Wata, Rich Mnisi,  Neo Serati, David Brits for GOOD GOOD GOOD, Sheila Madge, Lukhanyo Mdingi, Dr Pachanga, Shirley Fintz Vintage, Xube, Dionne Campbell-Young, Craig Port, Rufftung, W35T and Beach Cult. Adjoining the store – and sharing its music lineup and free Krone champagne bar – is the Salon, with 12 top stylists and make-up artists who will transform guests, at no cost.  

5. Accommodation 

There are 8 categories of Camping and Glamping, ranging from tents with blow-up mattresses to bell tents the size of a bedroom, with Egyptian cotton linen. For the 2018 event self-camping has been introduced for the first time, at no extra charge. And for those who would rather sleep in their own beds, there’s a taxi rank at the festival, which is just 40 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. 

Event information for Littlegig:

Event: Littlegig 24h Festival 2018

Date: 17- 18 February 2018

Venue: Wiesenhof farm, Stellenbosch

Cost: Festival Tickets: R2300 till 16 January and R2,450 from 17 January. Basic Camping tents from R1450. Glamping tents range from R2950 to R6450 per tent. Littlegig ticket prices include all food and drinks.
Paired Food & Wine Tasting: R150 per ticket.

No under-21's allowed. 

Tickets are available here 

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