7 local festivals you have to be at this spring

2016-08-22 08:00


AKA, 5FM Live Loud (Photo: Gallo Images)

Johannesburg – After being cooped up all winter, you may be looking for something to do when the weather warms up a little. Well, as usual, we got you covered. 

Spring is festival season. We’re talking music, food, video games, and even chocolate! Here’s 7 festivals you have to be at this spring.

1. DSTV Delicious festival 

The DSTV Delicious Food and Music festival is back for it’s 4th year, promising to be even bigger and better than before. This year the festival will host international acts The Jacksons and Macy Gray. Local acts set to perform on the day include Mi Casa, Lira and Judith Sephuma. The festival also boasts great food with J’Something doubling as both a musical act and a chef. DSTV Delicious takes place on 8 and 9 October in Johannesburg.

2. Joburg Day

947’s Joburg Day has become a rite of passage for Joburgers. This year the concert will host some of South Africa’s top musical talents including AKA, Shekhinah, Black Coffee, Mi Casa, Nasty C and GoodLuck. Joburg Day will be held on 3 September at Crocodile Creek Polo Estate in Johannesburg. 

3. 5FM Live Loud 

The 5FM Live Loud concert has not one, but two shows. The first, taking place in Joburg on 10 September, will host the likes of Locnville, Black Coffee, The Parlatones, and AKA. The Cape Town leg of the concert with see Gangs of Ballet, Mi Casa, TiMO ODV, and GoodLuck, among others, take the stage on 24 September. 

4. Red Bull Music Academy Weekender 

Johannesburg joins Tokyo, Vienna, Warsaw, and Stockholm as a host city for the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender taking place from the 1 to 4 September. The festival boasts 60 local and international acts across 7 venues. Some of the acts taking part include Riky Rick, Oskido, and AKA. 

5. Boogie Boutique 

Boogie Boutique prides itself in hosting a killer jol on the last Saturday of every month in Cape Town. The next big gig takes place on 27 August, hosting rappers Patty Monroe and Rouge, with Ruthy Pearl, Floyu, Lady Venom and Dope St Jude on the decks. 

6. Rage Expo 

For all the gamers out there, this one’s for you! Rage Expo is South Africa’s largest gaming, computer, gadget, and technology festival, taking place from the 7 to 9 October. Buy new games, chat with comic book artists or just enjoy the cosplay (dressing up as a character from a film, comic book, or video game), it’s up to you.

7. Coffee and Chocolate Expo 

Do we really have to even convince you to go to this one? The Coffee and Chocolate Expo will take place in Cape Town from 9 to 11 September. Learn how to brew the perfect pot of coffee, or get the best chocolate making tips from experts. And if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the tasty treats, why not sip on some chocolate beer while listening to live music.