With a line-up featuring Skunk Anasie, indie electro group Alt-J, Swedish garage-rock band The Hives and Spoek Mathambo, the 8th Rocking the Daisies Festival was sold out, of course. So, about 17 000 music lovers gathered at the Cloof Wine Estate, in Darling, for a weekend of music, laughter and more music (3 to 6 October).
Aside from the main stage, the festival had five other stages offering a line-up of artists and beats. And if you felt like taking a break from the blaring music, the Lemon Tree Stage was there to provide some comedic relief. Although there were reports of theft at some of the camping spots our camp was spared. The weather was kind this year, which meant we could enjoy the Mainstay Beach Bar next to the lake. We danced to the sounds of Tech House by the likes of Nick Lumb, Jummy Chronic and others while sipping on Mainstay cocktails.
The highlight for this year was the new RTD mobile App. It was handy for browsing the line-up, creating your own schedule, locating your tent and car and navigating around for food and water points.
There was also RTD special Cloof Wine Estate red and white wine which was made of recyclable PET plastic bottle. It’s nice to see that the festival is getting better and better. Other performers included Boys Noize, Desmond & The Tutus, Jack Parow (who had the crowd in a trance singing along to his catchy lyrics), Dirty Skirts, Hot Water, Matthew Mole, Two Minute Puzzle, Woodstock Mafia, Bongisiwe Mabandla, Spekta, Mathew Gold and Dubmasta China. Artists pictures by photojournalist Thomas Holder of @UrbanLungProd
- Thanks to the RTD team, these Hunter boots we THE perfect accessory at the festival.