Music Musts: A Cosmic weekend of festivals for Rocking the Blues away

Music Musts: A Cosmic weekend of festivals for Rocking the Blues away
By Jonathan Duguid

By Jonathan Duguid

How time has flown! I mean, who would’ve thought we’ve passed the three-quarter mark in 2013?  That’s a staggering 75% of the year “finish en kla!” Funnily enough, a colleague of mine said to me just this week, “I’m no longer counting down the days to Fridays – I’m now counting down to Christmas!” Somewhat of a ‘Christmas’ for all music junkies in South Africa, is the big Rocking the Daisies festival, which will be happening over four days this weekend from Thursday to Sunday, October 3 to 6, at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling.

If Rocking the Daisies wasn’t enough, there’s another two, shorter festivals also happening from Saturday to Sunday, October 5 to 6: Cosmic Connection, a festival renowned for officially kick-starting trance party season into gear, at the West Coast Ostrich Ranch, Melkbosstrand; and also the Blues Meets Rock Festival at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville.

This year’s “Daisies” (as festival fans generally refer to it) will comprise of seven stages, and lots (and lots) of live performances, from bands to solo artists, to deejays, to comedians. There are so many choices of what you can see and so this week I thought I’d list a few acts that you really should make time for and ensure you see!

I think it goes without saying that everyone on the Main Stage is a must-see (even if you’ve seen them perform before, watching them in the hippie-esque environment of Rocking the Daisies will certainly be something memorable).
Just some of the acts that you can expect to see on the Main Stage are Friday Beach Party (this band is very cool live), Shortstraw, Gangs of Ballet, Goodluck, The Dirty Skirts, and PH Fat. Saturday sees Matthew Gold, The Nomadic Orchestra, Woodstock Mafia, Spoek Mathambo, Desmond and the Tutus and Hog Hoggidy Hog (who are a definite to see perform again) all take to the stage. Sunday Matthew Mole (who rose to fame on iTunes) and Captain Stu will also be jamming.

Some of the highlights, who you should also make time to watch on the Red Bull Studio CT Live Stage, are The Kiffness, Thibo Tazz, Das Kapital, Jack Parow, and Crazy White Boy. Rocking the Daisies has without a doubt brought together the crème de la crème of South African talent for a weekend of epic awesomeness, and the fact that it is in its eighth year, and is also completely sold out, really speaks volumes. On the trance front, Cosmic Connection promises to be a party of note. Now in its fifth year, its success is imminent. The festival featuries top local artists blasting progressive, psy-trance and minimal tunes, with the stage being dominated by the likes of The Commercial Hippies, Connecto, Feedback, Corona, Parana, Deliriant, EMP, Wyndham and Tanjah, Chabunk, Fractal, DJ Mark, Chaos Fiction, LSDork, Danalog and Sterealkey

Tickets for Cosmic Connection are still available and are R230 if pre-bought from Quicket.co.za, or one of the SKA Clothing outlets around Cape Town, and are R250 at the gate. 10% of all profits will go to a local charity called the SunBird Foundation, which distributes donations to less privileged youth and aims to spread awareness of important issues.

The Blues Meets Rock Festival this weekend, is the only festival that doesn’t require sleeping over in a tent – you can go home and enjoy the comfort of your own bed, and then always go back the next day. It’s a great setting to spend time with the family, while enjoying some top local talent. A few of the bands that’ll be performing at Blues Meets Rock are the Jesse Jordan Band, Ann Jangle, Mark Haze (of ‘Idols’ fame), and the Natasha Meister Trio.  Entrance on Saturday October 5 is R70, and performances will be from 12.30pm to 8.30pm. On Sunday October 6 cover will be R60, and the music will be running from 12.30pm to 6.30pm.

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