About This Festival
Unleash Your Inner Flower Child
Picture this: a premier indie and electronic music festival in South Africa, taking place an hour north of über-hip Cape Town in the impossibly beautiful South African wine country during the fall. The four-day, eleven-stage festival is the peace sign-throwing, EDM-obsessed relative of South African Burning Man offshoot, AfrikaBurn.
And while the hippie vibe is practiced to the max at both festivals, Rocking The Daisies leans more towards getting lost in the hard-thumping electro beats, as opposed to the self-introspection and drum circles at AfrikaBurn. Wandering on the festival grounds, you’ll witness beer-chugging dudes floating on plastic rafts on the lake (yes, there’s a lake!), barefoot hippie-chicks hopping around, and even people dressed like circus acts.
A Beautifully Welcoming Vibe
Rocking The Daisies is the type of festival where, if you were to lose your friends, you’d be easily and happily accepted into another squad amongst the other 24,000 people within minutes. The camaraderie among the festival-goers is as ubiquitous as weed smoke at a reggae festival. It’s like a small, innocent town where no one locks their doors and everyone knows their neighbors, but with DJs blaring hypnotic melodies and thumping beats. When organizers, artists, and fans talk about the festival, a common theme you'll hear about is the crowd it attracts and its jovial spirit. And it’s evident in the way Rocking The Daisies promotes itself: Its videos and social media posts constantly showcase its festival-goers. You might as well come for the music and stay for the fans.
Rocking The Daisies’ "Summer of Love” aesthetic is its main selling point and is often the first thing people think of when it’s mentioned. But its location, set against the stunning, autumnal backdrop of wine country, is worth the price of admission alone. This luscious and endlessly green environment could trick any festival-goer into thinking he or she is in the Garden of Eden.
Eclectic Sounds and Past Performers
While Rocking The Daisies' music catalog isn’t full-on electronic, it’s clear that dance music is the driving force behind the bill. The 10th edition of the festival in 2015 showcased luminaries such as Italian DJ duo Crookers, English drum n’ bass producer Krafty Kuts, and Mexican house DJ Betoko. In 2014 the big highlights were live drum n’ bass band Rudimental performing with their full slate of singers and musicians, house DJ Tim Green, and psychedelic heroes MGMT. In 2016, Foster The People and Mac Miller were the biggest names to appear on the bill, alongside home-country heroes like Gangs of Ballet and Matthew Mole.
Outside of its dance music offerings, a good portion of the rest of the lineup much resembles that of a jam-band festival. Acts like electronic folk and reggae outfit Milky Chance, Australian ska and jazz group The Cat Empire, and Brit-poppers The Kooks were among the headliners in 2015. In 2014 Lebanese rockers The Wanton Bishops and the pride of South Africa’s alt-rock scene, Taxi Violence, were among the biggest draws that year. The contrast is fitting for those who enjoy both dancing for hours on end and laying sprawled out on a blanket gently bobbing your head to some mellow tunes.