TBT 8 Years of Rocking the Daisies in Pictures

Rocking the Daisies is 10 years old this year! Unfortunately, I wasn’t at the first two, but I’ve been there for the last eight and BOY has it grown! Every year the festival has truly gotten bigger and better. They’ve had some hit (swap shop!) and some miss ideas (outside electro dome), but it’s still one of the best festivals in South Africa and everyone should really make a mission to attend it at least once.

So to celebrate the 3 month countdown until Rocking the Daisies, let’s take a look at some of how Rocking the Daisies has changed over the past 8 years. In 2008 I worked at the door so I don’t have many pictures from that year. Enjoy how much my photographs have also improved! Ah, life before iPhone 😉

CAMPING

Yes, you used to be able to camp next to your car at Rocking the Daisies. BUT, is it a safety risk (when there’s a fire, it’s a disaster) and there were a lot less cars back then. The one year was so muddy that everyone’s cars were getting stuck and a tractor had to come and pull them out! Not good.

2007 Camp Site

2007 – Small campsites with vehicles.

2008 Camping

2008 – Friday night camping. Where are all the people?!

2009 - Supper and slightly more people on a Friday night.

2009 – Supper and slightly more people on a Friday night.

2012 Camping

2012 – Campsite

THE DAM

One of the things that sets apart the Rocking the Daisies location is the dam. Once a quiet peaceful dam where ducks and people would swim side by side, the Dam now plays host to the techno dancefloor that has turned into a mini festival of its own. From beach sand being brought into make it a full on beach, to Goldfish sessions, make sure you pop past the dam for a great party.

2007 - Dam

2007 – Dam

In 2008 I worked the door so I missed the sunset on both sunsets!

2008 - Door

2008 – Door

2009 - Dam

2009 – Dam

2012 - Dam

2012 – Dam

2013 - Sunset over Dam

2013 – Sunset over Dam

THE WALKWAY

Once there was a little walk way between the campsite and then dance floor area, now it’s a big,  scaffolding bridge (with a lot of water underneath half the time, don’t know where it comes from) that connects thousands of people to the music, literally.

2007 - Simply walk way

2007 – Simple Walkway

2009 - Walk Way

2009 – Walkway

2012 - Walk Way

2012 – Walkway

2014 Main Walk Way

2014 Main Walkway

MAIN STAGE

Main stage started as a really small setup for, probably, about 5000 people max. Over the years it was always the festival’s main focus until the shark shaped rave cave in 2012, which really brought people into the electronic space. The main stage’s reputation has continued to grow over the years and is now a revered space that artists pray to play on. The electronics have improved, as has the infrastructure and sound.

2007 - Main Stage

2007 – Main Stage

2009 - Main Stage

2009 – Main Stage

2010 Main Stage

2010 Main Stage

2012 Main Stage

2012 Main Stage

2013 Main Stage at Night

2013 Main Stage at Night

2013 Main Stage at Day

2013 Main Stage at Day

2014 Main Stage

2014 Main Stage

RAVE CAVE

The Rocking the Daisies Rave Cave, as it’s affectionately known, started off as a small little secondary stage that was the Red Bull truck and marquee. Over the years it’s become as big as the main stage and festival goers get very upset when it’s compromised, like in 2013 when there was no roof. However, they brought it back in full force in 2013 and people have been bopping inside it ever since.

2009 Rave Cave

2009 Rave Cave

2010 Rave Cave

2010 Rave Cave Sunday Afternoon Sessions

2010 Dancefloor at Night

2010 – Picture by Hyphen

 

2012 Rave Cave

2012 Rave Cave

2013 Controversial Outside Rave Cave

2013 Controversial Outside Rave Cave

2013 Outdoor Rave Cave

2013 Outdoor Rave Cave at Night. (Was freezing but looked amazing!)

2014 Rave Cave was a roof was BACK!

2014 Rave Cave was a roof was BACK!

2015 will be our 8th year together at RTD! Sideshow and Me :)

2015 will be our 8th year together at RTD! Sideshow and Me 🙂

And lastly, the queues. While people might complain how the queues have increased, it’ll always be tricky to get thousands of people in the door (especially after work and between the headliners on Friday night). Once upon a time, there was no queue.

2008

2008

2010

2010 – Artist Side Entrance along Main Road

2012

2012

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