Up the Creek 2016 Full Line Up

Up the Creek has just announced their 2016 dates and full line up! They’ve written such a sweet announcement, I thought you’d enjoy it as is (like I did!):

Think cool river…think colour…think cocktails…think summer….think fun! Round up your mates and gather round. The trumpeter`s cheeks are bulging – tooteretootoot! Throw in an anticipating drumroll; hear hear!…..ladies and gentleman, we are jolly happy to announce the bands signed to play at:

Jägermeister presents Up The Creek Music Festival 2016 Line Up

Shortstraw,  Sannie Fox, Bye Beneco, Dave Ferguson, Albert Frost & Robin Auld, The Ballistics, The Vanilla, Stoker, Grassy Spark, Nomadic Orchestra, Al Bairre, Georgetown, Southern Wild, Crimson House Blues, Hatchetman, The Black Cat Bones, Bark, December Streets, Jonathan Peyper Trio, Gerald Clark and the Dead Men, Guy Collins, Akkedis, Piet Botha, Kings Down South, The Coast, Rubber Duc, The Streaks, Bandolero, Goodluck Live (DJ Set), Jon Savage, Slow Jack, Basson Laubscher, Wynand Davel, Friso Woudstra, Dylan Pistorius.

Al Bairre  Shortstraw

The organisers go onto say,

“We had a blast in 2015 and cannot wait to bring you more of the same music-with a-river-runs-through-it magic in 2016. We took all of your feedback into consideration and have decided to go back to our 2014 event size and will therefore only be selling 2 700 full weekend tickets. Please note that 50% of the tickets are sold out, so don’t wait and be disappointed.”

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We also asked some of our festival goers why they keep coming back every year. Here is what they had to say:

“From the first song Up the Creek gets under your skin and nothing can keep you from coming back for more! ~ Nicola Wooding from Wellington.

Jackie Barham from Knysna has been going to Up the Creek since 2008: “By far in my opinion the best festival in the country. I love seeing SA Musicians giving it their all and I love the intimacy of Up the Creek.”

Gail Robinson from Cape Town says that she has been to every Up the Creek for the past 25 years: “I keep coming back for the music – am a big SA Music fan – and of course, the beautiful venue.”

Everything You Need to Know about Up the Creek 2016:

  • Where: Swellendam
  • When: 28 – 31 January 2016
  • Time: 3pm on Thursday 28th of Jan to 5pm on Sunday 31st of Jan.
  • Full weekend Up the Creek tickets: R900 (excl. booking fees)
  • *Please remember no under 18s allowed into venue.


If you want to rock out in a little more comfort, then the Heartbreak Motel tented accommodation is for you. There are two options of pre-pitched tents, hot showers, toilets, buffet breakfast and other luxuries. Visit their site for more information.

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