For those of you who have never made it out to Rocking the Daisies (RTD) then you are a poor excuse of a Cape Townian! Growing year by year, the commercial festival is set on a beautiful farm with loads of space, a dam, vineyards and huge parties – which don’t seem to bother the geese! After attending Oppikoppi this year, I’ve realised how beautiful our outdoor festivals are and RTD is no exception. Set on Cloof Wine estate a mere 13kms from Darling, RTD has two main music centers, the main stage and the RedBull arena which started off as the RedBull sound truck! Last year they had a massive blown up tent, like a big jumping castle filled with party goers, what a jol!
Just 7 weeks left before RTD (7th of October) it’s no wonder that everyone is chomping on the bit to hear who will be playing at this year’s festival. With the line up for Rocking the Daisies being confirmed in the e-mail boxes of bands and DJs each day, the interwebs lit up today with the official press release confirming the first dozen bands. And we always believe what we read on the interwebs! Cape Town female super group The Arrows, Jack Parow, Mix n Blend and Gazelle are a few of the confirmed local Western Cape Bands with Tumi and the Volume, Graeme Watkins Project, Kwesta and Foto Na Dans jumping on board. Yoav is confirmed as well as Manouche (Stellenbosch) playing in the Balkan venue. With three days of music squished into as many minutes as possible, Rocking the Daisies is always a good weekend away amongst the Darling Hills of the Cloof Wine Estate.
But apart from these epic South African musicians, my interest lies in the international acts. RTD has started including international artists such as Eagle Eye Cherry, but WHO will be on the line up this year? Belleruche (UK) is confirmed at this time but who else? I had a chat with a little birdie and MGMT and Frans Ferdinand were tweeted along the wire…can I confirm this information to be true and confirmed? No. We’ll have to keep watching the interwebs for the facts of festival life 😉
For more information, join the Rocking the Daisies fan page on Facebook or Google the Cloof Wine Estate to check our the festival surroundings.