And it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The Rocking the Daisies 2017 lineup has been revealed and includes the following international and local artists:
- FLUME (AUS)
After years of high demand, 25-year-old Grammy-winning Australian producer Flume (Harley Streten) is finally set to headline Rocking the Daisies, bringing his highly visual set and globally renowned, experimental, future bass sound to the South African stage.
- TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB (USA)
Headlining festivals across the globe, Two Door Cinema Club has solidified themselves as a global force and their set promises to be an exhilarating experience for all Daisies fans. Were you at their last show in Cape Town? Apparently they were brilliant!
- BLACK COFFEE (ZA)
Few words reflect the impact that Black Coffee has had on South African music. He now returns to Rocking the Daisies as one of the world’s most relevant and in-demand artists. With thrilling performances at festivals such as Coachella and Ultra Miami, a summer residency in Ibiza, he recently collaborated with Drake on the song “Get It Together” which was released in March 2017.
- THE NAKED & FAMOUS (NZ)
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, The Naked and Famous’s third and latest album ‘Simple Forms’ was released in late 2016 and the group has been busy touring extensively since, including a US tour as support for Blink 182. Their release ‘Young Blood’ has been featured in numerous films and speaks as an anthem to an entire generation.
- JOEY BADA$$ (USA)
American, independent hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ comes from Brooklyn, New York. With his rugged style, Joey Bada$$ is raw and original, with his debut studio album, ‘B4.da.$$’ selling 56,000 units in its opening week making it the #1 rap and #1 independent album in the country. Joey is currently gearing up for the release of his forthcoming album ‘ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$’ featuring J. Cole, ScHoolboy Q and Styles P, which is set for immanent release on 4 July 2017.
- SNAKEHIPS (UK)
London based production duo Snakehips (Oliver Lee and James Carter) are hot on the Daisies fans’ wish list! Best known for their 2015 single ‘All My Friends’, they made their name with Hype Machine chart-topping remixes for Banks, The Weeknd, Bondax and Wild Belle. Having performed at major festivals in the UK and abroad, Daisies fans can expect a set that’s both retro and modern.
- SAM PAGANINI (Italy)
Italian DJ and producer Sam Paganini’s unique musical journey has achieved great success both on the underground circuit as well as on the mainstream channels. Beside his studio work and production time, his sets are characterized by powerful grooves and have been described as ‘Sexy Groovy Dark Techno’.
- PATRICK TOPPING (UK)
Award winning UK DJ Patrick Topping has burst onto the global scene and cemented his place in the of the top-tier of dance music. Part the new wave of electronic music producers coming from the north of England, he is a pioneering force for a generation of upcoming artists, reflected in recently being voted 11th in Resident Advisor’s Top100 DJ’s of 2016 and picked as 15th by Mixmag. He has secured seven different Beatport #1s and has also remixed artists such as Matador, Booka Shade and Steve Lawler, with his remix of Raumastik’s ‘Dem A Pree’ becoming one of the biggest tracks of 2016.
- Cassper Nyovest
South African producer and rapper Cassper Nyovest is one of the country’s highest profile hip hop entertainers. With 18 awards under his belt and Platinum certified track ‘Refiloe’, Cassper is affectionately referred to as ‘Mr. Fill Up’ by locals, for filling The Dome with 20,000 fans in 2015 and for 2016’s filling of Orlando Stadium; a 40,000 capacity venue in a game changing moment for the hip hop genre in South Africa. Joining the Daisies line-up for the first time, his chart-topping hits fused with his magnetic charisma never fail to guarantee an incredible live show.
Leading the charge from the infamous hills of Bellville Rock City, Fokofpolisiekar needs little introduction. Infamous for their powerful live shows, these local legends have always done things differently, from using a crowdfunding platform to release an album, to creating the clean, crisp malt ‘Fokof’ lager. Expect a total jol from their set!
- Riky Rick
South African producer and rapper Riky Rick’s first performance at Daisies is, without a doubt, going to be one of the festival highlights. Influenced by early kwaito and hip hop, Riky has managed to carve a lane for himself as one of SA’s most electrifying performers and rap artists. His eclectic style has found the perfect synergy between South African township life and international appeal.
- Ray Phiri
Iconic South African jazz legend Ray Phiri will also be playing Daisies for the first time. He became founding member of the Cannibals in the 1970s and when they disbanded, Ray founded Stimela, with whom he conceived Gold and Platinum-selling albums. In the 1980’s Paul Simon asked Ray to join his Graceland project which was so successful that they collaborated again on Simon’s ‘Rhythm of the Saints’ album.
- Die Heuwels Fantasties
Die Heuwels Fantasties have had the music industry at their feet right from the start. As one of the most successful Afrikaans alternative pop rock acts in the country, they are considered the music pioneers of their generation and have won every notable award in SA.
Since the release of their debut album, ‘The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg’, this Cape Town-based band has upended entrenched notions of what constitutes South African music. Beatenberg’s sublimely crafted pop is rooted in indigenous styles but also draws an intoxicating mix of influences (reggae, jazz, classical, kwaito, house) that have helped turn the three-piece into chart toppers and multiple award-winners at home.
ROCKING THE DAISIES 2017
The four-day fest is now in its twelfth year and delivers on its promise of being a multi-genre mix of music, groundbreaking production design and creative spaces. Steyn Entertainment, the team behind the event, has shaken things up this year by injecting new energy into the festival format and refreshing the offering. Daisies is not just about the music, it has something for everyone and promises to be a deeply immersive experience.
If you want to get closer to the acts, check out @rockingthedaisy Instagram every Wednesday as one artist on the #RTD2017 line-up will be taking over the event’s account for an entire day. You’ll get a glimpse into their life and what you can expect from their Daisies performance through Instagram Stories.
TICKETS, ACCOMODATION AND CASHLESS
Visit www.RockingtheDaisies.com for tickets and accommodation. Phase 1 and 2 tickets are sold out. Tickets for the 3rd and final phase are available for R1,050 (excluding booking fees).
The festival’s 100% cashless this year, meaning it’ll be faster, more efficient and safer for all festival-goers. (This worked super well last year.) Daisies will launch new experiences and cool festival changes over the next few months, so keep your eye on its pages to be the first in the know.