The Republic of Mieliepop
This boutique four-day festival near Lothair in Mpumalanga is dubbed the most beautiful festival in South Africa. The venue is surrounded by magnificent views, rolling hills and sparkling lakes. More than 90 acts will be performing on six different stages. 2018’s line-up includes viral youth band African Rhythm and Pretoria’s favourite, Hellcats. Online tickets go for R750 while buying tickets at the gate will be R850. Remember to save enough money for transport and food. The festival will be held from 21 to 24 March.
Although not an actual music festival, park acoustics is an outdoor live concert that happens monthly at the Voortrekker Monument. If your pocket does not allow for a full weekend away at a first-rate music festival, consider heading to a Park Acoustics concert and enjoying a fun day with friends, good food and even better live entertainment. Keep your eyes peeled for the monthly line-ups. Most big time local acts, such as Shortstraw, Aking and Francois van Coke have performed at these gatherings. Tickets vary in price from month to month but will not set students back more than R200.
No festival bucket list would be complete without mentioning the dustbowl that is the amazing festival of OppiKoppi. Be ready to ditch make-up, clean clothes and general hygiene while camping under the blaring sun on a farm near Northam, Limpopo. Tickets will set you back anything from R700 to R800 for a full weekend pass. Although the dates for OppiKoppi 2018 are not yet confirmed, the festival usually takes place early in October. Previous international acts that have graced the stage include The Naked and the Famous, August Burns Red and the extraordinary rapper Joey Badass.
Illustration: Rhodeen Davies