Johannesburg was wracked by freakishly cold weather on Saturday. However, the cold front did not dampen the mood. Electronic music aficionados came in their numbers, armed with their winter best to celebrate all things alternative.
The four stages had something for everyone, from the Main Stage which played host to the headliners to the Go!Go! Stage with some of the country’s favourite DJs, such as Das Kapital who played another foot stomping set. The international acts played incredible sets and cemented firm fan bases in South Africa. Koan Sound brought the house down with their signature glitch hop sound and reminded us why the duo is signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label.
Many of the usual local suspects played at this year’s festival but some of the scene’s favourite performers were clearly not in attendance. PH.fat and Haezer would have been a great way to round off the lineup of one of the best parties of the year. Another thing missing from the festival was more variety in terms of food sold – when you party so hard you want different options with which to refuel.
Olmeca and Griet threw an incredible festival this year and have set Grietfest on steady feet for years to come.
Etnik performing at Grietfest. Photo: Deji Dada