Monday, October 26, 2009

Rocking the Daisies 2009

This year’s annual Rocking the Daisies music festival was held in the Cloof Wine Estate in the small rural town of Darling outside of Cape Town from October 9 – 11. The event presented over 30 bands, 30 DJs, comedy acts amongst fantastic organic food to the bopping, tree-hugging crowds. It is no surprise that this year’s event was the most successful yet, with well over 10 000 people descending to, what some say, South African’s answer to Glastonbury. Across three stages spanned some of the best local bands such as: aKing, Goldfish, Desmond & The Tutus, Freshly Ground, Just Jinger, Prime Circle, 340ml, Bed on Bricks, Chamber Concept and many more up and coming musicians showcasing great musical talent to local music fans. When the speakers left ears ringing, crowds could listen to Afrikaans, unplugged or improvised comedy or chill on hay stacks listening to some Bomvu tribal drummers. Not only were there seven beer tents, bars and general teenage debauchery in the daisy dens…yes, there were sectioned daisy dens… but crowds of all ages were well-catered for. There were pony rides, a kid arena and adjacent lake with lifeguards to keep the little ones happy over the three days. The Kreef Hotel, with hot showers and buffet breakfasts, was suitably situated more than a plastic cup’s throw away from the main stages for those who weren’t prepared to sleep in a plastic box.
In only its fourth year, it is obvious that Rocking the Daisies will continue to showcase some of South Africa’s finest alternative bands to the growing local music enthusiasts. If you didn’t get to frolic in this year’s daisies, be sure to grab some friends, a car and some gum boots to next year’s spring event. But remember; No weapons, No picking of flowers, No litter and No attitude.

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