January is a stupid month. The holidays are over; both your pants and your budget are a little tighter than usual and then those smug US assholes go and drop their Coachella lineup like a bomb and you can only hang your head in disappointment at your own Third World-ness.
Chin up SA music fans! You might not be on your way to the States any time soon, but you can
unbundle those undies and get your festival fix a little closer to home. The annual Up the Creek Music Festival
is going down in two weeks' time and if you move quickly you can still score some tickets to this sought-after event on the banks of the Breederiver in Swellendam. Here are the prices:
Thursday 4pm - Sunday 4 pm: R575.00 (presales) R600.00 (gate)
Friday 4pm - Sunday 4pm: R475.00 (presales) R500.00 (gate)
Saturday and Sunday: R375.00 (presales) R400.00 (gate)
Day pass - Sunday: R150.00 (presales) R150.00 (gate)
All tickets are available from www.ticketbreak.co.za
or directly from the festival Facebook page
The line-up for Up the Creek 2012
is nothing short of fantastic and there will be live music on 3 stages throughout the weekend: The Bacardi Main Stage, the MK river stage and the all-night-long BOS Breede River bar stage.
Participating artists include: Kongos, aKing, Akkedis, Black Cat Bones, Blues Broers, Cameron Bruce, City Bowl Mizers, Fox Comet, The Great Apes, Holiday Murray, Hot Water, Karen Zoid, Louwtjie Rothman, Machineri, No One's Arc, Piet Botha, Taxi Violence, Wrestlerish, Jeremy Loops, Luna Paige, Shadowclub, Sterling EQ, Andra, Peachy Keen, AC/DC Tribute, Southern Gypsey Queen.
How's that for explosive?
Also: People, this festival has actual shade, which means even if you have a severe case of pigment-retardation (as I do) you will be able to have a good time without going around harassing people to put sunscreen on your back and generally being a whiny little festival spoiler. There's grass, there's water, there's music - it's basically Canaan without the unpleasant bit of having to trek through the dessert for forty years to get there.
So buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment and join us for a spot of revelry at the water's edge from the 2nd to the 5th of Feb.