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New Years is almost here and we’re giving you the chance to win a double ticket to Rock The River SA New Year’s Festival. Yes, that’s right, two mahala full weekend passes. Here’s what we want you to do:

– Like the Rock The River SA fan page.
– Like the Mahala fan page.
– Tag Mahala and Rock The River SA in a post on Mahala’s wall along with your favourite festival experience.

The one we dig the most will score the tickets. Simple! Now get on it and tell us about all the crazy shit you get up to!

Rock the River SA New Year’s Festival 2011/12

The year is speeding to an end and the party season is fast approaching – do you know how you will be spending New Year’s Eve 2011? How about heading out to a kick-ass outdoor music festival with your friends, away from the madness of the surging inner-city crowds?

Now in its third year, Rock The River SA Festival continues to provide an exciting alternative to conventional New Year’s Eve parties – allowing participants to enjoy live South African music in an intimate, safe and natural environment. The need for non-mainstream, small yet professionally-run events was first acknowledged in 2009 and since then Rock The River SA has grown to an annual New Year’s event.

This year’s Rock the River SA New Year’s Festival will take place from December 31st to January 2nd at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, located 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town along the N7, towards the West Coast. The organisers will once again bring along a brand new state-of-the-art sound and lighting rig to provide three epic stages for the more than 100 acts expected to attend. This includes the Main Stage, the Electro/Dubstep/D&B stage and a third stage for Metal/Goth/Hard Rock and Punk.

At present, the confirmed acts for this year’s event include (subject to change): Fokofpolisiekar, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Reburn, Half Price, Peachy Keen, Stonecollar, The Modes (PE), Junkyard Lipstick, CY.STR, Jackal & Wolf, Thought Police, Witness to Wolves, Boombox Troopers, Cannon, Smugg Juggler, Woodstock Mafia, Signal Hill, Dustland Express, My Flawless Ending, Fingers in the Sky, a DJ line-up provided by RubaDub and Basscore, as well as the 420 Comedy Troop. More acts to be confirmed. You may view the rest of the line-up here.

Participants in this year’s Rock the River SA New Year’s Festival can look forward to a well-planned event with all the amenities necessary to make an outdoor festival worth your while. This includes:
 Secure camping and parking
 Plenty of on-site security
 Swimming facilities
 Medics on site
 Clean, warm showers
 A food and craft market with affordable, yet tasty meals**
 Bars with affordable drink prices
 On-site ATMs
 A VIP area
 Activities including ZORB ball and a foefie slide (TBC).
 Tattoo artists
 Prize give-aways, including the ‘Float your Boat’ competition and Best New Year’s Eve costume
 And much more!

Tickets are available at the gate, Computicket, www.rocktheriversa.co.za, from participating bands, as well as Shoprite, House & Home, Checkers and Checkers Hyper.
Three-day weekend pass: R300 presale/ R350 at the gate.
One-day Sunday pass: R150 (at gate only)
Gates open: 3pm on 30 December for camping.

Things to bring to Rock The River SA: An entrance ticket, tent, camping chairs, torches, sun block, insect repellent, toilet paper, camera, cap or hat, something warm, towels, headache pills, acoustic instruments, your hot sister/brother, money, sunglasses, condoms, swimming kit and good vibes! Things not to bring to Rock The River SA: Alcoholic beverages will not be sold to anyone under the age of 18. No glass bottles (please decant your drinks into plastic bottles), littering (leave no trace, remove your camping litter!), fireworks, domestic animals, graffiti/tagging, bad attitudes, weapons, independent sound systems, illegal substances, drinking and driving. We have braai areas available.

RIGHT OF ADMISSION RESERVED. Entry is entirely at your own risk. The promoters accept no responsibility whatsoever for injury, death, loss or damage of any nature to persons, vehicles & belongings. This applies even to negligence of any kind by the promoters, venue and contractors. All rights reserved.

Twitter: @rocktheriversa
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RTRSA and the event page
Website: www.rocktheriversa.co.za

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  1. Simone says:

    I havn’t had a Rock the River experience yet but here is my Rocking the Daisies experience (which was too long to post on Facebook)…

    On entering the gates to heaven, we bowed down to receive our wristbands with honour. As we swiftly moved along to the next table, we got given complimentary Converse badges, as well as official ‘Rocking the Daisies’ water bottles (which, by the way – were absolute life-savers in that heat).
    Oh and don’t tell anyone, but we even managed to sneak 2 or 3 handfuls of the 5 Gum samples into our cleavage while the marshal was diligently straightening some loose pamphlets. I bet you can’t say ‘sensory overload’ now!
    Next, we set up our tent (our bachelorette-pad) and then proceeded to join the boys for a beer or eight under their gazebo-type thing. Might I add that their actual tent was at a safe distance away from ours (okay, it was roughly 1 meter away, but who’s counting anyway?).
    After that…we spent the next hour or so trying to sober up by eating gourmet cheese curls on rolls topped off with a splash of tomato sauce – kind of like a hot dog (but not really). It was definitely an acquired taste…I think it was actually invented in Europe by a homeless man digging in a garbage can (one can never be sure though).
    Before we knew it, it was 5pm and the shows were starting. We all ran! Jumping, screaming and dancing towards the Main Stage to see The Arrows, Foto Na Dans, Jack Parow and the rest of the rocking performers.
    And don’t you worry; we definitely got our stomp on in the Electro tent! After one too many promotional shots of Red Stag, we started to lose ourselves and subsequently transform into baby deer (figuratively speaking of course). Once lost though…we struggled to find each other. So we just made new friends! I was even flung up onto some random guy’s shoulders. Yes – beer in one hand, cigarette in the other and bouncing around with my arms sailing in the air! And yes – the beer obviously splashed over everyone. I was just glad that they were too ‘happy’ to care…

    Waking up at 5am with a hangover was quite the challenge…until we discovered the breathtaking Brutal Fruit Daisy Den. We had hot showers to rinse away the shame of our yesterdays. It was an absolute blessing!
    We were now ready to start our day at the dam…with drinks, snacks and inflatable boats. We merrily sang some Jack Parow lyrics at 3 minute intervals and eventually had random people singing along with us!
    The dam was incredibly refreshing – even after my friend tinkled in it. Who would’ve known? Back to the performances…The Brother Moves On, The Rescu, Peachy Keen, Prime Circle, Blush n’ Bass, PH Fat, Band Of Skulls and Lark! All freaking awesome! I know I’ve left out so many ridiculously-amazing performers but I sort of feel like I’ve written the Bible already (and I haven’t even got to Sunday yet)!

    Even though I’ve left out much regarding the Lemon Tree tent, the Nu World ring, the craft markets, etc…I have to fast-forward to a simplified Sunday now.
    They are all so talented – Hotwater, Shadowclub, Just Jinjer and Bomshiva’s Didgeridoo & Drum Act. I literally felt hypnotised with euphoria…
    We stayed on till the Afterlife and finished off the day with perfection – one last chill session in the dam…All I can say, is that we were very happy hippos!

    Although I had to skip some very epic memories, I think it’s about time I summarise that weekend into one concise statement…I rocked those forking daisies (even though they weren’t actual daisies, they were still beautiful and I rocked them)!

    PS, in all of the photos from that weekend I looked sort of animal-drunk slash mummified and although that’s a very beautiful combination…I think it must have been the camera angle that distorted it even further 😉

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