It’s that time of year! Superbalist is Rocking the Daisies is right around the corner. We’re getting a little bit excited. Okay, we’ve already started packing. This year promises to exceed all previous experiences and expectations with more infrastructure, features and perks than we can mention. Check out the details here. We’ve picked out the best bits of the festival we’re looking forward to to get you all kinds of excited. Make your life miles easier by downloading the Rocking the Daisies app – its also a great way to procrastinate/daydream about the weekend. Here you go:
Now if you’re lucky enough to get off work early enough to be the the festival and ready rumble by Thursday afternoon, you’re playing your cards right! Or you’re a student. Or an artist. Or a freelancer. Or you’ve got your priorities straight. Either way, life must be nice, so get a beer in your hand and don’t miss Mikey Weinberg btb Schumi. These guys are no stranger to an enthusiastic crowd, having blessed ATOM at The Waiting Room on a regular basis with deep-reaching, elusive sets that are going to root you in an excellent space for the weekend, and well, might be a nice accompaniment for an out of body experiences you may want to treat yourself too. We warn you: don’t go too hard too soon. Thursday is all about warming up and settling in, so make sure your campsite is lush, get a feel for the ridiculously well-equipped festival space, and grab a shower before the crowds arrive.
Our highlight of the Campsite Stage on Thursday evening is definitely Sol Gems, a bunch of Jozi cats that came out of The Stella’s and Changeling. They’ve still got the remains of a psychedelic sensibility plus some punk roots, making revivalist sounds to groove to mid-evening.
Then make your way over the the Bridges for Music Stage where the rest of your night will be filled with something of a sonic education. DJ Mizz, Audiojerk, Sir Vincent and DJ Loyd are set to take care of you and between the four of them you’re in highly capable hands. Now get some sleep and prepare yourself for the onslaught of the upcoming days.
Just as you’re thinking you were good and settled, the masses will arrive. Do not fear, for with the arrival of the majority comes the opening of the festival proper. Things only start kicking off mid-morning music wise, so sleep in as long as you can in your sweaty little tent and then head outside for a burrito. By this time you’ll be ready for some fine selection from Roastin Records who are kicking your day off at the Nu World Beat Barn. Be warned, the rest of your day will be frantic toing and froing because the lineup is just so well curated.
It’s tough when there are a couple of acts you’re dying to see and they’re all playing stimulateously. You’re just going to have to clone yourselves and use body double to see everyone you’d like to. Our friends Diamond Thug are taking to the Main Stage for a disability awareness show, so pop into that before checking out Thibo Tazz next door at the Electronic Dome. When he’s done you can catch the last of crooner and swooner Lance Herman at the Nu World Beat Barn, before heading back to Main Stage for Moonchild Sanelly and BCUC.
Now would be a great time for a nap. You’re going to need it to prepare for Christian Tiger School at the Electronic Dome, and then Major League at Two’s Up. If you’re looking for some time out, check out Wandile Mbabeni at the Hemp Stage, and then eat some dinner. Lining your stomach is very important, kids.
Next up: Stilo Magolide and Youngsta right after one another and then straight onto one of our favourite Cape Town events, SWIM, taking the stage as DesktopDesktop and Young Supreme. They’ll be playing til late at Headspaza, so you can pop back to those guys whenever you’re feeling spare. Which is unlikely, given the rest of the evening – AKA, Mac Miller, and PHfat are our recommendations, followed by Nasty C who you just cannot miss. He’s not in these parts much. If you’re going in hard on Friday night, catch Die Dough play the pre-sunrise set for your little dose of festival trance!
Stay strong, you’re only half way! If you’re still up from Friday night, head over the the Hemp Stage for Wake Up Shake Up which is a guided dance. What a glorious idea. If you’re not up quite that early there’s a bunch of yoga that will put you in a good place until mid-morning when you can crack open your first beer. It’s going to be another long day of musical goodness so make sure you start it right with Selfir at Headspaza, Luc Vermeer’s current side project.
Head over the the Hemp Stage for the last of Miles Sievright‘s show, and then settle in for the TedX Activation and educate yourselves! Next up in Matthew Mole, Nakhane Toure and Hugh Masekela all right after each other on Main Stage. We guarantee tears. Dance it off with Original Swimming Party, then Card on Spokes and back to Fever Trails. You’ll come for the eyes but stay for the beats.
Once again, this is a great time for a nap. Make sure you’re back for Mango Groove, then for a throwback, then Yanga, Sibot & Toyota, Foster the People, DJ Lag, Thor Rixon and White Nite. If at any point you’re bored or have some time to kill make your way over the the Daisies hidden gem – the Silent Disco, hosted by Uppercut, Tommy Gun and Robfather.
Go home, you’ve had enough.
Remember: stick to a couple of acts you really want to see but don’t be shy to check out one or two names you’ve never heard of. Make some friends. Don’t be rude. Pick up after yourself. Don’t do things that you wouldn’t be able to tell your mom about. Go to sleep when you want to. Take swims. And find the full lineup here.