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Written by Liny Kruger
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Music lovers, escape to River Republic with the same team that brings you Up the Creek every year. Same Breede River, different venue. Beautiful green grass, tall trees and a stage next to the water. Meet new people, make friends for life, and for a while forget your city strife.
And if you’re reading this, you can enter Breede River Buzz’s competition to win a double ticket to the event! Simply inbox us on Facebook with a message to say you would like to go, and supply your cell number.
About River Republic
2 to 4 December 2016
Round The Bend Camp, Breede River, Swellendam
Where lilo meets river and electro meets rock, pop, swing and folk; where a grassy dance floor meets a bar, and a floating stage reveals a glimmer…of a hidden paradise.
The line-up for this year is fun, fast and footloose. Some of SA’s best bands and DJs will keep you entertained all weekend. It is hot, it is summer, it is time to shake things up. Join us in paradise and let`s party with Adrian Gemini, Crimson House, DJ Dirtroad, Forefront, Hans Zen, Hugo.Hugh, Jackal and the Wind, Manouche, MCCREE, Nate Maingard, ROBFATHER, Sir Sean Young, Slow Jack, Southern Wild, The Jackie Oh`s, The Liminals, Tom James(UK), Veranda Panda and Tuin.
This year’s line -up consists of magnificent artists that have something new and refreshing to offer: Slow Jack exploded onto the SA Music Scene after their stellar performance at Jagermeister presents Up the Creek 2016 and their first single release “Love to Dream” reached no 1 on 5fm`s SA Top 30 Charts. View their studio version of the single here.
Tom James from the UK is River Republic’s special international guest artist. James utilizes unique playing methods that stray from simple strummed chords as he finger-picks complex arpeggios and uses his guitar percussively on his lap. Matched with his trickling harmonies, raw vocals and lyrical depth, his music is bound to captivate the eyes and ears of the audience and swiftly convert them into dedicated fans. Listen to Tom James here.
New on the block is the lovely Jackie Ohs: an all-girl DJ Trio that looks like a sixties fashion spread and have the moves that will put Jagger to shame. Dressed up in vintage clothes, with go-go boots, beehives and the works, they press buttons to create a time machine straight to the swinging sixties.
Drawing inspiration from a melting pot of styles and flavours, The Liminals are on a mission to share their eclectic blend of energetic and groovy tunes. Being backed up by a powerfully dynamic and engaging live show, fans have seen the band become regulars on the Cape Town music scene. “Funk, indie-rock, jazz, blues and even the occasional African-influence coalesce to create the band’s signature sound. Unpredictable, strangely pleasing discordant moments intersperse smoothly grooving, ska-influenced tunes. Their overall sound is clean-cut and clarified, and jangling guitar and full, smoothly rolling vocals contribute a decidedly eloquent feel to their music as a whole.”
Jackal and the Wind wishes to whisk people away to a world with neither boundaries nor proclamation. They explain how they got their name: “As the jackal hungers for music filled with unadulterated, emotional and palpable sound, the wind reminds us that not all that can’t be seen is to be out of mind.” They will be releasing their debut single, “The People Sing” on October 20th. Tecla Ciolfi from www.texxandthecity.com describes the new single as: “An upbeat folk anthem just in time for summer, rooted in distinct African melody that’s lifted by a classic sing-along chorus and traditional harmonies”
So many wonderful acts, so little space to talk about them all. One thing is for sure, with names like Forefront, Tuin, The ROBFATHER, MCCREE and Southern Wild, Republicans can expect an intriguing and unusual mix of fantastic party music. Let the music keep playing with a shake and a shiver, and you’ll be ever so grateful you came to the river!
Tickets still available:
Adult Festival Ticket R770 (excl. booking fees)
Kids 12 & Over Ticket R350 (excl. booking fees)
Kids under 12 free entry.
Camping (with toilets and hot showers) included in ticket price, but if you prefer a little more luxury – these are your options:
A-Frame Chalet (2-sleeper) R2,900 (excl. booking fees)
A-Frame Chalet (4-sleeper) R5,200 (excl. booking fees)
Aloe Ridge Self-catering House (4-sleeper) R6,800 (excl. booking fees)
Note: These chalet and house accommodation options do not include festival tickets. Must buy tickets separately. Book here: http://www.riverrepublic.co.za/ticket-packages/
Social media links
https://twitter.com/RiverRepublic #riverrepublic2016 #escapethecity