Countdown To Parklife
June 5, 2017
The countdown has begun with just weeks to go before one of South Africa’s favourite music, culture, food and family festivals – Parklife – heads to the City Of Gold.
Presented by 947, TRACE URBAN and Breakout, Parklife Festival boasts nationally touring headliners and emerging artists, as well as an array of the city’s finest local food traders. It’s the perfect get-together with friends and the entire family, bringing people from all walks of life together to enjoy a superbly relaxed atmosphere and vibe.
Celebrating its sixth year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength. With three events this year – one in Cape Town, one in Jozi and one in Durban – ticket sales each year have increased consistently. Music lovers raved over the opportunity to see some of the newer bands coming through due to having more than one stage it also enabled continuous access to music.
The Joburg event kicks off on Saturday, 10 June with the Durban event following on Sunday, 11 June. The Joburg festival taking place at the picturesque Marks Park Sports Club in Emmarentia, will be bringing you top International and local music with an awe-inspiring line-up including Matt Simons (USA), Jeremy Loops, Matthew Mole, De Hofnar (Netherlands), Shortstraw, Gavin James (Ireland), Ph Fat , GoodLuck, Sketchy Bongo, Melvv (USA), Euphonik, Kyle Deutsch, Tresor, Rubber Duc, Apple Gule, Easy Freak, Alexandra May, Dominic Neill, Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions.
In addition to awesome music to suite all tastes, festival goers can also enjoy the art of eating with a gourmet food village – so come hungry! This festival has fast gained a foodie reputation, bringing together independent chefs and food makers to create a unique, outdoor eating experience with communal tables. Brand new traders promise to tantalise taste buds with endless culinary options from vegetarian food stalls, Greek food, pizza specialists, Portuguese deserts, as well as gourmet flavoured popcorn and coffee stalls.
Looking forward to tucking in, after entertaining the crowds of course, is South African singer and songwriter Jeremy Loops, who’ll be performing at this year’s event. “I’ve always enjoyed Parklifebecause of its laid back, welcoming atmosphere, while still balancing in an edgier musical component that makes going to events like this worthwhile,” says the modern folk musician from Cape Town. “You often find pure music fests to be too draining, while pure lifestyle fests are too lethargic and often times boring. Parklife strikes a really nice balance.”
Festival director, Damon Forbes adds he and his team are looking forward to bringing South Africans another stellar event. “We were really happy about the way the festival turned out last year and the success of the recent Cape Town event, so to be honest there was not a lot that needed to change. What we have focused on for the Jozi event is the smaller details behind the scenes, for example, people flow and movement around the venue, as well as things like restroom locations,” he says. “Parklife has become known for not only constantly providing a wide variety of bands and food options but for being an awesome day out and a huge social gathering for people. The Festival’s popularity is fast-growing because word-of-mouth has been so solid. What makes this Festival particularly appealing is the fact that it is totally family friendly.”
All you need to do is bring along good vibes, a picnic blankets, maybe a chair or two and a brollie for good luck, and enjoy a great day out under the African sun. Gates open at 9am, ticket price (excluding ticketing fee) below;
Adult Early bird: R295
Kids (5-11) Early bird
Adult Second Phase: R395
Kids (5-11) Second Phase: R295