This Saturday the Rise & Shine Acoustic Music Festival, Jozi’s first eco-friendly music fest, hits Sandton Central Park. Honestly I didn’t even know that Sandton had a central park, but its only fitting seeing that Jozi is fast becoming the New York City of Africa. I’m no fan of Sandton, but throw in some sunshine, live music and beer and I’m sold.
It’s no secret that I’m a festival nut, and I’m especially partial to a chilled-out greenie fest. Rise and Shine, with its tree-planting eco-friendly ethos sounds right up my alley. The festival is organised in association with Greenpop.org, who will plant a tree for every 50 people that attend the festival. Effectively, the festival could lead to a small forest taking root. Pretty cool!
Besides their eco-friendly mission, the festival’s line-up is pretty damn awesome. I’m so looking forward to the jamming beats of Jeremy Loops (who’s CD has been on playing on a loop in my car for a while), the folky rhythms of up-and-coming Nakhane Toure and the reggae beats of my old favorites Tidal Waves. Not to mention Shotgun Tori, Chiba Fly, Naming James and Shadow Club.
True to its name, the festival opens at 7h30 am and starts with an 8am yoga class. I’m going to try my best to be there early for the yoga, but I think I may be a little too optimistic.
Here’s some Jeremy Loops to get you in the mood:
When: Saturday 8 March 2013, 8am – 6pm
Where: Sandton Central Park, Johannesburg
More info: https://www.facebook.com/RiseShineFest
Getting there: The Gautrain station is within walking distance from Sandton Central Park. If you’re driving, car-pooling is encouraged. Parking at Sandton City is R10, flat rate and its only a 500m walk to the park.
Tickets: R150 presale, R200 at the gate and are available from Ticketbreak. You can also get a ‘Green’ ticket for R250 which ensures that Greenpop will plant a tree on your behalf and send you the cooprdiantes of your tree’s location in Africa!