Music festivals are big business, from the legendary international events whose celebrity lists read like the Hollywood Walk of Fame to our local version of the same.
Yes, internationally, there are icons like Glastonbury in the UK and Coachella in LA and while we're not promising you'll find Kate Moss sloshing around the mud in a pair of splattered Wellies and denim hotpants, the music festivals in our patch down south are awesome. Our roll call of honour?
- Up the Creek
On the banks of the Breede River near Swellendam, Up the Creek boasts a main stage, a river stage and an all-night-long Breede River bar stage for frolicking campers.
- Cape Town International Jazz Festival
With 40 international and African acts performing on five stages to an audience of 15 000, the international jazz festival is a must for aficionados.
- Splashy Fen
Every year, the music festival attracts thousands of people to a farm near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal for both mainstream and alternative local music.
- Oppikoppi Bushveld Festival
Also hosted on a farm, Oppikoppi is legendary amongst musos and fans – it has launched the careers and fanbases of many of SA's best artists.
- Standard Bank Joy of Jazz
Johannesburg's biggest annual jazz festival is an ideal family outing headlines more than 200 local and international artists, performing downtown in Newtown and at smaller venues across the city.
- Rocking the Daisies
The festival features top local bands performing a wide variety of music, plus the added bonus of Darling as the beautiful backdrop.
- Rustler's Valley
Rustler's Valley in the eastern Free State is best known for its New Year celebrations but there are trance, dance and drumming throughout the year – and the Maluti Mountains never fail to impress either.