The arrival of spring means it’s time to start looking forward to this year’s White Mountain Festival, where you can unwind in a stunning setting while enjoying acoustic performances by some of the best live acts in the country.
Running from 20 to 24 September, the four-day line-up includes Watershed frontman Craig Hinds performing songs off his brand new debut solo album, as well as Cape Town singer-songwriter Matthew Mole, who recently became the first South African artist to enter the iTunes album chart at No. 1, ahead of international superstars like Jay Z, The Rolling Stones, Michael Buble and Robin Thicke. Mole’s debut album The Home We Built even managed to beat the world’s biggest compilation series NOW That’s What I Call Music to the top of the chart!
Also on the bill are American singer-songwriter Brett Newski, Johannesburg’s Nakhane Toure and Margaret’s Daughter, plus a strong showing of Cape Town artists such as Paige Mac, Gerald Clark, Luna Paige, Stefan Dixon and Lucy Kruger. And from Durban, expect the likes of The Kickstands, Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby & Nick Pitman, Qadasi, Shomon and The Incidentals, to name a few.
Other acts to watch out for are acoustic guitar maestro Steve Newman collaborating with renowned percussionist Ashish Joshi, as well as Radio Kalahari Orkes, the hugely popular ‘boere folk’ outfit fronted by actor, playwright and musician Ian Roberts, who’s probably best known for his role as Boet in the iconic Ja Swaer TV advertisements for Castrol motor oil. They promise irreverent, toe-tapping music that smells, tastes and sounds like the veld and is thick with the kick of mampoer!
A quick 25km tarred detour off the N3 towards Giant’s Castle in KZN brings you to White Mountain Lodge, which is where this gem of a festival is held. With its spacious grounds, fishable dam, swimming pool, playground, convenience store, restaurant and charming old pub (with satellite TV and late-night live music), the lodge’s many amenities add another dimension to the usual festival experience.
There are also loads of fun activities for the whole family, colourful arts and crafts, assorted food outlets, a beer market featuring several local breweries, plus a new tipi village – all set against a backdrop of the scenic central Drakensberg.
Known for its intimate, relaxed atmosphere, White Mountain 2013 promises to hit just the right note! Advance tickets cost R600 at Computicket, which includes four nights’ camping in a beautiful site overlooking the dam. Children aged four to 11 pay R125 and children under four get in free. Gates open at 7am on Friday 20 September. No under-18s permitted without parental supervision. For more information and the full programme, visit www.c-weed.com/wmf or contact 031 563 0824.