Whether you’re a first-time festival-goer, or an old-hat on the party scene, this brand-new, exciting three-day festival might be just what you’re looking for. It’s called Bazique, and is a creative collaboration between some of the best party organisers in the business, including the creators of Sexy Groovy Love, Pop Bottles, Wolfkop, Weekender, Diskotekah, CTEMF, and the UK’s Secret Garden Party, to name a few.
If that doesn’t get you revved up, then the impressive entertainment lineup – and spectacular setting – will have you going bezerk over Bazique.
Seven international DJs, one international headline band, 40 local DJs, 10 local bands and 20 actors will be taking over the six carefully curated stages scattered throughout the three-day event, offering a never-ending stream of hot beats and performance art.
The Live Stage will see the performances by Foreign Beggars, Riky Rick, and PhFat; while the Pop Bottles Stage invites hip-hop heads to heat things up: DJ Dimplez, DJ Speedsta, and DJ Milkshake. On the Protea Stage expect toe-tapping techno and trance by CTEMF Soundsystem, ATMOS, and Lady M; and on the The Frisky Disco Stage deep-house and nu-disco beats will be provided by Rigopolar, Mr Jay, and Bhashkar Lee. Head to the Ukudlala Beach for lakeside deep house and tropical beats by Dean Fuel, Felix Laband and El Gordo. The pop to LA Fee Verte for the best funk, disco, jazz, swing, hip-hop, and rock ’n’ roll from Toby2Shoes, The Get Down DJs, and Richard Human.
And that’s just to name a few! Expect countless more incredible performances and bop-worthy beats from many more featured artists bringing the heat over the weekend.
But that’s not all…
As if that stellar lineup wasn’t enough, there’s even more to keep things jumping! There’ll be spontaneous pop-up parties, silent discos, art cars, burlesque shows, salsa dancing classes, art boats and table tennis happening at selected stages. There’ll even be a large-scale art installation created by David Popper, the mastermind behind some of the majestic structures at AfrikaBurn.
Only a short one-hour trip from Cape Town, The Elgin Grabouw Country Club is the ideal venue for a weekend of festivities. Surrounded by majestic mountains, with a warm-water swimming dam, and two kilometres of white-sand beaches, there’s hardly a better venue to bop till you drop.
And to keep our planet happy, there will be a number of environmentally friendly hacks carried out over the festival, including recycling of all bottles and cans used, free biodegradable sunscreen, dishware and straws, and only 1.5 litre bottles of water on sale, to keep the plastic footprint to a minimum.
Camp or glamp
Whether you choose to rough it, or do it in style, you’re going to need to rest your head at some point, and refuel after a beat-filled day. The happy campers can either pitch a tent in the main camping area alongside the sparkling swimming dam, or next to their car in the car camping area.
Glampers can sleep in Dome Tents (with foam mattresses), Large Dome Tents (with bedding and access to bathroom amenities), Shaded Dome Tents with a stretch tent cover, or a Luxury Bell Tent (kitted out with a double bed, bedding and access to posh trailer toilets and showers).
Campervan owners are also welcome, and can park their vehicle close to the lake.
Carpool it to Elgin, or hop aboard a luxury air-conditioned Bazique coach, which departs from Sea Point and Observatory on Friday, 16 March, and head back to the city on Sunday evening, 18 March.
Are you ready to go Bazique?