October 14, 2013 by leighnewlands
Rocking the Daisies never disappoints. It has become the most popular eco-friendly festival in South Africa.
This year, I was fortunate enough to win tickets courtesy of Frys Family Foods as well as Mainstay at the last minute. Because of RTD increasing popularity over the years, the event sells out at least a month before the event. This causes people to start begging and selling tickets. Actually they would do almost anything for a RTD ticket. Don’t believe me? Just go and check out their event page. Another thing which became a big factor at this year’s Daisies was the theft. While people were out partying the night away, tents were slashed and trashed, even in the VIP area. Items like Macbooks, iPhones and cameras. While it was unfortunate, the obvious problem: too many people, not enough security guards. I mean really, you need an army of security guards when you have 15 000 party-goers. It’s unfortunate though, as you’d think your fellow partiers wouldn’t want to steal – unless it wasn’t the partiers and rather security itself? These questions have been raised by many. Check the article here.
Another negative factor stemming from the event was the amount of rubbish left lying around when people packed up their tents and left.
Sure, those people are dimwits with a non-existent conscious to just leave their litter lying everywhere (it literally looked like a mine field). BUT let’s face it, people are becoming lazier by the day and there were too few bins in sight so people just plainly can’t be bothered to find a bin – especially when they’re hungover and about to embark on the great trek to their cars carrying tens of thousands of bags. Solution: I suppose more bins need to be made available at almost every corner or section of the campsites.
Despite those two instances, I am actually here to RAVE about Rocking the Daisies. This year it seemed like they had pumped a lot more money into the event. The event was laid out slightly different to last year’s with the Red Bull electro stage no longer being in a sheltered marquee but rather an open air stage, much like the main stage.
The amount of space made available due to the new layout was much better though. Also, this year I think all applause must go to the laser shows at Daisies. There were these gigantic hands, one by the dam, one in between stalls and two serving as an arch walkway.
Made out of what looked like really thin strips of wood, they had a big spot light inside them so at night, they would light up.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the fingers were pointing in a direction so at night, a green laser would shoot out from the fingers, both criss-crossing over the dam. Then there were projections on the mountains. These projections were also in green and included the wording “Rocking the Daisies” as well as pictures of Daisies.
The cherry on top for me though had to be the water projection on the actual dam. There was a floating sprinkler in the middle of the dam and a projector directly opposite it on the other side of the dam. When the sprinkler was turned on, the water would shoot up and the projector would shoot out images and different colour, displaying on the water that was spraying out. See the image below for a better idea.
With an epic line-up as usual, the biggest acts who were most talked about was Al Bairre, local Cape Town act as well as Alt-J and The Hives (international). Daisies was an epic festival as usual. It was well-organised and always bought along a fantastic vibe.
I am yet to however, experience it when the weather stays sunny and warm the whole weekend. The sun barely showed its face that weekend while the wind made its presence known. It was far too cold but I think most people were kept warm by their “alcohol” blanket. Besides these new features, the old faithfuls that attracted thousands before were still at the festival. This included the food village, the traders market, the Daisy Den, Art field and installations and the Green Village.
If you’ve never been to Daisies, I highly recommend it. As soon as the tickets become available, buy ASAP because you’re not guaranteed to win tickets (I was lucky) and if you want to buy from people selling, you’ll be paying twice the retail value.
Thank you Frys Family Foods and Mainstay. To my homies who came with to Daisies, thank you for an EPIC and ROCKING time. That powerade mix is a sure winner and the Explore 2000, no words can describe. Till next year 😀