Rocking the Daisies Revives Its Rep

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By Tasneem Jacobs

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 10 of VARSITY.


A festival goer poses inside a special photo area set up within the silent disco.
Image by Tasneem Jacobs

If you haven’t already been alerted by the flood of glitter-filled Instagram posts on your timeline, Rocking The Daisies just happened. The annual festival is a much anticipated weekend of music, camping and memory making with your homies. This year, however, RTD was off to a rocky start following the announcement that festival goers would be prohibited from bringing any liquids onto the grounds. The sudden replacement of rapper Goldlink with Aminé added more tension. This resulted in a large number of people opting to sell their ticket days before the festival. Amidst all of this controversy, those who opted not to attend wondered one thing about the festival – Was it worth it?


A group of RTD attendees all the way from Johannesburg.
Image by Tasneem Jacobs

As a first time Daisies attendee, I left with a definite feeling that my time and money spent there was not wasted. The festival was an amalgamation of sounds, colours, ethnicities, and interests; all of which merged together to form a cohesive atmosphere of togetherness. Musically, the three stages meant that there was a playlist for everyone. Hotel Soulection (my personal favourite stage) provided RnB and hip hop jams all weekend long, while the Oasis stage kept the trance and techno lovers fully satisfied. The live acts were also up to scratch vocally and with regards to stage presence. The entire crowd singing along to ‘Her’ by Majid Jordan was electrifying. “It was one of the best weekends of my life”, said UCT student Eva Da Costa. This was by and large the shared sentiment amongst those in attendance from Cape Town. “It was so much fun. I’m really glad I ended up coming”, said one festival goer who had saved up especially to attend RTD. The outliers in this consensus however, were those who had flown in from Johannesburg. Most agreed that the festival was a success, but felt that spending extra money on camping and flights was unnecessary. Many of the same acts played at Johannesburg based music festival In The City on Sunday October 8th.


Regarding the alcohol ban, this was not as dire as predicted. Drinks were sold at reasonable prices and were served cold – a welcome reprieve from the stifling heat. More importantly, this rule had a direct effect on the number of blackout cases according to the Red Frogs present on site. This in turn lowered the rate of sexual assault cases reported. Festival creator George Avakian even confirmed that this year produced the least amount of litter and plastic waste in RTD history.


My advice for future festival goers is this: Don’t be tempted to sell your ticket on a whim. You might just find that you end up having a stellar experience. I know I did.

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