It’s not every day you get to watch a live performance from the (relative) comfort of your pool inflatable, but Up The Creek is not your everyday jol.
From tubes to swans to lilos, more than two thousand festival-goers took to the Brede river last weekend to see what the SA rock scene has to offer.
Hosted annually just outside Swellendam in the Western Cape, the four-day experience has become a staple for those who don’t mind roughing it for a taste of local talent.
Three stages, a pumping pub, a versatile food-court and some truly kooky characters make Up The Creek more than just a music experience.
Camping is split between three options: glamping at a cost, a site for tents only, and an area where visitors can park alongside their tents.
The tents-only area may sound like a slog, but it’s worth hauling all your stuff from your car.
Why, you ask? Well, your weekend may get off to a rocky start – and I mean rocky – if you choose the other option. It’s on a slope, and the ground is made up of sharp, mattress-destroying stones.
This year, despite a rained-out Friday, the festival was another roaring success, with the likes of Jack Parow, Grassy Spark and The Kiffness treating campers to some sweet, sweet tunes.
The obvious highlight of the experience is lounging on the Brede, which becomes saturated with all sorts of inflatable thingamajigs. So who cares if it rains? You're bound to get wet, anyway!
Artists jam out on the banks, while party-goers figure out how to dance and wiggle without falling off their plastic donuts. Sound like fun? Give it a go next January!