Rocking the Daisies Check list!
So many of us have been counting down the days till Daisies 2013 since Daisies 2012 but for those of you first timers who are about to embark on your first ever trip to Rocking the Daisies this will give you an idea of exactly how excited you should be, what to take and important things to remember…
Rocking the Daisies is already sold out with 15 000 festival frolickers and is an experience of a lifetime. With the organizers raising the bar you can expect some incredible international bands and local rock stars!.
After making the trek up to Darling for the last 4 years, I like to think of myself as pretty experienced and prepared for my favorite weekend of the year so here are some of my secrets.
What to expect:
The variety of music at Daisies can wet anyone’s appetite. From the pumping beats of the Red Bull Electronic Stage to the local and international bands gracing the Main Stage you will not be disappointed by the line-ups. During the day you can kick back and relax by the beach bar listening to Goldfish pumping out the tunes or recline by the Hemp Stage. And for something a little bit different try the Nu World Beat Barn which features artists from African countries.
Besides the incredible world-class music you can take advantage of the traders market, wine-tasting and food village. Wander through the art field or watch a comedy show in the Lemon Tree Theatre – there really is something for everyone.
Rules: There are some basic rules that you need to be aware of before road tripping up.
- Alcohol: you will only be able to consume alcohol in the camping area and it must in decanted into plastic bottle because there is NO GLASS allowed in the festival grounds
- No fires so if you want to have a boerewors roll or a hangover cook up in the morning remember you will have to use a skottel or make use of the food village
- No animals: Leave all dogs, cats and hamsters at home!
- Take as many photos as you like but no DRONES are allowed without an official event permit
- LEAVE NO TRACE: with the mission to create a clean, green festival everyone must remember to respect the environment
Because of the environmentally conscious mission of the festival there are a variety off options when you are planning getting to the festival. There is the Daisy train bring festival goers from Jo Burg, busses running from all over Cape Town and for the those really serious about minimizing their carbon footprint there is Walking the Daisies and Cycling the Daisies.
If you are going to drive up remember to be cool and car pool!
Essential Daisies Kit List:
- Drinks: you can never have enough!
- Food: although you can buy almost anything from the food market it is always a good idea to take some of your own. Having snack is always important (not to mention cheaper than buying all your meals)
- Seat: camping chairs are always important – you will appreciate having somewhere to rest your feet
- Toothbrush and toiletries: you will want to feel fresh and refreshed after dancing the day and night away – there is nothing better than a minty fresh mouth in the morning
- Sleeping arrangements: tents, mattresses, pillows, blankets – there is nothing you are going to want more than a comfy place to sleep
- Cash: although there is ATMs you will want to make sure you have cash to avoid standing in long queues
- Medic kit: Rehidrat, Headache tablets, Liver tablets, anti histamines (the grass and dust can cause hay fever) and some plasters etc in case of a small accident
- Water bottles: whether you need to rehydrate or a bottle to mix some drink in, a water bottle is not something you should leave behind
- Clothes: a good variety of warm clothes for the evening when the temperature drops and daytime clothes when it tends to be warm and sunny. Don’t forget tie-dye, flower crowns, fedoras, summer dresses and eccentric accessories – anything goes at Daisies
- Waterproof: Just in case don’t forget to pack in a rain jacket
- Camera: NB – you will want to document this weekend
- Towels, sarongs, bikinis, sun hats and sun umbrellas: useful if you decide to go for a swim in the dam or need to keep cool or hide from the sun
- Gazebo: A great addition to your campsite – a gazebo provides some shade and a place to hang out
- A lilo/9ft inflatable animal/ beach ball: who doesn’t want any of these things
- Shoes: comfortable reliable shoes are VERY important – in this case comfort over style is the way to go
- Cellphone car charger: with smart phones and awful battery life you might want to remember a charger
- Lock for your tent: although Rocking the Daisies is still pretty safe you might want to take a small padlock
So now that you have your kit list, you have gotten appropriately excited, get ready to pack your bags, full up your car and wait in eager anticipation for the day to finally arrive.
See you all there!
– Shan Routledge