What a weekend!  The 11th annual Superbalist is Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival rocked Darling in the Western Cape with a phenomenal line up of 250 international and local artists across 11 stages.

25,000 fans rocked out for four days to the likes of Mac Miller (US), Knife Party (Aus), Eats Everything (UK), Beardyman (UK), Opiuo (NZ) and Matador (IE), along with the best multi-genre acts in SA. LA’s indie pop band Foster the People headlined the Main Stage and put on an exceptional performance, which concluded with an array of fireworks ending the night off with a bang.

In a first for Daisies, a hip-hop stage was added this year and by all accounts it stole the show. Placed on the main thoroughfare near the festival’s biggest stages, it turned out to be one of the hottest spots of the festival this year!  Passes by couldn’t help being drawn in by the rhythmic, rhyming rapping and the energetic performances of SAs hottest urban talent. Curated by Pop Bottles, the stage’s acts put their all into their performances, and judging by the huge crowds the stage drew, undoubtedly converted indie, rock or dance fans to a completely new genre of music.

Variety of genre has become the heart of what Daisies stands for, so as well as giving young, up-and-coming talent a platform to shine, the festival hosted a number of iconic legends this year such as ‘Bra’ Hugh Masekela and Mango Groove.  Trying out a new song to the crowd for the first time, lead singer Claire Johnston delighted fans with fresh material as well as the crowd-pleasing hits such as Home Talk and Special Star that their fans have come to expect.

The detail that went into the décor, sets and production design of this year’s event was recognised by all festival goers who loved the new layout and the additional space that it provided. The Secret Stage was also launched this year and only 1500 lucky people were randomly given access to it. Dancing cat girls, fire poi, break dancers and a whole lot of weird and wacky, made this stage a little piece of magic.

Huge support was given to #DaisiesSpringClean, with festival fans donating jackets, t-shirts and jeans for people who could really use them. The initiative collected over 4000 items of clothing this year, with plans to grow this year upon year. These clothes will later be distributed to The Street Store, The Haven Night Shelter, Upcycle and Youth League Development.

A huge thank you has to go out to an incredible headline sponsor Superbalist who played out of their boots this year. The Superbalist pop-up shop stored only the latest in festival fashion. The space also hosted the Superb Upgrade Station where you could embroider and embellish your clothes with badges, pom-poms and tassels as well as get your make-up done by their Superb crew.

Of course all great events need great partners, so the festival would like to thank MTV,  Channel 24 all of the other valued sponsors for their support.

Superbalist is Rocking the Daisies took place from 6-9 October 2016 at the beautiful Cloof Wine Estate in Darling in the Western Cape.


DATE: 6-9 October 2016

PLACE: Cloof Wine Estate


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Issued on behalf of Rocking the Daisies by One-eyed Jack.


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