River Republic Festival [Review]

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Last weekend I fell in love with an intimate little festival at the idyllic Round The Bend Camp just outside of Swellendam. Can you actually lose your heart on an event? Well, can you imagine anything better in summer than to loathe around on your lilo in the river, listening to some of SA’s best artists? Still need convincing? How about throwing in some green grass to chill on, and a camping area in the bush with some crazy cool people? Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! It’s real and it’s called River Republic.

The awesome people who bring us Up The Creek every year, decided that it’s time for something rather special: An intimate weekend-party for nature and music lovers alike. Not too far from Cape Town, but just far enough to escape city life, this beautiful venue played host to a few very lucky people who got tickets to River Republic Festival 2015.

Sadly we only arrived on Saturday, but the weather was really showing off and we couldn’t wait to be at the river. A shuttle came to pick us up in the parking lot and drove us to the festival area. Like something out of a fantasy every part of the event was just right: the camping area set on the banks of the river, the lush green grass and the most amazing crowd of young and old. Under a beautiful big tree our tent was pitched.

We were spoiled with a range of local bands and artists playing on a small stage on the lawn. From the reggae beats of German band, Riders Connection, to the crazy DJ-set of Jews for Techno, River Republic had put the perfect blend of music together for a weekend of ultimate unwinding.

We witnessed the first ever skinny dipping event, and even though they had only one participant, I’m sure this will go down in the books!

The highlight of the festival was without a doubt rockers Southern Wild’s set. Vocalist David van Vuuren is like a madman on a highway, full of energy and passion. But he gets every note right while his band is just as driven as he is.

We partied until early in the morning, I lost a shoe on the banks of the river, gained a massive bruise on a piece of wood and slept until I was surprised by an ice-cold coke from the bar. It was all magical and marvelous… even the guy that danced around in a leopard-print dress to every song, or did I dream that?

And that’s how a festival is born. We were the lucky ones who made history!

Even though I’d wish the festival would stay this small, I can’t help but share this magical event with you. If swimming at sunset and dancing barefoot on the green grass seem like your thing, make sure you don’t miss it again!

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Thanks River Republic, you guys made DPC’s weekend super special!


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