I don’t have to say much about this festival, I just want to share a few words and photos…
Due to other obligations this year, we could only drive to River Republic on Saturday. This is one of my favourite little festivals. And I say little, because it’s an intimate event whith only 800 tickets available every year.
River Republic can’t compete against any of the other festivals in South Africa, because it’s simply just too special and in a league of it’s own. From the drive to the venue, to the beautiful banks of the Breede River that form part of the festival’s home, everything is spectacular. It’s the first real taste of summer in the Western Cape.
We arrived to a stunning Saturday; the river glistening in the hot sun and lazy bodies filling the lush lawn.
With the tent pitched, we strolled to the stage. Yes, at River Republic you don’t walk, you stroll. The bands were already going, and a few colourful inflatables baked in the sun on the river bank. Picture perfect.
Between swimming and sipping on G&Ts, we watched some of the best local talent. Highlights of the weekend include Roxton met Herki, Flying Bantu, Nomadic Orchestra and BRYNN (be sure to check this band out!).
The best part of the festival is that you can float on the river, or chill by the bar having a deep conversation with a friend, and still enjoy the music – everything’s so intimate and close.
This year the festival also added a food stall or two, comedians and early morning yoga – a sign that it’s a growing, successful event.
Even though I would have loved to make a whole weekend out of this year’s event, one day is enough to rejuvenate you – a year in the city can take its toll!
Be sure to get your tickets for next year’s festival early, because they can sell out quickly.
Thank you River Republic for another top-notch festival We’ll see you next year.