Local rock music enthusiasts are in for a treat this weekend as the Macufe Rock Festival makes its comeback to the City of Roses.
The rock festival forms part of the annual Macufe, or as also known, Mangaung African Cultural Festival, which is being presented for the nineteenth time this year. This prestigious event, hosted in the very heart of South Africa by the Free State Provincial Government, takes place in Mangaung from 30 September to 9 October.
The festival has grown from strength to strength over the past two decades. This year’s event promises yet another world-class festival for both art and music lovers from all corners of South Africa.
The Macufe Rock Festival is a rock festival that is taking place for the first time in ten years. Organisers say it will make the Macufe brand truly representative of the rainbow nation, thus fostering social cohesion and nation building.
The line-up includes the likes of Just Jinjer, Howie Combrink, Wonderboom, Gangs of Ballet, Manny Walters, Wolfgang Marrow, Drywater, Oros In ‘n Lang Glas and Kirkland. This mix will most certainly satisfy the appetite of each and every rock, folk and blues junkie.
According to Jeanne-Marie van der Berg, one of the organisers, the day will be a true family affair. “An area with food stalls and children’s play area will be available. The participating bands will be on stage from early on and people can just come and enjoy good music in a fantastic setting.”
Rugby fans need not worry. A live broadcast of the Test match between South Africa and Australia will be shown on big screens on the day.
The Macufe Rock Festival takes place at Emoya Estate on Saturday, 1 October. Gates open at 11:00 and the festival will rock on until midnight. Tickets sell at R120 per person and are available at Computicket. – Maricelle Botha