LUSH Festival – presented by OFM and KykNET – are bringing their best line-up yet for Easter weekend 2018!

The Easter Weekend calls for a getaway to Clarens with the 3rd annual LUSH Festival, taking place from 29 March to 2 April 2018.

Life is all about experiences. Savouring beauty. Finding hidden treasures. Soaring to new heights. Doing something crazy that makes your heart pound with excitement. Creating memories with family and friends. This year’s Lush Festival showcases some of the most amazing experiences imaginable that will leave your soul spellbound.

Taking place from 29 March to 2 April on Linwood Farm in the town of Clarens (an easy three-hour drive from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Pretoria), Lush offers something for everyone.

If music ignites your senses, you’ll relish in Lush’s live music line-up including American rock band Bowling For Soup, Dave Depper (from Death Cab For Cutie), Kyp Malone (from TV on the Radio), Laura Burhenn (from The Mynabirds), Pierce Brothers (AUS), as well as a wealth of top South African talent including Anton Goosen, Fokofpolisiekar, TiMO ODV, Jack Parow, Goodluck, Dewald Wasserfall, Monark, Albert Frost, WONDERboom, and many more. There’s also delicious food on offer for those hungry to try something new and don’t worry about the trip back home every evening after your musical feast. An array of different accommodation in and around the Festival ensures you’ll settle comfortably for the night whether you’re an independent traveller who prefers camping or a glam packer who wants a boutique B&B to recharge in.

“The farm, after 3 years of grooming and infrastructural support, is becoming an incredibly beautiful gem and somewhere beautiful to just be with friends – next to the river, under all the willow trees or in the poplar forest. Festival attendees will be able to make use of Mountain Bike Trails in the area and there will be a 5km fun run with a fancy-dress element taking place on the Saturday, 31 March, with various prizes for the top three finishers and those best dressed,” says Damon Forbes, Festival organiser.


Now a 4-day festival, organisers have ensured there’s ample accommodation for guests, who can make use of the self-catering hotels, B&Bs, backpackers and lodges as well as guest houses, guest farms and country inns available in and around the town. There will also be a number of ‘tented hotels’, erected by Harambee, who are famous for their camps at festivals. Each tent will have beds, power points for charging phones and will also include creature comforts like private showers, a restaurant catering for breakfast (included) and its own bar. By having these different facilities, festival goers can choose where to stay depending on their specific needs.

While Lush itself will take place on Linwood Farm – a well-protected farm – there will also be a frenzy of activities in and around Clarens itself. A sight-seeing hub, many of the homes, restaurants and shops in this century-old town were crafted from sandstone, contributing to the town’s appeal. Art lovers will marvel at the number of galleries, design studios and art markets, while shoppers will delight with an endless assortment of crafts and curios.

Lush promises to be a world-class festival and a fun escape for locals and international visitors alike. After all, it’s about living for today and enjoying every moment.

The FOOD VILLAGE will have a great variety of gourmet food trucks setup for a delicious selection of food and beverages to satisfy any need. For the active and adventurous at heart, LUSH Festival will host a selection of activities, follow the jump!

Gates open 1pm Thursday March 29th for camping

Address: Linwood Farm, R711, Clarens, Free State

Tickets on sale right here!

With that said, we had a chat with Charlie Finch ahead of Lush Festival:

Hey there, thanks for your time. How are you feeling about playing for the first time at Lush Festival?

Honestly, I’m really excited. Lush is a Festival I’ve been wanting to play for quite a while now, so to finally be playing it is a great feeling.

Are you going to stick around at the festival and watch some of the other bands perform?

Absolutely, I’m looking forward to all the bands and just enjoying the whole vibe.

You’ve had quite a busy year since the beginning of 2017 till now, releasing your debut album and playing bigger shows such as Parklife Festival and now Lush Festival. So far, where would you say was your favourite place to perform?

That’s a tough question as I have really enjoyed all of them. If I had to choose I would say the Cape Recife Music Festival in Port Elizabeth has been my favourite so far. The crowd was just incredible! It was the first big festival I played where the whole crowd sang along to my songs. So while I really have enjoyed all of the festivals I’ve played so far, that was definitely a moment that I’ll never forget.

What makes you excited to perform in front of people?

I’ve always loved the excitement of getting on stage and performing. There’s this massive energy coming from the crowd that’s almost tangible, and once you up there it’s almost as if the more energy you give, the more you receive.

Tell us more about your debut album ‘Life’s Journey’. Are you going to play all of the songs from your album at Lush?

‘Life’s Journey’ is basically a little bit of my story so far in life. Each of the songs are written about an experience I had or certain things I happen to grapple with in life.

Obviously, in life, there are both ups and downs so while most of the songs are pretty upbeat one or two are a bit more sombre.

When it comes to playing Festivals I absolutely love creating a vibe and getting people dancing so we leave out the slower songs just because they don’t add to the vibe I want to create on stage.

You’ve also played a few events with different local bands. Who was your favourite band/artist to share a line-up with thus far?

This is another really hard question to answer as I really like all the bands I get to share a stage with. I don’t think I really have one single band or artist I could say it was way better to share a stage with but I will say it was very cool to share a stage with Freshly Ground.

What can the crowd expect from your set at Lush this year?

I love creating a vibe and getting people dancing so they can expect a lot of energy and upbeat music. They can also expect to hear most of the album and hopefully have a great time.

Do you have any other touring plans for the rest of the year?

While nothing is set in stone, we have been looking at a December tour so as soon as it becomes final I’ll post on both my Facebook which is Charlie Finch and Instagram which is charliefinchmusic