LUSH Festival – 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 quick chat with Francois van Coke from Fokofpolisiekar.

Hallo daar. Dankie dat ons weer met julle kan praat. Lush is om die draai. Francois het al ‘n paar keer daar opgetree, hoe voel dit om die “bende” daar te hê die jaar?

Dit voel goed. Ek was nou al 2 jaar in ‘n ry by Lush en is mal oor die fees. Amped om dit saam met die Fokofpolisiekar manne te klap vir ‘n slag.

Wat kan mense verwag van Fokofpolisiekar in 2018 by Lush?

Ons gaan heelwat van Selfmedikasie speel en natuurlik al die belangrike tunes uit die laaste 15 jaar. Ons gaan maar ons ding doen. Dit is mos maar ‘n wilde rock ‘n roll jol met baie sing-alongs.

Daar is talle ander kunstenaars wat by Lush gaan wees, wie sien julle uit om ‘n paar biere saam te drink en te kuier?

Ons is maar net daar op die Saterdag, so ek sien uit ons ons chommies PHFat, aKING en Van Pletzen te sien. Festivals gee ons ook die kans om met die dudes uit te hang, so ons sal hang en party.

Julle het nou al ‘n paar music videos vrygestel vir Selfmedikasie, kan ons nog verwag in die toekoms?

Ons het 2 offisiële videos en 2 liriek-videos uitgesit vir die album. Ek dink dit is dit! As ons nog ‘n video kan uitsit sal dit ‘n bonus wees.

Die laaste paar maande was mal vir julle gewees, crowdfunding, Selfmedikasie ens. Het julle ooit gedink die sukses wat julle behaal het sou moontlik gewees het ‘n paar jaar terug?

Die Fokofpolisiekar ding is ‘n spesiale band en brand, vandat ons die eerste songs geskryf het, het ons dit geweet. Die vyf van ons het ‘n besondere connection en dit gebeur min dat jy saam met mense werk wat werklik jou broers geword het. Die plan was altyd om ‘n suksesvolle band te wees en ek hoop ons kan dit nog lank doen. Ek dink nie ons het in 2003 gedink ons sou nog steeds saam speel 15 jaar later nie.

Bowling for Soup gaan vir die eerste keer in Suid-Afrika wees, is enige van julle fans van hulle?

Ek gaan hul mis en ken ook geen van hul songs nie.

Dankie vir julle tyd! Ons sal julle by Lush sien die naweek!