More bands announced and some fabulous new initiatives for Up the Creek 7-10 February 2019

The summer countdown has begun to the weekend getaway that many regular Creekers refer to as their “favorite festival.” Jägermeister presents Up The Creek offers a unique music experience and has been part of the Western Cape music event circuit since 1990. Annie Sowden, UTC Founder & Owner, says that it is exciting to see how the ‘creek culture’ has evolved and grown over the years. Sowden says: “Our business started off because we were having fun. It’s always about the fun first… We also run only one stage at a time. This is because we, as the organizers, don’t want to miss out on any acts. It also means that all Creekers can come together, all the time.”

Only three months to go and more great bands/artists have recently been announced for UTC 2019. The sizzling line-up now looks like this, with more acts to be added towards the end of the year:

The Black Cat Bones, Femi Koya, Grassy Spark, Gerald Clark and the boys from Prague, Stoker, Jackal and the Wind, Crosscurrent, Lo Ghost, Stone Jets, Koos Kombuis, BRYNN

Bam Bam Brown, Zengeance, Piet Botha, Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives, The Steezies, Diamond Thug and Money for Bali.

To make the weekend even more exciting and add to the carefree joy of the festive cheer, Up The Creek is also known for its good humor and unexpected surprises around every corner. Think celebrity weddings, pop-up riverside opera performances, musicians playing on a Pied Piper-like jam van’s rooftop and ballet on the beach. Whether we laugh or cry, whether we dance or hop or bump our toes, we are all in it together, tucked away in an incredible setting, next to a beautiful river.

If you like keeping in touch and talking about what`s hot and what`s new on the SA Music scene, follow UTC on Instagram @upthecreek_festival and check in on Friday afternoons for the #NewMusicFriday feature. Suné Halderman, Up The Creek’s artist liaison, says that this initiative started out as an idea to share the team`s love for all things local: “It’s not only about our line-up, it’s a wider campaign to share all and any new South African music that we feel deserves some attention. Our Creeker audience are introduced to new music every year at the festival, and they genuinely walk away as new fans of more than one band. I felt that it’s our duty somewhat to promote the industry that we are only a small part of. I know how much work goes into bringing out a single/album/music video, and if we can provide the artist with a higher reach or new network, then let’s do it! Bands can also partake in #NewMusicFriday by sending us a DM on Instagram. Share with us so we can share with our Creekers.”

Curate your Creek: The team would also love to keep in touch and hear from you with regards to your ideal UTC experience. Your opinions on things like the line-up and food vendors matter. It helps us to tailor-make a fun and unique festival experience for all Creekers. Who would you like to see at the festival? Submit your favourite bands / artists / comedians suggestions here and yummy chow suggestions here. #creekculture.

Every year the UTC team works at making some environmental improvements at the festival. In 2019 the vendors will need to use compostable containers to serve their food and there will be easy-to-use bin collections to make sure all food waste and containers are separated and where possible sent off to the neighbouring farms. There will also be a mindful focus on using only certain types of cleaning products at the festival to make sure all/any run off that goes into the ground and eventually into the Breede River isn’t harmful to the eco-system. There will also be new smoking rules in place to provide those non-smokers with some reprieve, but don’t worry smokers you’re still welcome!

We hope to see you at the river! Get your tickets here: 

Full weekend tickets (arrive Thursday) – R1 120.00

Friday to Sunday tickets – R970.00 (very few of these left)

Prefer to camp like a rock star? Then go for the more luxurious Heartbreak Motel at an additional cost. 

Spot an Up The Creek Poster and stand a chance to win a festival ticket: Up The Creek posters are going up in and around Cape Town, and all along the Garden Route. If you spot one of these posters, share a photo of it on Facebook and Instagram and tag us at @upthecreek_festival with hashtag #upthecreek2019. One full festival ticket winner will be announced every two weeks from November until end January. So that’s 12 tickets up for grabs!

*Header image by Henry Engelbrecht