LUSH Festival returns to Clarens over Easter Weekend from 18 to 21 April and this year the festival welcomes a brand new home. Noah’s Cheese on the farm Node, located just outside of Clarens, is the spacious new location for LUSH. Life is all about experiences. Savouring beauty. Finding hidden treasures. 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. LUSH Festival Director, Damon Forbes, is especially looking forward to this year’s festival. “We are incredibly excited to be moving to Noah’s Cheese farm, a place with rich heritage and our new home where we will start to mould a lot of permanent elements. These structures will ensure that the site functions well for many years to come, where our and your memories continue to grow. Clarens is a really beautiful area and a favoured holiday destination for people from Gauteng and we wanted to help show off this gem of the Free State. We were determined to make sure the festival continued in the best possible way, so we also needed to listen to our audience who loved the area.” He continued, saying “With that in mind, we needed to change certain things and in the end it was inevitable that we had to move farms but stay in the area. This happened primarily because of two key issues: Firstly, we found that as the festival grew we had to move people further away from their cars, which lead to far distances to walk and meant carrying their bags and tents. We now have a different layout where there is enough space to camp with your car and access to the festival is closer for everyone. Secondly, we are on top of a hill now and not in a valley anymore, so this means we have a different soil make up and there will be no clay on the actual site, and that will drastically help with the water and drainage on site. I, together with Danie and his wife Mirikie – the owners of the farm, look forward to hosting you at our new home.” Noah’s Cheese, nestled in the shadows of Sandstone mountains in Clarens, gives LUSH a beautiful new home and scenic experience. The farm also provides a much bigger space for campers who’ll be able to park their cars next to their tents. The organisers are also building a permanent structure on the grounds with warm shower units for all campers. For those who have camper vans instead of tents, the space is there for you to join. There are tented sites, glam camping and dedicated electric points as different alternatives for individuals to select, making the experiences more varied. Being a three-day festival, organisers have ensured there’s ample accommodation for festival goers who can make use of the onsite camping and the town of Clarens, which has self-catering hotels, B&Bs, backpackers, lodges, and guest houses. There are also a variety of guest farms and country inns available in and around, as well as the Clarens Xtreme Ox wagon’s at Linwood, Linwood B&B and offsite camping at Golden Gate Parks board and Bokpoort. The ‘tented hotels’ onsite are also supplied by Under Cover Canvas with each tent equipped with beds, power points for charging phones, private showers, and breakfast. By having these different facilities, festival goers can choose where to stay depending on their specific needs. The live performance line-up for this year’s LUSH Festival is a stellar one with the initial announcement of Wheatus, Youngr, Kim Churchill, and Juzzie Smith who have been confirmed as the international live acts and the local line-up seeing Spoegwolf, Jeremy Loops, Goodluck, Jo Black, TiMO ODV, PHFAT, Shortstraw, Refentse, Desmond & The Tutus, The World Of Birds, Hellcats, Cockles., Tazers, and Gunshot Blue announced as the first of many to take to the various stages at LUSH. For those who love a challenge, there is the usual trail run options on site, as well as all the activities set in and around the town including MTB trails that rest against a breath-taking backdrop, guided tours, White Water Rafting, abseiling, and horseback riding along the majestic countryside. The White Water Rafting at the Clarens rapids on the Ash River, just outside Clarens, is fed by the Trans Caledon Transfer Tunnel, which pumps water from the Katze Dam high up in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. The crystal clear water flows down the Ash River all the way to the Vaal Dam creating the perfect playground for rafting enthusiasts. Lush promises to be the festival where memories will be made with a fun escape for locals and international visitors alike. Let’s make memories. LUSH – A Festival In Clarens – Presented by KykNET and Sunday Times 18, 19 & 20 April 2019 Location: Noah’s Cheese Farm, Clarens Tickets on sale We’re giving away an amazing DOUBLE TICKET to Lush Festival 2019 valued at R1580! Moerse spaar vir jou en jou maatjie! How to enter: Why do you think Noah’s Cheese Farm is going to be such a lekker venue… Easy as that! Enter right here or on our Facebook page. The competition will end on 3 April 2019 at 09:00 and the winner will be informed shortly after.