Join the annual Off the Grid Music Festival, an outdoor summer event set on a beautiful organic farm. Expect a fun filled family day with great music and amazing people.

The line-up of great, diverse musicians promises a bit of everything: rock, hip hop, Afro- funk, Pop, traditional and electronic. This year Off the Grid will start with never before seen at a music festival an appearance of The Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, this vibrant young act of musicians will be blowing you away with a mix of the classic and contemporary music.

Followed by Bootleggers Blues Band no Off the Grid will ever be the same without these established artists. The Steezies, voted one of the top upcoming bands of all festivals, will be up next with an Afro funk energy train that blends western music, African harmonies and hip hop in an explosive live performance with fabulous outfits. They then welcome Stone Jets onto the stage, a band that is quickly gaining momentum in the South African music scene with their fresh, unique brand of Afro Pop-rock and acoustic soul. Radio Kalahari Orkes, led by well- known Ian Roberts, has toured the length and breadth of our land and no dorp they have visited will ever be the same again. But that’s a good thing. No, really. Except for Pofadder, but they don’t talk about that. Toe tapping music that smells, tastes and sounds like the veld, the air and the ryhthm of windmills on the dusty landscapes. Music that is thick with the kick of mampoer jong! You will be hooked forever! All to be topped with The Kiffness, a live electronic act who needs no introduction in the music business. Gates open at 15:00 with the DJ Jake Wildheart, back after popular demand, he will also keep all on their feet when line-up done, rocking under the stars.

Camphill Village WestCoast MD James Sleigh says: “This is our 4th music festival and we are thrilled with our 2018 line-up. This year we also want to focus on making it an environmentally sustainable event, to tie in with the goals of Camphill Village. We are hoping to encourage groups to cycle to the event, and we will even have a party that walks along the west coast to the event.”

Along with these green event initiatives, there will also be art installations, a Camphill market, kids safe zone and entertainment area, SAB tent and a variety of food stalls.

Camphill Village Westcoast is home to approximately 95 intellectually disabled adults who also work on the farm in a dairy, bakery, cosmetics workshop and on the land. The Off the Grid Festival is a fundraising event, to assist them in becoming more sustainable as an organic organisation and to share what they are about and to bring the world to their residents in their home. More information about Camphill Village Westcoast and their doings can be found on their website www.camphill.org.za

Tickets at Webtickets, Selected Pick n Pays and through janine@camphill.org.za or orders@camphill.org.za – Free camping spots available for festivalgoers that would like to stay over.

Ticket prices: Adults R220, 12 to 18 years: R110 and kids under 12 free.

With all of that said, we had a chat with Manfred Klose from Stone Jets…

Hi there. How long has the band been together and how did you start out?

The Band has been together since 2013 (5 years) and started out as an acoustic duo with me on guitar and Given on vocals. We met in a recording as part of a collaboration. The band formed soon after when Eduan joined as the drummer in 2016.

What is the coolest thing that has happened to you on stage?

People singing along to our songs

What is the most bizarre thing that has happened to you on stage?

People called me Nathaniel while playing a solo

How would you describe your music?

A blend of South African Pop with simple melodies and upbeat rhythms with the odd ballad here and there.

Who writes the lyrics and how do the songs then come together? Tell us a bit about the process.

It’s a very natural process and there is not much of formula. Each song is approached differently. Given and I write all the songs together, exchanging ideas of lyrics, melody and rhythm. Sometimes songs are born purely out of inspiration and excitement.

What can festival goers expect from your set at Off the Grid?

We have been touring a lot and working hard on getting our sets right for festival stages. For those who have not seen us live yet, you can expect a fun show (That is if you like to move !) and a few more surprises.

What do you think about Camphill Village Westcoast and the work that they do?

It’s a great initiative, it being a worldwide organization, and the Camphill team being such a nice bunch of people. Camphill invited us for lunch and we were quite amazed at how well everything runs and how accommodating they are to help the residence of Camphill village. Craig, Janine and the team really go the extra mile to make everything run smoothly for off the grid festival and bring people together.

What are you plans for 2018?

Our next EP will be out later this year, a lot of touring to Johannesburg and Durban, and stopping in places like Kimberley and Bloemfontein.