It is almost time for the annual Jägermeister presents Up the Creek (7 – 10 February 2019), one of the most fabulous festivals for music lovers in the Western Cape. Expect a cocktail of superb live acts, all day activities and wacky antics at the various stage, including the fantastical riverside setting. Grab your bling bikini, funky lilo and party buddies and head on over to the Breede River– your ultimate music getaway weekend awaits!

Here is the complete 2019 line-up, including some of the hottest current bands and DJ`s in SA:

Bands/artists: Koos Kombuis, The Black Cat Bones, Femi Kaya, Grassy Spark, Piet Botha, Hellcats, Gerald Clark and the boys from Prague, Stoker, Jackal and the Wind, Crosscurrent, Lo-Ghost, Stone Jets, BRYNN, Bam Bam Brown, Zengeance, Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives, The Steezies, Diamond Thug, Money for Bali, Hot Water, Sean Koch, Southern Gypsey Queen, Pedro and the SOULdiers, Warongx, Coelacanth, Bed on Bricks, Willim Welsyn, 4AM, Akkedis, SunXA, Luca Hart, Wisdom of Movement, Nhoza, DocMaclean, Josh Kempen and comedians Francois van As and Alfred Adrian.

Live electronic: Nick Hamman, DJ inviZAble, Jak Skandi, Supa Who, The Robfather.

An exciting change for the 2019 festival will be the addition of a late-night rock `n roll stage. Operating from the Gordon’s Gin Food Court stage, this rocking space will come alive Friday and Saturday after the Jägermeister Main Stage finishes and will offer live music enthusiasts something great to dig in to if they don’t fancy what’s happening on the Savanna Late Night Stage. This stage will be graced by some supercool rock acts and collaborative mystery bands led by stalwarts in the industry: think Andre Kriel, Gareth Wilson, Jaco Mans and Greg Georgiades to give you an idea of why this is going to be one of those ‘dude-don’t-miss-out’ party spots at the festival. This stage will then be closed on Friday by The Robfather, and Saturday by Up the Creek`s very own, infamous DJ Dirtroad. Considering requests and feedback, The Food Court will now also have a fully operational bar open all day and night.

Tickets are still capped at 2 500, so book your spot as soon as possible to make sure you get your tickets:

Full weekend tickets – R1 120.00

Friday to Sunday tickets – R970.00 SOLD OUT

Ticket & Transport package – R1 800.00

With that said, we had a chat with Lo-Ghost…

What were the highlights for you as a band in 2018?

We had a good year, so there are a few. We played loads of fantastic shows. We released a 7” vinyl. We wrote a new album. Employee of the Year goes to one of our singles, “Night Flowers”, which racked up 350 000 streams.

This will be your first performance at Up the Creek. What has other people told you about the festival?

We’ve heard it’s really hot, so we’re packing our battery powered mini fans. The ones that cool you off, not the ones we set up in rehearsals to help our self-esteem. We’ve heard that Up the Creek has an incredible community atmosphere with lots of love for local music, so we’re looking forward to it immensely.

What can fans expect from your 2019 set at Up the Creek?

Battery powered mini fans. But also, big power vocals, big danceable beats and plenty of bass, which is just the way we like it.

How does your songwriting process work?

We write together. It makes the work better. We’ve been working together for years, so we function as a single unit now. It’s unsettling. We’ll each bring a few ideas to the table, work them through, topline together, discuss lyrical content and lay down scratch tracks. It’s an incredibly fast-paced, disruptive, boisterous process. We write a lot. We’ve written upwards of 60 songs in the last 6 months for this new album. Now we have to choose which to cut, which is keeping us up at night. But it’s a nice problem to have.

Sum each bandmember up in 3 words?

Evan: Refer to Shannon
Shannon: Refer to Evan

What is the most entertaining thing that has ever happened to you on tour?

We’re not all that entertaining on tour. The ending of Evan’s third book on the last trip was pretty riveting. There was a scary moment when Shannon’s kindle died. We bounced back. We had a really great cup of coffee just outside of Bergville once, also.

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you on tour?

Once we waited 8 hours at the airport for a bus to come get us. That was rough. There is only one pharmacy to browse at OR Tambo. Another time we had to travel 5 hours with our synths and shit bouncing around in an open trailer in the middle of a thunderstorm. Harrowing.

Name some essential items that you will be taking to Up the Creek?

Speedos. Earplugs (for naps – crucial). Books.

Can you write a short limerick/rhyme for Up the Creek?

A haiku:
Up the Creek is here
Evan can’t find his speedo
Swim in jeans this year

What are you looking forward to as a band for 2019?

Releasing our second album. We can’t wait.