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Every year hundreds of thousands of people travel the globe in search of the best music. They follow their favorite artists through the music festival circuit to see how they shine on stage. Each country has festivals to choose from based on your taste in music. The United States has Coachella and Lollapalooza, the U.K. has Glastonbury, and South Africa has too many to count!

We’ve narrowed down the wide variety in South Africa to a few worth traveling abroad for.

Mielepop Festival
A four-day festival in March is an adventure through rock, reggae and blues music genres. The event has two outdoor stages surrounded by a massive lake and rolling fields; what more could you ask for? The event is about 55 rand a day and has over 50 acts. There will be food stalls, outdoor activities and plenty of areas to camp out. The band highlights include The Oh So Serious, Black Cat Bones and New Academics.


Jazz Festival
If Jazz is your thing, head to Cape Town the beginning of April for the 17th Annual International Jazz Festival. Referred to many as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering’, this festival is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. With 5 stages and more than 40 artists, equally split between South African and international, the CTIJF is a can’t miss event over 2 days. If you love jazz, don’t miss your chance to be one of the 37,000 music lovers that attend each year.


Sowing the Seeds
If the top charts are your thing, the Sowing the Seeds festival is something to look into. With headliners like Of Monsters and Men and Jungle, this year is sure to be amazing. The festival is all in one day and started in Cape Town as a preview for other festivals in South Africa but eventually grew in stature. This year the event will be on the Emmarentia Dam in Emmarentia, Johannesburg, South Africa. If you have some free time on April 2, think about hopping on a flight.


Music Festivals in South Africa


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