……BY BILLY SUTER……
A NEW series of events under the OUT 500 banner, outdoor entertainment limited to 500 people, will be introduced with the Music & Comedy Festival scheduled for the picturesque White Mountain Lodge in the Giants Castle area of the Drakensberg from October 29 to November 1.
The Music & Comedy Festival has attracted a fine variety of top names, including The Parlotones, Rusty Red, The Black Lapels, Kevin Fraser, Sonofold (Nic Olsen, formerly of Perez) and Bonj. Also on the bill are Jem Atkins, Mo Vawda, Jerome Govender, Father & Son (Michael and Charles Webster), Kirsty-Anne Stephens, Gavin Ferguson and Izit ( a duo comprising Roly Struckmeyer and Cornel Meyer).
Other family attractions at the event will include guided hikes, a treasure hunt, a talent show, clay painting, a Halloween Trick or Treat, a waterslide, a zipline and biscuit and cupcake art. Food and craft will be on sale.
“The OUT 500 is exactly what the name suggests – an outdoor festival limited to attendees of 500. Determined to put food on the table for performers and technicians, Clanstival Cultural Arts NPC swiftly announced the Music & Comedy Festival, on the advent of Lockdown Level 1,” said events director Leigh Wallace.
“There has not been one day, in the last seven months, where we have given up, stopped researching or not taken action to evolve. All of that effort has now proved worth it.
“The artists, technicians, venue and suppliers have endured enough. We felt it was our responsibility to offer the platform, with the resources afforded to us.”
Those attending the festival at White Mountain have the choice of self-catering chalets, electrified campsites or (as included in the ticket price) the general campsite area.
Campsites and Stage Picnic Sites have been pre-demarcated for everyone’s safety and in line with Level 1 regulations.
Fancy being in the front row and camping alongside the dam? The option to select and reserve your spot ahead of time is available at a combined rate of R500, for the weekend. And if you are happy to pick your spot on the day, there will be unreserved sites and plenty of space.
Tickets cost R500 each. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.clanstival.org