Smoking Dragon Returns For a Fifth Unmissable New Year’s Eve Festival

Smoking Dragon will be celebrating its Fifth New Year’s Eve Festival this year with a three day event (29 December to 1 January) hosted by Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, set in the beautiful Northern Drakensberg.

The Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival 2015 is unique in that it offers families the opportunity to celebrate the parting of the old year and the arrival of the new one in a safe, beautiful environment whilst listening to top South African artists. From the success of the last four years we can expect a dynamic festival for family revellers of conscious festival goers and many international tourists.

The line-up is always very carefully selected where we try and take the audience on an auditory journey, seamlessly crossing through the different music categories from folk all the way to electronic, in this way no genre dominates so everyone is catered for. Smoking Dragon is all about community and partners with RAISE an NGO to run three days of workshops before the event in an attempt to capitalize on the influx of trained and dynamic individuals in the industry. The idea also being to increase exposure and revenue for local musicians and crafters over the period. The festival tries to support local more established businesses in the Northern Berg by encouraging people to support the wide range of accommodation and activities on offer. As the first and second of January are in fact a Friday and a Saturday we are hoping that families will chill with us for a while longer than normal.” comments organiser, Ilsa Roberts.

What sets this festival apart from others, is that there is so much to do in the area. From lounging in the pool, mountain biking through the Northern Berg, hot air ballooning from the festival grounds or listening to the top SA talent, the Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival 2015 is not only off the beaten path, it’s on a whole groove of its own.

The incredible entertainment line-up includes:
The Kiffness
Das Kapital
Albert Frost
Damage Inc
Household Funk
Ruby Gill
We Are Charlie
The Accidentals
The Meditators
Tidal Waves
Existing Consciousness
The Brother Moves On
Devin Harmer
Tim Parr
Gugz & The Bam Bam
Acoustic Groove Machine
The Hezron Chetty Band
Diamond Thug
Jack Rolling Dandy’s
Zebra & Giraffe
Diamond Thug
Michael Lesar
Icurus and Rain
2lani The Warrior
The General
Hippie Mafia
Damage inc
Vin Groovin

Camping with a festival ticket is free with access to two dams, a river, clean ablutions, a kid’s zone and food and craft stalls as well as that fabulous view of the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak. For those who would like a bit of extra comfort there is also the option to stay in the Amphitheatre Backpacker’s Lodge campground at R135 per night. Here you can enjoy their restaurant, bar, free sauna, jacuzzi, bouldering cave, internet cafe and rock pool.

Dates: December 29 – January 1, 2016
Times: Dec 29 at 10:00am to Jan 1, 2016 at 1:00pm
Venue: Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge – Amphitheatre Lodge, R74, 3354 Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal
Ticket Price:

Early Bird: R600 – SOLD OUT

Pre-Sale: R700

At The Gate: R800

**Children under 12yrs old: R25?

Day tickets are also available at R300 per day which includes one night free camping. Arrive at any time on the date of arrival, but depart by 10h00 on the next day.

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The Bazbus is a hop on hop off personalised door to door bus service that links all the backpacking venues throughout the country together. Although used primarily by foreign tourists without their own vehicles, why not jump on and enjoy being driven. It drops you right at the festival. There is also a shuttle service for those traveling by mainline coach from Cape Town, Jhb or Durban (Harrismith being the pick up town) bookings can be made through the smoking Dragon Travel store.

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