Up the Creek: 3-6 February 2011, Breederiver, Swellendam

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As jy fokol leave gehad het in 2010 en lus is om te recharge in befokte surroundings, is hierdie dalk 'n opsie vir 'n lekker rustige naweek getaway met van die beste musiek wat SA te offer het.

Hier is al die info wat jy nodig het as jy dit oorweeg om die Up The Creek Music Festival by te woon.

Yes Creekers, it is time again for the countdown to our annual pilgrimage to the Breede River, to celebrate some of our country`s up the creekmost talented musicians at one of the most magnificent settings in the Western Cape.   From 3– 6 February 2011, you will be able to indulge in the pleasure of listening to amazing sounds, playful river activities and great company all on a little farm literally in the “middle of nowhere” . Real goose bump stuff.

The line up for Up the Creek 2011 is nothing short of phenomemal and we are happy to let you know that the following bands and artists have been contracted  for the weekend:  Boo!, aKing, Jack Parow, Flash Republic, Karen Zoid, Elvis Blue, Taxi Violence , Dan Patlansky, Piet Botha, Dirty Skirts; No One’s Arc, The Rudamentals,  Hot Water, Bed on Bricks, Blues Broers, Dave Ferguson, Akkedis, Fox Comet, Captain Stu, Black Cat Bones, Larry Joe, Southern Gypsey Queens with Albert Frost and The Wild Eyes.

We are also happy to announce that Catherine Grenfell from 5fm has signed up to be the MC at Up the Creek 2011.  Comedians that will entertain you and tickle your funnybones include Nik Rabinowitz, Mark Sampson, Pierrot and the Flaming A Brigade featuring Ms. Blackie Swart. 

In typical Up the Creek tradition we will be running the main stage, the river stage and the all-night-long Breede River bar stage once again.

 BOS Breederiver Late Night Stage:

 This year we invite you to go BOS at the farmhouse stage.  As midnight calls, late night revellers will find themselves gathering around the intimate BOS BREEDERIVER LATE NIGHT STAGE for a kick-ass party together with some of the best South African musos. 

BOS is a bona fide South African company that makes a range of deliciously refreshing rooibos based ice teas and they’re coming to the festival with their BOSSEWA, a custom designed chill area on wheels.  They’ll be adding to the late night vibes by selling their delicious, to-die-for BOS ice teas and cocktails and keeping everyone energised till the wee hours of the morning.

The word BOS captures the energy and irreverence of South Africa. It’s a little quirky, a little crazy and a little left off centre. This year BOS is bringing the party right to the heart of Up The Creek for a truly homegrown experience.

Thursday night special early show:

For those who simply cannot wait to get to Up The Creek, why not join us for a sneak pre-view on  Thursday night 3 February.  You’ll get up close and cosy with Dave Ferguson, Larry Joe, Southern Gypsy Queen, Piet Botha and Akkedis on the BOS late night stage and Friday you get to choose your slice of heaven on the banks of the Breede River.  Beats working!!!  Gates open at 16h00 on Thursday, see ticket prices for details of Thursday – Sunday passes.

BOS PIMP YOUR LILO competition:

Thanks to BOS, this year`s prizes for the “Anything that Floats” competition will be well worth entering.  There are two main prizes up for grabs:

Best Looking Float:

1 x BOS cooler bag filled with BOS Product + R1,000 cash. 

2 Free tickets to UTC 2012.

 1 x BOS Beach Umbrella.

 2 x free tickets to a  Kirstenbosch concert.

 The Fastest Float:

“Dinner for two”  at Up The Creek with butler service. This will include a spitroast dinner by famed Farmer Andries with a table gorgeously decorated.  A waiter will ensure that drinks are regularly topped up and every need is met.  2 x free tickets to UTC 2012.

2 x free tickets to a Kirstenbosch Concert

If it floats it counts, but if it floats and looks pretty, or floats very fast, it counts even more. Granted, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in true Up the Creek style we’re not talking merely a splash of paint and a pink balloon here…Go BOS with those floats!


In 2011, we will bring you the same of what worked last year and more: More food vendors to get you through the days in style, including coffee maestros that can deliver your caffeine to your tent-step, more stalls and more bars throughout the festival. Once again, there will be an area with committed staff to look after the little peeps, as well as dedicated life-guards to ensure maximum safety.

Kiddies area:

We love it that so many parents bring their kids along to Up the Creek every year.  This year we are making sure that your little darlings will be well entertained and taken care of. The children’s area will operate on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm and will have the following activities:  Face painting, Balloon modeller, Jump Castle, Arts and Crafts activities, colouring in competitions, treasure hunts and games. 

There will be lifeguards at the river, but parents please take care of your own children at the river.

SMS and win tickets.

SMS the word MUSIC to 39716 to stand a chance to win tickets to Up the Creek 2011.  (SMS R1.50 – Free SMS`s do not apply. Competition runs till 20 January.)

Ticket prices:

Tickets are available from www.ticketbreak.co.za




At the Gate




Thursday 4pm – Sunday 4 pm



Friday 4pm – Sunday 4pm:



Saturday and Sunday:



Day pass – Sunday:



* Please note that day tickets for Friday and Saturday are not available.

* Children 13 and younger enter for free, children 14 years and older pay full price.

Keep it Green:

Up the Creek will be donating a tree to Greenpop  www.greenpop.org   for every 100 tickets sold.  This incredible initiative plants indigenous trees at schools and community centres in the Cape Flats area.

What to bring to Up the Creek:

Bring: Your ticket, ID Book, tent, mattresses, camping chairs, torches, sleeping bag, duvet, sun block, insect repellent, toilet paper, camera, cap or hat, something warm, towel, pillow, headache pills, money, sunglasses, condoms, swimming kit, anything that floats – lilo, paddle, boat – and lastly, your buddies

If you don’t want to pitch your tent, just pitch up for your pre-booked tented accommodation. Check out the TICKETS PAGE on www.upthecreek.co.za  for the different camping options available.

Up the Creek 2011 promises to be  yet again one of the highlights on the Festival Calendar in the Western Cape. We can accommodate 2 000 people on the green festival grounds, so make sure to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Gates open on Friday 4 February 16h00.

Website: www.upthecreek.co.za

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