If you’re looking for a relaxing break, infused with acoustic jams, over the Heritage Day long weekend (20-24 September), then the White Mountain Festival in central Drakensberg is guaranteed to be just the ticket. Gentler than Oppi, the artists swop their electric guitars for acoustic ones, which is great as you get to hear the softer side of rock bands like aKing and Prime Circle, or blues acts like Dan Patlansky. Expect quirky, passionate melodies. There are also culinary comforts like craft beer and an array of tasty food stalls peddling wares from potjie, to gourmet pizzas and chin dribblingly-good shawarmas. Tickets from R450.
Bring: Money (there’s no ATM – but you can draw in Estcourt).
Leave: Your Bump house CD collection.
If you’re looking for a relaxing break, infused with acoustic jams, over the Heritage Day long weekend (20-24 September), then the White Mountain Festival in central
Box: Other FOLK fests not to be missed
· You’ll find SA’s most laidback festival in scenic Lothair, Mpumalanga: Mieliepop (1-3 November). Expect fishing (catch, kiss, and release), hammocks, impeccable facilities and no cellphone reception. Which means your boss can’t bug you. Bliss! Expect some rock crossover too. Tickets from around R600. www.mieliepop.com
· Spend the last Sunday of each month at Fort Schanskop, under the shadow of a large Acacia tree, watching intimate performances from some of the country’s best indie-folk acts. Book your ticket for Park Acoustics from R70. www.parkacoustics.co.za.