RAMfest 2016 – #10YearsOfRAM

RAMfest left a hole in the hearts of many alternative music fans when they announced that RAMfest shall not be happening this year. The Real Alternative Music Festival has become one of the staples of the South African festival calendar for the past ten years. It has showcased some South Africa’s finest local acts such as Shortstraw, Das Kapital, PHFAT, Pestroy, The Narrow, Taxi Violence and hosted a wide variety of international artists such as UK noise-pop outfit Johnny Foreigner, pop-punk heavyweights Alkaline Trio, metalcore giants Killswitch Engage, punk legends Rise Against, drum ‘n bass kings Pendulum and the metal scene’s recent success story: Bring Me The Horizon.

After much waiting, RAMfest returns to the South African music calendar in 2016. Rumours have been circulating about who the first international band shall be, and there is a good chance that a few shall be disappointed by the announcement that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is RAMfest’s first international act. The Californian rock outfit has been to South Africa before and shall be returning to celebrate ten years of one of South Africa’s best rock festivals alongside a plethora of local talent. A few of you may raise the same complaint that you did when Rocking The Daisies announced that The Kooks were headlining this year’s festival. It was a complaint that was rooted in the belief that bands should not be allowed to return to South Africa to perform at festivals, and I shall give the same response that I gave earlier this year: this is just one of many bands on the line-up and if you’re not happy with the line-up then just don’t buy a ticket.

There are two notable changes to RAMfest. The first being that Hilltop Live are assiting RAM Touring in organising the festival and that the festival shall be taken the format of a one-day festival happening in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The two respective events have been labelled as RAMfest North and RAMfest South. It is an interesting approach but one that is a lot more feasible and one that I prefer as it means you have a full Sunday to recover before having to head back to work or university. The full details for each date shall be listed below. Stay tuned to South African Music Scene for more exciting news from RAMfest.

Show details:

5 March 2016

RAMfest North – Ten Years of RAM

Carousel Entertainment World grounds

Phase 1 General Admission Tickets R450.00

www.computicket.com or Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper – On Sale from 25 November

Line up: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & more

12 March 2016

RAMfest South – Ten Years of RAM

Coetzenburg Stadium, Stellenbosch

Phase 1 General Admission Tickets R450.00 – www.computicket.com or Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers or

Checkers Hyper – On Sale from 25 November

Line up: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & more

1 Comment

  1. RockerGirl

    November 24, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Never got to go to oppikoppie due to work this year and was looking forward for my 1st time going to Ramfest next year. But if you guys intend to have it for only one day then consider yourself a loss of ticket sales. 1 day for what ? how many hours of traveling to actually get there? what about the people who do still work Saturday morning and want to go to Ramfest. The whole experience I wanted to get was a nice music camping weekend with friends and im sure that’s what most other people wanted. The way my Boyfriend described Ramfest 2014 sounded amazing. Now its a 1 day thing with a international band that most people don’t even know of. So thanks for the huge disappointment but i guess i’ll just wait for oppikoppi to be my first proper music festival event i attend.

    And yes I WILL complain at this huge disappointment. All you people that’s labeling the people that’s complaining as upset babies can go ahead and enjoy your wonderful 1 day event with the unknown band by yourselves.


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