Rock the River SA 2012 gears up for another sell-out success

They say the early bird catches the worm and with the warp speed at which this year has been hurtling by so far, it seems like a good idea to get holiday plans done and dusted before the vacationing masses descend. Good news: there is no need to fret about securing a venue for a New Year’s party, we’ve got you covered!

Rock the River SA is fast becoming Cape Town’s premier New Year’s destination, and with good reason – the festival provides a crazy entertainment line-up at a convenient location close to Cape Town and for a reasonable price.  After the sell-out success of RTR SA 2011/12, the team put their heads together, buckled down and managed to go above and beyond the call of duty in lining up an even more impressive range of artists and entertainers to usher in the new year.

This year’s Rock the River SA New Year’s Festival will take place from 28th of December 2012 to the 1st of January 2013 at the Savannah Farm (Windmeul Road, Perdeberg), located 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town(and 20 minutes’ drive from Durbanville). For the Google Map address click here.


At present, the confirmed acts for this year’s event include (subject to change):

Main Stage Metal Stage Electronic stage
Van Coke KartelLark (Electro)

Zebra & Giraffe

Taxi Violence


The Rudimentals

Hog Hoggidy Hog

Goodnight Wembley


Mr. Cat & the Jackal

The Sleepers

Lucy Kruger

Fox Comet


Half Price

Gangs of Ballet

7th Son

Ashtray Electric

Woodstock Mafia

Jackal & Wolf

Dead Lucky

Crimson House Blues

The Vodun Haunts

Crossfire Collision

Junkyard Lipstick

Fingers in the Sky

Boombox Troopers

Black Moscow

Beloved (JHB)

Silent Sneakers (PTA)

The Mysticcs

Red Tape Riot

Thought Police

Far Horizon

Smug Juggler

Red Huxley

Chromium (JHB)EnmityWildernesskingsForgive us Not


Marching Dead




All Guns Full Amo

11th hour (JHB)

Octainium (JHB)

Mora Mortem

Saints Method (JHB)

Zombies ate my girlfriend

Past Haunts



Volume Conflict (PE)

Messiah Complex

The Impalement Theory


Arc Reactor

11th hour (JHB)

Blind & Deaf Jesse

With Dawn

Death Row Diaries


De Wallen


Beseech the Enemy




A DJ line-up provided by RubaDub and West-Coast Productions.Rubadub line up:Indidginus
Dub Vader
Damage Inc.
Greg Reve

Plus many more

You may view the rest of the line-up here.


Participants in this year’s Rock the River SA New Year’s Festival can look forward to a well-planned event with all the amenities necessary to make an outdoor festival worth your while. This includes:

  • Five days of festival madness spread across two live music stages and one electronic stage, all kitted out with state-of-the-art sound and lighting rigs
  • Over 200 live acts, including bands, comedians and DJs
  • A spacious venue a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town
  • Extreme sport entertainers, skate- and wakeboarders
  • Get Me To The Fest transport option
  • Heart Break Hotel luxury camping option, for more information click here
  • Safe and secure camping and parking (please note that camping and parking will be separate)
  • Plenty of on-site security
  • Swimming facilities
  • Medics on site
  • Clean toilets and warm showers
  • A food and craft market with affordable, yet tasty meals
  • Bars with affordable drink prices
  • Various entertainment areas
  • On-site ATMs
  • Braai area
  • Skate park
  • Help desk
  • Lost & found



Tickets are available at the gate, Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper.

Limited early bird tickets: Sold out.

Full weekend pass: R400 presale/ R450 at the gate


Venue: Savannah farm, Windmeul road, Perdeberg.
GPS Coordinates: 33°38’52.38″S 18°47’34.68″E


From the N1 coming from Cape Town:

  1. Take N1 towards Paarl
  2. Turn LEFT onto the R304
  3. Turn RIGHT at Wellington turnoff.
  4. Look out for signs on the RIGHT

From Durbanville:

  1. Take Wellington road towards Wellington
  2. Turn LEFT onto the R304
  3. Turn RIGHT at Wellington turnoff.
  4. Look out for signs on the RIGHT


Things to bring to Rock The River SA:  An entrance ticket, tent, mattresses, sleeping bags, duvet, pillows, camping chairs, torches, sun block, insect repellent, toilet paper, camera, cap or hat, something warm, towels, headache pills, acoustic instruments, your hot sister/brother, money, sunglasses, condoms, swimming kit, anything that floats and good vibes!

Things not to bring to Rock The River SA: Alcoholic beverages will not be sold to anyone under the age of 18. No glass bottles (please decant your drinks into plastic bottles), littering (leave no trace, remove your camping litter!), fireworks, domestic animals, graffiti/tagging, bad attitudes, weapons, independent sound systems, illegal substances, drinking and driving.

RIGHT OF ADMISSION RESERVED. Entry is entirely at your own risk. The promoters accept no responsibility whatsoever for injury, death, loss or damage of any nature to persons, vehicles & belongings. This applies even to negligence of any kind by the promoters, venue and contractors. All rights reserved.

We would like to thank: Paul Bothners, Monster Energy, Jagermeister, SA Music Scene and AFM.


Rock the River SA was created out of the need for an alternative New Year’s Eve event, outside of the city, where fans could go relax and enjoy South African music in an intimate, safe and healthy environment. With Cape Town being widely regarded as the party destination of choice for many South Africans come year’s end, the options for non-mainstream professionally run events are far and few between, Rock the River SA has corrected this imbalance in an ever expanding market.

Listen up Rock the River people. We are giving away one ticket each week for four weeks. Submit a Rock the River meme (example attached) on our page and we will choose a winner each week! You are free to use any graphic, but the text must reference Rock the River SA. –

Keep an eye on Rock the River SA social media pages for frequent updates and giveaways:


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