Words | Wolfkop Weekender
Born in 2016 after a chance visit to the antique town of Matjiesfontein, Cooked Sister made its debut as the younger, quirkier and slightly cheeky little sibling festival of Wolfkop Weekender in June of that year. Utilising all the amazing spaces of this Victorian town, the first party went down in the annals of SA festival folklore for its sheer outlandishness. After guests were checked into the Lord Milner hotel, it was up to them to find party number one – a soulful house session soundtracked by Marshall & Low in an abandoned church from the 1890s.
The next day, a pool party took place with complimentary Bloody Mary’s flowing all morning and DanTempo doing beat management. Then, a live jazz session in the gardens and a rather high tea party with the Lee Thomson Quartet. After sunset, Tommy Gun and James Copeland turned the car museum into a veritable disco inferno, and finally, Kanan K7 and Bruno Morphet bailed everyone out of jail with a six-hour session in the courthouse to end. And so one of our country’s most beloved boutique bacchanals was born.
In the years that followed, themes became the central idea around the event, with each of the various areas incorporated to make use of the chosen subject. In 2017 it was donned The Grand Matjiesfontein Hotel, and the films of Wes Anderson took centre stage, with an outrageous scavenger hunt threaded through the weekend that kept everyone involved completely on their toes (the scavenger hunt has become a permanent feature and the winners win a comfy camping village at the next Wolfkop worth R16,000)! This was the year that we first introduced James Copeland’s Loose Caboose, a tiki-style rum bar on an antique train that literally rocked on its tracks.
2018 saw the Beatles and their crazy whirlwind universe take the title at The Octopus Garden. Again, the entire town was utilised for a party that was like something straight out of the psychedelic sixties. For the first time, a street party was thrown on the roads of this micro-town and electronic music giants Sibot and Daedelus soundtracked this part of the weekend, and not even the freezing cold could dampen the vibe of this crazy affair.
2019 sees the theme take to literature and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the book of choice. Space and madness will prevail as we cover every corner of the ancient town in sneaky, spaced out sound and decor. The line up for the weekend includes JNN KPN, Deep Aztec and Valve State. It happens this weekend, 31 May – 2 June, event details and a few last tickets are available RIGHT HERE.
For more information on Cooked Sister IV – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Matjiesfontein taking place this weekend, be sure to RSVP to the event page RIGHT HERE.