This new year’s eve, there’s a little something for just about everyone in the country. While there are many events taking place across SA, we decided to narrow it down to the top 9 events to see 2019 out on a note!
Whether you’re looking to go big in style, stay in the city or escape to a vacation-style paradise, we’ve listed nine NYE parties that all have something unique to offer, to ensure you end of your year exactly how you deserve to.
Our chosen nine parties for the year 2019 are arguably the biggest, most forward-thinking and stylish New Year’s Eve experiences the country has to offer – from ‘UFO-themed shenanigans’ to a ‘decade of dragons’, find out how the events below plan to swoop you into 2020!
Alcazar [Cape Town]
Alcazar is the Inner City Cape Town New Year’s Eve celebration, brought to you by Bazique Festival and Wolfkop Weekender, the city’s undisputed masters of art-immersive and experiential partying have collaborated to bring you an NYE experience you will never forget.
This lavish event is hosted in an amazing outdoor/indoor location at the foot of Table Mountain in the heart of the city and will showcase 12 hours of music and performance art. Set in a truly unique and experiential décor concept, the party will feature three stages featuring best purveyors of local electronic music together. Whether you like house music, techno, nu-disco or good old fashioned party music; Alcazar has assembled a highly curated sonic soundscape for this New Year’s Eve!
You’ll love this event if you love: To dress up, a more refined crowd (no under 21), theatrics.
Plettenberg party-goers and thrill-seekers, a new and immersive adventure will unfold in your city this December. Introducing Wanderbay – a multi-stage experience that will play host to an aural journey featuring both local and international talent.
Wanderbay NYE will take place at Rietvlei Country Estate, just stone’s throw away from the picturesque beaches of one of South Africa’s most premium holiday destinations where organisers will present attendees with 10 hours of bliss across two distinct dance floors. Catering for a variety of musical tastes, the Wanderbay stage will be headlined by Ryan Murgatroyd and Das Kapital while the second stage will be hosted by Cape Town party collective, Smalltown Beat who will host international headliner Asquith [Lobster Thermin | UK]. Wanderbay’s stellar lineup will extend to their supporting lineup including; The Prophets of Wanderbay, Xavier Dragner, Sacred Sun, Siphe Tebeka, Rob Forbes, K$, Hunter, VAT69 and more.
You’ll love this event if you love: Something new, Plettenberg, a variety of music genres.
Kinky Summer [Cape Town]
Brought to you by We Love Summer and Kinky Disco, Kinky Summer – South Africa’s biggest themed New Year’s Eve festival – returns this December, bigger and better than before! This year’s theme is one of intergalactic extravagance that’ll have attendees partying amongst the planets. In collaboration with Feastival, We House Sundays and Vacation Club, Kinky Summer will take place at the plush La Paris Wine Estate in Franschhoek (for the fifth year) featuring FIVE interactive stages and a sweltering lineup of local and international artists.
Kinky Summer attendees can also look forward to an array of curated festival experiences such as immersive art and decor, a stunning man-made dam, a sparkling swimming pool, a massive foodie feast brought to you by FEASTIVAL, a champagne lounge, craft beer garden, an open-air cinema and so much more!
You’ll love this event if you love: Large festivals, themed parties, FOOD, parties with swimming facilities.
Smoking Dragon Festival [Drakensberg]
This festival that has carved a name out for itself in South Africa’s highly competitive entertainment industry, growing steadily and confidently over the last 10 years. The event’s reputation is excellent, with a solid core of faithful attendees.
The organisers have focused on keeping the quality of experience high, with professionally run stages and impeccable infrastructure. This eco-friendly New Years celebration is set in a spectacular location in the Northern Drakensberg with a greywater plant and zero plastic policy.
The festival has the reputation for inspirational music that is as compelling as its spectators. There will be even more local favourites and of course those unknown gems that this event is now famous for unearthing and showcasing. This remarkable diversity of people that gather annually is what makes it so distinct.
Their 10th anniversary will be a beast of a New Year’s Party as attendees celebrate a decade of dragons with six stages of carefully selected sounds as well as fantastic amenities and beautiful surroundings.
You’ll love this event if you love: Live music, big lineups, nature, mountains, camping, conservation
Secrets of Summer [Cape Town]
Cape Town’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration returns! Powered by 5FM and boasting one of the biggest artist line ups assembled in SA featuring international headliners Faithless [DJ SET] and Shapeless.
Revel across multiple themed stages and dance arenas, a man-made beach oasis – complete with soft beach sand, palm trees, day beds, splash pools, geodesic domes, Lifeguard Towers – all complemented by views of the majestic Table Mountain. Lush greens to wander around on, ample parking zones and loads more features to explore and indulge in.
Welcome this New Year’s Eve in style with an expertly curated line up of SA’s finest groove masters and international stars. Secrets of Summer will ensure that you hear the music you love all while being visually stimulated by an array of attractions and entertainers all performing under the Cape Town skies.
You’ll love this event if you love: The biggest names in local music, 5Fm, parties with swimming facilities, beach vibes, FAITHLESS!
Gauteng’s biggest trance collectives, Teknotribe, Mansion Records and Moksha join forces to bring you the country’s favourite NYE trance festival – Revolution. Johannesburg’s ‘underground dance music community’ will come together to present this earth-quaking, mind baking, soul-shaking 3-day open-air festival New Year’s offering.
The time has come to rise up and DANCE – free your body and mind and explore the journey through melodic bliss set in the picturesque Magaliesberg.
March onto the dance floor as the sun dwindles into a beckoning night and the celebrations of artistic and musical freedom are shared and embraced in unison, comrades side by side as one. Bring on the sunshine, mud and beats!
You’ll love this event if you love: TRANCE, BABY TRANCE! Nature, intimate gatherings, camping, parties with swimming facilities.
In the past 9 years, AFROPUNK has become a cultural movement celebrating the creativity and freedom of spirit in alternative Black culture. Urban kids who once felt like outsiders are the core of this fast-growing community.
AFROPUNK is returning to Joburg with an incredible lineup featuring international superstars and local legends on 30/31 December at Constitution Hill (South Africa) to welcome in 2020. AFROPUNK celebrates the collective creative actions of the individual and growth to move the culture forward. It is a two-day event that showcases music, art, conversation and community building. It is a safe place, a blank space to freak out in, to construct a new reality, to live your life as you see fit while making sense of the world around you.
You’ll love this event if you love: Urban culture, art and fashion, inner-city parties, performance art, hip-hop.
Get Lucky Summer [Plettenberg]
GoldFish are finally sharing the stage with GoodLuck this NYE in Plett & Knysna! Get Lucky Summer is excited to announce the return of New Year’s Eve Concert in Plett on the Plett Rugby Club fields in Robberg.
Their incredible lineup includes South Africa’s iconic electronic duo GOLDFISH and top live electronic band GoodLuck with more DJ’s and live acts to be announced. Start 2020 off in the best way possible at the only NYE concert to be attending this year!
The Get Lucky Summer NYE concert edition promises to be a magical night, under the Garden Route stars, with fully stocked bars and facilities, an exclusive VIP & VVIP viewing decks, delicious treats from the variety of food trucks, and the best lineup the town has ever seen.
You’ll love this event if you love: Family-friendly events, live music, Goldfish, GoodLuck, Plettenberg.
Vic Falls Carnival [Zimbabwe]
Africa’s most exhilarating music and adventure festival, The Vic Falls Carnival, returns at one of the Seven Wonders of the World for a once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s experience, bigger and better than ever! Adrenalin-pumping adventure, an incredible setting and a music hungry crowd all mixed with local and international music-fans boasting a lineup that showcases the best talent from around Africa, and the world over three unforgettable days!
The excitement doesn’t stop at the festival grounds – spend your days’ white water rafting, bungee jumping, or sip on a cocktail whilst you watch the vulture feeding and watering hole action at Safari Lodge. All festival-goers receive 10% off all adventure packages when booked with your festival ticket!
You’ll love this event if you love: Travel, adrenaline-fuelled activities, African arts and culture, local music, adventure.