The Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival 2015

The Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival offers up SA's best acts in an amazing environment this New Year's

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The Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival 2015 is a really unique option for your New Years Eve this year in that it offers families the opportunity to celebrate the parting of the old year and the arrival of the new one in a safe, beautiful environment whilst listening to top South African artists.

The line-up is always very carefully selected where we try and take the audience on an auditory journey, seamlessly crossing through the different music categories from folk all the way to electronic, in this way no genre dominates so everyone is catered for. Smoking Dragon is all about community and partners with RAISE an NGO to run three days of workshops before the event in an attempt to capitalize on the influx of trained and dynamic individuals in the industry. The idea also being to increase exposure and revenue for local musicians and crafters over the period. The festival tries to support local more established businesses in the Northern Berg by encouraging people to support the wide range of accommodation and activities on offer. As the first and second of January are in fact a Friday and a Saturday we are hoping that families will chill with us for a while longer than normal.”

  • comments organiser, Ilsa Roberts.

What sets this festival apart from others that you’d be used for the New Years period, is that there is so much to do in the area. From lounging in the pool, mountain biking through the Northern Berg, hot air ballooning from the festival grounds or listening to the top SA talent, the Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival 2015 is not only off the beaten path, it’s on a whole groove of its own.
The incredible entertainment line-up includes:
The Kiffness


Das Kapital


Albert Frost

Damage Inc


Household Funk

Ruby Gill

We Are Charlie

The Accidentals

The Meditators

Tidal Waves

Existing Consciousness


The Brother Moves On

Devin Harmer

Tim Parr

Gugz & The Bam Bam

Acoustic Groove Machine

The Hezron Chetty Band





Diamond Thug

Jack Rolling Dandy’s

Zebra & Giraffe


Diamond Thug

Michael Lesar

Icurus and Rain

2lani The Warrior

The General



Hippie Mafia


Damage inc


Vin Groovin

Camping with a festival ticket is free with access to two dams, a river, clean ablutions, a kid’s zone and food and craft stalls as well as that fabulous view of the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak. For those who would like a bit of extra comfort there is also the option to stay in the Amphitheatre Backpacker’s Lodge campground at R135 per night. Here you can enjoy their restaurant, bar, free sauna, jacuzzi, bouldering cave, internet cafe and rock pool.

Dates: December 29 – January 1, 2016
Times: Dec 29 at 10:00am to Jan 1, 2016 at 1:00pm
Venue: Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge – Amphitheatre Lodge, R74, 3354 Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal
Ticket Price:

Early Bird: R600 – SOLD OUT

Pre-Sale: R700

At The Gate: R800

**Children under 12yrs old: R25

Day tickets are also available at R300 per day which includes one night free camping. Arrive at any time on the date of arrival, but depart by 10h00 on the next day.
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The Bazbus is a hop on hop off personalised door to door bus service that links all the backpacking venues throughout the country together. Although used primarily by foreign tourists without their own vehicles, why not jump on and enjoy being driven. It drops you right at the festival. There is also a shuttle service for those traveling by mainline coach from Cape Town, Jhb or Durban (Harrismith being the pick up town) bookings can be made through the smoking Dragon Travel store.

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