To some, it was the "Little Festival that Could." But after the March 2011 festival, "little" is no longer a word one can associate with Kleinmond's Big Blues Music Festival. In its first solo year as the Western Cape's premiere blues music fest, the Big Blues Music Festival defied naysayers by mounting a near-flawless event with arguably the strongest line-up of blues artists ever to be assembled on one stage.
"Our focus remains on the provision of excellent genre-specific music, combined with a clean and safe festival environment, and excellent local cuisine and wine. The festival is a unique event that promotes our beautiful coast - even more so for the 2012 event as it has found a new home in the spectacularly upgraded Kleinmond Harbour I doubt there is any other festival that will bring you as close to the sea. says event organiser, Louise Fick.
General festival facilities include a 1050 square metre marquee for shade, safe parking, a buddy-bus to get you safely home, a kiddies club, arts stalls and more.
And as if that's not enough, the festival takes place in the spectacularly upgraded Kleinmond Harbour, with restaurants, bars and interesting shops in the adjacent Harbour Road. The setting is breathtaking and will truly shine with Kleinmond and the Overberg's finest from handmade chocolates to moerkoffie or a plate of "seekos" prepared in the traditional fisherman's way.
The 20 artists featured on the line-up include music legends such as Vusi Mahlasela, Piet Botha and The Blues Broers (featuring Albert Frost). The festival certainly prides itself in offering stage time to up-and-coming young blues bands and will this year include acts such as the Hellfire Blues Club, Sixgun Gospel and Crimson House Blues most of them voted in to the line-up by Facebook fans. The ladies play a predominant role with Charlie King, In The Deepend and Natasha Meister on stage amongst others. Old favourites such as Fender endorsee Dan Patlansky, popular Boulevard Blues Band, and the ever evolving Gerald Clark are also among the performers.
Festival goers are guaranteed a fantastic time. But dont take our word for it, hear what others had to say following the 2011 festival: "You are raising the standards of SA festivals," claims Andre Kriel of the Black Cat Bones, one of the showcase performers.
"Kleinmond is not necessarily a town you would expect to experience soul-wrenching, spine-tingling blues music, but for the weekend of the 4th and 5th of March it felt like the perfect place to be," wrote Joseph Lawrence in his Getaway Magazine blog. "I can't wait for the next ... and in fact I won't I'm going to start stalking all of the aforementioned artists on Facebook right now!"
It's this kind of enthusiasm that will ensure Kleinmond embraces its new role as the "blues capital" of South Africa.
|Name:||Hangklip Kleinmond Tourism|
|Address:||14 Harbour Road, Kleinmond, 7195|
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