Parklife Festival CPT and Jozi

Words: Crush

This year’s Parklife Gourmet Food and Music Festival celebrates the best things in life: great vibes, out-of-the-box culinary experiences, and of course, awesome people.

The Festival, presented by 94.7 and MTV, takes place in Cape Town on Saturday 2 May at Green Point Cricket Oval and at Marks Park, Emmarentia, on Sunday 3 May. As always, it promises to be the gastronomic and entertainment event of the year, bringing food lovers, friends, families and indie rockers together for one great day under the African sun.

The music line-up this year features international alt-rock outfit American Authors, critically acclaimed French producer and DJ Klingande, Prime Circle, prolific performer KAHN from The Parlotones and Jeremy Loops, as the first acts to be announced.

Food fundies will salivate at the opportunity to explore the vast gourmet food village offering the most exciting tastes from many of the country’s best local food markets. Between 12 and 15 ‘underground’ pop-up restaurants, known for their intrigue, exclusivity and unpredictability, will be at the festival serving up delicious dishes.. Chefs will be showcasing their talent, experimenting with the menu, pushing boundaries and letting their inner creative run wild. Food lovers can expect the unexpected. From a vetkoek cafe that will have your ouma’s tongue wagging, to a Prego station, Greek Souvlaki stall, gourmet wraps and burgers prepared and served like you’ve never seen, or tasted, before. Bring a picnic blanket along and enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch on the commons. There are also a number of stalls offering their wares including your favourite band merchandise from T-shirts and caps to other paraphernalia.

Every year we strive to make the Festival more accessible to our guests,” says founder Damon Forbes, who, along with Kevin Stuart, came up with the concept of the Festival back in 2012. The venues chosen for both the Cape Town and Joburg events are able to accommodate ticket holders with access to safe parking inside their grounds. This means Festival goers will be closer to the actual stage and festival area.

It’s really all about having a great day out. Kids, teens, moms, dads, families, party goers, music lovers – everyone’s invited,” adds Forbes. “When it comes to the line-up, you can expect really well known acts and crowd pleasers. We love to bring new bands out and give them a platform and when you have three stages to play with, you can give the artists more opportunity. We have two dedicated rock and indie type stages, as well as a deep house and electro stage – a Festival first – with some interesting bands that we’re really excited about.”

Doors open at 10h00 until 20h00.

Tickets are available at and start from as little R195. Kids under the age of six are free.

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