Littlegig is the world’s only 24-hour everything included festival. Be there from 17 to 18 February in Stellenbosch. Expect musicians, DJ’s, chefs, winemakers, artists, designers and performers. “It’s a highly -creative, meticulously curated, detail-oriented festival. “Our team spends a year curating this event which is a showcase of relevant music, food and design talent,” says founder Georgia Black. “In many ways, Littlegig is a sophisticated rave. A space where you can be hedonistic, but still feel looked after”
“I am inspired by people. The best thing about a festival should always be the people,” adds Black who started Littlegig in 2014 as a series of music concerts in interesting Cape Town settings. She saw a gap in the festival market for a small (1500 people) highly creative event, targeting tastemakers and thought leaders – people who are time-poor and need a 24-hour hit of nature, connection and inspiration.
Artelligent (Aka Headroom)
Sound Supreme ( tha_muzik, Just Themba, The Rhythm Sessions)
Strat3gy with Brendon Jury
Toby 2 Shoes
Indoni Dance Academy
FOOD & DRINK
Premium alcohol and coffee brands will be served from a string of pop-up bars (no queues) in fantastical locations. Lamb riblets, giant Vietnamese crystal rolls, wild mushroom kebabs, butter chicken, more will be served from food stations dotted around the festival forest. For real foodies there are 2 extra experiences, a Paired Food and Wine Tasting featuring 6 top female chefs and winemakers (Ash Heeger X Nadia Newton Johnson; Jenny Ward X Nadia Barnard; Vanie Padayachee X Jocelyn Wilson), and a 6-course Chef’s Table Dinner for 50 guests by Eat Out Top 10 chef Arno Janse van Rensburg (Maison, Franschoek).
“The Chef’s Table is the best experience for the introverted festival-goer – a magical feast in the forest, a moment of fantasy with great food and great company. An incredible memory,” – Hannerie Visser, Conceptual Experience Designer studio-H
Surprises – like a convenience store, where you can stock up (for free) on sweets, chocolates, suntan cream, condoms; a 10-meter pavlova brought out after dark, a hot chip station at the 2am secret after party, and a surprise taste experience on a dance-floor when you’re least expecting it – are part of the magical Littlegig food experience.
This music experience is not about big headline acts but a collection of relevant musos and DJs in six music areas that open and close as the festival journey progresses. There’s the Forest Day Stage with bands in the middle of the food forest, the Night Stage with headline electronic acts; an Art Car playing the sundowner set on the island and then moving to a secret forest location after midnight. The Festival Fashion Concept Store has a dancefloor and a steady flow of champagne, the Island has DJs playing funk, Latin, soul and sounds from the continent, and the Gin & Whiskey Bar has late night live music.
International acts include multi-instrumentalist, carnival-style storyteller Stelth Ulvang (from Billboard No. 1 folk/rock band the Lumineers), Cameroonian-New Zealand singer and beatmaker Estère, Kenyan DJ/producer Blinky Bill and celebrated UK comedian and bassist for Pink Floyd Guy Pratt who will do a musical-comedy performance. Other highlights are afro-folk sensation Bongeziwe Mabandla, futuristic queer music act Umlilo and the Stash Crew, electro-soul songstress Nonku Phiri, Giles Peterson and Ninja Tunes-approved Sibusile Xaba (fresh from their first headline European tour), rising indie act Johnny Cradle, electronic-folk artist Amy Ayanda and Samthing Soweto, the award-winning new project of The Soil founder Samkelo Mdolomba. The headline electronic act is SAMA-award winning Black Motion (who toured the U.S and performed with Black Coffee in Ibiza this year), Johannesburg DJ, promoter and Kaya FM radio host DJKenzhero, DJ and 5FM radio host Kid Fonque, Afrosynth blog and record store founder DJ Okapi, DJ and visual artist Zara Julius, DJ and executive producer DJ Strat3gy, Kaya FM crew Greg Maloka and Sound Supreme made up of tha_muzik, Just Themba and The Rhythm Sessions, and queen of bass Doowap, alongside fixtures on the Cape Town DJ scene K-$, Toby 2 Shoes and Artelligent (AKA Headroom) and more. Performance artist Dear Ribane – who have recently done projects for Nike, i-D magazine, Chanel and Kenzo – will open the electronic stage.
ART & DESIGN
Each area is designed by a top stylist, under the creative lead of Bielle Bellingham, former Elle Decoration editor: “My job is to make sure that art at Littlegig is an experience that releases unconscious potential and joy.” Architect and artist duo Sean and Justine Mahoney have designed a 6-meter metallic inflatable artwork for the island, Peter Verster-Cohen will shoot the next episode of the Littlegig comedy, and there will be a surprise installation during the headline DJ’s set. Littlegig also introduces its first lineup of performance art – Indoni Dance Academy and Stuart Lightbody.
Fashion, dress-up and creative freedom are the heartbeat of Littlegig explains Black. “Littlegig is a creatively-led festival with dressing up at its heart. It just happened organically.” The Concept Store – the only place at the festival where money changes hands – presents vintage and bespoke festival ranges by exciting local designers such as Marianne Fassler, Mami Wata, Rich Mnisi, Neo Serati, David Brits for GOOD GOOD GOOD, Sheila Madge, Lukhanyo Mdingi and Dr Pachanga. Adjoining the store – and sharing its music lineup and free Krone champagne bar – is the Salon, with 12 top stylists and make-up artists who will transform guests, at no cost.
There are 8 categories of Camping and Glamping, ranging from tents with blow-up mattresses to bell tents the size of a bedroom, with Egyptian cotton linen. For the 2018 event self-camping has been introduced for the first time, at no extra charge. And for those who would rather sleep in their own beds, there’s a taxi rank at the festival, which is just 40 minutes’ drive from Cape Town.
Phew – 24 hours of connection, creativity and convenience!
What: Littlegig, 24 hour Festival 2018
When: 17- 18 February, 2018
Where: Wiesenhof farm, Stellenbosch
Book Festival Tickets: R2 300. Basic Camping tents from R1 450. Glamping tents from R2950 to R6450 per tent. Ticket prices include all food and drinks
Paired Food & Wine Tasting: R150 per ticket
Chef’s Table: R750 per ticket
Note: No under-21’s allowed
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