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Since the summer of 1990 Up The Creek festival has been hosted at Up The Creek River Camp, set between a dirt road and the welcoming waters of the Breede River. With various stages, including the unique Savanna River Stage at the water`s edge, you are guaranteed to be entertained throughout the weekend. Although Rock `n Roll is the original stamp of choice, there are also different types of music mixed into the line-up including pop, some indie folk, a couple of DJ acts and the odd violin solo on top of a kombi!

For 2018 we have yet again put much thought into the line-up. Creekers, we are super proud to announce that the headlining act for Jägermeister presents Up the Creek 2018 is the magnificent Mango Groove. Rated by many as the best live act in South Africa, we are delighted to bring the flair of this legendary group to our annual river party. Claire Johnston of Mango Groove says: “We are really excited about this one – Mango Groove has never performed at Up The Creek before. It is one of those very special events on the SA Live Show calendar that every musician and band wants to be a part of…and in 2018 it happens for us! We are planning a total Mango Madness onslaught in this amazing part of South Africa. The band is having more fun than ever before and we can`t wait to see you there!”

Add the phenomenal talents of the following bands and DJ`s also confirmed for next year and we are set for a weekend of musical bliss. The line up so far:

Mango Groove, Spoegwolf, MT Seas, Aidan Martin, Sunset Sweatshop, Mobbing Bali, Westcoast Wolves, Sublime Tribute Project, Jackal & The Wind, Native Young, Southern Wild, Jerry & The Bandits, Sol Gems, Boulevard Blues, We Are Charlie, Veranda Panda, The Kiffness, Jak Skandi, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Crimson House, and Nomadic Orchestra. More acts to be announced at the end of November.

Jeffrey the Jam Van will be on standby to entertain you before the Jägermeister Main Stage kicks off and the Sedgwicks’ Old Brown Food Court stage will be running in the mornings and afternoons to showcase new and upcoming artists.

Savanna Premium Cider is coming back to the festival in a big way, supporting live comedy; fresh local acts; draught cider on tap at the main bar; DJs on their Late Night Stage; fantastic giveaways throughout the weekend, and more. Rumour has it they’re even hosting a Savanna style brunch on the Sunday morning.

While the festival is one of the few remaining that still allows you to camp next to your car (should you choose) there is also a greener campsite where no cars are allowed or you can book pre-pitched tented accommodation at

In true Up The Creek tradition (the festival originally started out as a birthday celebration) we believe in celebrating every milestone. Let us know if it’s your birthday between 25 and 28 January and we’ll help you celebrate with a surprise on the weekend. Email and let’s partay!

UTC is going cashless. In 2018 we’ll be introducing Howler Loaded. Once you’ve purchased your festival ticket, set up and preload your festival money onto your Howler account, collect your loaded wristband at the festival and you’re ready to go! Any questions feel free to get in touch with us directly.

Want to feel excited? Here a link to our official UTC 2017 “after video” to get you right into the carefree Up the Creek mood.

Ticket price: R1,030 (excluding booking fees) – only full weekend tickets available.

Buy tickets here: No under 18s. Note: There are three options to pay for your festival tickets: credit card, EFT and Mobicred (a ticket payment plan option.)

There are only 2500 tickets made available each year so make sure to book as soon as you possibly can.

Good news is that you can extend your festival stay in 2018: gates will open at 11:00am on the Thursday and we’ll have live music from 15:00.

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