Littlegig 2017 returns to Wiesenhof Farm in Cape Town in January 2017, bringing visitors a curated experience with handpicked events, food and accommodation all included in the ticket price.
After the success of the first festival, founder and curator Georgia Black promises to transport people with an even greater selection. “We’ve gone all out to source people doing the most interesting things with music, food, wine and design; all in the spirit of open-minded curiosity and creative expression. And we’re keeping the festival small and intimate, which is key to the Littlegig experience!”
Headlining on the foodie front is Danish chef Rasmus Munk who will host a Chef’s Table event (costing an extra R1000pp) and will take part in the Chef-and-Farmer Tasting.
While only 25 years old, Munk is leading the pack in a new wave of Nordic cuisine. He sees food as a stage for storytelling, provocation and sensory deception. Munk focuses on designing the entire eating experience at his Copenhagen-based restaurant, Alchemist, which was named “Innovator of the Year” by Nordic food bible White Guide Denmark 2016/17.
The Chef-and-Farmer Tasting will feature also local chefs Chris Erasmus (Foliage), Jason Lilley (Jason’s) and PJ Vadas (The Hoghouse), who will be teaming up with farmers Angus McIntosh and Wayne Rademeyer (Buffalo Ridge).
On the entertainment side festival goers can look forward to German electronic violinist Seth Schwarz, globetrotting DJ Captain Planet and internationally acclaimed South African music producer Culoe de Song.
Culoe de Song’s music has been described as ‘epic African house with a strange touch.’ His international success over the past few years is testament to his ability to blend international and African sounds, mixing the best beats from both worlds.
A protégé of Black Coffee, Culoe now released globally with German label Innervisions and has played at top tier parties including the coveted DC-10 Circo Loco in Ibiza, Watergate and Fabric. Culoe will be playing a 3-hour back-to back sundowner DJ set with executive producer Strat3gy (who is also a partner at House Afrika record label and Black Coffee’s Africa Rising).
Seth Schwarz will the headline DJ for Littlegig’s Night Stage, held on Wiesenhof’s old basketball court. A classically trained violinist, Schwarz has become known for merging the analogue world of violin with the digital basslines of house and techno. He is a fixture on the underground electronic music scene, playing at festivals around Europe and events such as Burning Man in the US.
L.A. DJ/producer Captain Planet (Charlie B. Wilder) will be performing at the Tropical Bass Tent. He has released three successful full-length albums, collaborated with artists from around the world and founded music blog Mixtaperiot.com, a popular go-to for DJ’s, tastemakers and underground music lovers worldwide.
Visitors to the Daytime Forest Stage can look forward to a performance by singer/songwriter Nakhane Touré whose debut album Brave Confusion won a SAMA for the Best Alternative Album. He took the name Touré in homage to his idol Ali Farka Touré though he is as likely to cite Morrissey, Nina Simone or Radiohead as influences.
Littlegig has added some new features for 2017, giving festival-goers a range of unusual experiences to choose from. A DJ Art Car will play the sundowner set on an island in the venue’s lake, with the vehicle moving to a secret forest location after midnight. The island will also host a Rum Shack playing rare African vinyl music, and a Tropical Bass Tent serving vegan juices and snacks.
Other new features include a Night Lawn experience with mint tea and hookah pipes, and the Krone Salon – a champagne bar with hair and make-up stylists.
You’ll once again find the popular Concept Store, a shop in the forest selling one-off festival fashion items made by selected artisans and designers. Festival goers can also once again look forward to some wine tasting, sampling from some of the best farms in the Simonsberg area, including Tokara, Glen Carlou, Babylonstoren, Warwick and others, a late-night gin and single malt speakeasy, a free convenience store and Sunday morning yoga.
And on the design front, Littlegig has collaborated with furniture designer Xandre Kriel who will make ‘trading posts’ used around the festival, and Whatiftheworld Gallery, who will present outdoor art.
Date: 28-29 January 2017
Venue: Wiesenhof farm, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R2 500pp (sold in pairs only) for a camping ticket including all food, drinks and accommodation, or R1950 for a daytrip ticket which excludes accommodation. No under-18s.
You can also buy glamping tickets starting from R3300.
For more info visit littlegig.co.za