"The idea also being to increase exposure and revenue for local musicians and crafters over the period. The festival tries to support local more established businesses in the Northern Berg by encouraging people to support the wide range of accommodation and activities on offer. As the first and second of January are in fact a Friday and a Saturday we are hoping that families will chill with us for a while longer than normal.” comments organiser, Ilsa Roberts. What sets this festival apart from others, is that there is so much to do in the area. From lounging in the pool, mountain biking through the Northern Berg, hot air ballooning from the festival grounds or listening to the top SA talent, the Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival 2015 is not only off the beaten path, it’s on a whole groove of its own.
The incredible entertainment line-up includes: The Kiffness, Albert Frost, Haezer, Das Kapital, Majozi and many more. Camping with a festival ticket is free with access to two dams, a river, clean ablutions, a kid's zone and food and craft stalls as well as that fabulous view of the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak. For those who would like a bit of extra comfort there is also the option to stay in the Amphitheatre Backpacker's Lodge campground at R135 per night. Here you can enjoy their restaurant, bar, free sauna, jacuzzi, bouldering cave, internet cafe and rock pool.