Five things not to miss at Up the Creek 2016

Jägermeister presents Up The Creek 2016, Breede River, Swellendam.

28 – 31 January 2016

Think cool river…think colour and cocktails…think summer….think fun! Jägermeister presents Up The Creek Music Festival 2016 is taking place on the banks of the magnificent Breede River from 28 – 31 January. The line-up includes South African musicians, DJ`s and singer-songwriters that are current, vibey, hot and happening!

Get 'Em To The Creek
Get ‘Em To The Creek

Shortstraw,  Sannie Fox, Bye Beneco, Dave Ferguson, Albert Frost & Robin Auld, The Ballistics, The Vanilla, Stoker, Grassy Spark, Nomadic Orchestra, Al Bairre, Georgetown, Southern Wild, Crimson House Blues, Hatchetman, The Black Cat Bones, Bark, December Streets, Jonathan Peyper Trio, Gerald Clark and the Dead Men, Guy Collins, Akkedis, Piet Botha, Kings Down South, The Coast, Rubber Duc, Mr Cat & the Jackal, Bandolero, Goodluck Live (DJ Set), Veranda Panda, Das Kapital, DJ Dirtroad, The Robfather, Jon Savage and the Mowtown Minstrels, Slow Jack, Basson Laubscher, Wynand Davel, Friso Woudstra, Dylan Pistorius.

UTC pic Belia Oh
UTC pic Belia Oh

We have a jam packed weekend waiting for you and to make sure that you do not miss out on anything, here are our tips for Five things not to miss at the festival:

Thursday night: Get there on the first night; make the most of your ticket and don’t miss out on what always is a really special evening. There will be great live collaborations, some new acts and a surprise performance after The Black Cat Bones close the Main Stage.

Signature drinks: We’ve had the Titanic cocktail since the early days of Up The Creek and as the years have gone by, we’ve adjusted our bar menu plenty of times, always testing new ideas. This year we have the Titanic (aka the infamous ‘big blue’ drink) back again, the Life Raft (Sedgwick`s Old Brown with Ginger Ale) and new to the festival is our Rubber Duck, a mix of vodka, Sedgwick`s and Orange Juice- easy and refreshing to drink on the scorching hot days we have at the Breede and with a lekker bite to it that will keep you on your feet!

The River on Saturday: No one has ever attended the festival and missed out on the river but there is something happening in the river that we’d like to draw your attention to The Anything That Floats Competition…a longstanding competition at Up The Creek encouraging attendees to build wild and wonderful floating contraptions, from beds to couches and bars, all in the name of some much-coveted prizes. The titles up for grabs this year are:

Best Float:

This prize goes to the most original, super fantastic float. The float that has us gasping in delight because of its sheer brilliance, the float that steals the hearts of onlookers and photographers alike, the float that will make many people say “now why didn’t I think of that!”  Win “Best Float” and you’ll get a bunch of great stuff including a hamper from Sedgwick`s Old Brown, two tickets to Up the Creek 2017 and two tickets to a Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert of your choice, as well as a Ray-Ban hamper!

The Most Romantic Float:

Love is in the water! If you have the most romantic float we`ll treat you and your loved one to a bottle of cold bubbly, two tickets to Up the Creek 2017 and two tickets to a Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert of your choice.

The Float with the Mostest:

How many people can you pack onto your float? A lot we hope. Because if you can get more bodies on your float than anyone else for at least one minute without sinking it, you`ll get a free Titanic cocktail for every person standing on your float. Get everyone near and far to jump on board. We’ll count and announce a winner. Record to beat, 56 people!

Sedgwick`s food court stage:  Hidden away inside our wonderful food court is the open-mic food court stage. Bring your instrument and/or your voice, plug in and entertain everyone. As a festival attendee you’re bound to find something of interest, so sit around a table of strangers, enjoy your meal of choice and walk away with new friends.

Albert Frost & Robin Auld: Make sure you don’t rush off home on the Sunday morning because Albert & Robin are a special addition to this year’s line-up and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch them live at the Creek.

Win tickets- Get ‘Em To The Creek:

It isn’t always a simple feat to get yourself to Up The Creek. We realise that there are complications at play: financial woes, petrol hikes, kids who need feeding, work commitments and so the list continues…Convince us as to why you deserve to attend as a guest of ours and we’ll help get you to the Creek! The two most convincing and entertaining stories will win two festival tickets each.

Doesn`t it make sense that we should stay here and possibly have the time of your life?” – Aldous Snow, Get him to the Greek.


If you want to rock out in a little more comfort, then the Heartbreak Motel tented accommodation is for you. There are two options of pre-pitched tents, hot showers, toilets, buffet breakfast and other luxuries. For more info and bookings go

Full weekend tickets: R900 (excl. booking fees)

Link to buy tickets:

Festival gates open at 15:00 on Thursday 28 January. Please make sure to leave the premises no later than 17h00 on Sunday 31 January and leave your camping area clean when you depart.

Notes: The tap water at Up the Creek is not suitable for drinking. Please bring along your own bottled water OR just a bottle that you can use to fill up from our drinking water supplied freely AND there will, of course, be bottled water for sale at the festival bars/ Bring cash – we will have an ATM on the grounds, but due to poor signal, it is not always in working order / No open fires allowed. Gas cookers are allowed. /Own alcohol is allowed in camping area only. No glass bottles are allowed so make sure to decant your bottles into plastic bottles.

Some videos from Up the Creek 2015


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