When we arrive in Mpumalanga’s Balfour, which is about an hour away from Johannesburg, the sun is beating down on a handful of cars already parked in the vast field. I can hear Mafikizolo from that makeshift parking lot at Welgelen Manor but it doesn’t sound like they’re playing to anyone at all.
The Bacardi Holiday Club, which is a 24-hour festival where all drinks and food are included in your ticket price, took place over the weekend and it was an intimate experience that I would gladly repeat. Except I would bring a bigger jacket because the degrees sure did drop by nightfall
Bacardi did not, in any way, seem to have reached the 1 500 cap for attendees but that’s what made the festival feel like you had space to breathe. And more importantly, to be yourself.
There was a forest stage where DJ Shimza creatively played vocals over popular beats. There was also the pool area stage manned by the Kool Out Collective, and a main stage that didn’t always hit the mark when it came to the DJ sets that were played between performances.