Up The Creek – the Ultimate Outdoor Music Celebration

Loyal Creekers, New Creekers and everyone in between. Up the Creek 2020 is a bit of a special one. It’s the 30 Year Reunion at the river…

Established in 1990, Up the Creek is the second longest-running outdoor music festival in South Africa. Set annually on the banks of the magical Breede River, about 23km outside Swellendam in the Western Cape. Grab your festie besties and enjoy four days of celebrating 30 years of great music, good food, chilled vibes, short queues, and a whole lot of gees.

For your ear-listening, foot-stomping, woohooing pleasure, Up the Creek 2020 will include the following artists:

Francois van Coke, WONDERboom, The Kiffness, Hot Water, Shortstraw, Albert Frost & Tubatsi Mpho Moloi, The Black Cat Bones, Amy Ayanda, Bam Bam Brown, Jägermeister Brass Cartel, Rob van Vuuren, Basson Laubscher, Bombshelter Beast, Boyes Drive, Crosscurrent, Dave Ferguson, Dr Khumalo, El Cantante, Emerger, The Fake Leather Blues Band, Flying Bantu, Frizz Pop: Kate Pinchuck and Lindy Johnson, Gerald Clark, Ghetto Sessions, Half ‘n Half,  Jak Skandi, Jake Gunn, Jeandré Swanepoel, Jules Terea, Little Ringo, Nick Turner, Orah & the Kites, Paradise Citizens, Poor Princes, The Robfather, Rockskandi Kings, Southern Wild, Sutherland, The Blues Broers, Akkedis, The Toast, The Unity Band, The Van Der Mentals, Warongx, World of Birds


As always, tickets are limited to 2 500 and selling fast.

Don’t be kak, be lekker!

Up The Creek Location
Up The Creek Line-up
Up The Creek Tickets
Up The Creek Accommodation

So where is Up The Creek exactly?

Up The Creek is hosted at it’s namesake, a long standing river camp, about 23 kilometres outside of South Africa’s fourth oldest town, Swellendam. Perched on the banks of the Breede River overlooking a tranquil creek, this fantastic location is surrounded by the majestic mountain ranges of the Overberg district – less than a 3-hour drive from Cape Town or George in the Western Cape.

Click here for detailed directions and maps.

Curate Your Creek

Up The Creek loves hearing from you and really values your constructive feedback. Your opinions on things like the line-up and food vendors matter. It helps us to tailor-make a fun and unique festival experience for all Creekers. Who would you like to see at the festival?

Submit your favourite bands / artists / comedians suggestions here and yummy chow suggestions here.

Get Your Tickets

Only 2 500 are available! Secure your shotgun seat to South Africa’s most unique outdoor music experience – four days, four stages and more than 50 of South Africa’s best acts. Get your ticket today. The river awaits…

Are you a camper or a glamper?

You’ll be stoked to know that Up The Creek caters for both! Choose between the festival’s four general campsite options, but first decide if you want to camp with your car or not:

  1. Camp with car/campervan: Hillbilly Campsite
  2. Camp without car: Hilton, Ellis Park and Country Club

Prefer to camp like a rock star? Then go for the more luxurious Heartbreak Motel at an additional cost.

Click here for more deets.

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