5 Acts to watch at RTD 2017

We’re headed towards the annual pilgrimage as festival lovers make their way to Cloof Wine Estate for what promise to be four days of ill music action. Let’s take a moment and set the tone. These 5 acts are absolute must-sees if you’re going to be at RTD. Turn up the volume and get ready to channel that festival vibe.

Two Door Cinema Club
When it comes to being thrice as nice this three-man Irish indie rock band will have you grooving from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. You’re going to want to put on your dancing shoes and get jolling – try standing still while they’re at it. Check out What You Know from their debut album, Tourist History and get familiar with Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird if you aren’t already.
Black Coffee
Nkosinathi Maphumulo, AKA Black Coffee, is a graduate of the Red Bull Academy of Music and not somebody who needs an introduction. The South African deep house DJ has been making waves both locally and internationally – he seems to be on what can be describes a perpetual whirlwind of recognition. Gracing stages from Amsterdam to Sydney and basically every where in between – he’s also recently finished a stint on Saturdays at Hï Ibiza, which he held down from June to September this year. Your Eyes features another local gem, Shekinah. Give it a blast and treat your ears.GinaJeanz


She’s an illustrator, designer, known for her impeccable street style and an avid traveller. GinaJeanz is making her debut appearance at RTD this year and if her EP is anything to go by, her performance is bound to transport you between feelings of nostalgia and a bright-eyed sense of optimism for the future. This young music producer is somebody to keep your eyes on – it’s going to be rad to look back years from now and remember what it was like seeing her grace her first RTD stage. In the spirit of all things festival inspired, give Wild Flower a whirl.Cassper Nyovest

From Mafikeng to filling up the dome and numerous milestones in between. Cassper Nyovest is easy to love when you’re a fan of excellence. We’re talking hip-hop Motswako and flow that comes from an undeniable pursuit of turning dreams into a reality. When he’s not translating tweets from Setswana to English for Rick Ross, he’s out there doing what he does best. Turn the bass up and bump Same Chair as Kanye for some perspective.


With a band name that proves that some things just sound better in Afrikaans Fokofpolisiekar is an alternative rock band hailing from Belville. They’ve collaborated with a multitude of local acts and have been going strong since 2003 – which is a feat on it’s own. One of the founding members is none other than SA rock legend Francois van Coke – combined with the musical prowess off Hunter Kennedy, Johnny de Ridder, Wynand Myburgh and Jaco Venter. If you’ve never seen them live – you should. Listen to Dagdronk and get ready to misbehave in the best way possible.

Originally published on Red Bull.

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