Bazique 2020 – A first-timer’s guide
Bazique 2020 takes place this coming weekend.
This unique event is now in its third year and both 2018 & 2019 had a different charm about them.
In 2018 none of us knew what to expect.
We did know it was going to be different and we did know it would be fun.
Hampered by a severe drought, 2018 felt quite similar to Afrika Burn thanks to the desert-like environment caused by the lack of water in the Eikenhof Dam.
The festival was literally hosted on the dam bed.
It was amazing and quite surreal, though!
It felt like one was walking on a different planet, surrounded by weird and trippy art installations and eye-candy.
There were also quite a few ‘burners’ at the event dressed up in what I’d say looked like ‘typical Afrika Burner garb.’ Steam punk vibes etc.
But the party cooked. I remember leaving thinking I hadn’t that much fun for a while.
In 2019 the Bazique organisers faced an exact opposite challenge.
They endured so much rain the week before the event that the dam was up to 70% full (I’m guessing) which meant they had to change their festival layout plans significantly.
Nonetheless 2019 topped 2018 and their decision to involve several of the mother city’s premier party brands paid dividends, with consistently good music throughout.
2019 also saw more of the Bazique vision come to life with even sillier, crazier sideshows wherever one walked.
The weather played along beautifully and everywhere I looked there were happy, smiley faces having the time of their lives.
It’s a wonderful gathering of crazy, free-spirited individuals having an immense amount of collective fun.”
Bazique 2020 is going to be different once again.
Bazique has a new home this year.
The good news is it is now even closer to Cape Town, a mere 30 minutes from the CBD.
So, if you’re a first timer, what can you expect?
Age is but a number
Unless you’re 18 or 19… or younger.
Bazique is a party for grown-ups.
It’s a no under-20’s event – this just means a partially more mature party crowd letting their inner child out.
The great thing is you cannot feel too old or too young at Bazique.
It’s a wonderful gathering of crazy, free-spirited individuals having an immense amount of collective fun.
Dress up, dress down, dress normal
If you love a good dress up, you’ll feel right at home at Bazique 2020.
It is the ultimate outdoor dress-up event aside from Afrika Burn.
Feel free to express yourself any way you like.
The good news is you’ll feel equally at home not dressing up.
Last year’s Bazique had both in equal parts so it’s no biggie.
The event is not pretentious at all, so come as you are or as you aren’t! 😉
Thanks to the wise men and women of Bazique, as mentioned earlier, they’ve roped in some of the top event brands who all represent a signature sound and style.
If you appreciate good electronic dance music from house to disco, techno, progressive trance and everything in between, with 2019 as our yardstick, we’re expecting the music to be very good once again.
These premier brands are in charge of steering the music across the various stages.
- Wolfkop Weekender
- Sexy Groovy Love
- Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF)
- Bridges for Music
- Into the Wild
- Toy Toy
Not familiar with these guys? READ: Bazique and the collaborators for insight from each of them.
Things to look out for…
The Dept of Arsing About – Expect cirque, silliness, situation comedy, performance art and irreverent unbridled fun!
Art cars & art boats – some crazy-ass designs will be floating about. Expect lots of floaty toys and inflatables too.
Art & architecture – Expect some weird and wonderful eye-candy to tickle those synapses.
The Starlit Spa – Woodfired hot tubs in a quiet area by the lake away from the hullabaloo to kick back and feel a little decadent.
Food galore – a great selection of food trucks to satisfy your hunger.
Silent Events – 3 channel multi genre headphone shindig to lose yourself to.
La Fee Verte – this electric Ballroom, Whisky Bar and Revue serves up a heady mix of Funk, Disco, Jazz, Swing, Hip Hop, Be-Bop. Rock n Roll in a Burlesque setting.
Journeys End Island – A floating stage in the middle of the lake! Need I say more?
Why should I attend?
Was the above not enough? 😛
If you love dance music, love letting loose and being just a little crazy on the weekend, Bazique 2020 sets this all up perfectly.
With multiple stages and different curators managing the music you’re never stuck in one vibe throughout.
Bored of the techno, go get your disco boots on? Don’t like trance, head over to the Kraal for some get-down afro-house vibes.
Simply walking from a stage to the well-stocked food court can take some time, just because there are so many funny distractions and sideshows on the way there.
Bazique 2020 promises to elevate your mood and give you a good time, simple as that.
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