Bazique Festival – what’s all the fuss?
If you’re a typical Capetonian – or is that just a typical human being? – you may view the Bazique Festival with slight hesitation, or caution, not knowing exactly what it’s all about and if you’ll ‘fit in.’
I know I did last year for the inaugural event.
You see, despite my 20-odd years + of partying to electronic dance music (raving ya know 😉) – when something new comes along I don’t just dive into it!
There are questions…
The first question I had last year was about dressing up…
While I don’t mind dressing up, I don’t like feeling like I have to.
Well, the good news is you DO NOT HAVE TO DRESS UP!
It’s cool if you do, but you don’t need to. Yes, there was a healthy spattering of party maniacs dressed in all kinds of ‘get-up’ but there were just as many who didn’t and that was cool too.
So, come as you are or come as you aren’t!
It really doesn’t matter – Bazique is NOT that kind of party!
It seems very arty
Art is good. So is architecture.
But both can be up their own asses too!!!
The artiness is wonderful and to be honest the attention to detail that these guys gave to their first event was beyond comprehension.
Trust me, the longer one is there, the more you get to know and appreciate the layout of the event and the incredible eye candy and silly stuff that has been created simply for your and my amusement.
This is a key ingredient to Bazique that separates it from simply being a multi-stage, multi genre event.
Yes, the music plays an essential role, but the sheer craziness of the art cars, and random installations between the stages, creates this wonderful otherworldliness that will have you and your crew laughing all the way from one area to the next.
Equally as bizarre to still being cautious about attending an event for the first time I, like many others, also always wonder if I will fit in and know many people.
Will I be too old, (sadly I’m seldom too young anymore), will it be a yuppie crowd, a ‘boets and babes’ crowd… maybe it’s just freaks?
The good news is that it is ALL of the above and NONE of the above.
The best way to describe the festival crowd is ‘seasoned.’
Not in the Aromat way, an eclectic way. 😉
Make no mistake, ‘tis a gathering of proper party people who know how to throw it down but there were quite a few Afrika Burners there last year and a lot of very normal people, simply acting less-than normal.
Unpretentious is the best way to describe the event and people, despite the ‘art, music and absurdism’ slogan!
Everybody is welcome and from what I could see, everybody had a really good time too.
I know I did!
‘It’s just like Afrika Burn…’
A common remark overheard on several occasions last year was:
‘It’s just like Afrika Burn, but without the massive expense and grueling drive!’
And with better music!!!
Bazique is an hour from Cape Town CBD, the venue is absolutely tailor-made for an event such as this and the music is curated by several respected party brands, so if you like your house music, techno and trance, you’ll feel right at home.
I’ve been waiting all year for this and can’t wait to be there this weekend and to become a ‘Baziquer’ for 48 hours of crazy-ass fun!!!
Don’t miss out on another year. A more fun event you may not find any time soon!
Speaking of music…
Here’s the full Bazique lineup across the three days.
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