Camping, the outdoors and one massive jol

Namibians from far and wide are gearing up for the biggest rock festival the country has ever seen.

21 February 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Camp Rock, a three-day bonanza where local and international stars will rock out, is taking place next weekend at the Steinheim Farm on the C26 road outside Windhoek.

The brains behind this operation, Evane Storbeck, successfully pulled off the planning with the help of her friend Beulah du Pont. Her business, Camping in Namibia, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Celebrating this milestone in a big way was a no-brainer. The combo of outdoor camping and excellent music is certainly an exciting prospect.

Camping in Namibia is an online portal, a website as well as on Facebook, where campers around the world can communicate with each other and view campsites online. Last year, they launched a map which shows all the campsites in Namibia. An updated version will be released later this year.

“It all happened very quickly. We started building the concept around the end of 2019. The festival was planned in about a month and a half,” Storbeck said.

Camp Rock also offers a 4x4-trail. It's free, but you have to register via [email protected] The festival-goers looking to sweat a little can take part in the trail run. You can register at www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=209625. The popular drumming circle is also a free activity to enjoy during the weekend.

The line-up consists of local and international talents. On Friday night, festival-goers can look forward to performances by Jacob and Taylor, Small Town Tramp, John Rock Prophet, Afrikaans music legend Anton Goosen, alternative rock band Spoegwolf and Fokofpolisiekar lead singer Francois van Coke.

The Saturday line-up doesn't disappoint either. Camp Rockers can get hyped for performances by Tania Wiese, Savannah, Vaughn Ahrens, Vernon Barnard, Roadhouse Blues, Andra, Albert Frost, Radio Kalahari Orkes, and to top the evening off, DJ Costa and DJ Frederick and Attics will spin some tunes.

Tickets are available at today.com.na.



The rules:

No pets allowed. Except dolphins.

There will be communal braai-areas. Festival-goers are not allowed to build fires at campsites.

Campers will be divided into camp zones at the Steinheim entrance. Don't mix with the riffraff, stay in your zone.

Campers can enjoy their own food and beverages at the camping terrain, but no refreshments can be brought to the festival site.

There will be food and drink stalls available.

If you do not wish to go home with third-degree burn wounds, please remember to pack a hat and sunscreen.

There is a possibility of rain, and although every drop is a blessing, please remember your umbrella.

Unfortunately, all the glamping tents are sold out. See this as a challenge to set up the best camp.

Gas burners allowed.

Wood and ice will be available.

There is no electricity at the campsites. You'll have to use a more romantic approach.

Communal toilets and showers will be equipped with hot water, and are free to all campers.

It's about an 800m walk from the camping grounds to the festival terrain. It's not an opera, leave your stilettos at home.

If you're accident-prone, remember the first aid kit.

LLOYD ZANDBERG

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