AFRISKI WINTERFEST KICKS WINTER OFF WITH A BANG
PERCHED HIGH ABOVE THE AFRICAN PLAINS, IN THE MOUNTAIN KINGDOM OF LESOTHO, AFRISKI MOUNTAIN RESORT IS AFRICA’S MOST DISTINCTIVE WINTER DESTINATION, AND HOST TO ONE OF THE CONTINENT’S MOST DISTINCTIVE MUSIC FESTIVALS – AFRISKI WINTERFEST.
In early June 2018, “Winterfesters” from across South Africa and Lesotho made their way to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, hyped-up on adrenaline from the drive up the newly-completed Mahlasela Pass, and into their choice of accommodation, which ranged from mountaintop chalets and apartments to backpackers’ lodges, at the one and only Afriski Mountain Resort.
With fresh snow sprinkled across the mountains, and Southern Africa’s top artists in the line-up, a jam-packed Winterfest kicked off the 2018 winter season – three months of skiing and snowboarding fun at Afriski Mountain Resort.
By day, festivalgoers brought the slopes to life, with first-timers and seasoned pros making the most of the daylight and free snow gear rental for the whole weekend. But once the boards and skis were packed away for the day, and the temperatures dropped, so did the beats, as music lovers joined the evening’s warm-up session over a delicious meal at Skybar – Africa’s highest restaurant – with the likes of Simone Govender, 4AM, Will Rayz and Lesotho’s own Leomile wooing the crowd. A powerful lineup of DJs – including Black Sparrow, Skye, Mocheques, and Easy Freak – brought Gondola Café at the base of the snow white slopes to life from 21h00 until late.
For the Afriski Winterfest Season Opener, there was an all-star line-up featuring Rubber Duc, Albert Frost, Gunshot Blue, and headline act, Jack Parow. Although the last day was a little chillier than the previous two, Jack Parow’s high-energy show got the crowd warmed up. Parow’s top tip for keeping warm in the chilly mountains: “Jägermeister and brandy – lots of it!”
The curtain came down in style on the final day, with a champagne-drenched main stage show and the traditional “Ski Burning”. Dressed in Basotho gear, Afriski veterans performed the ritual under the clear starry sky, chanting into the chilly night, sacrificing the skis to the fire, and bringing Winterfest to a close.
With the frost barely settled on the Afriski Winterfest Season Opener, the mountains are braced for an even bigger avalanche of music and snow. Afriski Winterfest will be closing the season from 23rd to 26th August 2018. Book your ticket at www.winterfest.co.za and experience Africa’s quirkiest music festival for yourself. #WinterFest2018 #SnowTripRoadTrip