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LittleGig 2018


Littlegig is the world’s only 24-hour, everything included festival. The third edition will take place on 17-18 February 2018 in Stellenbosch. It is a showcase of musicians, DJ’s, chefs, winemakers, artists, designers, and performers. “It’s a highly -creative, meticulously curated, detail-oriented festival. “Our team spends a year curating this event which is a showcase of relevant music, food and design talent.” says founder Georgia Black. “In many ways, Littlegig is a sophisticated rave. A space where you can be hedonistic but still feel looked after”

“I am inspired by people. The best thing about a festival should always be the people,” says Black who started Littlegig in 2014 as a series of music concerts in interesting Cape Town settings. Based on their success, she saw a gap in the festival market for a small (1,500 people), highly creative event, targeting tastemakers and thought leaders – people who are time-poor and need a 24-hour hit of nature, connection and inspiration.


Only premium alcohol and coffee brands are served throughout the event from a string of pop-up bars (with no queues) in fantastical locations. Lamb riblets, giant Vietnamese crystal rolls, wild mushroom kebabs, butter chicken and more are served from food stations dotted around the festival forest. For the real foodies there are 2 additional experiences, a Paired Food and Wine Tasting featuring 6 top female chefs and winemakers (Ash Heeger X Nadia Newton Johnson; Jenny Ward X Nadia Barnard; Vanie Padayachee X Jocelyn Wilson), and a 6-course Chef’s Table Dinner for 50 guests by Eat Out Top 10 chef Arno Janse van Rensburg (Maison, Franschoek).

Surprises – like a convenience store, where you can stock up (for free, of course) on sweets, chocolates, suntan cream, condoms; a 10-meter pavlova brought out after dark, a hot chip station at the 2am secret after party, and a surprise taste experience on a dance-floor when you’re least expecting it – are part of the magical Littlegig food experience.


The music experience at Littlegig is not about big headline acts but a collection of relevant and diverse musicians and DJs in 6 music areas that open and close as the festival journey progresses. There’s the Forest Day Stage with live bands in the middle of the food forest, the Night Stage – on a real basketball court – with headline electronic acts; an Art Car playing the sundowner set on the island and then moving to a secret forest location after midnight. The Festival Fashion Concept Store has a dancefloor and a steady flow of champagne, the Island has DJs playing funk, Latin, soul and sounds from the continent, and the Gin & Whiskey Bar has late night live music.

International acts include multi-instrumentalist, carnival-style storyteller Stelth Ulvang (from Billboard No. 1 folk/rock band the Lumineers), Cameroonian-New Zealand singer and beatmaker Estère, Kenyan DJ/producer Blinky Bill and celebrated UK comedian and bassist for Pink Floyd Guy Pratt who will do a musical-comedy performance.  Other highlights are afro-folk sensation Bongeziwe Mabandla, futuristic queer music act Umlilo and the Stash Crew, electro-soul songstress Nonku Phiri, Giles Peterson and Ninja Tunes-approved Sibusile Xaba (fresh from their first headline European tour), rising indie act Johnny Cradle, electronic-folk artist Amy Ayanda and Samthing Soweto, the award-winning new project of The Soil founder Samkelo Mdolomba. The headline electronic act is SAMA-award winning Black Motion (who toured the U.S and performed with Black Coffee in Ibiza this year), Johannesburg DJ, promoter and Kaya FM radio host DJKenzhero, DJ and 5FM radio host Kid Fonque, Afrosynth blog and record store founder DJ Okapi, DJ and visual artist Zara Julius, DJ and executive producer DJ Strat3gy, Kaya FM crew Greg Maloka and Sound Supreme made up of tha_muzik, Just Themba and The Rhythm Sessions, and queen of bass Doowap, alongside fixtures on the Cape Town DJ scene K-$, Toby 2 Shoes and Artelligent (AKA Headroom) and more. Performance artist Dear Ribane – who have recently done projects for Nike, i-D magazine, Chanel and Kenzo – will open the electronic stage.


Each area at Littlegig is designed by a top stylist, under the creative lead of Littlegig’s Bielle Bellingham, former Elle Decoration editor who says “My job is to make sure that art at Littlegig is an experience that rleases unconscious potential and joy.” Architect and artist duo Sean and Justine Mahoney have designed a 6-meter metallic inflatable artwork for the island, Peter Verster-Cohen will shoot the next episode of the Littlegig comedy at the festival,  and there will be a surprise live installation on the basketball court during the headline DJ’s set. Littlegig will also be introducing its first lineup of performance art, featuring contemporary dance by Indoni Dance Academy, and roving magic shows by multi award-winning illusionist Stuart Lightbody.


Fashion, dress-up and creative freedom are the heartbeat of Littlegig explains Black. “Littlegig is a creatively-led festival with dressing up at its heart. It just happened organically.” The Concept Store – the only place at the festival where money changes hands – presents vintage and bespoke festival ranges by exciting local designers such as Marianne Fassler, Mami Wata, Rich Mnisi,  Neo Serati, David Brits for GOOD GOOD GOOD, Sheila Madge, Lukhanyo Mdingi and Dr Pachanga. Adjoining the store – and sharing its music lineup and free Krone champagne bar – is the Salon, with 12 top stylists and make-up artists who will transform guests, at no cost.


There are 8 categories of Camping and Glamping, ranging from tents with blow-up mattresses to bell tents the size of a bedroom, with Egyptian cotton linen. For the 2018 event self-camping has been introduced for the first time, at no extra charge. And for those who would rather sleep in their own beds, there’s a taxi rank at the festival, which is just 40 minutes’ drive from Cape Town.

24 hours of connection, creativity and convenience.


Event: Littlegig 24h Festival 2017

Date: 17- 18 February 2018

Venue: Wiesenhof farm, Stellenbosch

Cost: Festival Tickets: R2,300. Basic Camping tents from R1,450. Glamping tents range from R2,950 to R6,450 per tent. Littlegig ticket prices include all food and drinks.

Paired Food & Wine Tasting: R150 per ticket

Chef’s Table: R750 per ticket

No under-21’s allowed.

Book: Via Quicket