The event showcased over 50 artists across three stages. The Olmeca Main Stage, the Science Frikshun Stage and the Red Bull Studio Live Stage each hosted consecutive performances in one to two hour slots. A bar could be found next to every stage, each offering a different selection of drinks.
The performances began at midday and continued until midnight. As the day progressed, the crowd began to grow, the lights became brighter and the visuals more enchanting. By sunset the atmosphere was perfect for a night of heavy dancing.
Guests could easily enjoy themselves at any stage, but few artists throughout the day managed to bring everyone to one stage with their performance. Bruce Loco and Trancemicsoul of Red Bull Studios set the tone for the deep house lovers early in the day, while electronic rap duo P.H.Fat delivered the expected body-bouncing, head-banging set that fans have come to appreciate from the energetic act. What followed was a series of drum and bass sets delivered by local artist Niskerone, Shogun Audio record label owner Friction (UK) and Menticide. All those not entranced by the drum and bass could be found enjoying lighter electro sets by the likes of Aucan from Italy, who are currently working on an album set to be released this year. The night came to an end and all those still in a party mood headed on to AND nightclub in Newtown for the afterparty. Free entrance was given to all those with a Grietfest ticket, and the club only closed its doors at 04:00 the next morning.
Grietfest managed to go a step further this year, partnering with both Uber and Hotbox Express to offer guests safe transport to and from the venues. Buses ran from Pretoria, departing at 12:00 and leaving the event again at 00:00. On the whole, the event went off without a glitch, solidifying itself as a must for all EDM fans.
Photos: Stefan Stander