Boutique Festivals: From Secret Locations to Invite-Only Jols

The music festival explosion of the last few years has seen many small gatherings becoming gigantic parties, often with major security concerns becoming an equally huge issue, but now, many new, more intimate boutique festivals, catering for smaller crowds are springing up

These are the places to be for those who would rather avoid fresh out of high-school teens, spilling their drinks all over you. You don’t have to be subjected to the weirdo at the front, who is facing back towards the crowd, the deafening eight foot speakers behind him adding to the awkward stare you feel penetrating your soul along with the bass that’s shaking your bones.

The dance-floor at Rezonance NYE two years ago.

The sad fact of the matter is that most large scale commercial music festivals have become undesirable for a lot of music lovers. They are a great place to get together with friends and party your heart out. In fact, the more you party, the better they are, but that’s all they are: a place to let your hair down and forget about your worries as you get swallowed by the crowd.

SOOO much love at Rocking the Daisies.

But, if you’re looking for a music festival that will inspire you and move your soul, in an intimate setting with people that know how to respectably enjoy themselves as they move to the music, boutique festivals might be what you’re looking for.

They range from secret location festivals to invite-only, and one-night only events. They are the new It place for amazing sets, and world class musical acts. They are less about the money, and more about the music. There is often a limit on the number of tickets available, and they are often not too costly, especially with regards to the invite-only type.

With. You. recently hosted just such a party at a secret location. It was a raging success with Cape Town DJ and producer Thor Rixon on the decks.

How do you learn where these boutique festivals are happening? Facebook my friend. Join some groups, like Cape Town Parties and soon you’ll find the best of the best, without all the… rest.

Intimate DJ and dance floor at With. You. Botanic Hearts.
With an equally intimate venue. Yes, that’s all of it.

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