South Africa’s hottest musical acts, most extreme action sports’ stars and biking elite will be converging at the new South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 taking place at Margate Beach from 27 to 30 April 2017.
To cement Margate’s reputation as the country’s leading biking destination, the coastal town will be hosting a four-day festival with non-stop action taking place at various venues.
Visitors can expect incredible, highly-skilled performances as some of the country’s best skateboarding, BMX FMX and trials bike riders display choreographed manoeuvres sure to keep the crowds captivated throughout. And being held for the first time ever in Margate is the Gravity Clash Action Sport’s Show where the country’s most daring bikers – including Nick de Wit and Brian Capper – will put on a jaw-dropping two-wheeled display involving motocross bikes flying over BMX riders and skateboarders.
Fans will also get the opportunity to ‘meet and greet’ these top sportsmen following their twice-daily acrobatic performance at the Experiential Energy Zone. The Dezzi Festival of Speed, taking place at Dezzi South Coast Raceway, will also give audiences the chance to witness some high-speed biking action by top level riders.
Event organisers have ensured that all music-lovers get a chance to #fuelyourfun at the Carling Main Beach Stage. Here, visitors will be overawed by South Coast Bike Fest’s unbelievable line-up of top South African musical acts who will be taking to the Carling Main Beach Stage every day. Getting the festive vibe started on Thursday, 27 April will be some of the best bands to emerge from Cape Town.
These include electronic band, Die Heuwels Fantasties as well as alternative rock group, Fokofpolisiekar, and the unmistakable rapper, Jack Parow. Other big names that will be featuring on the Carling Main Beach Stage throughout the event include Just Jinjer, PJ Powers, Matthew Mole, Freshlyground, Prime Circle, Rubber Duc, The Kickstands, Koos Kombuis, Tender Mavundla, Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, Brian Finch, Piet Botha Band and The Gus Brown Band.
At the Daily Village, visitors will have access to a variety beachfront bars, clubs and restaurants and a range of the country’s leading gourmet food trucks will be onsite where diners can enjoy delicious meals from seaside, open-air seating. Expect to find your favourite Motorcycle brand dealerships decks on offer as well as stands selling all things related to the trade.
There will also be quality crafts on sale at the Mardi Gras Festival Market and bike enthusiasts can take some time out to view vintage machines at the Classic Bike Show Club Deck. Ongoing musical entertainment – orchestrated by the likes of Hinds Brothers, Circle of Stones, Wiam Otto, Phill Moffett, Black Water Brothers and David Marks at the free Beach Pier Village Rock Stage – will keep the festive vibe elevated.
The weekend will end on a high note with the traditional Shelly Centre Mass Parade which gives all bikers one last opportunity to hit the road together before heading home. The 34km mass parade will take place on Sunday, 30 April with the route taking bikers from Shelly Beach Centre along Marine Drive towards Port Shepstone CBD before heading back towards Margate and finishing at the Fishing Pier.
Lending their support to the event, a number of local venues – from four-star hotels to campsites – are offering accommodation packages whereby guests receive a fourth night free if they book for the first three nights.
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and South Coast Tourism; both local stakeholders in the event; are envisaging a highly successful inaugural festival which caters to a variety of ages and interests.
Justin Mackrory, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, said the tourism-boosting event benefited Margate as well as the visitors to the coastal gem.
“The extended biking community looks forward to the annual pilgrimage to Margate which is ideally located for such an event. This gathering is considered a highlight on the biking calendar and we are really excited to be expanding this long-held tradition with the fantastic South Coast Bike Fest next year,” said Mackrory. “With its overwhelming seaside beauty, warm climate and welcoming residents, Margate has so much to offer visitors and the Bike Fest will bring even more to the table. This promises to be a fantastic long weekend away for bikers and families looking for outdoor fun and quality entertainment.”
All bikes are welcome at the South Coast Bike Fest and entrance to the four-day event is free provided pre-registration is completed online. This pre-registration allows #freefunseeker ticket holders access to the event boulevard including secure parking, access to the Village Pier Rock Stage, Experiential Energy Zone, Mardi Gras Market, Flying Fish Hospitality Deck, Castle Light Pool Party and much more! To pre-register for the #freefunseeker tickets, visit www.quicket.co.za.
Tickets to the #fuelyourfun Carling Main Beach Stage go live at www.quicket.co.za from the 7thNovember 2016 at a cost of R130 per day or R200 for the cocktail bar day pass. For a VIP four-day pass the cost is R360. Children under 12 enter free.
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