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Monday, December 3, 2012


(John Ellis appears at this year’s festival)

Established in 2011, The Drake Music Festival is a celebration of the very best in original SA music. Created and hosted by SAMA nominated musician Josie Field, The Drake Music Festival takes place in Rosetta in the KZN Midlands and is now in its second year.

“The festival has a country lifestyle feel, our aim being to offer an additional and unique platform for musicians, for the promotion and sustainability of original live music,” say Dean Howard of The Drake Team. “Enriching our culture and nourishing audiences with superb home grown music, The Drake is also a green festival, created by artists for artists, both new and established.”

2011 saw the likes of Nibs van der Spuy, Guy Buttery, Josie Field, Shannon Hope and more grace The Drake stage. Rosetta is known for its magical views of the Drakensburg, trout fishing and country lifestyle, and will once again host The Drake Music Festival, creating awareness around this beautiful village and its magnificent surrounds.

Rosetta forms part of the popular Midlands Meander and is only 9km off the N3, the major Gauteng to KZN holiday route. There is plenty of accommodation in the area that caters to all budgets. The Drake Festival is a family orientated festival this year and all are welcome.

This year’s line-up includes Rambling Bones, Josie Field, Laurie Levine, John Ellis, Crystal Park, Naming James, Hinds Brothers, Malory Torr and more.

Bring chairs, blankets, cushions, hats, raincoats, gum boots and umbrellas. Don’t bring glass, food, drinks, cooler boxes, weapons and drugs! Food and beverages will be on sale at The Drake Music Festival.

The Drake Music Festival takes place from 12noon to 23h00 (first performance at 13h00) on December 16 at Willowvale - R103 Rosetta, KZN Midlands (9km from Mooi River Toll). Tickets R200 pp (children 12 and under free as long as they are accompanied by an adult)

Tickets are available on the festival’s website (see below), click on the Tickets icon, login or register with, fill out your details and print your ticket at home. Alternatively, the only local ticket outlet in the Midlands is Knotts Salon on 033 266 6545 on the R103 between Nottingham Road and Rosetta.

More information on 083 577 7726 or email: or visit