MARGATE IS THE NEW LOCATION FOR THE 2022 MATRIC RAGE FESTIVAL
In a statement, it said the coastal town of Margate on the KZN South Coast will be included as a new location for the 2022 Rage Festival, with organisers prioritising safety in all decision-making.
The week-long event is expected to take place around the end of November or the start of December 2022, depending on the matric examination timetable.
Greg Walsh, CEO of Rage Festival Group said the matric rage festivals had enjoyed a successful 19-year history in Ballito, 11 years in Jeffreys Bay and 22 years in Plettenberg Bay.
“They have become synonymous with world-class production, unrivalled safety and the best musicians South Africa and the world has to offer.
“The festivals have earned their status as a rite of passage for South Africa’s matrics and students, with events booked up a year in advance – year after year.”
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He furthermore said their recent engagement with the people of Margate has been terrific.
“The town has its objectives clearly defined, and there is a whole community working tirelessly and investing deliberately towards a very bright future. The main beach area of Margate offers Rage Festival a unique platform to create a walking festival experience yet unseen in our history.”
Within 400 metres of the main festival, beach sites are multiple, freshly-upgraded hotels, new restaurants and bars, and a community willing to close roads and welcome the matric class of 2022 safely for the week of their lives.
Walsh also said that in addition to the benefits for the incoming visitors, Rage Festivals create part-time employment and generate significant funding for the local tourism economy.
“One report indicated that the festivals attract around 15 000 students, with each one spending between R8 000 and R15 000 during their stay, bringing in around R250 million to the region.”
Last year amid the global pandemic these festival made headlines for all the wrong reasons and left South Africans when over 900 COVID-19 cases were linked to the event.
It was clear that these festivals disregarded all COVID-19 health protocols, creating several super-spreader events across the country.
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Plettenberg Bay, Johannesburg, and Jeffery’s Bay, and KZN were all affected.
THE 2021 MATRIC RAGE WILL GO AHEAD BUT WITH NEW RULES
The orginisers last month announced that this year’s rage festival will go ahead but that all matrics interested in attending the event will have to be vaccinated to attend.
The school-leavers will also have to provide a negative COVID-19 test done no longer than 72 hours before the event.
The festival’s organisers have said that they will adhere to strict COVID-19 restrictions set by the Department of Health.
“Upon arrival, organisers will test each Rager with a rapid antigen test before they receive a wristband. Due to Plett Rage being a multi-day event, we will also enforce another rapid antigen test before Ragers return home”, said the organisers of the festival.
Founder of the Plett Rage festival Ronen Klugman noted that everyone from the attendees to the staff and suppliers would be tested for COVID-19.
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