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EASTER AT RUSTLERS (article first published : 2004-04-5)

“Celebrating 10 years of freedom, has become mandatory this year, and what better place to do it than at Rustlers Valley 2004 Easter Unity Party.”

This is the message from the organisers of the Rustlers Valley annual bash which this year concentrates on the theme Mind Your Head which aims to get you “into the right headspace by freeing yourselves from the stress of urban living and attend a four day dance party nestled in a surreal rock valley surrounded by the colours of autumn foliage and like minded people.”

Rustlers became legendary in the 90's starting out with rock festivals and evolving into the dance celebration it has become. The World Stage hosts an eclectic mix of electronic dance music and live performances. Some 22 Djs and live performances have been selected. Da Jazz offers improvisational jazz sessions with a very participatory atmosphere or Turtle Hall where rejuvenation is available from an array of healers.

The aim this year is to set a new standard with a collaboration of local and international Dj's on the World Stage. Featured international acts are Nicky Life (UK) and Dave Togher (UK). Local artist's include: G-Force, Kid Fonque, Dogstarr, Indaskys, Craig Massiv (Jazzworx), Fabio, Nano Records (Cape Town), Krushed & Sorted (African Dope), Ethnobot, Dror, Groove Guru (Dbn), Mr Edwards, Damon and Steve Roets. They will provide a range of music styles, from Experimental house, nu-jazz, breaks, electro, Drum & Bass and Psychedelic Trance.

Marimba House will run drum workshops, a cinema, Dance workshops, Yoga and Sweat lodges.

Nestling at the foot of the Maluti Mountains, Rustlers Valley is a self-sustaining community that uses Perma-culture techniques to sustain its way of life and its major attractions are the natural setting of mountains, clear skies and good vibes. The valley provides a number of opportunities to take a break from the party and guests can take long walks, swim in natural pools and waterfalls and even hunt for crystals in the surrounding areas. The "Hole in the wall" and the mountains that overlook the lodge are popular sunrise walks.

There are two separate camping grounds: one for quiet camping up at the foot of the mountain and the other located in the valley itself. Hot showers are provided as well as flush toilets. All traders are welcome, for the price of an entrance ticket. No infrastructure is provided. No food vendors permitted.

Ticket bookings can be made online at www.rustlers.co.za or at the door: R150 (field campsite) or R200 (Mountain). Online bookings receive a R50 discount. More information on 051 933 3286, contact Graeme Hector on e-mail: graeme@goodfoot.co.za or Ryan Vermaak on 083 979 2251 or log on to www.rustlers.co.za

Directions: take the N3 (Durban Highway) and head for Bethlehem (turn off at Harrismith) and then on to Fouriesburg. Some 23 km after Fouriesburg turn right onto dirt road at Rustlers Valley sign board. Travel 12 km over mountain pass. At cross roads turn right and follow signage for 1km.




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