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The University of COTTON FEST is back – right on time for graduation!

January 26, 2022

Organisers of the highly anticipated entertainment and lifestyle gathering today announced the return of the 3rd annual Cotton Fest set to take place in March 2022 in Newtown, Johannesburg. 

Our theme for 2022 is University and Campus and we have created our very own university of COTTON FEST campus. This is where the festival will offer a multi-layered university campus experience including:

  • A concert
  • Merch
  • A cafeteria
  • A Sports area 
  • Lockers for you to store your personal belongings

With the return of the class of COTTON FEST 2019 and the sophomores from 2020, together with the freshers of 2022, it’s almost time for the graduation of the Class of 2022 at The University of COTTON FEST

Known for merging both established and upcoming South African talent, COTTON FEST not only showcases the diversities in music but also fuses the gaps within the different local current movements. With the best South African artists expected to perform over 3 stages, this action-packed two-day festival returns to The Station in Newtown on the 19th & 20th of March. Celebrating all South African talent, Cotton Fest showcases the diversities in music at large. It also celebrates various lifestyle elements within the culture, including fashion and sport. 

Cotton Fest Campus

The concert

The COTTON STAGE will feature headline and legacy artists. The Bettr Stage will feature the New Wave of young talent. The Jägermeister Stage will bring the best nights featuring House and Electronic talent, alongside some of the biggest names on the Amapiano scene right now.

Sports Area

A half-court will be set up for basketball fans, along with a skating ramp for skating enthusiasts.


Various merchandise hubs will stock unique pieces, limited branded fashion items and other sought after accessories.


The food court will be bringing you a huge variety of delectable options and several fully stocked bars positioned around the venue.

In addition to the above, there’ll also be photo booths set up for content creation as well as various chill areas to relax, recharge and reboot.

“Following the past 20 months that we have all lived through, we are humbled to be back yet again make an impact in the entertainment industry. With the huge support and backing from artists from around the country, we are ready to kickstart the road back to normality in a positive way, and get the Creator Economy going again,” humbly expressed founder Riky Rick, ” With the industry currently flipped on its head, Cotton Fest, together with exciting partners hope to bring together the industry, and celebrate the graduation of the first class from the University of Cotton Fest 2022.”

In line with current government regulation, tickets will be limited to 2000 per day. 

To ensure the safety of everyone attending the festival, ALL festival attendees – including all staff, partners and performing artists – will need one of the following to gain access into the venue:

  • Provide a personal fully vaccinated certificate (either printed or online)
  • Provide a negative PCR test, if only vaccinated with one dose, done within 48 hours of the festival (either printed or online)
  • Do an on-site Rapid Antigen Covid Test if you have not vaccinated. It will be available for R150 at the venue.

Tickets will be on sale at Webtickets and Pick ‘n Pay outlets nationwide from Monday the 31st of January. Options include:

  • R200 Early Bird – limited tickets available
  • R275 Day Pass
  • R500 Weekend Pass
  • R600 Merch bundle and day pass package 

This year, the University of Cotton Fest 2022 is proud to be in collaboration with Bettr.app – Africa’s first digital banking app for creators, by creators. The fest is also supported by lifestyle giant PUMA and the iconic elixir brand Jägermeister.

Synonymous with youth culture in SA, the festival will be powered by none other than the iconic South African youth radio station, YFM.

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