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The University of Cotton Fest is coming to Cape Town

October 12, 2022

One of SA’s biggest cultural gatherings, Cotton Fest, is coming to Cape Town this summer break. Announced by festival organizers today, the first Cotton Fest Cape Town will take place at the Paarden Eiland Park on Saturday, 10th December 2022.

Created by global music and fashion icon Riky Rick, the festival exploded in popularity in 2019 when it featured over 150 artists. It is more than just a festival – it’s a youth culture gathering celebrating the new wave of music, fashion and lifestyle. Mainly known for merging established and upcoming South African talent, Cotton Fest also showcases the diversities in music while fusing the gaps within the different local current movements.

Bringing the same authentic vibe to the mother city, Cotton Fest Cape Town will feature some of South Africa’s finest talent performing over two stages. This action-packed festival will showcase the array of popular music genres and feature various lifestyle elements existing within the ‘culture,’ including fashion and sport. 

Cotton Fest
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Cotton Fest Cape Town

The Concert

The Cotton Stage will feature headline artists from both Cape Town and Joburg. The second stage will feature the New Wave of young hip-hop talent alongside some of the biggest names on the Amapiano scene.

The Tuckshop

Bringing together proudly South African brands, the merchandise area will showcase the best of local creativity. Limited, unique, branded fashion items and other sought-after accessories will be available. Festival goers will have a curated shopping experience as they cop merchandise at the University of Cotton Fest‘s tuck shop.

Spots area

A Cotton Fest half-court will be set up for basketball fans. A skating ramp hosted by Day Marumo and Jagermeister will also be there.


The food court will bring you various delectable options and several fully stocked bars positioned around the venue.

And then some

Cotton Fest will also feature photo booths set up for content creation. In addition to that, there will also be various chill areas to relax, recharge and reboot.

Cotton Fest
Image: Facebook:CottonFestJHB

“With what started out as a great idea between Riky and I many years ago, to a whole culture movement called Cotton Fest. Alongside his family, we are extremely excited to be building on his legacy and extending the festival to my city, which was always part of our plans.” says co-founder Alain Ferrier. ” Cape Town, you’re up next, the University of Cotton Fest will officially open for registration next week.”

Tickets will be on sale nationwide at Webtickets and Pick ‘n Pay outlets from Tuesday, 18th October 2022. They will range from R200 – R600. More info to follow.

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