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Search Festival returns for three days over New Years in our wonderful little universe of Utopia — a lush cradle of trees, dam and soul near the quiet town of Swellendam (close to Cape Town, South Africa).

What is Search? It's a festival about what can be found. Finding friends, finding (great) music, finding beauty, finding truth, finding distractions, finding love, finding fun, finding the new year, and finding solace in being you.

It's the search for celebration. The search for the potent amplifiers in music and friendship we know exists, and all strive for. The search for an infinite moment held in the palm of your hand. It's the search for a dance floor that never falters. It's the search for you, it's the search for me.

Music runs Monday, 30th December – Wednesday, 1st January (happy New Year!) but everyone can camp until the 2nd if they'd like (because hey, it's a beautiful place and you should be on holiday). Camping runs Sunday, 29th December – Thursday, 2nd January.


DJ Lag

Ida Daugaard

Jumping Back Slash (Live)

Thor Rixon (Live)

DJ Danger Ingozi

Amy Ayanda (Solo)


El Corazon

Sibs & J-Cue

Luh'ra (Solo)

Ra Mava

Deep Aztec

More artists being released soon!

Search has been a DIY affair with no sponsors or corporate presence for the past 6 iterations of the festivals, and this year is no different. We are friends creating something beautiful for others. We build on a culture of volunteering and participation to help run the festival — for now, you can get in touch with us to volunteer at [email protected]

We've tiered our tickets a bit differently this year, with Early Bird and 1st Release being very limited and closing at the end of October. The other tiers will follow suite until the festival starts. The final release is also the ticket option we urge guests coming in from abroad to buy — they are still cheaper than your average ticket for a three day festival, and we'd prefer to reserve cheaper tickets for locals and for those who have supported us from the beginning. We see you! All tickets are available now.

Camping, parking and waste disposal are included in the ticket price.

Early Bird and Local tickets can be purchased here on Quicket.

International tickets (for non-SA residents) available on Resident Advisor here — spread the word: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1301541

No under-18s.

Please take note:

Right Of Admission Reserved

Those who exhibit racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, ageist, and/or physically violent behaviour at Search will be removed from the party and potentially barred from future events.

If you have experienced the above and think we need to know about it, please contact one of the organisers directly or at [email protected] Please, let us know, as we want to provide a toxicity-free environment and reserve the right to deny entry based on the safety of festival attendants. All communication remains fully confidential.

When and where?

Utopia, Swellendam

Mon 30 Dec 2019 at 6:00 PM (SAST)
Wed 01 Jan 2020 at 8:00 PM (SAST)

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Search Festival