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Our very own, Cayden James Nel gave us a rundown on Krank’d Up music festival 2018…


We had arrived at the annual Krank’d Up Music festival with crystal clear blue skies and the sun shining.

Hosted at Sundowners in Alberton, and presented by Turning Tricks Entertainment, the one-day festival has risen through what has, in the past, been called a tired and deflated scene.


Krank’d Up has cemented their position in the festival circuit around South Africa, providing a platform for the best South African alternative talent to play with some of the world’s greatest headliners. 

2018 brings the 6th instalment of the game-changing festival in our beautiful country, and along with it, the mighty SikTh and Miss May I. 



Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff and familiar faces, who immediately jumped to offer assistance.

Walking through Sundowners, one can’t help but feel the electric energy as bands prepare for their sets and early attendees find some very welcomed shade. The addition of the marquee by the Monster Main stage was extremely beneficial in the hot summer sun, and we hope it is here to stay for years to come.

We started with a shot of Hellfire and browsing the various stalls (Ayame Designs , Hellfire, Monster, Dark Side Tattoo Collective), before making our way to the Hunter’s Inside stage. 

Drinks were flowing, heads were banging, the vibe was in full swing. 


We then made our way to the Monster Main Stage, where the full festival vibe could be felt. Who doesn’t love jamming to cool music, drink in hand, in the sun with a bunch of like minded individuals.

Another welcomed addition to the main stage this year was the screen in place of band banners. The visuals throughout the day created a far more immersive experience. 


Performance highlights for the day definitely go to the touring bands Last One Alive, Treehouse Burning and All We’ve Known. It was the first time seeing these bands at Krank’d Up and they definitely left their hearts on stage. Special mention goes out to our friends in Facing The Gallows, who not only proved that they are as strong as ever with their new vocalist, but gave us a special nostalgic performance by bringing back Ricki and Bryan as guest performers. This was a performance that we “Will Never Forget” (See what I did there). 



As for the mighty headliners… there are very few words that can properly express what was witnessed on that stage. SikTh ultimately blew everyones brains to pieces with their incredible technicality and unarguably tight performance. They made for a very a tough act to follow, but Miss May I did not disappoint with their incredible power and presence. They crowd was completely immersed in every riff, beat and word, making it one of the most enjoyable performances we have seen to date.


Krank’d Up has set such a magnitude of expectation for their festival, and one could argue that they cannot be surpassed each year, however, Duncan, Wayne, Spencer and their team somehow manage to elevate the Krank’d Up experience year after year.


If you tragically missed this years ‘fest, take a look at our festival aftermovie below, and keep your eyes on Turning Tricks social media for future events, as we know they always throw in a sneaky international in April.


Until next year, Stay heavy. Stay Tuned.