The sounds of summer

Full house
The Savanna Sound of Summer festival made a comeback after a two year absence
Desiree Gases
One of the biggest holiday festivals in Namibia, the Savanna Sound of Summer made a much welcomed returned to the coast in December.

The festival which was postponed for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, attracted an estimated 7000 people. Namib Rage Events, which organizes this event as well as the popular Beach Bash, took things to the next level this year by going the extra mile in the form of laser shows and special lighting effects.

The festival which took place at Long Beach from 11:00 to 23:00, accommodated six food vendors, five bars, and vendors selling sunglasses and clothing, with special performances from DJ's Chris Taylor and Vimo all the way from SA.

Merlyn Jagger a frequent attendee of the music festival said that she attended three sound of summer festivals. "This one was hands down the fullest and the best I’ve ever attended, I don’t think I’ve seen so many people in one place before. The food was good, the drinks were flowing and the music was amazing.”

Jagger expressed her gratitude towards the event organisers for providing free transport to Long beach from Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. "This made it easy for people to attend and it drastically reduced incidences of drunk driving."

According to Carel-David Rautenbach, one of the organisers, the aim was to offer an exceptional experience to festival-goers by exposing them to an exciting line up of DJ's and stage experiences. “It felt heartwarming to see so many people enjoying the event. It was also amazing seeing large crowds gathering and people enjoying their festive season. We wanted to do more than just host a party, we also wanted to contribute to the economy. We employed over 200 people per event and supported as many local businesses as possible. My personal highlight was the amazing stage setup with new lazer lights and CO2 canons."

Rautenbach added that Namib Rage plans on going bigger and better and intends to bring in a well-known international artist to the festival in the future. He also expressed his gratitude to everyone involved and those that attended the event. “It was a great success and I am looking forward to the next one this year.”