Matric Rage Festival season is just about upon us.. Every year thousands of teenagers descend on KwaZulu - Natal beautiful coast and Plettenburg Bay for a week long festival that pulses and heaves. This is where the party happens. This where epic is born and late nights and lots more happen!
After 12 years of school and the stress of exams, your teen will tell you they deserve the fun of the annual matric Rage Festival in Umhlanga, Ballito or Plett.
The Top Two destinations in South Africa where raging Matriculants pack up and have the best ever party holiday are Ballito/ Umhlanga and Plettenberg Bay.
Most Gauteng and Durban Matrics go to Umhlanga/Ballito about 30 kms from Durban central. Matrics from the Cape as well Gauteng also go to Plettenberg Bay.
Last year there were of 150 000 Matrics that paid and went to Rage.
The special Rage passports available with value add services and entrance fees to clubs that are created for Rage, range from over R5000 for VVIP Platinum tickets down to R700 tickets.
Rage Festival generates huge revenues for the hosting towns.
Arm your teenagers with info to help them party safely – you’ll sleep more soundly. Here’s what to tell them: (courtesy of Good Housekeeping).
10 Things Your Teen Needs To Know Before They Head off to the Matric Rage Festival
1. Get a Passport
A Rage Festival Passport (from R800 for a Rage Lite Passport to R4 200 for a Rage Black Passport) gives access to all events and free or cheaper access to after parties and shuttle transport. If you plan to party for more than five days, this is a better option than paying for individual entries – but the biggest plus is that Passport wristbands are swiped at each venue, automatically updating your Facebook status. This makes it easier to find friends if you get separated – or for your parents to see where you are and sleep better.
2. Think Ahead
You may be offered illicit and dangerous substances – why risk the future you’ve being studying so hard for, with one silly action? ‘Drugs are illegal and offenders caught with them at the festival will be handed over to the police,’ says Rage organiser Igor Najbicz. Remember, a drug record will seriously limit your future travel prospects, as many countries deny entrance to visa applicants with criminal records.
3. Spiking Happens
Spiking drinks is a reality, says John Buswell, CEO of Rape Wise. Keep an eye on each other, go to toilets together and get help the instant one of you feels unwell. Don’t accept drinks from strangers, have only drinks you’ve opened or seen opened and poured, and avoid ice cubes – some barmen may spike them, he says. If you leave your drink to go and dance, don’t go back and finish it, rather buy another drink.
4. Pace yourself
Booze flows night and day, and a newbie drinker can overdo it – don’t risk unsafe sex, accidents or hangovers that ruin your Rage experience. Decide on your drinks limit each night, eat before going out, drink plenty of water and stick with your friends.
5. Get the App
Download the Rage Festival app, free for Android and iPhone users. It lists emergency numbers in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, and also includes all the necessary event, entertainment and transport information. ‘This year our Passport wristband will also carry all your emergency contact details (medical aid and so on), as the safety of our guests is our number one priority,’ says Najbicz. Also enter these contacts (your parents, doctor, allergies) in your mobile address book under ICE (In Case of Emergency) in the event you pass out or are too ill or hurt to speak.
6. Check in
Arrange to SMS your parents each day to check in, and do it – it will give them peace of mind and stop them constantly calling and embarrassing you when you’re with friends.
7. Stay Put
Be sure your parents know where you’re staying, and if you change accommodation, tell them – again to spare them worry, and you the humiliation of them calling the police to find you.
8. You’re Still your Parent’s Baby!
Know that there’s no ‘bad time’ to call your parents – if you need to cry about a broken heart at 3am, they will be relieved that you turned to them for advice.
9. No Means No
Be aware of the ‘hooking up’ competition, where some boys go around trying to kiss as many girls as they can each night – if they don’t keep it light and fun, report it and any other behaviour that gets out of hand.
10. Your Safety Net
Look out for the Red Frogs
, the legendary support network that safeguards Rage revelers. They will make you free pancakes and give out water outside clubs to keep you hydrated, or walk you home free. ‘We are there to help in any situation, so save our number: 060 733 3764 or 060 REDFROG,’ says their social-media manager and volunteer, Pippa Rowney.