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Dodging the mozzies while camping at Mieliepop 2017

Mieliepop 2017 Sign

The beauty of my job is that I get to travel a lot. Sometimes it’s in swanky hotels, but more often than not I’m tenting it in the middle of nowhere. Now, while I do enjoy tenting and the magic of a lekker bushveld braai, the downside of this little piece of heaven is the mozzies (and other bugs). From my trips through Africa with Put Foot Rally to weekend music festivals, the mozzies have a way of putting a damper on things.

Camping with bugs and mosquitoes
Camping With Bugs
Peaceful Sleep
Peaceful Sleep

I’ve tried arm bands and whizzing gadgets, and even heard rumours that drinking lots of beer will keep these guys at bay. Unfortunately there’s actually evidence that drinking beer makes you MORE susceptible to mozzie bites. G&T’s do work (somewhat)… it’s apparently the quinine in the tonic, but I like to add the gin… just in case 😉

The only thing that has proven to work for me is a good spray-on repellent like Peaceful Sleep. We’ve all been there… around about sunset on day 2 of a festival, the dudes with arm bands and other gadgets comes begging for some of your spray, and halfway through the trip you’re all out and getting chowed. Please stop being that dude! Stop believing all the myths and magic and bring your own Peaceful Sleep… THE STUFF WORKS!

We got to Mieliepop Festival late on Tuesday, had a braai for some for the staff and only had time/energy to locate and unpack our tents, leaving the actual unpacking for the next morning. True as nuts, we woke up on Wed. with a layer of mozzies INSIDE our tent. Fortunately for me, in addition to their original aerosol repellent, Peaceful Sleep hooked me up with some of their room spray, which I was going to try out in the tent for the first time.

Mieliepop Braai with Biffs and Jetmaster
Biff’s & Jetmaster Braai
Mieliepop Peaceful Sleep Spray
Free Peaceful Sleep

Biff’s Big 6 and Jetmaster were kind enough to hook us up with free braais and wood etc. which I set up in the camping grounds, so for the rest of the weekend festival goers were treated to the convenience of lit fires and a lekker vibey atmosphere right there in the camp grounds. Every evening though, as soon as the lights were switched on, the bugs came out. Fortunately, thanks to Peaceful Sleep there was now a free spray service on offer as well, and everyone had an epic 2017 Mieliepop Festival.

Mieliepop Raft Braai
Mieliepop Raft Braai

Last, but not least, the barge was turned into a twice-daily comedy stage this year (in addition to the regular booze cruises), and just like last year, we made a plan to braai on “The Lusty Oar” (The Fuzigish boys’ home-made raft)… and just like last year, we stayed out until after dark, but unfortunately we forgot the Peaceful Sleep on shore, and so the mozzies had a field day. So if you happen to find yourself joining us at Mieliepop 2018, please make sure to remind me to pack my spray 🙂

If you happen to have caught any pics of me at the braai, on the raft, or just chilling in front of the stages, please make sure to share them with me on twitter or facebook.

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Braai Jou Mielie, Pop! Win Tickets to Mieliepop 2017

Mieliepop Festival 2017

The Republic of Mieliepop is here, and man alive what a party it’s gonna be this year!

A 4 day camping experience with 60+ live acts on 4 stages at arguably the coolest festival venue. There will be food stalls, hot showers & lots of additional outdoor activities. For Mieliepop veterans, 2017 has a pretty cool surprise for you: This year, the barge is hosting comedy sessions in addition to the regular booze cruises… so don’t miss out on that!

Braai Vibes At Mieliepop

Mieliepop braai time
Mieliepop Barge
Booze Cruises & Comedy Sessions

In addition to setting up my regular festival food stand so that you can get some of South Africa’s best Pulled Pork all up in your face, I’ll also be setting up a braai area with braais, free wood & charcoal … just bring your chow. If I’m in the area I’ll do the braaing for you, or you can go ahead and braai it yourself. And as if that’s not enough, you can also win free chow every day if you win the tickets I’m giving away… scroll down for details on how to enter.


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♜ Music Line Up ♜

Adelle Nqeto


Bad Peter

Barbosa Experience


Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions



Black Math


Bobbejaan DJ’s

Bongani Zulu

Bye Beneco

Crimson House

Desmond & the Tutus

DJ Legend

DJ Night Vision


Dsco Cam



Half ‘n Half


Hello Beautiful

Hot Water (Duo)

Ella G



Felix Brendel

Femi Koya

Freecaps & Teeshirtz


Gerald Clark


Grassy Spark

Greg Georgiades & Ultra Natives

Johnny Cradle

Jol Stransky

Jonathan Peyper


Kid Robot

Late Night Fox

Lil Bow





Medicine Boy



Michael Canfield

Michael Lesar


Morrison Taylor


Mr Green

Naming James

New Academics

Night Vision



Rebel Clef

Retro Dizzy




Sound Sensible

Tidal Waves

The Dandies

The Dead Trends

The Deathrettes

The Lectric Monks

The Oh So Serious

The Tazers

The T’s & C’s

Thor Rixon

Urban Village

Vasco Bromada

We Are Charlie

Weston & Engine

Yo Grapes


and even more TBA!


Ticket price: R650 (excluding booking fee’s)
Ticket & registration link:

Or how about some FREE TICKETS?

Since Mieliepop is such an awesome festival and I’ll be giving you free chow every day if you win the tickets, you’re gonna have to put some work into your entry. What I want you to do is take your best picture depicting the phrase: “Braai Jou Mielie, Pop. Share that picture on my Facebook page and/or post it on twitter and tag both myself (@BraaiBoy) and Mieliepop (@mieliepopfest) in the tweet. The competition will close at 12h00 on 24th Feb, and I’ll probably be announcing the lucky winner on the Monday following (27th Feb).

P.S. General sucking up, sharing this post and creative captions definitely won’t hurt your chances 😉

I hope to see you all there!

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Win tickets and let’s get our Mieliepop on

Jagermeister Mieliepop 2016

Mieliepop Panorama
I’m fortunate enough to get to hang out at many of South Africa’s coolest music festivals, and can safely say that Mieliepop goes down at one of the coolest venues of them all.

Come join me & roughly 3,000 other revelers in Lothair, Mpumalanga, where lush green lawns & a winding river will play host to a 3-day camping experience with 50+ live acts on 3 stages at a 1-of-a-kind venue. Once again festival-goers can expect awesome food, hot showers and lots of additional outdoor activities.

I’ve already said how awesome the venue is, but for those that want to be a little extra larney, there’s a “Maizey Stray” option:

Double tent: R3999*Maizey Stray-Mieliepop
Single tent: R2499*

* Does not include entrance into the festival

Tented accommodation includes:

  • breakfast from 19-21 march
  • private camping area
  • transfer to the festival area
  • hot showers and clean private toilets

Tickets are available at – get yours now and come join us at Mieliepop!

Wanna WIN a double entrance ticket?

Of course you do… and here’s how (competition closes on 26 Feb @ 12h00):

  1. Go to and find your favourite band.
  2. Send a tweet, tagging myself (@BraaiBoy), @mieliepopfest and your favourite band.
    1. e.g.
  3. RT the following tweet: