Destinations Magazine

White Mountain Festival 2011

By Drakensbergxpress

Two of South Africa’s finest guitarists – Guy Buttery and Dan Patlansky – are set to enthrall audiences at this year’s White Mountain Festival, when they perform a rare unplugged collaboration that will combine their contrasting styles in what is sure to be a showcase of true guitar wizardry.

The festival runs from 29 September to 2 October and is held at White Mountain Lodge near Giant’s Castle in the scenic Central Drakensberg.

With three critically acclaimed albums to his credit, acoustic fingerstyle guru Guy Buttery is an extraordinary musician and creative genius. He has toured extensively both at home and abroad, earning an international reputation and multiple awards along the way. These include a 2010 South African Music Award for best instrumental album of the year and a Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award at the 2010 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

A six-string prodigy, Dan Patlansky is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished blues guitarists in the southern hemisphere and is also one of only six Fender-endorsed guitarists in South Africa. His performance at White Mountain will however see him swopping his Fender for an acoustic guitar.

Both Patlansky and Buttery will perform solo acoustic sets before joining one another on stage for a number of unique collaborations.

Other artists confirmed for this year’s festival include the likes of aKING, Naming James, Shotgun Tori, Allan John and Josie Field, to name a few. Also on offer are fun outdoor activities for the whole family, arts and crafts, assorted food outlets and a beer market featuring several local breweries. Festival-goers can also make full use of the lodge’s facilities, including a restaurant, rustic 150-year-old pub, children’s playground, swimming pool and satellite TV.

KwaZulu-Natal’s only acoustic music festival, White Mountain is known for its relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, plentiful amenities and beautiful surroundings. Situated less than 200km from Durban and only 25km off the N3 on tarred roads, it makes for the ideal weekend getaway and also provides easy access to a number of nearby tourist attractions, including the Midlands Meander.

Tickets cost R500 at Computicket and include camping for the entire festival. For more information, visit or contact Pedro at 031 563 0824.

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