Ultra SA music festival

Dust off your dancing shoes…the Ultra SA music festival promises to be a total blast again this year. Image: Supplied

Ultra SA 2023: Alesso, Goldfish, Zakes Bantwini…and MORE!

Africa’s biggest dance music festival, Ultra SA, boasts a stellar line-up of international and local stars…with some amapiano in the mix!

Ultra SA music festival

Dust off your dancing shoes…the Ultra SA music festival promises to be a total blast again this year. Image: Supplied

The final countdown to Ultra SA 2023 has officially begun! The eighth edition of the continent’s biggest electronic music festival is set to take place on 10 and 11 March in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively.

This year the Cape Town leg of the event heads to a new venue, Hollywood Bets Kenilworth Racecourse, while all the Johannesburg dazzle and dance will take place at the Nasrec Expo Centre again.

In just four weeks’ time, the iconic Ultra SA stages will host some of the biggest names in electronic music. Time to dust of your dancing shoes and let the good times roll for a change here in Mzansi!

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Ultra SA 2023: Main stage magic

Recently added to the already stellar main stage lineup is returning future house superstar Oliver Heldens, homegrown heroes Goldfish, and very recent Grammy winner and additional homegrown legend Zakes Bantwini

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Oliver Heldens

Dutch DJ and electronic music producer Oliver Heldens has been hailed as one of the pioneers of the future house genre, propelling it to international attention and scoring numerous chart successes, including Gecko, Last All Night, The Right Song, Fire in My Soul and Turn Me On.

Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens will be spinning the decks at Ultra SA in March. Image: Supplied


Goldfish Band Ultra SA 2023 music festival
David Poole and Dominic Peters are guaranteed to light up the Ultra SA main stage as the internationally acclaimed electronic duo Goldfish. Image via Instagram @Goldfishlive

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The likes of Goldfish will join none other than global icon Alesso, Australian firecracker,Fisher and the dynamic Timmy Trumpet for the first time on South African soil. Local heroes set to wow the fans are Sun-El Musician, Kyle Cassim, Timo ODV, Max Hurrell and New Hero. 


In 2022, Swedish superstar Alesso took to the main stage of the flagship Ultra Music Festival in Miami, introducing party-goers to his brand new bass-electronic-progressive house ID while still delivering on all his old-but-gold mashups, according to The Groove Cartel.

Swedish DJ sensation Alesso. Image: Supplied

Resistance Stage

Moving over to the Resistance Stage you’ll find some of the world’s finest underground house and techno artists including legendary DJs Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn and Kölsch. Joining them will be none other than Desiree, Hyenah, Djeff, Floyd Lavine, Jamiie, Abby Nurock, Natasa, Fogshow b2b Karoo, Talia Zaken and Siphe Tebeka. 

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Ultra SA welcomes amapiano

Uncle Waffles Ultra SA
DJ sensation Uncle Waffles will be spinning the decks at Ultra SA. Image via Instagram @unclesmith/ @unlewaffles_

The Smirnoff Storm Room is a brand new highlight of Ultra SA showcasing the hottest amapiano and urban culture stalwarts featuring the likes of Focalistic, DBN Gogo, Uncle Waffles, Msaki (Electronic Set), Musa Keys, TwoBunnies, DJ Buhle, Mat Elle, Lisa Stofella, DJ Lag, Kooldrinks, Costa Titch and Lelowwhatsgood.

The Smirnoff Storm Room will debut as a stage at Ultra South Africa Music Festival, before becoming a touring event property for the brand. 

A line-up designed for dancing

Staying in the City of Gold, the Clubhouse Stage is also a new feature at Ultra SA which is designed to bring budding club culture into a festival environment, creating a space for artists to play all shades of club music, including house, afro house, tech, bass and everything in between.

This stage will feature a lineup designed for dancing that includes Cinimin, Vimo, Das Kapital, Aidin Caye, Karyendasoul, Lemon & Herb, FKA Mash, Jevan Binder, Jordan Arts, Blanka Mazimela, Roz, and Sons of Denis b2b with Tristian. 

Book your tickets to Ultra SA HERE.