South Africa’s largest youth festival ” Cotton Fest ” sold out on its 5th year.

Last weekend, amidst rainy skies, Newtown Junction bore witness to the monumental 5th edition of South Africa’s largest youth festival, Cotton Fest. Despite the weather’s attempt to dampen spirits, the resilient “Cotton Eaters” embraced the ethos of peace, unity, community, and responsibility, creating an electrifying atmosphere that resonated throughout the venue.



The festival’s three dynamic stages – the pulsating “Cotton Stage,” the vibrant “The Lot,” and the burgeoning “The Bunker Stage” – catered to diverse tastes, offering an array of musical experiences. From EDM and Gqom to Amapiano beats, each stage provided a platform for both established artists and emerging talents to shine.



Despite the rain, the iconic “Cotton Stage” remained the heart of the festival, drawing thousands who were captivated by stellar performances. A constellation of stars, including Young Stunna, DJ Zinhle, Elaine, Big Zulu, Emtee, Nasty C, Focalistic, and DJ Maphorisa, graced the stage, delivering unforgettable sets that resonated with the audience.



In a poignant moment, the festival paid tribute to the late Riky Rick, Costa Titch, and AKA, whose absence was felt as the crowd joined together in singing along to their timeless hits and echoed the importance of the purpose of this incredible movement created for the Youth.


Fueled by the support of esteemed brands such as NikNaks, Coca-Cola, Castle Lite, Hunters, Klipdrift, Count Pushkin, 4th Street, Crocs, Jagermeister, Youth X by Nedbank, NBA Africa, MTV Base, YFM, VUSE and Red Bull, the festival grounds buzzed with vibrant activations and stalls. Attendees eagerly engaged with competitions, activities, and special offers, enriching their experience and fostering a sense of community.



We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the University of Cotton Fest (UFC), the brands, and the media for their unwavering support. Cotton Fest 2024 was an unforgettable celebration of youth culture, music, and community, setting the stage for an even bigger and better Cotton Fest 2025.


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