While offering visitors from across the country a taste of KwaZulu-Natal paradise from 27 to 30 April, the South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 will simultaneously boost the local economy.
Local event stakeholders, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and UGU South Coast Tourism, are anticipating large numbers descending on the seaside town which should result in future tourism benefits from return visitors.
“Margate is such a fantastic venue, with a warm climate, welcoming residents and stunning beaches,” said Justin Mackrory, UGU South Coast Tourism CEO. “We are always so excited to share this gem with tourists and the South Coast Bike Fest provides the perfect opportunity to really showcase what’s on offer.”
Mackrory said the event was a great ‘non-peak season’ injection into the local economy. “Based on previous events, research suggests that the direct, indirect and induced value to Margate – and the greater South Coast – is in excess of R158 million. Through a great marketing strategy and superior organisational talent, we are expecting much the same with the inaugural South Coast Bike Fest.”
Commenting on #SCBF2017, municipal manager of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Max Mbili, said: “Margate has grown in stature through its association with the biking community and it is greatly beneficial to see such a large-scale, family-friendly event taking place, once again, in the town. The tourism benefits to local industry, as well as the surrounding communities, is immeasurable and we hope to see this tradition continuing annually.”
The event site is expansive, situated on the stunning Margate beachfront, but visitors to the event will get to experience more than just the seaside. A number of organised outrides will offer inroads into the surrounding communities and beautiful landscape that make up the South Coast area.
In addition, the festival offers visitors unbelievable entertainment and eating facilities including 35 of the country’s top bands and artists, 14 on-site restaurants and upgraded pubs and nightclubs, eight festival bars, gourmet pop-up food courts and some 5 000 holiday beds all within walking distance of the secure festival zone.
Action-fuelled skateboarding, BMX FMX and trials bike performances will dominate the Experiential Energy Zone on the Margate Fishing Pier while those looking for something more mellow can relax, listening to quality music while sipping some Jack Daniels at the free Beach Pier Village Rock Stage.
All bikes are welcome at the South Coast Bike Fest and entrance to the four-day event is free provided pre-registration is completed online. This pre-registration allows #freefunseeker ticket holders access to the event boulevard including secure parking, access to the Main Beachfront Boulevard, Village Pier Rock Stage, Experiential Energy Zone, Mardi Gras Market, Flying Fish Hospitality Deck, Castle Light Pool Party and much more! To pre-register for the #freefunseeker tickets, visit www.quicket.co.za.
Tickets to the #fuelyourfun Carling Main Beach Stage – featuring top musical acts including Just Jinjer, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Mathew Mole, Freshly Ground and more – are also available at www.quicket.co.za at a cost of R130 per day or R200 for the cocktail bar day pass. For a VIP four-day pass the cost is R360. Children under 12 enter free.