As the first post-World Cup lifestyle and entertainment event to be held at the stadium, the MCQP are setting the bar very high and party-goers can look forward to five separate indoor levels with nine different areas, each with its own unique sub-theme:
- The Mercedes Benz, Red Bull “Red Carpet” Entrance,
- A main house dance floor,
- A 70’s Dedicated Disco dance floor,
- A live bandstand stage hosting, among others, Flash Republic from Johannesburg,
- A Gay Anthems Caberet dance floor,
- An X factor – Live stage,
- A dedicated Smokers Lounges,
- Chill out lounges and wine bars,
- A VIP Lounge with dedicated parking, entertainment, snacks and loads of bubbly,
- And – another first – a Hippie trance dance floor.
VIP ticket holders will be treated to full access to all areas, secure parking underneath the stadium, a Mercedes Benz drop off at the red carpet entrance and a exclusive VIP area with its own dance floor, snacks, bars, entertainment and toilets.
‘There’s so much to celebrate this year,’ MCQP director, Ian McMahon adds. ‘As well as hosting the best ever World Cup in our brand new perlemoen-shaped stadium, we also celebrate 150 years of flower sales at the Adderley street flower sellers market and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the half a million people who descended on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York for the Woodstock Festival – so there’s lots to feel flowery about. And what better way to celebrate than a trip down memory lane to the sixties theme, Summer of Love.’
Now in its seventeenth year, the MCQP have played a huge role in putting SA on the pink tourist map with 31% of last year’s attendees coming from out of Cape Town and 12% abroad. This year’s bigger and better venue will help push the event close to Sydney Mardi Gras and Rio Carnival status and set the stage for the stadium’s long-term post-World Cup goal of becoming the premier destination in South Africa for sports, cultural, music, entertainment and community events. The involvement of the City of Cape Town in securing the venue and Cape Town Tourism with funding and marketing is also indicative of the value that the City places on the festival.