Review: The Collective Paradise Beach

As the days progressed, my excitement reached its peak. I was more than ready to party it up on the beach with the masterful Morten Granau. I’ve got to hand it to The Collective for pinning Kogel Bay as the venue for their first-ever psychedelic gathering.

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Review: Beartrap Ground Zero Festival 2014 (Sunday)

On the 15th of March 2014, I awoke during the early hours of the morning – early, as in it was still dark outside – with excitement stirring inside me for the Sunday Session that awaited us at Ground Zero Festival.

We were on route before the sun came up. Nekkies was the venue of choice this year, having been a longtime favourite for major festivals, such as Earthdance, with plenty of space to accommodate three (yes, three!) stages and a pool to boot.

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I was a little bleak about having missed Double-Click and Vini Vici the previous night, not to mention some of my favourite locals and the Insane Intelligent Lighting Display that everyone was raving about. Fortunately however, we arrived just in time for Ultravoice (a legend within the international psytrance community having almost a decade’s worth of experience behind his name).

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After a little chocolate tequila for breakfast (shhh, don’t tell my Mom) we were well on our way to psychedelic paradise. The dance floor was heaving when international icon Sesto Sento took the stage. (This was a pretty big moment for me, considering I’m a full-on Sesto freak). Spirits were riding high when he played his famed “Lift me up” mix.

Just listen to those melodies!

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The sun was glaring by the time Blastoyz began to blast his killer high-tech beats, so I made my way over to the sprinklers at the rear end of the dance floor. There I met a few other drenched partiers. As we revelled, stomping bare-footed in the mud my favourite track “Green Stuff” erupted from the speakers.

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Sway was on next. The crowd extended a warm Beartrap welcome and you could see that “Mama Bear” was right at home. Her uplifting beats protruded from the DJ box. I didn’t want them to stop for a minute. The hose pipe was going at this point, and the crowd was causing muddy mayhem on the dancefloor.

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Headroom was behind the decks before I had a chance to recover. I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you are having fun! I realized I was in a total time warp, going from one killer set to the next, when I glanced up to see Dave Mac was taking over, bringing his proggy tunes to life.

Finally, the big moment had arrived. The all-mighty Berg captured our attention as he climbed onto stage. It’s no secret that he’s become a psy-sensation within the Cape Town trance scene. His popularity seems to escalate every time he graces South Africa with his magic. And it’s no wonder why.

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Apart from Berg’s dashing Israeli looks, his hard-hitting bass-lines and proggy psychadelic hooks are globally-recognized. As I jammed to esteemed tracks like “Wizdom” and “Limitless” my expectations were well exceeded.

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What an awesome atmosphere. Cape Town can Berg in my book! Talk about ending the party on a high-note. Big thanks to Beartrap, RP Sound and Lighting, Psylife, Abby and Laura (Sway).
Until next time… Stay #psyked.

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Photos by Dreamer.

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Win VIP tickets + R200 bar tab for BERG @TheSideShowCT

Do you even Berg? It’s the question everyone’s asking. Enter our competition to win VIP tickets and a R200 bar tab for BERG live at The Side Show this Friday along with all your favourite locals, or suffer the FOMO later. Your choice! Details below.

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HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Like Psyked in the City and The Side Show on Facebook and join the event.
  2. Tell us why you’re #psykedToBerg:
  • ON FACEBOOK. Comment on the event wall.
    Use the #psykedToBerg hashtag and include a link to this post.
  • ON TWITTER: Follow @psykedinthecity and @TheSideShowCT.Tweet using the #psykedToBerg hashtag.

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Winner will be announced at 17:00 on Friday the 21st of March.
Please check your Facebook/Twitter inbox promptly as winners will need to respond to claim their prize. See terms and conditions below.

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T&Cs:

You WILL be asked for ID at the door.

Visit the event page for more information.

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Win 2 x tickets to The Collective: Paradise Beach

Calling all psytrance lovers; the gremlins of the twilight hours, the proggy’s, Sunday stompers, daylight dancers and all trancling in between. Come and experience a full-spectrum psychedelic music journey with headlining act, Morten Granau, making his debut in South Africa.

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For the first time ever, The Collective presents Paradise Beach. Set at Kogel Bay, an all time popular party spot this season, The Collective is worth adding to the list. Picture a dance floor that’s a stone throw from the ocean, hula-hoopers on the beach, bikinis, sun-kissed skin, happy faces, a mountainous backdrop and the phatest beats.

Not only is Morten Granau getting behind South African decks for the first time, Kriss-Kross will be performing their live debut act, backed by only the best local psytrance including: Sway, Portal, Plusminus, Gokon Rave, Feedback, Dave Mac, Eqlipse, HysteriaD-Sciple and others.

Enter our competition to win 2 x tickets to be part of the journey. Details below.

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HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Like Psyked in the City and The Collective on Facebook and join the event.
  2. Tell us why you’re #psykedForParadise by:
  • Commenting below.
  • Sharing this post on the event wall, using the #psykedForParadise hashtag.
  1. For bonus points, follow @psykedinthecity and @BeartrapCPT on Twitter and #psykedForParadise.

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Winner will be announced on Wednesday the 19th of March.
Please check your Facebook inbox promptly as you’ll need to respond to claim your prize.
See terms and conditions below.

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T&Cs:

Tickets are not transferable for cash.
You cannot cede or sell your ticket.
You WILL be asked for ID at the door.

Visit the event page for more information.

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Exclusive Interview with Phixius (Equinox / FullMoon SA)

Phixius is the progressive psytrance project of 26 year old Anthony Elsey. Having won the Equinox “New Guy” competition last year, Anthony is rapidly making his name known within the psytrance scene. He’s set to play at Ground Zero Festival on the 15th of March alongside international artists such as Berg, Sesto Sento, and Blastoyz to name a few. We were lucky enough to have a chat with the Prog Prodigy. This is what went down.

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Psyked:
It’s so great to finally get the chance to speak with you. Let’s start off at the beginning. You’re a Somerset West boy at heart. Who introduced you to psytrance?

Phixius:
Hello Psyked! Really stoked to be doing an interview with you guys! I’m actually from Jozi originally. But I moved to Somerset West in 1999 (I was in grade six). I never looked back. Cape Town is my home now. I couldn’t think of a better place to live.

I was introduced to psytrance, properly, when I went to my first outdoor party in 2009 with two of my close friends Daniel Pienaaar and Chanene Norman. It was a Rezonance New Year’s party in 2009. I instantly fell in love with the scene and the music, but most of all with progressive psy.

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Psyked:
When did you first decide to pursue Djing?

Phixius:
I wanted to DJ after High School but I never really got the chance to do it. So Djing was very difficult for me, until a few years later when I met some awesome people who helped me get into it. I’ve been doing it solidly for one year and four months now, and it keeps getting better and better. :)

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Psyked:
So your alias, Phixius, how did it come about?

Phixius:
It’s Latin for taking to flight. I’ve had the name for a long time. One guy names his boat Phixius in a movie called “The Replacements.” I used to use it when I played computer games back in the day. It seemed like a good DJ name to me.

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Psyked:
Last year Phixius earned the title of Equinox’s “New Guy?” What does that mean to you and how has it helped you advance?

Phixius:
Winning Equinox “New Guy” was hands-down one of the best moments in my DJ career. It means the world to me. It really put me on the map and gave me exposure as a DJ. If I hadn’t won, I don’t think I’d be as successful. The funny thing is, I wasn’t going to enter the competition at all. I didn’t feel ready for it at the time, but my mates pushed me to enter, and I won. It was super stressful but the juice was so worth the squeeze! I’m also a resident DJ at Equinox and Full Moon SA. Being signed with two labels gives me a huge boost in the scene.

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Psyked:
I recently saw you perform at Equinox Experience Play Festival. Tell me a bit about that. Was it your first outdoor party?

Phixius:
My first outdoor was actually Groovy Troopers – Mandala Project. I played on the Hyper Dive stage. Considering it was my first party, it was much less pressure than playing on the main dancefloor so it eased me into playing bigger gigs slowly. Equinox Play Festival was unreal, definitely my top set to date. The crowd was unbelievable. It was a very emotional for me to see how everyone reacted to my music. When my set ended, the applause I got was so insane, I felt like shedding a tear.

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Psyked:
Your musical style is best described as “psy prog.” Which Djs influence you?

Phixius:
Vertical Mode, Ace Ventura, Symbolic, Ritmo, Born Sleepy and Timelock, to name a few.

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Psyked:
Where do your draw your inspiration from?

Phixius:
I draw inspiration from the crowd and my fans; seeing them smile, laugh and jam their hearts out to the music I play is such a rewarding feeling.

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Psyked:
You’re set to play at two milestone events this season; Ground Zero and Organik – Love Project. How exciting is this for you?

Phixius:
I am beyond excited! Both festivals have been on my hit-list in terms of parties I want to play at. I’m so stoked that I got booked for both of them.

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Psyked:
Any words of advice for up and coming Djs in Cape Town?

Phixius:
If Djing is something you really love doing and you have the drive put in the hours behind the decks at home, do it. The more you play, the better your ear becomes. And most of all, never give up, it takes some time. So be patient.

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Psyked:
What can we expect from Phixius in the near future?

Phixius:
Loads more banging sets! I’m busy learning to produce music too, so in the future you guys will see me producing some of my own tracks. Very exciting things coming up!

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Psyked:
Where can we catch you next?

Phixius:
I’ll be playing at Equinox on Wednesday, the 26th Of February at Fiction and Cold Fusion (hosted by The Village) on the 28th of February. So see all you peeps on the dance floor!! ;) Thanks Psyked in the City for the interview, it was privilege. And to everyone who has supported me, much love to you all!

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Review: Celestial Beings 2014 (Sunday)

I woke up bright and early, eager to hit the road for an epic Sunday session at Celestial Beings 2014, all the way in Viliersdorp. When we arrived, I was sure I’d been transported to an episode of The Flintstones but with better music. The gigantic boulders that surrounded the dance floor did an awesome job of amplifying the sound, too. You could feel each and every beat reverberate through the quarry. Big ups to the organisers for picking this special party spot.

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As we missioned to the dance floor, my excitement grew even more. People crawled out of their tents, desperate for a taste of what the DJ was cooking. Sway was working her magic behind the decks when I arrived. It’s so great to see Mama Bear in her element at a Beartrap event. Following her was Portal, playing some extra groovy beats. I was lost in the trance.

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By midday, my only saviour from the blistering heat was the river. Jeeeepers! The water felt so fresh. It was definitely needed! As I looked around, I noticed that there were no frowns in sight. Only smiling faces surrounded me. Happiness is.

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I was having so much fun in the river (talking to good old Glen Double Nn) that I lost track of time. I returned to the dance floor half way through Ringo Savage‘s set. It was very clear that the crowd was loving every second of it, and continued jamming away happily until it was time for DaVinci Code. Oh, DaVinci Code. Only a true maestro can keep a dance floor pumping in extreme heat!
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You know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun! Before I knew it, Gokon Rave was in the DJ box bringing the beats to life. This duo never disappoints. Though I remember jamming extremely hard with my newly-found friends, the rest is a little fuzzy. (I’ll take that as the sign of a killer party).

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Next thing I knew, it was Dave Mac, center-stage, blasting bouncy beats to an elated dancefloor. Mr Mac, I know I speak for the masses when I say that I didn’t want you to stop playing for a minute. And by the looks of it, you didn’t want to stop either.

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Now that the hangover’s gone and my feet have rested, I can say that Celestial Beings was one for the books. To everyone who attended: you were an awesome lot. This weekend reminded me that intimate parties are so very beautiful.

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A great venue with great music and an even greater vibe… What more could one possibly ask for? Thanks to Beartrap Productions for pulling it off, to RP Sound and Lighting, to Laura (aka Sway) for always being incredible and to every stomper that came along for the adventure. See you at Ground Zero!

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Review: Origin Festival 2014 (Saturday – Sunday)

It’s 9.00 on Saturday morning and after much anticipation, we are on route to Origin Festival. It’s my first time so I can’t contain my excitement. I ask, “are we there yet?” about twenty times.  When we finally arrive at the beautiful Elandskloof in Helderstroom, I’m greeted by an awesome shaded camping spot, the lush forest and a little dam to enjoy later.

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We hurriedly pitch our tent, eager to hit the dancefloor. When we enter the jungle-like Beats Stage, Travisto is in the DJ box pumping his melodies. The vibe is infectious; Djs throw lilos into the crowd and everyone is smiling. Then the beat drops and I feel like I’ve finally come home.

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I’m chilling next to the dam with the other party-goers merrily soaking up the sun. Before I know it, the Spanish muso, Elrow‘s on stage for a special session featuring Toni Varga and De La Swing. I’m on the dance-floor jamming beneath the trees; and I’m in love with the festival already.

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We head for the Origin Floor, but I’m lured into the Chill Zone. I have a chance to admire Artescape‘s handywork. The décor is unbelievably beautiful (possibly the best I’ve seen all year) and the mountains are a magical backdrop.

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Psychedelic paradise calls out to me. I reach the dancefloor just as Bayawaka starts up the music, followed by Ryanosaurus and Renegade. Static Flow takes charge as the sun is setting and I’m in my happy place for sure. The Commercial Hippies ravage the dancefloor at 21.30, playing their killer Lark remix. The crowd’s sent into overdrive.

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Regan is up next. And although I’m loving the vibe, I decide to make a mission towards the Beats Stage again to watch Secret Cinema in action. I marvel at the LED light projections in the oak treas. The visuals are amazing. I bid a silent thank you to The ExtraDimensional Space Agency.

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Mid-night draws near and it’s time for Brazilian Digoa to rock the Origin Floor. He’s incredible in the Dj box and his killer set has people talking throughout the event.

All of a sudden, it’s two in the morning and things are getting quite dark. So I take a stroll to see what kind of storm Spekta is cooking up. Moments pass before Pete Bones gets behind the decks and elevates things to a whole new dimension. I’m blown away by his smooth techno style. The atmosphere is friendly and ecstatic, and stompers are responding well to his tracks. But I’m feeling tired, so I jam until my feet give in and decide it’s time for some shut-eye.

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I awake the next morning as Dala is finishing up. I hear his majestic tunes in the distance and shun myself for not being on the dancefloor. I grab breakfast on the way, fresh and ready for a Sunday session with Groove Addict.

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It’s a great morning workout, stomping in the sunshine. I almost lose track of time. But when 10.30 eventually rolls around, the excitement is indescribable as LOUD gets onto stage. The dynamic duo is greeted by the cheers of their die-hard fans. LOUD blasts beat after beat. And I am compelled as they play their new Afrika 101 track. I’m certain that this is bliss.

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Soon it’s Headroom‘s turn and HOT DAYUM, his beats are banging! Broken Toy doesn’t disappoint either. He gets behind the decks. spinning his epic Commercial Hippies “Dr. Rocket” remix for the first time, causing chaos on the dancefloor. Just when I think it can’t get any better, LOUD returns to end the party off on the highest of notes.

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I’m enjoying the experience so much, I don’t want it to end. When I finally do head home on Sunday evening, one thought resonates in my mind: “Origin, you know how to party!” Huge thanks to the organisers and everyone who made it happen.
See you all on the other side…

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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