Review: Vortex Parallel Universe 2015

I entered the Parallel Universe just before noon on Sunday – a little later than planned, but nevertheless I was there. When we got to the dance-floor Lucas was closing up shop. Beside him, Raja Ram’s fluorescent-orange peak cap bobbed up and down to the music.

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Excitement moved through me as I dissolved into the crowd. Revelry was in full swing, and it wasn’t hard to tell who had been there from the start. Whether brightly clean or slightly bruised and battered, everyone had come to witness the Godfather of Psytrance in action. Suddenly the floor was packed. Continue reading Review: Vortex Parallel Universe 2015

Exclusive interview with Iliuchina aka Reality Test

At only 25 years of age, Iliuchina (aka Veronica Iliuhin Loren) is already one of the most prominent names in the world of psytrance. The talented Berlin-born DJ is signed by a number of international labels including PsynOpticz, Spectral Records and Magnetika, and has shared the stage with world-renowned acts such as GMS, Electrypnose and Astrix. Iliuchina is loved for her dark psychedelic style and driving basslines which have captivated audiences around the globe, from Germany to Portugal, all the way to Mexico and Australia. This year Iliuchina will return to Cape Town to perform at Jungala Festival 2015.

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*These questions were compiled by Batia Efrat on behalf of Psyked in the City. Continue reading Exclusive interview with Iliuchina aka Reality Test

Win double tickets for Jungala Festival 2015

Set in the beautiful Buffalo Drift – Ruigtevlei Farm along the banks of Berg River, Psynopticz Productions is proud to welcome you to Jungala Festival 2015. Join us as we shed the shackles of societal living and venture into the heart of a psychedelic wilderness for a three-day musical journey like no other. The magic of Jungala proves to be infectious with international headliner Iliuchina returning for her third annual performance at the much-anticipated event, alongside audio all stars such as Mad Maxx, Space Tribe, Made Tribe, Khainz, System Sequence, L.E.O.F, Reality Test and Wild Monkeys.

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Psyked in the City is giving away 2 x tickets to the event. Stand a chance to win by following 3 easy steps.

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Exclusive interview with Jay OM a.k.a Journey

Jay OM is the solo project of Milan-born Giampiero Mastino, the founder of popular UK trance label Free-Spirit Records. Jay moonlights under many names including Journey, Omsphere, Sonic Wave Control, Crocodile Rangers and even Star~Trip, as he delivers his diverse psychedelic and progressive beats to listeners across the globe. Jay OM will be performing at #EasterVortex 2015 as part of his South African tour celebrating “ten years of living life as free-spirit.”

This interview was conducted by Batia Efrat, on behalf of
Psyked in the City.

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Continue reading Exclusive interview with Jay OM a.k.a Journey

Review: Altered States ~ Lunar

As I arrived at my long-time favourite venue, the “Circle of Dreams,” I was struck by the beauty of Riversonderend once more. Home of Vortex Trance Adventures, this sacred clearing is nestled in a forest roughly 170km out of Cape Town. I was elated upon hearing that Altered States managed to secure this dream-space for LUNAR after a last-minute complication (or rather, a blessing in disguise).

Photo by: Athena Christoforakis
Photo by: Athena Christoforakis

I made my way to the dance-floor for the much-anticipated Sound Journey and was transfixed by the amalgamating rhythm. A few decorative details were strung from the branches of trees in the background, adding to the already vibrant display. Some milled about in conversion, others marvelled the gallery of artwork within the ‘The Psychedelic Dream Temple.’

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Photo by: Kelly Turner

I managed to capture a brief snippet of the Sound Journey on video, although I’ll confess that I was too engrossed by the magic to fumble about with technology; Altered States has a contagious aura of tranquillity about it. I sensed that even before Earthtone got behind the decks, and the beats began.

This level of intimacy and mutual understanding was more than refreshing. Creativity radiated from every carefully-painted piece of décor and party-goers were mindful of the environment around them. This was a special gathering, indeed. And I was mystified by the time Prefix guided us into the evening.

Kineticz followed, and then Killawatt, who delivered a set unlike anything I have heard before. The vibrations of his high-energy beats pulsated through the forest floor and then up, through my being. I admired the openness of the star-filled sky above, as well as the spaciousness of an un-crowded dance-floor (something that’s become exceedingly rare).

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Photo by: Athena Christoforakis

The party was heaving when Compact got into the DJ box. I stood at the centre of the floor, experiencing the energy mounting around me. Happy faces floated to and fro but all that existed was the music. Out of nowhere, large illuminated creatures emerged from the floor reaching higher and higher towards the heavens as part of an epic performance by The Psychedelic Theatre and I decided to watch in awe from the warmth of the bonfire.

DJ Drifter was up next, in place of Talking Decks. I found myself asking when the music would stop being so amazing so that I could get some rest. After much contemplation, I managed to pull myself away from the dance-floor, (though I still enjoyed the sensation of the music from the comfort of my tent).

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Photo by: LGeary

The next day, I was woken by a friend, beckoning me to the dance-floor. Flexture was wrapping things up and I grabbed a cup of Marley coffee along the way. The tunes of the talented Bruce (a.k.a Solar Axis) started up in the distance. A woman who had been curled up in the chill area, stretched out from the oversized bean-bag she’d been sleeping on to reveal a dog cozied up beside her (“I don’t even know whose dog this is,” she told me).

The feeling of love and unity was ever-strong; I found myself being magnetised by Bruce’s early-morning set, reeling me in deeper and deeper. I closed my eyes, floating through the dance-floor once more, a grin on my face. If there’s one thing I love about Sundays, it’s a morning set from Bruce.

Photo by: Johan Absynth
Photo by: LGeary

Feeling my enthusiasm build, I found my energy-levels replenish. Soon after, Absynth took the reins and the crowd began to fill out more and more.  His banging beats echoed through the trees for two hours straight.

I could hardly contain my excitement when I noticed Flooting Grooves a.k.a Pearce van der Merwe preparing for his set (read our exclusive interview with him here). Every expectation I had was exceeded as he teleported us on a journey of sound, aided by a majestic flute.

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Photo by: Kelly Turner

Bernz seized the floor sometime after that and the party gained new momentum. His psychedelic sounds, composed of hard-driving basslines and uplifting undertones, once again, had me fixed to the spot. Then the sprinklers turned the ground to mud and I sunk my feet into the coolness of the earth, colours swirling around me and bubbles drifting across the scope.

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Photo by: LGeary

It was a sad moment when I rallied my troops, knowing that it was time to head home. Unfortunately we were not able to stay for Satori’s closing set but I’ve been informed that she finished things off on a high note with some seriously killer tunes.

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Photo by: Kelly Turner

If there’s one thing I gleaned at this party, it’s that the principles of P.L.U.R and the original vision of psytrance is still present. These like-minded individuals who come together to celebrate the spirit of African psy are not just our friends, they’re our family.

Thank you to the Altered States crew and everyone who attended, this was the first of many! Until then, stay psyked…


Photo credit: Kelly Turner, LGeary and Athena Christoforakis

Win tickets for Imagine #ParadiseBeach 2015

Can you envision the crisp white sand of Kogel Bay beneath your toes as the azure ocean surrounds you, and you’re dancing to the beats of Tezla in the background? Anything is possible at Imagine #ParadiseBeach. This year The Collective returns to Cape Town’s favourite coastal venue, with the very best international and local psytrance for your listening pleasure. Ranging from upbeat prog to full-force psychedelic, this line-up promises something for everything with Tezla, as well as all your favourite natives  including Bruce, Deliriant, Sway, HEADROOM, Rubix Qube and others.

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Psyked in the City is giving away tickets to the event. Stand a chance to win by following two easy steps below.

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Win tickets for 420 Good Vibes presents Metanoia

Embark on a rhythmic journey of change with Metanoia in support of the Global Cannabis March- South Africa. We call on the dancers, psychedelic warriors, day-dreamers, light-workers and thinkers of tomorrow to join in on the celebration as we amplify the values of peace, love, unity and respect to the sounds of Myzo, Psyqlopz, Phixius, Plastic Vision, Uncivilized, Final Flash LIVE, and friends.

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Psyked in the City is giving away a set of double tickets to two lucky tranclings. Find out how to enter below.

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Like 420 Good Vibes and join the event.
  2. Share this post with your friends.
  3. Comment below [with your email address] telling us why you’re #psyked for Metanoia.

For bonus points, tweet us @psykedinthecity.
The winner will be contacted via email.
Please respond promptly in order to claim your prize.
More details to follow.


What to expect?

VENUE
The Train Lodge.

FOOD
Chicken and beef burgers, boerewors rolls and hot chips to feed your tummies.

DRINKS
Beer – R15
Rums, Whiskey & Vodka – R15
Black Label Rum & Jack Daniels – R20
Cool-drinks – R12

LINE-UP

1pm til 2pm: Azura

2pm til 3pm: Knox

3pm til 4:30pm: Phixius

4:30pm til 5:30pm: Mind Breaker

5:30pm til 6:30pm: Plastic Vision

6:30pm til 7:30pm: Psytrix

7:30pm til 9:00pm: Psytronik
(G/route)

9:00pm til 10:00pm: Sub Trix

10:00pm til 11:00pm: Gyrobot

11:00pm til 12:00pm: Psymyth

12:00am til 2:00am: Myzo

2:00am til 3:00am: Uncivilized (PE)

3:00am til 4:00am: Psyqlopz

4:00am til 5am:Final Flash – LIVE Psychedelic performance (New Duo)

A Dancing Journey of Change…

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Decor brought to you by 420 Vibes in collaboration with Andrew Woods (PsyStorm), The Psyd Piper and Dreadlock Productions. LED light-dancing performance by Afrodizzy Acts. Photos by Altered Photography. Pulsating sound and mind-throwing lighting by Aggressive Audio.

TICKETS
Purchase your ticket online from Quicket or visit:

Gypsy Trading:
Long Street Cape Town – 285A Long Street Cape Town – 021 424 2994
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=207690853108

The Wild Farm
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=210466432302570

1st Phase: R170

2nd Phase: R200

At the gate (if available): R250

ACCOMODATION
Cabins are available for those who wish to spend the night.

3 x Cabin,sleeps 2 people – R370 ( R185 p.p )
(Cabins are available at Cabin prices & Not at Individual prices)

38 x Cabins,that sleeps 4 people  – R370 (R92 p.p)
(Cabins are at Cabin prices & NOT at individual prices)

24 x bunk beds( 1 per bed ) – R140p.p

To book, please contact 420 Good Vibes South Africa.

GIVING BACK
We ask that you bring some sort of kind offering to those who are in need, whether it’s clothing, food or absolutely anything else that someone else would appreciate. For many it’s become a difficult to survive in and instead of giving a cold shoulder, we would like to show a different side of humankind. This also applies to animals in need.

VOLUNTEERS
If you are interested in helping out at the event, feel free to contact 420 Good Vibes at 420gvgoodvibes@gmail.com.

PLEASE NOTE
No persons under the age of 20 will be allowed entrance  (ID upon request), No Bad Vibes, No Weapons and No Negative Influencing Illegal Substances.

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