Looking back: Origin Festival 2017 highlights

“Can you see the colours? Everything is so trippy.”

If you love a good dance-floor banger, you’re probably familiar with this vocal – it comes from a track by Vini Vici,  Tristan & Avalon called Colours, and it’s exactly what comes to mind when I think back to Origin Festival. This year Origin pulled the rabbit out of the hat, giving us a jaw-dropping “candy land” themed dance-floor and the same top-notch production we’ve come to know and love over the years.

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So what were some of the highlights from Origin Festival 2017?

Let’s start with the production. It’s not an easy job pulling off a large-scale festival with such precision year in and year out, but Origin keeps it constant and that’s one of the reasons why we get to enjoy phenomenal sound (thank you RP Sound and Lighting) and stellar line-ups, incorporating a myriad of electronic genres. Continue reading Looking back: Origin Festival 2017 highlights

Win a ticket for Alien Safari – Masqued Ball 2017

This year we’re thrilled to welcome you to one of the most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar. Held at the beautiful Kogel Bay beach resort (otherwise known as the Kingdom of Dreams), Alien Safari’s Masqued Ball 2017 is gearing up to be an absolute dream. This year’s line-up boasts four renowned international acts namely Dirty Saffi (UK), Dust (Italy), Ritmo (Israel) and Waio (Germany) – as well as a host of home-grown talent.

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We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can stand a chance of winning a ticket to party!

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Win double tickets for Audio Pixel Bangers Beach Party

Introducing AUDIO PIXEL BANGERS at Soetwater Beach Resort in Kommetjie, Cape Town. Brought to you by a cutting-edge  organisation from Zurich, Switzerland, this state-of-the-art electronic event is hitting SA for the very first time! We’re giving away two tickets to this awesome event. Keep reading to find out how you can win.

THE CONCEPT

Join us a the debut instalment for a 13-hour electronic music experience featuring top-class international electronic masters, blasting groovy daytime 3 hour journey sets, supported by the cream of SA, located at a beautiful and convenient beach resort.

One of the Cape’s most legendary venues. Soetwater Beach Resort has a long history of electronic music events. This spectacular beachside location allows you to escape the city, experience the joy of “getting away” from the hustle and bustle while knowing that once it’s all over, you’ll be home in a flash! The venue boasts full facilities in a natural environment with mesmerising tidal pools making it the perfect spot to unwind, inhale the fresh ocean air, frolic in the sunshine and dance your cares away.

THE MUSIC

Ghost Rider LIVE (Blue Tunes – Israel)
Tezla LIVE (Prog On Syndicate – Switzerland)
Class – A LIVE (Blue Tunes – Israel)
Sokrates LIVE (Phantasm Records – Switzerland)
Creator (TesseracT – Switzerland)
Itone (Solar Tech Records)
Connecto  (Vortex / Love & Light)
BeachBall (Vortex)
Jukebox (Vortex)

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STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING TWO TICKETS
  1. Like Audio Pixel Bangers on Facebook.
  2. Click GOING on the event.
  3. Comment on the event page using the #psyked hashtag and tag the friend you want to party with.

The competition will close on Friday the 10th of February 2017. Only one entry per person will be accepted. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page.

Good luck!

Win two full weekend passes for Origin Festival 2017

One of the most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar is back in full swing this year to bring you a weekend of psychedelic music, art and culture. We’re giving away two tickets to Origin Festival 2017, valid the entire weekend. Keep reading to find out how you can win.

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Review: Freaky Forest 2016

By Christina Schild

I usually dislike the practice of narrowing something down to a description of five words, but there is something comforting about the condensation when trying to review the experience of Freaky Forest. An experience that takes places annually over the last weekend of November in the Tsitsikamma woods, bringing all sorts of folks out of the woodworks for what is easily becoming South Africa’s best trance party – or at least that’s what the talk on the soft, jiving dance floor was.

So here are the five words I would use to describe Freaky, in some sort of an order – scent, dance, clarity, goodness and beauty.  Well, maybe some more order than I think.

Photo by Jess Rose Hendriksz
Photo by Jess Rose Hendriksz

This year, it was my sense of smell that was particularly heightened at the party – whether from the incense wafting around the dance floor and camp sites as I gallivanted through the treacherous pine forest, the wholesome cooking aromas of the various food stalls and private kitchens and then those earthy, good, natural smells. The scent of pine needles in the air, the mud squelching between my toes on the most fun Sunday I’ve had in a while, or the sweaty reminder from my fellow party-goers that we were in the middle of a forest dancing rhythmically to sublime beats and hadn’t washed in days. Come Sunday morning I think we were mostly all smelling more sweaty than sweet after the particularly mind-buzzing and gloriously lengthy set delivered by High Style, having followed the feet moving magic of both Ben and Jack Source the previous night. For the hi-tech fans, Ben delivered a sneaky track that had many of us grinning from ear to ear! Earlier, we were treated to the grooviness that Cripz and Floating Grooves emulated which got the bums moving until Phillipa came on – bringing the girl power to the floor and easing us into the night time slots. Continue reading Review: Freaky Forest 2016

Get #psyked for Ultranoize Xmas Party – tickets and prizes up for grabs

It’s that time of the year where Ultranoize welcomes you to a festive gathering of psychedelic X-Mas cheer! This year will be especially merry as Ultranoize celebrates its 5th year anniversary of hosting their X-Mas event. We’re proud to present this massively festive line-up featuring international Virtual Light and top local talent. (see below)

We’re giving you the chance to score free entrance for you and two friends as well as a bottle of Jägermeister or Tequila.* Plus, we’ll send a gift coupon to the value of R50 to spend on Fyah-fly’s psychedelic playthings to everyone who enters. Keep reading to find out how you can win.

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The Vortex Open Source 2016 Starter Pack

By Nina Bloch.

Once again, it’s time to enter the Vortex – South Africa’s longest-running and most anticipated outdoor trance festival. Some of you are already en route to the Circle of Dreams aka the home of Vortex Open Source but for those who haven’t hit the road just yet, we’ve put together everything you need to know ahead of the party to ensure that you end up like this…

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… and not like this.

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The spirit of South African psy.