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.
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
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.
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…
… and not like this.
2012 is the live DJ project of Eduardo Torres. Born in São Paulo, Eduardo is a seasoned DJ, producer as well as event organiser for one of Brazil’s most prominent arts and culture festivals known as RESPECT. He is currently signed with Antu Records and has performed at some of the biggest psytrance events around the world including Universo Paralello in Brazil, Ritual in Mexico and of course, Vortex Open Source right here in South Africa. With ten years’ experience behind the decks, Eduardo’s music fuses elements of hi-tech with catchy synths to entrance listeners and keep bodies moving for hours on end. This year, we are psyked to welcome 2012 back to the Circle of Dreams for Open Source 2016.
Hi Eduardo! Tell us about the first time you discovered psytrance. What originally compelled you to start DJing and producing your own music?
Ola! Thanks for the invitation. I’m known as Edu; I discovered the trance parties in 1996 when I was my first Earthdance. I used to go to São Paulo and go to underground clubs that played techno and drum’n’bass. The psytrance was love at first sight; after the first party I never stopped attending. Whether I’m producing, partying or playing, I’ve lived and breathed this movement since I first discovered it.
In 2003, the scene in São Paulo no longer pleased me; it was the same parties with no new sound. Under the influence of friends who showed me the songs that I liked, I decided to start playing DJ sets to bring something different to what was going on. At this same time, I started learning how to use music production programs. I kept learning and improving until 2010 when I started the 2012Live project with my friend and former member, David.
Psyops is Sean Marais from Cape Town, South Africa. First introduced to psytrance by his best friend in the year 2000, he became entranced with all aspects of the psychedelic trance scene – including the music and décor – which soon led to the inception of Psyops . His diverse musical style ranges from ambient to minimal, day and night-time psychedelic, and more. Psyops says that his music is about telling stories and taking the listener on a journey. One thing’s for sure: it’s almost impossible to remain still when he’s playing. This year, we’re psyked to see Psyops return to the Circle of Dreams for Vortex Open Source 2016.
Hi Sean! Let’s start at the very beginning (it’s the very best place to start). Do you remember the first time you got behind the decks? We’d love to hear about that definitive moment when you decided to become a DJ.
Well, I can’t really remember the first time but it must have been at a friend’s house back in the day – 15 years ago – messing around on vinyl. We rigged big speakers and faced them outside, blasting underground hip hop and DnB but my first gig was at Gonzo’s in Plumstead in 2006. That was a rad moment in my life.
Psyked is proud to present one of our favourite and most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar: Vortex Open Source 2016. This year, we’re giving away another set of tickets to this incredible five-day-long festival. Keep reading to find out how you can enter our competition on Instagram!
The spirit of dance plays a tremendous role in cultures and beliefs across the globe. Dance has connected people all over the world for centuries and brought people together to celebrate, express, communicate, heal and, of course, love!
In the Circle of Dreams, rhythms and beats compel beings from all walks of life to move as a collective entity; it is within this safe and magical place that we are able to expand our consciousness, express our innermost emotions and uplift and nourish not only ourselves but our brothers and sisters of life.
Some might say that music and dance is a force powerful enough to change the world if you are open enough to feel it.
“Dance is the hidden language of our soul”
● ◯ XP VOODOO
● ◯ ZYCE
● ◯ BIM
● ◯ DRUKVERDELER
● ◯ VIRTUAL LIGHT- DJ SET (Zero1 Music)
● ◯ 2012
● ◯ TIM DUSTER
● ◯ CREATOR
● ◯ FLOOTING GROOVES
● ◯ KAI MATHESDORF
● ◯ THATY
● ◯ K-JOS
● ◯ CONNECTO
● ◯ DJ MARK
● ◯ MOOG
● ◯ BERNZ
● ◯ BRUCE
● ◯ ABSYNTH
● ◯ RUBIX QUBE
● ◯ KILLER B
● ◯ SONIC
● ◯ CONCIOUS CHAOS
● ◯ KILLAWATT
● ◯ ZEZIA
● ◯ SILO
● ◯ DRIFTER
● ◯ THOMAS
● ◯ TIGERLILLI
● ◯ BONNIE & CLYDE
● ◯ MYSTRIX
● ◯ JAMAL
● ◯ BENZiNHO
● ◯ FORMUL8
● ◯ CRYPTIC
● ◯ JANARCHY
● ◯ SPLIFF POLITIX
● ◯ NRITYA
● ◯ CLEAR PARTICLES
● ◯ STEREO FICTION
● ◯ WILD LETTUCE
● ◯ GYROSONIK
● ◯ ROOMMUSH
● ◯ FRACTAL
● ◯ NINJA JACK
● ◯ JOSTRADAMUS
● ◯ CRUSHHARDER
● ◯ PSYOPS
● ◯ SEMANTIC DRIFT
● ◯ ANT
● ◯ XEFIN
● ◯ JUKEBOX
๏ ONE DANCE FLOOR ๏ ONE ENERGY ๏ ONE LOVE ๏
THE MAGICAL VENUE: THE CIRCLE OF DREAMS
Endless River / Riviersonderend / Cape Town – South Africa
FULL Camping Facilities – FREE Hot Showers, Flush-Toilets, Mountain Spring Drinking Water, Shaded Camping by your car, Communal 24 Hour Braai Fires in all Camping Zones, around the clock security, Medics, Art Performances, Food Vendors, Workshops, Trade Stalls, Beautiful Swimming River & so much more. Give yourself seven days to uplift the soul, nourish the mind and feed your universe.
Need a ride to #OpenSource2016? Or maybe you want to fill up those empty seats in your car? JumpIn is an online lift club platform and the easiest way to find lifts (or passengers) travelling to and from Vortex. Click here to find a lift/passengers now.
STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING TWO TICKETS FOR VORTEX OPEN SOURCE 2016
- Make sure you’re following @psykedinthecity and @vortextranceadventures on Instagram.
- Leave a comment on our Insta pic, following the instructions in the caption, and you could be our lucky winner!
NOTE: The competition closes on Friday the 2nd of December. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
Visit www.vortextranceadventures.co.za for more festival info.