Review: One World NYE Festival.

After much anticipation, I awoke bright and early, ready to hit the road to One World NYE Festival.
We arrived at Le Bac in Paarl, just as the gates opened. After a bit of a wait in the queue, we set-up camp.

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I heard the beats of Rekkerin & Sorcery starting up in the distance. Following suit was Flip Psyd, Pulse, Absolence and the Fundamentals who played a remix of Ranji’s hit-track
“New Ways.” Listen HERE.

By the time Switch got on stage, things were cooking so I made the wise decision to go off in search of the river. Nestled beneath the trees, I found it. The cool water called out to me. Sun-kissed bodies lazed along the river banks in the shade while others enjoyed a quick dip.

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Photo: Partycamsa.

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At 8 p.m. I set foot onto the dancefloor and was genuinely blown away by how far One World has come since their first event in 2012. The visual production was taken to the next level by decor specialists from Finland, Flowers of Life. There was even an inflatable pool to cool-off in without missing a single set.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

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I looked up to see Ghostrider behind the decks, delivering his deeply atmospheric beats to the crowd as the sun set. Next on the lineup was Freedom Fighters (who I was aching to see live!) My expectations were more than exceeded as the highly-accredited prog Master put out beat after beautiful beat.

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marc berman photography freedom fighters one world
Photo: Marc Berman Photography.
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Then Coming Soon took over. Their vibrant stage-presence and mind-altering tracks kept the crowd electrified as the New Year rolled closer. Listen HERE.
I dragged my friends behind me as I forced my way to the very front of the dancefloor.  I was practically frothing with excitement when both members of Coming Soon (Irad Brunt and Dui Bitton) jumped up onto the speakers during the countdown. There was nowhere else in the world I would rather have been. When the clock struck twelve, the confetti went flying and the vibe only got better from there.

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partycam confetti night time countdown one world
Photo: Partycamsa.

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Both Azax Syndrom and Bliss had blown me away when they played at The Side Show during indoor season. Now they were back in my hometown, performing together under a starry sky. These guys aren’t just pushing buttons, they’re really making music. What an honour it was to be jamming on that dancefloor!

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marc berman photography dancefloor night one world
Photo: Marc Berman Photography.
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Orca took over where Azax Syndrom left off, playing his legendary “Sad Movies” remix. Sinful Reactions, Twisted Circus and Mr. Jack had the witching hours covered, while Up-Psy-Down kept everyone jamming through the sun-rise. All-mighty A-Team gave stompers a good morning work-out before Beartrap’s leading lady, Sway, took control of the day-jam. Her set was so hypnotically dynamic, you just couldn’t help but get lost in the beautiful noise. What a great way to end off a magical New Year’s celebration!

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Unfortunately I was not able to cover all three-days but listening to D-rang3D’s sunrise set makes me feel like I was there. You can download it for free HERE.

Thank you to all the friendly party-goers who treated me with such kindness. One World reminded me of the “one love” mentality that can so easily be forgotten at festivals. Another thank you goes out to the Fourth Dimension crew. For a second-time-round event, nobody could have asked for more.

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marc berman photography stompers one world
Photo: Marc Berman Photography.
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On a more serious note, Psyked in the City extends our condolences to the friends and family of the individual who passed away after the One World Event.  After receiving special attention from the event’s paramedics, she was rushed off to hospital but unfortunately did not make it. On this note, we would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year.
Remember that festivals can be dangerous. Be aware, party responsibly.
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One World
One Love.

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