It was Saturday morning, the 25th of April; we were on the road to Buffalo Drift at last – the home of Jungala Festival 2015. My excitement mounted as finally we passed through the gates. The sounds of Rob GonZo’s techno beats emanated in the background and we decided to scout the dance-floor. It was twelve o ‘clock, already the venue was bustling.
I strolled through a quasi-market filled with colourful stalls selling dream-catchers, crystals and clothing, and past the Prema Shanti Healing Sanctuary. The Psychedelic Dream Temple lay ahead with its collection of visionary artworks – as curated by Jonathan West. Then I saw it: the dance-floor. What a sight to behold!
The castle-like structure towered before me and we moved into the oasis. Unfortunately Broken Switch was unable to perform due to unforeseen circumstances so we were treated to some extra Rob GonZo magic before Nick Grater got behind the decks.
Afternoon merged into evening, the sky a rich pink; D-Sciple and Phixius echoed through the trees and I was in a world of my own. By the time Silo & Humerous got on stage, I had my Jungle Bucket in hand – cranberry flavoured – courtesy of Liquid Rainbow.
I marvelled the 3D mapping and its mind-altering visuals, totally transfixed. Soon it was midnight and the floor filled out in support of the Israeli-born DJane Iliuchina. When her symphonic beats surged through the speakers she kicked the party into overdrive. Having interviewed the 25-year-old pro just a few weeks ago, it was definitely the highlight of my night.
Continuing the flow of feminine energy, our very own and talented Myzo took the spot-light to deliver her set (watch below). Some time passed and I was lured back to realisation when local legend Rubix Qube stepped into the DJ box. He sent waves through the dance-floor with his sneaky Mad Science opening.
After a much-needed rest it was time for breakfast with the formidable Disco Volante duo. No doubt the pair dropped their latest dance-floor hit “Sexual Innuendos” which lured many sleepy campers out of their tents and onto the dance-floor. Mad Piper followed suit, and then the acclaimed Dave Mac who incorporated a brand new release from Future Anarchy called Alien Abduction. Definitely a crowd-pleaser!
The remainder of the afternoon went from strength to strength with our local boys Shockwave causing damage in the DJ box, Bionic and of course, the internationals; Spanish sensation Mad Maxx seduced the audience with his unique ethnic tunes before delving into his anticipated Wild Monkeys act.
After which Tune Raider brought her magic to the front-line. Next, Mexican muso Mario Funes stepped into the spot-light for his first performance under his System Sequence alias. The crowd was still going strong when the infamous Archive took to the stage. Watch.
It was full steam ahead with Killawatt’s banging beats that morning, and local psy-guru Bruce. Swarms of people gathered for a taste of Monday Funday with UK artist Space Tribe, and collaboration Mad Tribe on the cards. Then Mario returned for a saucy L.E.O.F set which annihilated the crowd.
At this point, I decided to take a quick break by the Berg river where I marvelled a lie graffiti artist at work and a parade of intriguing characters from the Psychedelic Theatre cascaded by.
Somewhere around lunch time, it was time for Nica’s debut of Reality Test on South African ground. The feisty deity included a banging Vertigo remix entitle “The Magic of Jungala.”
A few events back, it was Vertigo’s set which had inspired Nica to create a progressive project of her own. Her new act remained true to her Iliuchina signature, which we all know and love, but with surprising twists setting the bar even higher. What a treat! Watch.
As sad as I was to see her go, the time had come for Headroom’s full-on fun. Time was flying by too fast for my liking. Before I knew it, the Swish master Khainz was performing the closing set featuring an epic Beckers & Hatfield track.
I had survived my first trip to the jungle and I knew that it wouldn’t be the last. Thank you Psynopticz crew for the awesome experience; the production of Jungala 2015 was indeed top-notch and the performances unforgettable. I’ll keep these memories with me wherever I go. #psyked
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