Every year, Origin Festival promises a full weekend of music and revelry to party-goers who flock from all walks of life to join in on the celebration. Dance, comrade, freedom of expression—these are just a few of the threads which unite our psytrance community and make it one of the most unique scenes in the world. At Origin, it’s easy to get a sense of that.
As one of the largest outdoor psytrance festivals in South Africa, Origin is revered not only for its impressive line-ups but visionary art and psychedelic culture, too. Plus, it’s pretty cool that they’re striving to be a more conscious event by incorporating a strong ethos into everything they do, which includes protecting Mother Nature. Needless to say, Origin is definitely more than just a party—it’s an experience—and one of the most beautiful music events in Africa. Hosted at Elandskloof farm in Helderstroom, one cannot help but be marvel the world-class level of production that Origin aspires to (and achieves) year in and year out with the support of Good Time Events and the Nano Records crew.
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One of the largest and most eagerly awaited festivals on the psytrance calendar returns this year to Elandskloof Farm with a massive line-up boasting no less than ten international artists. With three dance-floors, entrancing art installations and a host of home-grown local talent, Origin promises a true psychedelic festival experience that party-goers can immerse themselves in for the entire weekend.
We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Find out how you can stand a chance of winning by following the instructions at the bottom of this post. Continue reading Win two tickets for Origin Festival 2018
The long-awaited Rezonance Festival returns this year to bring you a psychedelic NYE gathering at an exciting new venue! Situated 170 kms from Cape Town, party-goers can expect three days of non-stop music and awesome memories. A specially curated mix of international and local talent will come to life across two dance-floors with mind-altering decor and top-notch festival facilities to ensure an unparalleled party experience.
We’re super psyked to be giving away four tickets to the event. Keep reading to find out how you can stand a chance of winning two full festival passes.
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Breathead is Vicente Marín from Guánajuato, Mexico. First drawn to electronic music in 2000, he entered into the world of psytrance as a DJ but soon went on to producing his own beats. Breathead is currently signed to Psynopticz and Catalyst Records México. His style can be described as “psychedelic groove music” charged by powerful high-tech sounds and driving basslines.
We got a chance to chat with Breathead ahead of his return to South Africa for Jungala Festival 2017. Keep reading for the full interview.
Hi Vicente, thanks for chatting to us! Tell us a bit about where your love of psytrance first began – do you remember the first trance party you ever attended? And was there a definitive moment when you realised you wanted to start creating psytrance of your own?
It started with the passion I’ve possessed since I was a child, when my father would listen to psychedelic rock or progressive rock (call it whatever you want). Exploring his CDs and vinyls, I discovered a connection to the music and the psychedelic element. My first party was in the desert of Mexico in 2000 (Peyote Land). I started mixing and producing in 2002 when I realised I was born for this, the psychedelic music.
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Technology is the psytrance project of Fernando Ribeiro who hails from Porto Alegre in the South of Brazil. Created in 2009, Technology’s musical style fluctuates between night-time and day-time orientated sounds, ranging from 134 to 146 BPM. Expect short breaks, frantic synths and varied bass lines that take you on a journey through the subconscious.
We were fortunate enough to chat with Technology ahead of his first-ever performance in South Africa at PsynOpticz presents Jungala Festival 2017.
Hi Fernando! Thanks for chatting with us. First off, tell us a bit more about yourself. When did you first discover psytrance, and when did you decide you wanted to become a producer?
Hi guys! First off, thank you for this interview. I initially discovered psytrance when I was 15 years old and attended a party in Porto Alegre with Astrix on the line up. I decided that I wanted to become a producer when I was 18 after seeing a friend play – I remember feeling very moved by the fact that of DJ could send a subliminal message through music to the people.
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This year, PsynOpticz Records is proud to welcome you back to Buffalo Drift for the long-awaited Jungala Festival 2017. Get ready for three days and two nights of magic and adventure in a place where music and nature meet. The line-up promises some seriously top-shelf local and international psytrance to catapult you into the next dimension.
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It’s with the happiest of hearts that we announce our involvement in yet another Vortex Open Source festival. As one of the largest and most well-known psytrance gatherings in South Africa, Vortex continues to attract guests from far and wide to unite in the heart of the “Circle of Dreams” – a majestic forest clearing in Riversonderend (meaning “river without end”) – for five days of music, magic and connection.
We’ve got two sets of double tickets up for grabs. Keep reading to find out how you can enter the giveaway 👑
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Outdoor season has begun and we’re super psyked to announce that we’re celebrating 21 years of Earthdance by giving away four full weekend passes to this year’s anticipated event. Keep reading to find out how you can stand a chance of winning two tickets!
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It’s almost time to shake off those winter blues at Sprung, one of the most anticipated events on the local psytrance calendar. For many, Sprung is regarded as the first official party of the Western Cape’s outdoor season. This year the event celebrates its 10th birthday at the iconic Silverstroom Resort for what may be the last time. With its close proximity to the beach and ample ablution facilities, Silverstroom has been an ideal home for the event but Alien Safari is thinking towards the future and we’re excited to see what lies ahead.
We’re giving away a set of tickets to two lucky Sprung lovers. Keep reading to find out how you can enter the giveaway.
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“A lost hipster” as he calls himself, Luca Strappazzon, let his psytrance-loving friends persuade him to attend his first ever psytrance festival earlier this year. Not just any festival though; Vortex. Specifically winter Vortex – the coldest of all noteworthy outdoor psytrance events in the Western Cape of South Africa. We can’t believe this video managed to slip under our radar! Nevertheless, here it is. Enjoy a chuckle and some really quality footage of the event to make you feel all nostalgic inside.
Continue reading WATCH📹: A Hipster Goes to Vortex for the 1st Time