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What to get psyked about in the near future… all the news and updates, here.

Win Two Tickets for The Blue Moon Festival 2017

This year, Spectrum and Reboot bring you its annual Blue Moon Festival in conjunction with Psyked in the City and ROCKITSHIP RECORDS. We’ll be doing the unthinkable and creating three dance-floors at the notorious Hectic on Hope, also known as EVOL. Party goers can look forward to some powerful full-on/night time psy in the Main Arena, while the Prog Arena will be reserved for Cape Town’s finest progressive acts. Then, of course, there’s the dark psytrance and high-tech arena which will be blasting that dark mind-mangling goodness for those who prefer things a bit harder and faster. Scroll down to view the line-up.

Needless to say, we’re incredibly excited to be part of this anticipated event! We’ve got two tickets to give away to one lucky trancling. Follow the steps below and it could be you.

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Get Your Earlybird Ticket for the Blue Moon Festival 2017

The annual Blue Moon Festival is fast approaching and a little birdie informed us that earlybird tickets are now available for R80! Considering that this is the standard price for our monthly events, it’s a huge bargain to pay the same price to enjoy three dance-floors at this indoor winter festival. Don’t wait, buy your ticket online now and save! NOTE: Tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the event for R120.

This year’s event is brought to you by Spectrum/RebootPsyked in the City & ROCKITSHIP RECORDS. It’ll be hosted at Reboot’s new home, Hectic on Hope, which is conveniently located in the city center, away from Long Street so you don’t have to worry about finding parking. And did we mention the line-up? It really speaks for itself…

★ MAIN ARENA ★

10:00 – 11:00 Sci Lab-Spectrum/Reboot
11:00 – 12:00 MAD PIPER
12:00 – 01:00 Technicolor
01:00 – 02:00 Deliriant
03:00 – 04:00 Can of Tomato Soup (Iron Lotus & Contrast)

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Big News for Earthdance Cape Town

We recently received some big news about Cape Town’s outdoor music festival scene and, of course, we had to share it with you first thing! This year Earthdance Cape Town will continue 21 years of magic with a new team at the helm. Regan and Monique from Nano Records have handed over the reins after 20 years of parenting the great iconic outdoor event we know and love so well. Continue reading Big News for Earthdance Cape Town

Win a ticket for Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2017

How fortunate are we that our local psytrance scene is strong enough to withstand the forces of winter? This year we are thrilled to be part of another Vortex Trance Adventure in the heart of June: The Phoenix Festival of Fire 2017. We love the magic that always comes to life at this intimate gathering which is located in one of our favourite venues (none other than the Circle of Dreams). Plus, this year’s line-up looks extremely promising with international guest Freedom Fighters and a host of homegrown talent.

PHOENIX festival of Fire

We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Keep reading to find out how you can stand a chance of bagging one of them for yourself.

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Win two tickets for Transylvania – Redemption Island: Part 2

The anticipated winter edition of Transylvania – Redemption Island is just around the corner! Only 2000 tickets will be released for the event, which is set to take place on th 13th of May, and we’re proud to have two up for grabs. Find out how you can enter our giveaway below.

LINE-UP

12:00-13:30 Elevation
13:30-15:00 DaNiMal
15:00-16:30 Gonzo VS. D-Ranged
16:30-18:00 Gokon Rave
18:00-19:30 The Marshians
19:30-21:00 Archain
21:00-22:00 Frozen Ghost (live)
22:00-23:00 Mad Science (live)
23:00-00:00 Mystrix
00:00-01:00 Dirty Motion (live) (silent trance)
01:00-02:30 Distorted Culture (silent trance)
02:30-03:30 Fright Rate (live) (silent trance)
03:30-05:00 Chemo Boy (silent trance)
05:00-06:30 Loophole (silent trance)
06:30-08:00 Technicolor (live) (silent trance)
08:00-09:30 SwiTcHcaChe
09.30-11:00 GONZI (LIVE)
11:00-12:30 Psymantis
12:30-13:30 Zezia (live)
13:30-15:00 Gandalf Grey
15:00-16:00 Broken Toy
16:00-17:30 Headroom
17:30-19:00 Portal

TICKET PRICES

Quicket and Gate Sales Only.

PLEASE NOTE: ONLY 2000 tickets available

Phase 1: R280 (Sold Out)
Phase 2: R350
Sunday: R250 (From 8am Sunday 14 May 2017)
Full Festival Gate Sales: R380

Buy tickets now. 

transylvannia redemption-islandFOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING TWO TICKETS:

  1. Share this post on Facebook and click GOING on the event page.
  2. Comment on the event wall telling us why you’re #psyked to party. 
  3. Remember to tag the person you want to party with in your post!

Good luck! The competition closes on Friday the 5th of May. One winner will be selected at random. The winner will be announced on Facebook and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. 

Win a ticket for Vortex Parallel Universe 2017

This year we are thrilled to be part of the magical three-day journey that is Vortex Parallel Universe, or Easter Vortex as it’s affectionately known. Step out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life to embark on this beautiful festival adventure with a line-up that features the best international and local psytrance talent.

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Interview with Loophole: Emanation EP Launch

Ever since he cracked into the South African psytrance scene, Benjamin Loggenberg aka Loophole has been making waves which – some might say – are incredibly large for a producer his age. At nineteen years old, Loophole has already performed at some of Cape Town’s biggest events alongside both local and international headliners. The dark and bouncy Loophole sound tells a story that guides the listener on a journey through the future with its edgy synths and twisted beats. On the 24th of March, Loophole will release his debut EP Emanation with Los-Angeles-based Mechanik Records. We caught up with Loophole ahead of the EP launch party which is going down at Bazinga Bar this Friday.

Loophole EP Emanation

PSYKED:
Hey Benjamin. Thanks for chatting to us today. Last year was a big year for you. You got signed by Mechanik Records in February and went on to play at some serious events in and around Cape Town. Tell us a bit about how it all began; when did you first discover psytrance?

LOOPHOLE:
Thank you so much, guys! It truly has been an amazing journey so far and I’m extremely blessed to have progressed so much in such a short amount of time. Around May/June 2014 my good friend, Jonathan Roberts, took me to my first Ultranoize indoor party. I was absolutely amazed by the genre, the culture as well as the powerful sound that was produced that night. Instantly I knew I found something special, but at the time I had no intention of ever DJing or producing psytrance. Later that year I went to a few outdoor festivals and as time went on I fell more and more in love with this beautiful genre – ESPECIALLY the night-time psytrance.

Loophole Psytrance DJ

PSYKED:
You’ve mentioned before that Rubix Qube is your mentor; what’s the greatest thing that you’ve learned under his guidance?

LOOPHOLE:
Kieron (Rubix Qube) is an absolute genius and him taking me under his wing has been an incredible privilege for me. I wouldn’t even know where to start to be honest. But if there’s one thing that stands out for me – or something I’ve learnt from him throughout this journey – it’s that it’s sometimes just as important to break the rules or protocol of music and producing, or to keep trying out random things you never thought might work, because it may just lead to something amazing (like an epic lead or percussion loop, for example).

PSYKED:
Is there anyone else in the scene who’s been instrumental in shaping your career?

LOOPHOLE:
For sure. There have been many people who played a big role in my career thus far! I would like to give special thanks to every single person who made it possible for me to get to where I am today: God, for being my anchor and my rock throughout the best and the worst of times, Rubix Qube (Kieron Grieves), Roy Insanix (Label Owner at Mechanik Records), Sci-Lab (Craig Marsh), Mystrix (Nicci Nabal), Dyce (Rory de Wet), Siren (Nicholas van Wyk) as well as my amazing family and friends who have pushed me, motivated me and supported far more than I can ever ask for or deserve.

Loophole Psytrance DJ

PSYKED:
One thing we can’t help but notice when listening to your tracks are the great synths and samples you use. Do you ever sample things yourself or do you stick to digital samples?

LOOPHOLE:
Honestly, I love the combination of both. I love making my own synths and sounds as well as using digital samples provided in sample packs. I always make it my own by manipulating the sound and tweaking it not to sound like the original! I always aim to have different sounds and different styles of sounds in all my tracks.

PSYKED:
What’s the one piece of software, equipment or technology that you could never live without?

LOOPHOLE:
Hmmmmm. This is very difficult to answer because the software and equipment I use are all useless on their own but when used intertwined they can make magic! The answer would be my software (DAW) I use to produce, Cubase, my soundcard and my studio monitor speakers.

PSYKED:
Loophole is a name that’s been popping up on line-ups almost every single week. What was the most memorable event you’ve played at so far and why?

LOOPHOLE:
Definitely TRANSylvania: Redemption Island which happened in November 2016. This was an incredible milestone for me in my music career and standing in front of all those people gave me endless goose-bumps. I will never forget that amazing experience and having all my close friends at the front supporting me was unreal! I will never know how to thank JP Roelofse (Owner and Organiser of TRANSylvania) enough for that incredible opportunity and I look forward to playing at the next one happening in May 2016 (TRANSylvania: Redemption Island part 2).

PSYKED:
If you could make it onto any line-up, locally or abroad, what would it be?

LOOPHOLE:
Definitely Alien Safari: Sprung or any Vortex festival. It would be a massive honour for me to be booked for one of these festivals; I think that my style would work well and that I could make them proud!

South African Psytrance

PSYKED:
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn since you embarked on your musical journey?

LOOPHOLE:
Time doesn’t wait for anyone and if you want something done, you’re going to have to put in the time and effort yourself. Nobody is going to do it for you and if you have a dream, you need to take EXTREME ownership of your life and make it happen.

South Africa Trance Party

PSYKED:
Do you have any tips for other up-and-comers who hope to make a name for themselves?

LOOPHOLE:
Network, network, network! In this industry it’s all about who you know and if you want to make a name for yourselves you’re going to need people that have your back. Obviously, you need to have talent and your music needs to speak for itself, but other than that networking is second on the list.

PSYKED:
Before we wrap things up, what four tracks can we expect on your EP?

LOOPHOLE:
1) Loophole – Emanation
2) Loophole – Blindspot
3) Loophole vs ReFractor – Psymatix
4) Loophole – Triple X

Loophole’s debut EP Emanation will be available exclusively though Beatport. Visit the event page to find out how you can win a free copy at the launch party this Friday!