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And the beat goes on: Celebrating 21 years of Vortex with Grant Dreyer

The legendary Vortex celebrates 21 years of pure psychedelic bliss this year at the iconic Circle of Dreams. With more than two decades in the running, the Vortex name has become synonymous with psytrance not only locally but on a global spectrum. In this exclusive interview, we chat to the one and only Grant Dreyer – the man behind the magic.

Vortex Eclipse oldschool psytrance
Eclipse 2002

Throughout his evolutionary journey, Grant has continued to live out his dream, spread the love and rally the troops for one of Cape Town’s most celebrated occasions; his dedication to the dance and his belief in the perfect party is clearly reflected in the alchemy of every seamless Vortex event. But what does it take to plan the perfect Vortex party remaining true to one’s own philosophy and having fun to boot? Let’s take a look behind the scenes.

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Easter Vortex 2004

With special thanks to Louise Harford.

PSYKED:
Thank you for joining us Grant and congratulations on the 21st anniversary of Vortex Trance Adventures. Wow. 21 years is a long time! Tell us a bit about the first ever Vortex Party; what was it like and how did it come about?

GRANT:
Hi! Thank you very much for doing this. 21 Years, it’s been a pretty wild ride! The first Vortex party was Essence of Fluorescence, and it was held in a warehouse in Woodstock, 21 years ago. Vortex originally came about as an attempt to be the first Electronic Dance Music nightclub in South Africa. When friends of ours came back from the UK and told us about the warehouse parties that they had been going to on that side, we decided to start it up in South Africa.

South African Psytrance Hippies by Hippie Van Minibus
“The gang.” Est: 1998

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Massive Ultranoize X-Mas Special Giveaway: win guest list, tickets, music and merchandise

It’s that time of the year again when we gather for one last psychedelic celebration before New Year’s Eve; Ultranoize invites you to celebrate its annual psychedelic X-Mas gathering to the sounds of local veterans including Tune Raider, SwiTcHcaChe, Sonic, Deliriant and Killawatt – to name a few.

Following its fourth X-Mas event, this year we return to the infamous warehouse venue at Tiekiedraai where Ultranoize aims to re-create the  spaced out spacious psychedelic playhouse we all love, complete with the mandatory UltraNoize eye candy you have come to expect as well as a few seasonal tweaks for good measure.

Stand a chance to win the very best of X-Mas presents by following the competition instructions below.

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THE PRIZE:
– 3 x spots on the guest list for UltraNoize X-mas
– 2 x tickets to Psyology Festival (February)
– 5 x digital downloads courtesy of Psynopticz / Psyology Records
– 2 x original MMD Records CDs
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Win 1 of 4 tickets for PROJECT C.H.A.N.G.E. – NYE Tranzition Festival

PROJECT: C.H.A.N.G.E is an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the underprivileged and homeless in and around Cape Town. Known for hosting annual charity events, PROJECT: C.H.A.N.G.E collects items such as clothes, shoes, blankets, and food to donate to shelters around Cape Town.

For the first time ever, PROJECT C.H.A.N.G.E would like to present the opportunity to create a celebration like no other on a very special occasion: New Year’s Eve 2015 / 2016. Join us as we can gather to celebrate the Tranzition into the new year and party like never before – all for a worthy cause! Headlining acts include Eqlipse, Myzo, Hoax, Sway, Matron, PsyNtist, D-Ranged and others. As usual, we urge you to support the charity drives like the KEEP WARM INITIATIVE and FEEDING SCHEME. Find out more and read the full line-up here.

Stand a chance to win 1 of 4 tickets by following the instructions below.

project change nye psytrance party

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Win 1 of 3 tickets for The Odyssey with Valley of Psy + Spectrum

Spectrum and the Valley of Psy proudly present The Odyssey. Join us for an outdoor music experience to the sounds of supreme local talent such as Scamantrix, Sonic, Deliriant, Myzo, Twisted Circus, Rubix Qube, Hiyamyzo, Sci-Mantis and friends. The venue is just 30 minutes away from central Cape Town and comes equipped with bon fires and a swimming pool for your enjoyment.

Stand a chance to win 1 of 3 tickets by following the instructions below.

the odyssey valley of psy spectrum

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Entheogenic presents Friday the 13th

This Friday, Entheogenic psytrance presents a psychedelic feast to delight hungry ears with Disco Volante, Bruce, Chemo Boy, Twisted Circus, Sonic Assault and Azura at Inside on Fire in Blouberg. Entrance is R50 before 23:00 and R60 thereafter. Check out the line-up times below. #psyked

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LINE-UP

08:00 AZURA

10:00 BRUCE

11:30 TWISTED CIRCUS

12:30 DISCO VOLANTE

02:00 CHEMO BOY

03:00 SONIC ASSAULT

04;00 CLOSE

More info here.

Behind the scenes with Valley of Psy + friends

Valley of Psy is the resident psy event for the Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula. What began as a bi-monthly gathering at the Bush Pub quickly evolved into one of the scene’s most frequented parties with monthly and even weekly events – all under the fruitful guidance of the Lili (Myzo) and Stuart Vermaak (Hiyarant).

lili and stu hiyamyzo valley of psy

“We like to party close to home, and love intimate trance parties with good vibes and energy,” says Hiyamyzo. “It all started as a ‘why not?’ The DJs and party people began asking us when the next one would be. We got more and more excited about the concept and decided to throw parties more often. We really love the fact that we get messages everyday from Valley of Psy fans or upcoming DJs requesting to play on our events.” Continue reading Behind the scenes with Valley of Psy + friends

#ThursdayNightPsy tonight at VICE CITY

Join the Vice City crew every Thursday night for your weekly dose of Psytrance. Expect a night of the finest Full On Psytrance and techno from South Africa’s top artists. The guys aren’t holding anything back this First Thursday with a monster line up of Cape Town’s favourite producers!

Vice City thursday night psy PSYKED

1ST OCTOBER:

SHIFT / ZEZIA / ITONE / HIYARANT (join the event here)

8TH OCTOBER:

AHEE / JESTER / FRACTAL / MATRON

DRINK SPECIALS TILL MIDNIGHT:

R15 TEQUILA
R30 DBL BRANDY & COKE

DECOR TEAM:

Matthew Callan Abrahams & Kei

**GIRLS R20 BEFORE 11:00!**
**DOORS OPEN: 10pm – 4am**
**THE DAMAGE: R50 all night.**
**ADDRESS: 4 BUITEN STREET, OFF LONG STREET. (Next door to Lola’s)**
**For more information, email: drinks@vicecity.co.za**
**R.O.A.R – No Under 18s – No drugs or bad attitudes – Welcome to the underground.*