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Win double tickets for Earthdance Cape Town 2015 #EDCT15

Earthdance Cape Town remains one of the most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar; and now the time is nearing to unite in a dance for peace once again.

Located at the organisation’s long time home, Nekkies Resort in Worcester, this year’s edition promises to ignite spirits and enthral ears with a line-up featuring some of the best psytrance acts from near and far. International headliners include Lifeforms (Iono Records), Earthspace (Mosaico Records) and Virtual Light (Zero 1 Music).

With over sixteen years of involvement, NANO RECORDS will be bringing the beats of eminent local talent such as HeadroomSad ParadiseThe Commercial Hippies and Regan.

Awakening is the theme of choice for Earthdance Cape Town 2015; join us as we focus on awaking ourselves and the world around us so we may activate our ideas and build a better earth for all.

In light of this, we are proud to announce another exciting addition to the upcoming event: the Psychedelic Dream Temple, a visionary mobile art gallery which will be showcasing artwork from around the globe.

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Stand a chance to win a set of double tickets to #EDCT15 by following the steps below.

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Win 2 x VIP tickets to Labyrinth’s 9th Birthday – Tranceformation

LABYRINTH aka #LAB is back! Cape Town’s longest running and best loved indoor psy-trance brand has undergone a TRANCEFORMATION to re-emerge on Saturday the 9th of August at a brand-new venue.

We’re giving away 2 x VIP and 2 x general tickets to this incredible event. Details below.

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Win double tickets for TRANSITION featuring Berg

One thing’s for sure, there’s no such thing as “too much Berg.” The mighty prog-master returns to South Africa on the 4th of July. This time, he’ll be bringing his beautiful beats to Dragon Room along with local all-stars Deliriant, Headroom, Bruce, The Commerical Hippies, Sway and others. We’re giving away double tickets to the event. Enter our competition to win. Details below.

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Win VIP tickets + R200 bar tab for BERG @TheSideShowCT

Do you even Berg? It’s the question everyone’s asking. Enter our competition to win VIP tickets and a R200 bar tab for BERG live at The Side Show this Friday along with all your favourite locals, or suffer the FOMO later. Your choice! Details below.

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HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Like Psyked in the City and The Side Show on Facebook and join the event.
  2. Tell us why you’re #psykedToBerg:
  • ON FACEBOOK. Comment on the event wall.
    Use the #psykedToBerg hashtag and include a link to this post.
  • ON TWITTER: Follow @psykedinthecity and @TheSideShowCT.Tweet using the #psykedToBerg hashtag.

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Winner will be announced at 17:00 on Friday the 21st of March.
Please check your Facebook/Twitter inbox promptly as winners will need to respond to claim their prize. See terms and conditions below.

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T&Cs:

You WILL be asked for ID at the door.

Visit the event page for more information.

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Review: Origin Festival 2014 (Saturday – Sunday)

It’s 9.00 on Saturday morning and after much anticipation, we are on route to Origin Festival. It’s my first time so I can’t contain my excitement. I ask, “are we there yet?” about twenty times.  When we finally arrive at the beautiful Elandskloof in Helderstroom, I’m greeted by an awesome shaded camping spot, the lush forest and a little dam to enjoy later.

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We hurriedly pitch our tent, eager to hit the dancefloor. When we enter the jungle-like Beats Stage, Travisto is in the DJ box pumping his melodies. The vibe is infectious; Djs throw lilos into the crowd and everyone is smiling. Then the beat drops and I feel like I’ve finally come home.

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I’m chilling next to the dam with the other party-goers merrily soaking up the sun. Before I know it, the Spanish muso, Elrow‘s on stage for a special session featuring Toni Varga and De La Swing. I’m on the dance-floor jamming beneath the trees; and I’m in love with the festival already.

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We head for the Origin Floor, but I’m lured into the Chill Zone. I have a chance to admire Artescape‘s handywork. The décor is unbelievably beautiful (possibly the best I’ve seen all year) and the mountains are a magical backdrop.

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Psychedelic paradise calls out to me. I reach the dancefloor just as Bayawaka starts up the music, followed by Ryanosaurus and Renegade. Static Flow takes charge as the sun is setting and I’m in my happy place for sure. The Commercial Hippies ravage the dancefloor at 21.30, playing their killer Lark remix. The crowd’s sent into overdrive.

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Regan is up next. And although I’m loving the vibe, I decide to make a mission towards the Beats Stage again to watch Secret Cinema in action. I marvel at the LED light projections in the oak treas. The visuals are amazing. I bid a silent thank you to The ExtraDimensional Space Agency.

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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Mid-night draws near and it’s time for Brazilian Digoa to rock the Origin Floor. He’s incredible in the Dj box and his killer set has people talking throughout the event.

All of a sudden, it’s two in the morning and things are getting quite dark. So I take a stroll to see what kind of storm Spekta is cooking up. Moments pass before Pete Bones gets behind the decks and elevates things to a whole new dimension. I’m blown away by his smooth techno style. The atmosphere is friendly and ecstatic, and stompers are responding well to his tracks. But I’m feeling tired, so I jam until my feet give in and decide it’s time for some shut-eye.

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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I awake the next morning as Dala is finishing up. I hear his majestic tunes in the distance and shun myself for not being on the dancefloor. I grab breakfast on the way, fresh and ready for a Sunday session with Groove Addict.

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It’s a great morning workout, stomping in the sunshine. I almost lose track of time. But when 10.30 eventually rolls around, the excitement is indescribable as LOUD gets onto stage. The dynamic duo is greeted by the cheers of their die-hard fans. LOUD blasts beat after beat. And I am compelled as they play their new Afrika 101 track. I’m certain that this is bliss.

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Soon it’s Headroom‘s turn and HOT DAYUM, his beats are banging! Broken Toy doesn’t disappoint either. He gets behind the decks. spinning his epic Commercial Hippies “Dr. Rocket” remix for the first time, causing chaos on the dancefloor. Just when I think it can’t get any better, LOUD returns to end the party off on the highest of notes.

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I’m enjoying the experience so much, I don’t want it to end. When I finally do head home on Sunday evening, one thought resonates in my mind: “Origin, you know how to party!” Huge thanks to the organisers and everyone who made it happen.
See you all on the other side…

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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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Win VIP tickets to YNU @TheSideShowCT

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This Friday, on the psyfloor: Young and Underrated presents…

Rubix Qube, Tune Raider, Gokon Rave, Eqlipse and Deadbeat FM
live at The Side Show

Enter our competition to score a VIP ticket for you and a friend.
Details below.

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HOW TO ENTER:

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On Twitter

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1. Follow @psykedinthecity and @YNUevent.

2. Tell us why you’re #psyked to party with YNU! Tweet your answer.
Begin with: “I’m #psyked to party because…”

NOTE: Mention @psykedinthecity and @YNUevents in your tweet to qualify.

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On Facebook

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1. Like Psyked in the City and Young and Underrated.

2. Join YNU’s event..

3. Tell us why you’re #psyked to party with YNU! Post your answer on the event wall.
Begin with: “I’m #psyked to party because…”

NOTE: Tag @psykedinthecity in your post to qualify.

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COMPETITION CLOSES: 17h00 on THURSDAY (30th of Jan)

Get psyked: Origin Festival 2014

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There is only one week to go until Origin Festival returns. So get yourself ready for a weekend full of psychedelic music, art and culture. Only 125 km from Cape Town, the lush green Elanskloof venue is home to fresh mountain streams and a magnificent forest open to explore. If a backdrop of towering mountains entices you, Origin is a journey you should embark upon.

 
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Photo: Aumega Photography.

 
Party-goers can expect only the best selection of psychedelic music, incredible international acts and outstanding production. The ExtraDimensional Space Agency has come all the way from the UK to create an LED show unlike anything Cape Town has seen before. Origin admits that this is their biggest lighting installation yet. This is great news for the night-owls among us.

 
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But the sunshine-loving stompers need not fret; Artescape will once again be bringing the festival to life in the Psychadelic Temple with top-class décor to aid an incredibly sensory experience on the dancefloor. And if the eye-candy Artescape created at Rezonance is any indication, we can expect nothing short of perfection.

 
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However important the visual elements are, the music remains the main attraction. Back-to-back acts from top-class Djs on not one, but two dancefloors ensures that there’s something for everyone, no matter what your taste is.

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On the Origin Floor, you can expect only the best psychedelic trance from groundbreaking international acts such as LOUD from Israel, Groove Addict from India, Ryanosaurus from Australia and DJ Digoa from Brazil. But let’s not forget our beloved locals Headroom, Broken Toy, The Commercial Hippies, Sad Paradise and Portal (to name a few) who will be bringing their beautiful beats into the mix.

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If you prefer something more laid-back, Origin’s Beats Stage is the place to be. Situated amongst the trees and right alongside the river and pool, it is there you can enjoy everything from funky techno to tech house to psybass and chillstep. Prepare your ears for the melodies of Secret Cinema from the Netherlands, and enjoy a special Origin session featuring Elrow from Spain in conjunction with Marc MayaToni Varga and De La Swing. One thing you can be sure of are the captivating tunes that will serenade the crowd all the way through.

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And to lure creative and contemplative souls, the Visionary Art Gallery will be open to marvel. Featuring acclaimed artists from South Africa and beyond, this is a fine opportunity to take a gander at authentic artistic talent, mid-party. The works of Aumega, Ed Babb, Oliver Barnett, Andriod Jones and Amanda Sage will be exhibited at the gallery.

There are only a few more days to go and quite frankly, we can’t wait.
Click here to buy your ticket online to avoid missing out.

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The DJ low-down.

Just to tantalise your taste-buds, here is the inside-scoop on one of the headlining acts for Origin 2014: LOUD.

Who are the brains behind such banging beats, you ask? Meet Israeli-born Kobi Toledano and Eitan Reiter. Together they’ve been producing original electronic music since 2006, blending old school elements with cutting-edge, new sounds. These guys don’t just adhere to formulas, they pave their musical way with originality and enthusiasm.

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Having collaborated with the likes of Union Jack, Hallucinogen, Son Kite, Astrix, Perfect Stranger, Shulman, Prometheus, Ace Ventura, Domestic and Shulman, LOUD has earned the respect of many lading musicians and producers.
When it comes to their beats, they share one simple philosophy: Play it LOUD!

Catch them live in the flesh at Origin this weekend. Find the lineup here.

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The following video is am 8-minute long documentary compiled by LOUD featuring a range of festivals they performed at during their summer tour in 2012, including Boom Festival and Ozora Festival.

 

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Listen to more on Soundcloud: LOUD.

 

See you at Origin!

 

 

Review: #PlayFestival

After weeks of anticipation, it was finally time to set off for my first ever Equinox Experience outdoor event. At five o’ clock on Saturday we arrived at the Goedgedacht farm in Malmesbury.

I was greeted by many happy faces, mirroring the warmth of the weather. What can I say? Mother Nature had blessed us and rightly so (last weekend was a totally different story!).

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Photo: Dreamer Photography.

There was plenty explore; the little river that enticed heated stompers on Sunday morning, and the fairy-tale bridge that crossed it, not to mention the lush riverbanks that ran alongside the dance floors. There was magnificence at every turn, and the attention to detail from the organisers’ side exceeded my expectations in every way.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

The “play” theme was really brought to life through elements of the decor such as the video-game-inspired stage and the life-sized cut outs of Pacman. And with a multi-coloured ball pit (the kind we all dreamed of having as kids) and a jumping castle, it was impossible not to release one’s inner child.

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Photo: Gareth Olivier.

Equinox really took it up a notch in terms of providing a solid outdoor experience with card machines at the bar, bean bag chill areas, a skate board ramp, water slide and free entrance to all stompers who were celebrating their birthday.

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Photo: Gareth Olivier. 

I tried my very best to resist the dancefloor until night fall in an attempt to save my energy but I simply could not. The music was just too good to stay away. At seven, I began stomping to Phixius and I didn’t stop until my legs gave in around four in the morning.With one great DJ after the next, I was in psytrance heaven. 

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

In terms of eye-candy, the organisers went all out and it really paid off when the sun set. The visuals, light show and projections during the night time were out of this world.You didn’t need to be on any kind of drugs to be completely gobsmacked by it all. I was teleported from an outdoor festival to a mystical land inside an Xbox game.

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Photo: ADHD Photography.

The highlight of my evening was Deadbeat FM, the product of the notorious Deliriant (Shane Renew). With his grimy tech-house sound that verges on minimal but is brought to life by dirty bass lines, heavy drums and percussion, Shane kept the dancefloor pumping right through.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

And where Deadbeat FM stopped, EMP’s alter-ego, Contra, took over. Once he got into the DJ box to deliver an awesomely uplifting progressive tune, I was reminded of how talented and versatile Vaughan de Villie really is.

Listen to Contra’s EP Science Friction.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

Right now, I am loving the more bouncy and fun beats that are coming from DJs who are well-known for playing harder and darker styles of trance. Vaughn wasn’t the only DJ bringing a progressive project to the floor. James Copland, aka Broken Toy, was on the scene to deliver the symphonic sound of Sad Paradise

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Photo: Rachel Doyle Photography.

But there’s always a place for full-on psychedelic, and The Commercial Hippies were there to take control of it. When they played their killer “Lark” remix as well as P.H Fat- Dinosaur blood, the dancefloor went mad.

I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and uplifting the energy was. What an inclusive vibe. It was extremely refreshing -something I had been missing – to go to a party and speak to people, making new friends and to continuously be greeted with smiles. Not once did I encounter anyone who was having a less-than-incredible time.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

On Sunday morning, I woke up nice and early, bought myself a mini pizza for breakfast (trance parties are all about being healthy that way) and headed to the front of the dancefloor just as Static Flow was finishing up his set. When Dapanji entered the DJ box, the crowed went insane. This is what we had all been waiting for. I was extremely stoked to be there, right in the front as he opened, and to feel the intensity coming from eager stompers. And I was even more stoked when he played one of my favourite tracks.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

Besides, not getting a chance to see Aviation play, there’s really nothing negative I could say about this event. What a beautiful party! From the venue to the people to the music, I am left in awe. And, like many others, I wish that I could close my eyes and return to the beautiful land beneath the trees.

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Photo: Rachel Doyle Photography.

When I did finally convince myself to head home, I left with a sense of bliss inside of me, the good energy and the uplifting tunes still radiating throughout my being. There’s no doubt that this was one the best festivals I have ever attended. Why can’t next year’s Equinox Outdoor just be tomorrow?

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Photo: Rachel Doyle Photography.

Special thanks to Claire Robertson for hooking me up with complimentary tickets for myself and the Psyked in the City giveaway, and to the Equinox Experience crew and everyone else who helped to make this event the massive success that it was.

Here are the links to all the photographers who captured the event on camera.

If you have any links to albums that I have neglected to mention, please do drop me a line.

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Click HERE for the next Equinox Experience event.

Win VIP tickets for THE TAKEOVER @TheSideShowCT

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WELCOME to Psyked in the City’s epic giveaway for The Takeover at The Side Show.

THE LINEUP:

THE PRIZE:

1st place: DOUBLE VIP tickets for one lucky winner.
2nd place: SINGLE VIP ticket for one lucky winner.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Follow @psykedinthecity and @YNUevents on Twitter.

2. Like Psyked in the City and Young and Underrated on Facebook.

3. Join The Takeover event.

4. Use Twitter to tell us which DJ act you’re most #psyked to see.

(Remember to include @psykedinthecity @YNUevents and #psyked in your tweet to qualify!)

The more hype you make online, the better your chances.

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COMPETITION CLOSES ON THURSDAY, 7th NOVEMBER.

WEEKEND PSYK: Friday- Cold fusion, Multiverz and Prototype.

With weekend just around the corner, and a PSYK-load of parties happening, have you decided where you’ll be stomping?

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FRIDAY…

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Dance away the winter blues with at Cold Fusion.
This event is the fifth indoor installment from The Village this season.
It’s all going down at Star Bar on Friday night

What to get psyked about? 

There’s plenty. For starters, the line-up:

Rubix Qube vs Luna
Deliriant
Bruce
Psyqlopz
Formul8
Our local DJ talent is psyking it up all over the world, and no doubt he’s going to set the dancefloor on fire tomorrow night.

WATCH this video of Deliriant tearing it up in Portugal!

Expect deliciously psychedelic decor by Myles Design.

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Photo: Myles Design  @ this year’s Full Moon Festival.
As well as Emelen Photography on site to capture the night’s psyk.

Doors open @ 8.

Facilities?

– Large air conditioned dance-floor
– Outside balcony for fresh air
– Banging sound system
– 3 bars
– Drink specials all night

This event was featured in the CTMS Weekly Gig Guide 24 – 30 June ’13

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If that’s not your scene, get ready to transgress, express and progress at the much anticipated  MULTIVERZ event happening on Friday @ Cape town’s favourite jam spot: Trinity.

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What’s the psyk about?

He’s been described as a “living legend, a true pioneer, the Ninja of Sensei, Groove Guru and the undisputed Grand Daddy of psy-progressive techno.”
Without him the music scene would just not be what it is today.

Yuli Fershtat (aka PERFECT STRANGER) is set to warm Mother City up this Friday night. It’s going to be a night jam-packed with musical bliss.

Lineup? 

21:00 – 22:30 –StereoType (EQUINOX)

22:30 – 00:00 – Humerous vs Silo (PSYNOPTICZ)

00:00 – 03:00 – PERFECT STRANGER (IBOGA)

03:00 – 04:00 – DAVE MAC (BPM)

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Further fun includes:
Face painting
Tented door
Outside chill area
Roaring fire (outside)
Balcony over looking the d-floor
Satellite speakers pumping sound throughout the ENTIRE venue
– yep, that means you can get your bathroom jam on too 😉 –
Drink specials
Bar open til 4 AM.

Tickets?

Buy online for R100 (a small price to pay for such a big event)
Or grab one at the door for R140.

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Hypnotic eye candy by ImageMasterBlinkSLAVE and MULTIVERZ.

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 Images: SLAVE‘s handiwork at Multiverse – Major 7.

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LISTEN to Perfect Stranger. 

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… and that’s not all.

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Lineup?

20:30- 21:30 Chemogen
21:30 – 22:30 D-Ranged
22:30- 00:30 Plusminus
00:30 – 02:00 Commercial Hippies
02:00- 04:00 Terrorbyte

DAYUM. What a killer line-up. And very affordable.

Tickets?
R60 presold or
R80 @ Door

This event was featured in the CTMS Weekly Gig Guide 24 – 30 June ’13

Just for fun…
Watch a snippet from this year’s Alien Safari: Masqued Ball.
Plusminus had the dancefloor stomping HEAVY with their Harlem Shake remix.

Sure enough, the Harlem Shake craze has died down but  Mike Mike Van As and David Coe (aka Plusminusremain a top players in keeping up with trends and making music that psyks up the dancefloor, both indoor and outdoor.

Find out more about Plusminus in their interview from My City By Night.

Another local psy sensation tearing up the city at the moment is, of course, The Commercial Hippies.

Who are they? 

Anton Raubenheimer and Gareth Tacon.

Since their first release “where dreams come from” on Nano Records received such positive feedback, The Commercial Hippies have been flourishing and flourishing.

Check out their latest release, a remix of the super popular South African band LARK. It’s a personal favourite. 

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With so much happening in the city this weekend,
you have every reason to psyk your heart out.