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Win double tickets for Audio Pixel Bangers Beach Party

Introducing AUDIO PIXEL BANGERS at Soetwater Beach Resort in Kommetjie, Cape Town. Brought to you by a cutting-edge  organisation from Zurich, Switzerland, this state-of-the-art electronic event is hitting SA for the very first time! We’re giving away two tickets to this awesome event. Keep reading to find out how you can win.

THE CONCEPT

Join us a the debut instalment for a 13-hour electronic music experience featuring top-class international electronic masters, blasting groovy daytime 3 hour journey sets, supported by the cream of SA, located at a beautiful and convenient beach resort.

One of the Cape’s most legendary venues. Soetwater Beach Resort has a long history of electronic music events. This spectacular beachside location allows you to escape the city, experience the joy of “getting away” from the hustle and bustle while knowing that once it’s all over, you’ll be home in a flash! The venue boasts full facilities in a natural environment with mesmerising tidal pools making it the perfect spot to unwind, inhale the fresh ocean air, frolic in the sunshine and dance your cares away.

THE MUSIC

Ghost Rider LIVE (Blue Tunes – Israel)
Tezla LIVE (Prog On Syndicate – Switzerland)
Class – A LIVE (Blue Tunes – Israel)
Sokrates LIVE (Phantasm Records – Switzerland)
Creator (TesseracT – Switzerland)
Itone (Solar Tech Records)
Connecto  (Vortex / Love & Light)
BeachBall (Vortex)
Jukebox (Vortex)

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STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING TWO TICKETS
  1. Like Audio Pixel Bangers on Facebook.
  2. Click GOING on the event.
  3. Comment on the event page using the #psyked hashtag and tag the friend you want to party with.

The competition will close on Friday the 10th of February 2017. Only one entry per person will be accepted. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page.

Good luck!

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Review: Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2015

“It’s winter,” they said. “It’ll be cold,” they said. “We’ll wait for summer,” they said. But they were wrong. If you were at the Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire, you’ll know I mean it when I say that it’s a gathering unlike any other. So intimate and entrancing that it’s almost impossible to forget. That’s why on Saturday the 27th of June, I was on route to Riversonderend once again, ready to kick up the dust and brush off those winter blues.

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I arrived as the sun was setting; waves of tranquillity passed through me upon entering the sacred space – the Circle of Dreams, my favourite venue of all time. I watched as the scene shifted from day to night. The lights slowly set aglow. I thought about the Shaman’s ceremony which had happened the night before and regretted missing it. Unfortunately, the nine to five can’t always be avoided. But none of that mattered right then.

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Sad Paradise had just closed shop and Headroom’s captivating beats imploded through the forest. There’s no doubt that Vortex had stepped up its game since last year, providing ample heaters and fires to keep us warm and snug. Not to mention the stupendous décor. By the time DJ Mark took the reins, it was all systems go. Continue reading Review: Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2015

Win double tickets for Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2015

The outdoor party season in South Africa has come to a halt but that won’t stop us from celebrating one last festival in true psychedelic style. This winter, Vortex Trance Adventures invites you to embark on a journey back to the beloved Circle of Dreams in Riversonderend for the Phoenix Festival of Fire 2015  – a tribal gathering like no other, complete with a waterproof tented dance-floor, free hot showers, serviced flush toilets, massive bonfires and forest camping.

This year’s line-up features Zen Machanics, Creator, Sad Paradise, Bernz, DJ Mark, Itone, Connecto, Headroom, Technicolour and Bruce, to name a few, as well as special mystery guests to be announced shortly.

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Psyked in the City is giving away a set of double tickets to the event. Stand a chance to win by following the instructions below.

Continue reading Win double tickets for Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2015

Review: Love & Light

Love & Light is a party that remains true to its name, if you’re looking to uplift your spirits to beautiful beats or just take advantage of Cape Town’s summer sun, look no further. This is a party best suited for the lovers of Sunday sessions and day-time beats.

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Photo: Scott Rennie.

The fun began at 10 a.m on Saturday morning. We arrived bright and early at Mountain Shadows Guesthouse in Paarl, not willing to let a ray of sunshine go to waste.

Israeli-bred, Yotopia opened up the party and got our juices flowing, delivering deliciously proggy tunes to a very hungry audience. I allowed myself to get lost in the music, and closed my eyes for a moment to enjoy the sun upon my skin.

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Photo: Scott Rennie.

And when I opened my eyes, I was greeted by the Drakensberg Mountains that surrounded us, encapsulating the scene. I felt as if I had entered party paradise.

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Photo: CityLifer Cape Town.

Massive respect to the individuals who managed to stay on the dance-floor the entire time! That must’ve taken a lot of stamina (and hopefully sunscreen too). The blistering heat was made bearable, however, by the Mountain Shadows dam alongside. There’s nothing like taking a refreshing dip in crystal clear waters in between your favourite sets.

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All around me, party-goers embraced the weather and reveled in the dam. For the sun-babies among us, it was a dream come true: to celebrate the season with some mates in nothing but a bikini with an icy-cold drink in hand. And in the background, the sweet music continued.

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Photo: Scott Rennie.

I must give credit to the crew, at this point, for the much-needed tents that were set up to give the dancefloor some shade. The sprinklers that hovered overhead also did wonders to cool down a very hot lot of stompers.

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Photo: Scott Rennie.

Another highlight of the event was, of course, Liquid Soul (or rather Nicola Capobianco). This highly successful Swiss DJ is recognised all over the globe for his proggy psytrance sounds. And Cape Town couldn’t have given him a warmer welcome, the dancefloor was thriving when he got behind the decks.

It’s one thing to love a DJ when his tracks are blasting through your speakers but it’s an entirely different story to experience that very same DJ live in your backyard.

The local DJ sets did not disappoint, either. FogShow and Afterlife kept the party pumping, but it was Connecto’s set that really engaged me and had me floating away in musical ecstasy. Perhaps it was the awesome sound clip of Nelson Mandela’s speech that he cleverly wove into the mix..

The great German, NOK brought the evening in and then rounded things off beautifully, blasting a Morten Granau track that had everyone talking. Can you say progressive perfection?

When the sun set, the DJ box was illuminated by LED lights and trippy visual projections, creating an awesome atmosphere on the dancefloor.

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Photo: Mik Motala. 

What I adore about Love & Light is it’s a short yet unbelievably sweet party experience. I headed homebound feeling airy, sun-kissed and happy. I couldn’t get that beautiful doof-doof-doof out my head for the entire ride home.

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Photo: Mik Motala. 

Thank you to Raymond Bloom and the rest of the Love & Light crew for pulling off an amazing event. Until next year…

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Photographers:

CityLifer Cape Town.
Scott Rennie.
Mik Motala.

Review: Vortex Open Source

Editor’s note: This review covers Saturday – Monday.

We waited all year and finally it was time to enter the Circle of Dreams. Those who have attended any of the Vortex Open Souce parties know that it’s not “just another festival.”

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Every year, Vortex draws people from all over the world to unite in a five-day celebration of music, spirit and culture. And if you ever dreamed of getting lost in an enchanted forest, that’s covered too.

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Riversonderend was, once again, the venue of choice. And when we arrived (after a long, squished but TOTALLY WORTH IT drive) to set foot in the woods, I was reminded why. What beauty!

It was as if the forest carried on forever. Not the easiest place to find your tent in the dark, though. Many a stray stomper wandered the forest in seek of refuge after a long day’s stomp. Often making friends along the way.

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

When we headed to the dancefloor, I took a second to appreciate the décor – HOLY SHIT. Pardon my French but it must be said. The Vortex crew really outdid themselves this year.

I love how organic lines and elements were used to create an other-wordly experience. The circular stage, for example, that encapsulated the DJ box made me feel as if I was staring into a majestic porthole. And boy, things came alive at night!

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Photo: Gareth L-Olivier.

The evening started off with a booming bang! as Connecto took the stage, followed by Dave Mac. Oh, Mr Mac how the crowd loves you! Everyone went insane when Dave played his Side Form- Depeche mode remix.

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The vibe experienced on that dancefloor can only be described as electric. And when Kieron Grieve (AKA: Rubix Qube) got behind the decks, things got downright messy. If there’s one thing we know about Rubix it’s that he never disappoints.

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Photo: Gareth L-Olivier. 

Another highlight of the event had to be the awesome projection of Nelson Mandela’s face that appeared behind the DJ box. What a great tribute to one of South African’s most heroic leaders.

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Photo: Wayne’s Picz.

It was very difficult to leave the dancefloor, but I needed some rest for Sunday-funday.  Eventually, I dragged myself to my tent and managed to get a good night’s sleep.

I awoke bright and early for a delicious breakfast made up entirely of psychadelic goodness. Tim Duster brought the morning in, followed by Koxbox and the all-mighty Skragg.

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

I could barely contain myself when Earthling finally got onto the stage. His exuberant beats kept the party raging for three hours straight. And what an insane three hours it was! Time flies when you’re having fun, and judging from the grins that surrounded me time was racing for everybody.

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

We were all feeling a little sun-kissed when the small overhead sprinklers turned on, creating a beautiful layer of mist to cool down the crowd.

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Then Adam Metcalfe, the one and only Headroom, took over and sent everyone into overdrive.
This was all followed by a quick but much-needed swim in the river. Along its banks, people lazed happily, talking intimately with one another, laughing and embracing the magic.

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

At 6pm we returned to the dancefloor where Dean Fuel was winding the party up again with his Feedback set (really quite groovy).

After the sun went down, it was time for a little girl power. Rosa Ventura fired things up before the Russian Yana Kramich AKA: Z-Cat took over and kept the beats banging until the early hours of the morning.

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

When the sun rised on Monday, it was clear that everyone was more withered than the days before. But the psychedelic/prog beats that were in store was a better kick than any cup of coffee. Not that I didn’t have one.

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Photo: Wayne’s Picz.

When I returned to the dancefloor, the energy was as upbeat as ever. I headed to the front just as local, psytrance virtuoso, Bruce, got behind the decks.

Waio and Creator were the last DJs on the line up. And though the “end” was nearing, it didn’t feel that way at all. The crowd went on stomping right until the final track finished.

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Photo: Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Everyone had such a hard time wrapping things up that some of the crew got onto stage, joining in on the fun. Needless to say, things ended off on a high note. And nobody will forget hearing the most insane remix of Elanor Rigby by the Beatles.

“Ah, look at all the lonely people!”

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Photo: Wayne’s Picz.

This event reminded me of what Cape Town’s trance family is all about: love, acceptance and unity.

Big thank you’s go to Grant and his Vortex crew, the DJs and everyone else who made this event so spectacular. And let’s not forget, my amazing group of friends!

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*Special thanks to Nicci Esterhuizen, who recently joined the Psyked in the City team.