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Win double tickets for Alien Safari – 21 Years of Magic

This year Alien Safari is celebrating 21 years of magic, music and memories. We’re giving you the chance to win a set of two tickets to attend this unforgettable event. Find out how you can enter the giveaway below.

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Review: Vortex Parallel Universe 2016

After a self-imposed trance party hiatus for the past four months, I was really looking forward to Vortex Parallel Universe. Easter Vortex, as it’s affectionately known, has always had a special place in my heart; not only is it hosted at my all-time favourite venue but each year it promises a stellar line-up that can’t be missed.

Die-hard Vortexers may swear by the Circle of Dreams but in my humble opinion, Hillside Farm is an equally magical venue with its enchanted forest-like atmosphere and majestic canopies. This year, the dance-floor was moved ever so slightly – creating more space for stompers to get wild. And I loved how the arrangement of stalls made the party seem like a little gypsy village.

Photo: Aumega Photography
Photo: Aumega Photography

After arriving on Sunday morning, we were shocked to see how many people were leaving the party due to hectic weather conditions the night before. Nevertheless, we were prepared to weather the weather for this worthy cause! We arrived in time to catch the last bit of Deliriant (or rather the King of Psy) before Avalon came on, taking us on rhythmic journey which left me with goosebumps.

Photo: Aumega Photography
Photo: Aumega Photography

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Win double tickets for Vortex Parallel Universe 2016

Enter a space where bodies and minds can run wild; Vortex Parallel Universe returns this Easter to present a magical three-day-long psytrance experience. Located at the majestic Hillside venue in Calendon, this year’s instalment promises nothing short of psychedelic bliss. Come and celebrate the beauty of dance in a majestic river-side space that is surrounded by 100-year-old oak trees to the sounds of Avalon, SINERiDER, Future Frequency and Divination, as well as your favourite local talent (see full the full line-up below).

We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Keep reading for competition details.

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Review: Earthdance Cape Town 2015

It’s crazy to think that Earthdance Cape Town was born sixteen years ago – I was only six at the time. What’s more impressive is the fact that Earthdance International has been going since 1996. Having grown up in Cape Town, I regularly heard whispers about the event and consequently, decided that it would be the outdoor festival I’d attend upon turning eighteen. Since then, celebrating my Birthday at Earthdance has become a tradition (one that I hope will continue far into future) and this year was no different. On the 19th of September 2015, we were on the road to Nekkies Resort in Worcester once again. We arrived just after lunch and right in time for a good helping of Dan Scot’s progilicious beats.

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Aumega Photography

By the time we set up camp, K Fox had taken over. The sun was out – a true reminder that outdoor season had begun. We explored the venue a little and I allowed my bass-loving friends to steer me into the DnB tent. When we finally made our way towards the psy stage, my eyes were greeted by something from a fairytale. Fanciful colours cascaded down from the imaginative Sky Temple – created by the talented Carin Dickson of Artescape. (Another notable display of incredible arts and culture could be found in the Psychedelic Dream Temple with its entrancing array of visionary artwork). Continue reading Review: Earthdance Cape Town 2015

Review: The Collective Paradise Beach

As the days progressed, my excitement reached its peak. I was more than ready to party it up on the beach with the masterful Morten Granau. I’ve got to hand it to The Collective for pinning Kogel Bay as the venue for their first-ever psychedelic gathering.

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Review: Beartrap Ground Zero Festival 2014 (Sunday)

On the 15th of March 2014, I awoke during the early hours of the morning – early, as in it was still dark outside – with excitement stirring inside me for the Sunday Session that awaited us at Ground Zero Festival.

We were on route before the sun came up. Nekkies was the venue of choice this year, having been a longtime favourite for major festivals, such as Earthdance, with plenty of space to accommodate three (yes, three!) stages and a pool to boot.

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I was a little bleak about having missed Double-Click and Vini Vici the previous night, not to mention some of my favourite locals and the Insane Intelligent Lighting Display that everyone was raving about. Fortunately however, we arrived just in time for Ultravoice (a legend within the international psytrance community having almost a decade’s worth of experience behind his name).

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After a little chocolate tequila for breakfast (shhh, don’t tell my Mom) we were well on our way to psychedelic paradise. The dance floor was heaving when international icon Sesto Sento took the stage. (This was a pretty big moment for me, considering I’m a full-on Sesto freak). Spirits were riding high when he played his famed “Lift me up” mix.

Just listen to those melodies!

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The sun was glaring by the time Blastoyz began to blast his killer high-tech beats, so I made my way over to the sprinklers at the rear end of the dance floor. There I met a few other drenched partiers. As we revelled, stomping bare-footed in the mud my favourite track “Green Stuff” erupted from the speakers.

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Sway was on next. The crowd extended a warm Beartrap welcome and you could see that “Mama Bear” was right at home. Her uplifting beats protruded from the DJ box. I didn’t want them to stop for a minute. The hose pipe was going at this point, and the crowd was causing muddy mayhem on the dancefloor.

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Headroom was behind the decks before I had a chance to recover. I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you are having fun! I realized I was in a total time warp, going from one killer set to the next, when I glanced up to see Dave Mac was taking over, bringing his proggy tunes to life.

Finally, the big moment had arrived. The all-mighty Berg captured our attention as he climbed onto stage. It’s no secret that he’s become a psy-sensation within the Cape Town trance scene. His popularity seems to escalate every time he graces South Africa with his magic. And it’s no wonder why.

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Apart from Berg’s dashing Israeli looks, his hard-hitting bass-lines and proggy psychadelic hooks are globally-recognized. As I jammed to esteemed tracks like “Wizdom” and “Limitless” my expectations were well exceeded.

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What an awesome atmosphere. Cape Town can Berg in my book! Talk about ending the party on a high-note. Big thanks to Beartrap, RP Sound and Lighting, Psylife, Abby and Laura (Sway).
Until next time… Stay #psyked.

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Photos by Dreamer.

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Win 2 x tickets to The Collective: Paradise Beach

Calling all psytrance lovers; the gremlins of the twilight hours, the proggy’s, Sunday stompers, daylight dancers and all trancling in between. Come and experience a full-spectrum psychedelic music journey with headlining act, Morten Granau, making his debut in South Africa.

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For the first time ever, The Collective presents Paradise Beach. Set at Kogel Bay, an all time popular party spot this season, The Collective is worth adding to the list. Picture a dance floor that’s a stone throw from the ocean, hula-hoopers on the beach, bikinis, sun-kissed skin, happy faces, a mountainous backdrop and the phatest beats.

Not only is Morten Granau getting behind South African decks for the first time, Kriss-Kross will be performing their live debut act, backed by only the best local psytrance including: Sway, Portal, Plusminus, Gokon Rave, Feedback, Dave Mac, Eqlipse, HysteriaD-Sciple and others.

Enter our competition to win 2 x tickets to be part of the journey. Details below.

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HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Like Psyked in the City and The Collective on Facebook and join the event.
  2. Tell us why you’re #psykedForParadise by:
  • Commenting below.
  • Sharing this post on the event wall, using the #psykedForParadise hashtag.
  1. For bonus points, follow @psykedinthecity and @BeartrapCPT on Twitter and #psykedForParadise.

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Winner will be announced on Wednesday the 19th of March.
Please check your Facebook inbox promptly as you’ll need to respond to claim your prize.
See terms and conditions below.

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T&Cs:

Tickets are not transferable for cash.
You cannot cede or sell your ticket.
You WILL be asked for ID at the door.

Visit the event page for more information.

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Review: Celestial Beings 2014 (Sunday)

I woke up bright and early, eager to hit the road for an epic Sunday session at Celestial Beings 2014, all the way in Viliersdorp. When we arrived, I was sure I’d been transported to an episode of The Flintstones but with better music. The gigantic boulders that surrounded the dance floor did an awesome job of amplifying the sound, too. You could feel each and every beat reverberate through the quarry. Big ups to the organisers for picking this special party spot.

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Photo: Nik Basting Photography.

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As we missioned to the dance floor, my excitement grew even more. People crawled out of their tents, desperate for a taste of what the DJ was cooking. Sway was working her magic behind the decks when I arrived. It’s so great to see Mama Bear in her element at a Beartrap event. Following her was Portal, playing some extra groovy beats. I was lost in the trance.

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Photo: Dreamer Photography.

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By midday, my only saviour from the blistering heat was the river. Jeeeepers! The water felt so fresh. It was definitely needed! As I looked around, I noticed that there were no frowns in sight. Only smiling faces surrounded me. Happiness is.

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Photo: Dreamer Photography.

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I was having so much fun in the river (talking to good old Glen Double Nn) that I lost track of time. I returned to the dance floor half way through Ringo Savage‘s set. It was very clear that the crowd was loving every second of it, and continued jamming away happily until it was time for DaVinci Code. Oh, DaVinci Code. Only a true maestro can keep a dance floor pumping in extreme heat!
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Photo: Nik Basting Photography.

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You know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun! Before I knew it, Gokon Rave was in the DJ box bringing the beats to life. This duo never disappoints. Though I remember jamming extremely hard with my newly-found friends, the rest is a little fuzzy. (I’ll take that as the sign of a killer party).

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Photo: Dreamer Photography.

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Next thing I knew, it was Dave Mac, center-stage, blasting bouncy beats to an elated dancefloor. Mr Mac, I know I speak for the masses when I say that I didn’t want you to stop playing for a minute. And by the looks of it, you didn’t want to stop either.

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Photo: Nik Basting Photography.

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Now that the hangover’s gone and my feet have rested, I can say that Celestial Beings was one for the books. To everyone who attended: you were an awesome lot. This weekend reminded me that intimate parties are so very beautiful.

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Photo: Dreamer Photography.

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A great venue with great music and an even greater vibe… What more could one possibly ask for? Thanks to Beartrap Productions for pulling it off, to RP Sound and Lighting, to Laura (aka Sway) for always being incredible and to every stomper that came along for the adventure. See you at Ground Zero!

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Photo: Nik Basting Photography.

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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.

REVIEW: Azax Syndrome live @TheSideShowCT

On Saturday night I attended the official Sunflower Festival warm-up party. The main attraction was, of course, the incredible Azax Syndrom who visited us all the way from Israel. 1009707_621336314567603_523242635_o
Photo by Dreamer.

As you can see, the decor was deliciously enticing.  The Side Show went ALL OUT reinventing themselves into a vibrant hub of eye candy, and they pulled it off in true psy spirit.

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Special thanks to Myles Design for the  psychedelic liquid tree and mushrooms that enchanted my eyeballs everytime I glanced at the DJ booth. Not only was the setup spectacular, the music was out of this world. Azax Syndrome delivered a truly KILLER set. Let’s just say, you know a pro when you hear one.
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The dance floor was alive with true appreciation for the music and when peering about I met many friendly faces, all plastered with smiles. 1265864_621316451236256_1187437932_o

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When Azax played his hit Knfe Party remix the crowd went wild. I managed to get a backstage pass and recorded this little video on my phone. (Excuse the awful quality). 

What a cool guy. I’m so stoked I got to meet him, shake his hand and snap this picture while he was behind the decks.

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Azax and me.

Deliriant followed after with high-energy psy beats that kept us jamming til the early hours of the morning and sHiFt finished things off with a bang. 1175162_621332794567955_911721984_n From the left: DeliriantAzax and sHiFt. Photo by Dreamer.

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