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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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Dreamer.

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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Check out all the pictures from Dreamer here or view more from partycamsa.com.

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Azax returns to South Africa- get your trance boots ready.

Everyone’s getting psyked for outdoor season but let’s not forget one especially exciting party that’s to be had on Saturday night at The Side Show. What’s all the hullabaloo about you ask? Well, Azax Syndrom is returning to the Cape of Good Dope (I mean hope). Don’t worry if you missed his mind blowing set at One World Festival (watch the video here), you can catch him live, loud and lucid this weekend. Find out all the event details here.

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A little bit of background about the man behind the decks?
Like most of of the Psy Greats, Regev Azaria (AKA: Azax) is Israeli. His musical career began when he was a lead singer of a heavy metal group in the early 90’s. However, when he was introduced to electronic music and the psytrance culture, his fascination took over and so decided to start making his own music at the beginning of 2003.

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The combination of Regev’s musical background with his psytrance influence is what gave birth to the banging beats of Azax Syndrome.  Ever since, Azax has been touring the globe and playing at every significant stage and festival on the psy map.  He has collaborated with top international DJs such as BLiSS, and continues to delight our ears with power trance that’s true to form.

 

 

His music?
One might call it power trance, but really it’s a roller-coaster ride consisting of high-energy, cutting edge sounds, heavy riffs, crisp metal melodies, pumping baselines and heavy beats, all ingeniously fused together.

So, get your trance boots ready because I have no doubt the dance floor’s going to be PUMPING. What’s a better way to warm up for The Sunflower Festival?
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Event info?
Doors open at 10 pm.

Tickets?
R100 at the door or R80 via quicket.

Lineup?
DeliriantBruce
SwayInfectiousKriss-Kross,  Dave MacsHiFt and  Archive.

Learn more here.

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Watch.

Everytime I watch this video, I have a little psygasm! Man, this guy is talented.

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Listen.

You’ll probably recognise this awesome remix of Knife Party‘s hit track, Internet Friends. I can’t wait to stomp to this live on Saturday.
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Listen to more Azax on Soundcloud here.
Visit his website.

Review: Perfect Stranger- Multiverz

I woke up to the exciting news on Friday morning that I was one of three lucky prizewinners for the Psymedia Giveaway I wrote about earlier this week (read it here).  Upon arrival at Trinity, I received an awesome Multiverz hamper (that included 2 tickets to the Event, 4 Perfect Stranger CDs and 2 T-shirts).  What a way to start the evening! Congratulations to the other prizewinners: Cheslyn Oliver and Casey Lynn Curtis. I hope you jammed as hard as I did. ______________________________________________________________ multied Snap shot I took. StereoType had Trinity pumping from the get-go, and warming up the crowd nicely before main attraction, Perfect Stranger, took center stage. The atmosphere on the dance-floor was truly incredible, there were happy faces all around. After 3 blissfully progressive hours, it was Dave Mac’s turn to make turn to keep the dance-floor buzzing ’til the lights came on. And he did. Dave was even kind enough to give the crowd “one last song!” Scott Rennie captured the evening’s events on camera. View the photo’s here.

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As you can see, the eye-candy was out of this world. From the trippy decor to one of the best light shows I have ever experienced at a party, well done to ImageMasterBlinkSLAVE and MULTIVERZ for keeping us positively hypnotised.

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All photo’s  belong to Scott Rennie Photography. 

Thank you to everyone involved; organizers and stompers. It was a magical night for all.

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Check out the video taken by Kari Seid.