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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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Photo: Aumega Photography.
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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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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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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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Photo: Aumega Photography.

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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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Review: Labyrinth ALIVE.

On Saturday night I had the privilege of attending Labyrinth ALIVE.  As usual, the event was hosted at Trinity, which just so happens to be my all-time favourite place to stomp indoors.
So, what is there to love about  Labyrinth the end of the day? Aren’t all trance parties the same?

The answer is NO! Ask anyone who has attended a Labyrinth event; I’m positive they’ll agree, they are always extremely well organised, awesomely decorated and feature some of the best local and international psy artists to hit Cape Town. Although the queue at the door was rather long, once I entered the venue I knew that it was worth the wait. The music was pumping at full-force, people were getting wild and the visuals… Well, I think the photographs speak for themselves.

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Pics by Scott Rennie Photo.

As promised, party-goers were visually enticed with tanatalisingly trippy decor and stage design by LumiNOS Decor and Myles Design, as well as a live VJ display from Frank Latter Visuals.

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This time around, I was lucky enough to jam my feet off to Sub6,
the Israeli psy sensation all the way from Tele Viv.
His set articulated everything the event stood for, total liveliness and upbeat energy.

Sub6 LIVE @ Trinity.

Photo: Sub6 LIVE.

Find him on Facebook.
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Download his latest album Future Kids Material here.
 
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The killer lineup also included DJs: Danalog, Stereotype, Feedback and HEADROOM and an insane closing set from Deliriant. The dancefloor was vibrant and buzzing with stomping feet, swaying hips and many smiling faces, all the way through.
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Photo: Feedback
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Photo: Deliriant.
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Thanks to all who were involved, it was a definite success.
Psyked for the next one!
Special thanks to Labyrinth and HYPE MEDIA!
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View all the photo’s from the event here.
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Did you miss out on the fun or do you just want to excite your ears one more time?
Whatever the reason, listen to the DJs here.


A personal favourite.

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MID-WEEK PSYK: Equinox Experience TONIGHT

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Some of us just can’t wait until weekend. But that’s okay. Escape on the progressive express tonight with Equinox Experience. Destination: Psychedelica.

Who said you have to wait until Friday?
Wednesday nights at Fiction always help ease the mid-week blues.

What’s the cost?

FREE before 10 p.m (so get there early) and only R50 thereafter.
Doors open at 9.

Drink specials?

Until 10.

Why does everyone love the Equinox Experience?

Some say because of the kick-ass sound system or the 21-and-over policy to keep the kiddiewinks out. Others come for the “hot trance betties” and free entrance. But, let’s get real. What we really come for is a good jam, a mind-blowing stomping experience to help you detach from the day-to-day bullsh*t.

Close your eyes and lose yourself in the music.

THE LINE-UP?
(10-07-2013)

22:00  Nekst

00:00 Humerous

01:30  SiLo

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Find out all the details HERE.

Get Psyked with Equinox Experience.

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Listen to SiLo on Soundcloud.


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Listen to Humerous  on Soundcloud.

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View the pics from last Equinox Wednesday HERE.

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The weekend psyk: Saturday @ HERBAL REMEDY

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Still wondering where the jam is at on Saturday night?
If you’re not attending The Full Moon Festival @ Side Show, and you’re seeking a smaller, more intimate and less commercial trance experience,
check out HERBAL REMEDY: Mongrels and Wizards at Ragazzi on Loop Street.

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What’s the psyk about?

Herbal Remedy offers you the chance to revert back to the original, down-to-earth, positive experience of TRANCE.
Nobody likes crowded places where jamming is literally impossible and it takes 30 minutes to order one drink from the bar.
Come and enjoy the music without being bashed around left, right and center (perfect for shorties like myself!)
Forget waiting hours just to pee, the pick-pocketers and the MD trippers.

Everything sold at the event is Natural, Organic and 100% Legal. Products range from Herbal hand-rolled ANTI-TOBACCO blends, Raw Fynbos incenses, Hemp Jewellery created with positive energy…. As well as organic olive oil, Buchu products, Sceletium/Kanna, Raw Honey, Salvia extracts, Herbal soaps, Dental Cream – (ayuvedic toothpaste), treatments and it doesn’t end there.

These guys  care about the community, all the more reason to support.
Please bring any and all old clothes you have and are willing to donate

What to expect?

Kitchen selling hot food
Comfy sofas upstairs
Bean bags perfect for chilling on
2 intimate dancefloors (Progressive and Full On Psy)
Super affordable entry fee
Benches outside
The Bush Doctors Of Cape Town selling all legal herbal plant extracts
Feather hair extensions
Beautiful hand made items on sale (leather purses, bags etc)
Cozy venue
3 bouncers
1 Smoking Dancefloor and 1 Non
Incense and Candles
Clean bathrooms
Free Shooters between 8-10 pm
Free Glow sticks at the door for yo
A Free Sticker
Ample Parking
Psychedelicious visuals

What doesn’t this place have?!

THE LINE-UP?

Down below

20:00 – 21:30 Flyp Psyd
21:30 – 23:00 Digital Hippie
23:00 – 00:00 Parana
00:00 – 01:30 Sonic
01:30 – 03:00 Strain
03:00 – 04:00 Alternate Frequency

Upstairs

21:00 – 22:30 Pixi
22:30 – 00:30 Fractal
00:30 – 02:30 Psy Tekh

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More details HERE. 

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View more photographs of previous events by Curt Lottring Photography.

Mystical Complex in the Mother City

Yep, that’s right. If you haven’t heard by now, you ought to know that the 22 year old Israeli trance master will be cruising on down to our psyd of the world.

Catch Eddie Zaltsman, aka Mystical Complex at the Side Show on Saturday the 29th of June.

 

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Find out all the details on the Facebook Event Page.

This is going to be one insane party!
Take one look at the lineup and you’ll know why.

HEADLINE ACTS INCLUDE…
Mystical Complex
Bizzare Contact and
Royal Flush (Mystical Complex and Bizzare Contact in collaboration).

As well as: Shift, Sway, DJ Mark, Chemogen, Deranged and more.

Make sure you’re on that dance floor. Get your tickets now.

Take a listen to this, it’s sure to get you feeling PSYKED.