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Win two tickets for #RezFest NYE 2017 – 2018

The long-awaited Rezonance Festival returns this year to bring you a psychedelic NYE gathering at an exciting new venue! Situated 170 kms from Cape Town, party-goers can expect three days of non-stop music and awesome memories. A specially curated mix of international and local talent will come to life across two dance-floors with mind-altering decor and top-notch festival facilities to ensure an unparalleled party experience.

We’re super psyked to be giving away four tickets to the event. Keep reading to find out how you can stand a chance of winning two full festival passes.

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Looking back: Origin Festival 2017 highlights

“Can you see the colours? Everything is so trippy.”

If you love a good dance-floor banger, you’re probably familiar with this vocal – it comes from a track by Vini Vici,  Tristan & Avalon called Colours, and it’s exactly what comes to mind when I think back to Origin Festival. This year Origin pulled the rabbit out of the hat, giving us a jaw-dropping “candy land” themed dance-floor and the same top-notch production we’ve come to know and love over the years.

psychedelic decor

So what were some of the highlights from Origin Festival 2017?

Let’s start with the production. It’s not an easy job pulling off a large-scale festival with such precision year in and year out, but Origin keeps it consistent and that’s one of the reasons why we get to enjoy phenomenal sound (thank you RP Sound and Lighting) and stellar line-ups, incorporating a myriad of electronic genres. Continue reading Looking back: Origin Festival 2017 highlights

Review: Freaky Forest 2016

By Christina Schild

I usually dislike the practice of narrowing something down to a description of five words, but there is something comforting about the condensation when trying to review the experience of Freaky Forest. An experience that takes places annually over the last weekend of November in the Tsitsikamma woods, bringing all sorts of folks out of the woodworks for what is easily becoming South Africa’s best trance party – or at least that’s what the talk on the soft, jiving dance floor was.

So here are the five words I would use to describe Freaky, in some sort of an order – scent, dance, clarity, goodness and beauty.  Well, maybe some more order than I think.

Photo by Jess Rose Hendriksz
Photo by Jess Rose Hendriksz

This year, it was my sense of smell that was particularly heightened at the party – whether from the incense wafting around the dance floor and camp sites as I gallivanted through the treacherous pine forest, the wholesome cooking aromas of the various food stalls and private kitchens and then those earthy, good, natural smells. The scent of pine needles in the air, the mud squelching between my toes on the most fun Sunday I’ve had in a while, or the sweaty reminder from my fellow party-goers that we were in the middle of a forest dancing rhythmically to sublime beats and hadn’t washed in days. Come Sunday morning I think we were mostly all smelling more sweaty than sweet after the particularly mind-buzzing and gloriously lengthy set delivered by High Style, having followed the feet moving magic of both Ben and Jack Source the previous night. For the hi-tech fans, Ben delivered a sneaky track that had many of us grinning from ear to ear! Earlier, we were treated to the grooviness that Cripz and Floating Grooves emulated which got the bums moving until Phillipa came on – bringing the girl power to the floor and easing us into the night time slots. Continue reading Review: Freaky Forest 2016

The Vortex Open Source 2016 Starter Pack

By Nina Bloch.

Once again, it’s time to enter the Vortex – South Africa’s longest-running and most anticipated outdoor trance festival. Some of you are already en route to the Circle of Dreams aka the home of Vortex Open Source but for those who haven’t hit the road just yet, we’ve put together everything you need to know ahead of the party to ensure that you end up like this…

festival-camping

… and not like this.

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Interview with Psyops ahead of Vortex Open Source 2016

Psyops is Sean Marais from Cape Town, South Africa. First introduced to psytrance by his best  friend in the year 2000, he became entranced with all aspects of the psychedelic trance scene – including the music and décor – which soon led to the inception of Psyops . His diverse musical style ranges from ambient to minimal, day and night-time psychedelic, and more. Psyops says that his music is about telling stories and taking the listener on a journey. One thing’s for sure: it’s almost impossible to remain still when he’s playing. This year, we’re psyked to see Psyops return to the Circle of Dreams for Vortex Open Source 2016.

Psyops

PSYKED:
Hi Sean! Let’s start at the very beginning (it’s the very best place to start). Do you remember the first time you got behind the decks? We’d love to hear about that definitive moment when you decided to become a DJ.

PSYOPS:
Well, I can’t really remember the first time but it must have been at a friend’s house back in the day – 15 years ago – messing around on vinyl. We rigged big speakers and faced them outside, blasting underground hip hop and DnB but my first gig was at Gonzo’s in Plumstead in 2006. That was a rad moment in my life.

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Win tickets for Earthdance Cape Town 2016

This year Earthdance International will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary. This year’s theme, Global Shift, signifies the beginning of a new era of deep peace-making and true environmental stewardship. Earthdance is one of many peace organisations, groups and projects that align with the International Day of Peace – 21 September. In this varied field of activist and public service groups, Earthdance combines music, community, social consciousness, support of charities and activism, asserting that peace is as much about living fully and thriving, as it is about protesting war. Continue reading Win tickets for Earthdance Cape Town 2016

Only 1 more week to go ’til spring has Sprung

Maybe it’s just us, or maybe time really is moving at a faster speed each and every year. It’s hard to believe that outdoor season is almost upon us once again; the sun, the fun, the smiles, the beats… There’s no denying the excitement that’s growing as they days draw nearer. With just 1 week to go until we come together for the first official party of outdoor season i.e. Alien Safari – Sprung, we’d like to remind you to purchase your tickets now to avoid any disappointment as tickets do often sell out at the gate. Keep reading for all need-to-info such as where you can purchase your tickets from and of course, this year’s stellar line-up.

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Win tickets and prizes for Into The Wild – The Awakening ft. Royal Flush (Israel)

Into The Wild is proud to present The Awakening – a day party like no other, showcasing the finest progressive trance and techno beats. This exciting fourteen-hour event will be hosted at the beautiful Nantes Estate, which is only 60kms outside of Cape Town, and boasts an array of international and home-grown talent for your listening pleasure including Royal Flush (Israel), HEADROOM, Broken Toy, Geometric Flux and more.

We’re giving away two tickets to the event and some cool prizes. Keep reading for more details.

Psychedelic Music

WHAT’S UP FOR GRABS:

2 x tickets to the event
1 x Royal Flush Promo CD
Some epic Into The Wild Stickers

HOW TO WIN:

1. Like Into The Wild Experience on Facebook and join the event.
2. Share this post onto your timeline (make sure the privacy settings are set to PUBLIC)
3. Comment on the event page telling us why you are #psyked to win.

Don’t be afraid to tweet us @psykedinthecity. Good luck!

MORE INFO:

The winner will be announced on Psyked in the City on the 2nd of May. Join our group #PSYKED community for competition info and updates.

REMINDER: Get your Early Bird ticket for Vortex Phoenix Festival 2016

Early Bird ticket sales for VORTEX Phoenix Festival of Fire 2016 will close on the 31st of March so if you haven’t yet purchased your ticket, now is the time. Buy your Early Bird full festival pass today and save R60! Tickets are available online from Quicket or at selected retail outlets (see below).

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500 LIMITED EARLY BIRD TICKETS

R320 / ONLINE @ QUICKET

R300 / @ SELECTED OUTLETS

(Available 1 February till 31 March 2016) 

EARLY BIRD PRE-SOLD TICKET OUTLETS

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Review: Altered States of Africa LUNAR 2016

After hearing whispers about Altered States for a number of years, I finally vowed to experience the magic for myself at LUNAR 2015. After a very special weekend of fun in my all-time favourite venue, the Circle of Dreams, I decided that Altered States had lived up to its reputation as one of the smaller and more underground psychedelic gatherings, and that I would return – year after year. By the time that the next edition rolled around, I couldn’t have been more excited.

trance party Altered States
Photo by Manipulating Light

On the 11th of March 2016, I was on route to enjoy the festivities once more. We arrived just before the sound journey – an Altered States tradition which helps to set the tone for the event as well as encourage more intimacy and openness among party-goers.

daytime trance party Altered States psyked
Photo by SLouw

Earthtone was first to deliver his beautiful beats to our hungry ears. I loved the fact that the Headspace venue was being utilised as opposed to the Circle which is routinely used as the main dance-floor at Vortex Open Source. This slight change in setting brought with it a special ambiance that is unique to the Altered States event.

 

When I made my way back to the dance-floor, ScamAntrix was behind the decks dishing out her psychedelicious sounds. I couldn’t help but marvel the scene before me; as the sun began to dip in the sky, shadows cast on the purple-infused dance-floor.

Photo by Nova Brand
Photo by Nova Brand

Hips swayed and arms swung loosely as people enjoyed the vast space available to them. Dala was next up to lead us through the sunset. After an ear-enthralling two-hour set, it was time for Bruce – the master of night-time psy – to take the stage.

Photo by Manipulating Light
Photo by Manipulating Light

It was such a pleasure dancing beneath the stars as I watched the trippy projections and light show inside the DJ box. Bruce’s driving beats pulsated from my core and spread throughout my body like electricity. Before I knew it, it was time for the legendary Moog of Mushroom Mafia to take over. To this moment, when I shut my eyes I can still feel the vibrations of Moog’s hard-hitting bass lines rattle the earth beneath my feet. The music went from strength to strength with System Theory, who led us to the witching hour, and then Talking Decks.

As an avid fan of dark psy, I can attest to the fact that Altered States never disappoints when it comes to piecing together a killer night-time line-up. Though I will admit that I was fast asleep in the comfort of my tent when the first droplets of rain came down and Drifter took to the decks.

Altered States of Africa 2016
Photo by SLouw

I was roused from my sleep sometime during Kalahari Kris’s performance which was – as always – an absolute treat. I can agree with Kris when he says that high energy music makes for high energy people. That was indeed the case when the beats from Canadian guest, Nailik of Grasshopper Records, imploded through the speakers.

The party was heaving by the time that Absynth got up to play his set. During the course of the morning the dance-floor continued to fill out with freshly-faced troopers joining in for some Sunday fun. Silo followed shortly after to raise the energy with his signature sound. Regretfully, I was not able to catch his entire set but fortunately, it’s available for your listening pleasure below.

psytrance music dancing
Photo by Nova Brand

I am told that the music was concluded on the highest of high notes thanks to Prefix who is fast becoming one of Cape Town’s most loved DJs. I am sure I am not the only one who was still smiling by the time they arrived home after a spectacular weekend. Altered States prides itself in creating a space where party-goers can feel safe to express themselves, to meet new people and catch up with familiar faces.

When it comes to their events, it’s not only the music that can’t be faulted but the incredible vibe and sense of harmony that this event aims to promote. A huge thank you is due to the organisers for making us party-goers feel so completely at home, and for reminding us of the essence of true psychedelic trance music.

Photo by Nova Brand
Photo by Nova Brand

To the amazing beings I met and new friends that I made, I hope to see you at the next gathering – and the one after that. After all, LUNAR has become somewhat of a family reunion for our little psy scene – and it’s all thanks to your continued support. We are so lucky to reside inside the psytrance capital of Africa.

altered states review
Photo by Joffree Hyman