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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo by Joffree Hyman
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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

WEEKEND PSYK: R30 Friday @ Dream Catcher

If you’re a Southern psy-cat and looking for something closer to home, you’re in luck.
Beats in the ‘Burbs is back with their next installment: Dream Catcher.

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Enter the psychadelic realm of fantasy, imagination and wonder…

Where?
It’s all going down at The Jolly Roger in Plumstead.

What to expect?

MAXIMUM musical euphoria; all DJs will play for an extra 30 minutes.
A wooden dancefloor for happy stomping.
Two bars, two balconies and plenty of space to hang.

The cost?
You guessed it. R30 – ALL NIGHT!!!

Dream-Weavers of the night?

Xueno (Vortex Trance Adventures)

Portal (Beartrap Productions)

Robotrixx (PsyTribes SA)

Psymattic- Listen HERE.

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Get your psyk on for tomorrow night, listen to this killer set from Portal.

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Check out photo’s from the last Beats in the ‘Burbs– Psyburban Jungle, here.
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Mid-Week Psyk TONIGHT: Equinox Experience 03-07-2013

Everyone’s getting psyked for a mid-week stompathon
and as usual, it’s all going down at Fiction tonight.

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What’s all the psyk about?

This week Equinox Experience  presents yet another crazy lineup,
the same epic vibes and low costs. Whether or not you come for the sexy trance betties, the banging beats or a little mid-week stress release, Equinox offers a wholesome trance experience every Wednesday.

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Lineup?

22:00 Kriss-Kross

00:00 Deadbeat FM

01:30 Chabunk

Entry?
FREE before 10, R50 thereafter.
Doors open at 9.

As you can see, there’s more than enough reason to come let your hair loose, grab a beer and blow off the week’s steam with some of the happiest, hoppiest stompers in the city.
All infused with total psychadeliciousness.

Listen to these killer Chabunk tracks to get you in the mood.

 

Check out photo’s from the last Wednesday’s mid-week madness, captured by Marc Berman Photography here.

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Review: Full Moon Festival- ECLIPSE

A big thank-you from all the happy stompers of the Cape to everyone who helped make the Full Moon Festival such a success. A rewarding night of banging beats and good vibes was had by all.

From the decor to the line-up, it’s clear that Full Moon Events  put in a lot of effort and attention-to-detail behind the scenes.
And that’s what makes an indoor party so unique and enjoyable.
Others will agree with me when describing  the event as positively different to any of its kind held at  The Side Show.

Everywhere I looked, I was greeted by smiling faces.  It’s always refreshing to encounter such a sense of of unity on the dancefloor (all due to the amazing power of psy). I am very lucky to have been part of it. Special thanks goes to Schalk Jaco Kruger for hooking me up with a spot on the guestlist.

Israeli extraordinaires, Nir Sobol & Eyal Tzur (Exaile) were central highlights of the evening. And just as promised, they tore Side Show to pieces. The pysk that radiated from the crowd was no less than incredible.

Listen to this insane track that Exaile played during their set.

In terms of visuals, party-goers were kept enchanted by out-of-this-world displays. Thanks to The Psychedelic Theatre for an awesome LED light show, Myles Design (and his psychedelicious yellow flower) as well as Frank Latter Visuals (below are some snapshots of Frank’s mind-blowing projection mapping at the event).

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Further highlights included local acts:

SiLo – LISTEN  to his Winter Progressive Mix 2013

Dj Bruce (Nexus Media)

Archive (MMD Records)

Skarab (The Village SA)

Sway (Beartrap)

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Technicolour (Spectral Records)

and others!

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I am super psyked for next year’s Full Moon Festival.

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Stay posted for photo’s from the event here.

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MORE FEEDBACK TO FOLLOW…
as well as references to the photographers who captured the magic.

Have a raging week, fellow stompers.

Review: Freedom Fighters LIVE @ SideShow

On Saturday the 15th of June, Freedom Fighters (aka Shahaf Efrat) performed live at Side Show and rocked the crowd so hard they’re still feeling the effects.

Other highlights included HEADROOMDeliriant & Shift. While  Chemogen, EMP, Archive and Strain  kept the upstairs dancefloor pumping.

One party-goer describes the event as, “hands down one of the best indoors I’ve ever been to.” And judging by the smile-wearing, boot-stomping crowd (and super positive Facebook feedback) she is not the only one.

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Special thanks goes to 6th Sense Psytrance, the organizers of the event.
Myles Kamermans (Check out Myles Design to see more of his work) and Mungus Fungus for the psychedelicious décor that provided us with copious visual bliss. As well as Anonymous Visual Design for the Stage Mapping, Psychedelic Theatre and Fire Tribe. (And everyone else who was involved).

If you were there, I’m sure you can agree it was a major success. Personally, I cannot wait for the talented psy guru Shahaf to return to South Africa.

Below is a picture of the man himself admiring our city’s beauty.

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You can find photo’s from the event  taken by Marc Berman Photography HERE.


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