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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.

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Review: #PlayFestival

After weeks of anticipation, it was finally time to set off for my first ever Equinox Experience outdoor event. At five o’ clock on Saturday we arrived at the Goedgedacht farm in Malmesbury.

I was greeted by many happy faces, mirroring the warmth of the weather. What can I say? Mother Nature had blessed us and rightly so (last weekend was a totally different story!).

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Photo: Dreamer Photography.

There was plenty explore; the little river that enticed heated stompers on Sunday morning, and the fairy-tale bridge that crossed it, not to mention the lush riverbanks that ran alongside the dance floors. There was magnificence at every turn, and the attention to detail from the organisers’ side exceeded my expectations in every way.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

The “play” theme was really brought to life through elements of the decor such as the video-game-inspired stage and the life-sized cut outs of Pacman. And with a multi-coloured ball pit (the kind we all dreamed of having as kids) and a jumping castle, it was impossible not to release one’s inner child.

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Photo: Gareth Olivier.

Equinox really took it up a notch in terms of providing a solid outdoor experience with card machines at the bar, bean bag chill areas, a skate board ramp, water slide and free entrance to all stompers who were celebrating their birthday.

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Photo: Gareth Olivier. 

I tried my very best to resist the dancefloor until night fall in an attempt to save my energy but I simply could not. The music was just too good to stay away. At seven, I began stomping to Phixius and I didn’t stop until my legs gave in around four in the morning.With one great DJ after the next, I was in psytrance heaven. 

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

In terms of eye-candy, the organisers went all out and it really paid off when the sun set. The visuals, light show and projections during the night time were out of this world.You didn’t need to be on any kind of drugs to be completely gobsmacked by it all. I was teleported from an outdoor festival to a mystical land inside an Xbox game.

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Photo: ADHD Photography.

The highlight of my evening was Deadbeat FM, the product of the notorious Deliriant (Shane Renew). With his grimy tech-house sound that verges on minimal but is brought to life by dirty bass lines, heavy drums and percussion, Shane kept the dancefloor pumping right through.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

And where Deadbeat FM stopped, EMP’s alter-ego, Contra, took over. Once he got into the DJ box to deliver an awesomely uplifting progressive tune, I was reminded of how talented and versatile Vaughan de Villie really is.

Listen to Contra’s EP Science Friction.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

Right now, I am loving the more bouncy and fun beats that are coming from DJs who are well-known for playing harder and darker styles of trance. Vaughn wasn’t the only DJ bringing a progressive project to the floor. James Copland, aka Broken Toy, was on the scene to deliver the symphonic sound of Sad Paradise

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Photo: Rachel Doyle Photography.

But there’s always a place for full-on psychedelic, and The Commercial Hippies were there to take control of it. When they played their killer “Lark” remix as well as P.H Fat- Dinosaur blood, the dancefloor went mad.

I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and uplifting the energy was. What an inclusive vibe. It was extremely refreshing -something I had been missing – to go to a party and speak to people, making new friends and to continuously be greeted with smiles. Not once did I encounter anyone who was having a less-than-incredible time.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

On Sunday morning, I woke up nice and early, bought myself a mini pizza for breakfast (trance parties are all about being healthy that way) and headed to the front of the dancefloor just as Static Flow was finishing up his set. When Dapanji entered the DJ box, the crowed went insane. This is what we had all been waiting for. I was extremely stoked to be there, right in the front as he opened, and to feel the intensity coming from eager stompers. And I was even more stoked when he played one of my favourite tracks.

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Photo: Marc Berman Photography.

Besides, not getting a chance to see Aviation play, there’s really nothing negative I could say about this event. What a beautiful party! From the venue to the people to the music, I am left in awe. And, like many others, I wish that I could close my eyes and return to the beautiful land beneath the trees.

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Photo: Rachel Doyle Photography.

When I did finally convince myself to head home, I left with a sense of bliss inside of me, the good energy and the uplifting tunes still radiating throughout my being. There’s no doubt that this was one the best festivals I have ever attended. Why can’t next year’s Equinox Outdoor just be tomorrow?

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Photo: Rachel Doyle Photography.

Special thanks to Claire Robertson for hooking me up with complimentary tickets for myself and the Psyked in the City giveaway, and to the Equinox Experience crew and everyone else who helped to make this event the massive success that it was.

Here are the links to all the photographers who captured the event on camera.

If you have any links to albums that I have neglected to mention, please do drop me a line.

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Click HERE for the next Equinox Experience event.

Getting psyked for DAPANJI to hit Remanufacture #IndepenDANCE.

 

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If you haven’t already heard, the internationally renowned psy super duo Dapanji to hit Cape Town yet again for Beartrap Production’s first outdoor event of the season: Remanufacture #IndepenDANCE. It’s going to be a killer, that much is certain. Take a listen to this banging set performed at the MOVING Festival.

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Lineup:

★┊INTERNATIONAL HEADLINING ACTS ┊★

✔ DAPANJI
✔ CLASS A

★┊LOCAL SUPER STAR SUPPORTING LINE UP ┊★

✔ Archive
✔ Berns
✔ Chemogen
✔ The Commercial Hippies
✔ Deliriant
✔ Deranged
✔ EMP
✔ Iron Assault
✔ Mark
✔ Mystrix
✔ Phixius
✔ Portal
✔ PsyGuy
✔ sHiFt
✔ Sway
✔ Terrobyte
✔ Tune Raider

Buy your ticket online —>  www.quicket.co.za

Review: The Sunflower Festival

Last weekend I joined 4700 party-goers in welcoming Spring at the first outdoor party of the season; the Sunflower Festival hosted by Nawty Media & Marketing and Fourth Dimension at the Cape Town Ostrich Farm. There was much debate about whether or not the organisers would be able to deliver a better experience than the more common “first party of the season” i.e Alien Safari’s Sprung which will take place this coming Saturday. But all in all, the Sunflower Festival was a huge success and I’m glad that I attended.

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Photo’s by The Jackrabbit.

Despite the terrible weather that loomed, cold front and all, we braved the elements. It did help, of course, that we all came prepared, dressed in plenty layers of socks, gumboots and, you guessed it, onesies.

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Photo’s by Dreamer

The more adventurous stompers took the opportunity to get down and dirty in the mud, barefoot I might add, embracing the light rain that did fall now and then. That’s what an outdoor is all about, right?

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Photo by The Jackrabbit.

Unfortunately, the weather did take its toll on the décor resulting in the actual dancefloor being opened late (around 6 or so) which was forgiven once the party got swinging in full force.

It was wonderful to be back in the great outdoors, stomping with hundreds of smiling faces around me, adorned in face-paint with nothing but nature surrounding us. No cramped-up clubs, no walls, no limitations. There really is something very special about an outdoor party.

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Photo by Wayne.

The vibe did not disappoint. It was awesome seeing all those familiar faces and making a whole lot of new friends too.

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Photo of Class A by Marc Berman Photography

There were plenty of photographers on the scene to capture the psy love. Namely DreamerE.K15 PhotographyShutterMonkey ProductionsStu Shapiropartycamsa.comWayneMarc Berman Photography and The Jackrabbit to name a few. View some of their pics at the bottom of the page.

The flower that was crafted by Artescape hung over our heads in true psychedelic glory and communicated what the festival was all about: rebirth and nature. And that wasn’t the only symbolic element of the jol. The weather decided to partake in our festivities and went from being cold and gloomy to bright, sunny and perfect for a day jam.

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Photo by Marc Berman Photography. 

At night, the decor really came to life.  Stompers were visually excited by spectacular light shows surrounding the DJ box.

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Photo of Sunflower at night by Dreamer.

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Photo by Wayne.

I woke up nice and early on Sunday, grabbing a little breakfast before heading down to the dancefloor for Tune Raider‘s high-energy set which was incredible. But then again, who could expect anything less of her? While jamming to her set I heard a fellow stomper refer to her as “the sexy side of psy.” I absolutely love that. To whoever you are, thank you. I will be using that phrase in my next write up about Pam.

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Photo of Tune Raider by Wayne.

The highlight of the event was, of course, Captain HookI was lucky enough to be front and center as he came onto the stage with his groovy glasses and awesome dreads.
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Photo of Captain Hook by Marc Berman Photography.

He opened with his killer track “walking on marshmallows” and the crowed went ballistic.  His set was everything I imaged it to be and he kept the dancefloor grooving blissfully for an entire two hours.

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Crowd goes wild for the Captain. Marc Berman Photography.

Captain Hook wasn’t the only DJ who ripped things apart though. I really felt the dancefloor love during Dj BruceDeliriantMAGNETOClass A and Orca‘s sets too, Watch this insane video of Class A live.

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Photo of DJ Bruce by Dreamer.

When I wasn’t jamming I was admiring the lovely scene before me, while sitting on the slope of a hill surrounded by other stompers who were also taking a breather.

Things rounded off nicely when StereoType played his Brainbug Nightmare remix.

We were having such a good time that we only started leaving the venue at around 5. Or should I say, we tried to. The mud did pose to be a bit of an issue, and there were many trancers helping one another jumpstart their cars at the end of the party. But it was totally worth the missions, right?

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Red beetle stuck in the mud, taken by Tauriq Hercules.

So what’s the verdict? Despite a few speed bumps along the way I do believe that the Sunflower Festival was an awesome intro to Spring. I can only assume that everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did. Judging from all the smiles I saw, I think it’s a pretty safe bet.

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Top: Photo by Marc Berman Photography. Bottom: Photo by The Jackrabbit.

I applaud the organisers for their hard work. Special thanks goes to Abby Chapel for hooking me up with free tickets, as well as my lovely friends, the photographers, the DJs and everyone else who made the event such a success.

Judging from Sunflower, I anticipate a mind-blowing outdoor season up ahead. And now that I’ve gotten a whiff of that beautiful outdoor fever, I can’t wait to experience it again. Next up… Sprung!!!

Swing by the The Side Show on Saturday night for the The Sunflower Festival After Party.

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Photo by Dreamer.

Entrance is free if you’ve still got your green arm band.

 

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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Photos by 
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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PLAYLIST: Top 10 Local Psy Tracks

To celebrate the fact that Psyked in the City just reached 100 likes on Facebook, I put together a little something for you guys to blast at full volume.
Here are my Top 10 Favourite local tracks right now.
Just listen to all the psy talent we have in the Mother City.

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deliriant nexusFind Deliriant on Facebook. The name of this track doesn’t disappoint, it’s definitely high in energy! Things really kick off at around 0.40.

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protocultureFind Protoculture on Facebook. I like how fresh his tracks always sound, would be perfect for a morning stomp. And did you know he ranked in the DJ Mag’s TOP 100? Well done, SA.
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solar axisFind Solar Axis on Facebook, AKA the all talented Bruce Abrahamse. His pendulum remix with a psy twist is magic to my ears.

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Find Rubix Qube on Facebook. Loving the sounds of this one. BANGING.

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zeziaFind Zezia on Facebook. A cool remix of an Ace Ventura track. Liking it, a lot. Especially around 4.00.

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disco volanteFind Disco Volante on Facebook. I know that technically this is more of a mix than a track but I simply couldn’t leave it off my list.

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headroomFind HEADROOM on Facebook. Two of my favourite men, Headroom and Danalog. This track never gets old.

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feedbackFind Feedback on Facebook, AKA DEAN FUEL. So upbeat, so grooving.

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broken toyFind Broken Toy on Facebook. This Headroom remix is off the hoooook!

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stereotypeFind Stereo-type on Facebook. God damn, these guys are good! How bouncy is this? Definitely deserves to be number 1 today!

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PARTY REVIEW: Bliss @TheSideShowCT

On Saturday night, I had the pleasure of swaying to the beats of Israeli, A-lister: Yonatan Marcow, better known as BLiSS.

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Photo by: Dreamer.

Now that the party is over and the hangovers have subsided (hopefully!) was all the hype really worth it? The answer is yes, yes and yes! The Psyd Show never disappoints, and as usual, the crazily popular venue was pimped out to cater to all our psychadelic needs with great decor, thundering bass and a helluva lineup that took stompers from one amazing set to the next. It’s no surprise that the dancefloor was buzzing ’til the very end.

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Photo’s by: Dreamer.

Downstairs, on the main stage, Hektek Elektrek and Gokon Rave warmed up the crowd before STEREOTYPE (SA) took over, followed by the much loved tunes of HEADROOM.

By the time he was finished rocking our faces off, we were frothing for the night’s main attraction:  BLiSS. Now, I don’t know about you but ever since I heard  BLiSS for the first time, I knew I had to jam to this man live, in the flesh. So when I heard that Aurora – SA was bringing the psy god to our beautiful city, I was just ecstatic. Not only did I experience an amazing set from Bliss upclose and personal on Saturday, things reached epic heights when the man himself shook my hand. I know, the DJ love is overwhelming. I am sure I was not the only one who suffered a little heart attack when he took out his guitar. Now, that’s some hardcore talent!

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Photo by: Dreamer.

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Snapshots I took from backstage of Raider and Bliss with his guitar (excuse the bad quality).

I had a great time jamming backstage as the lovely Tune Raider got behind the decks while Bliss finished off, blasting one of my favourite tracks: “A Walk In The Park” from his psyd project: The A-Team. You can listen to it here.

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Photo by: Dreamer.

Upstairs, the beats were just as banging. It was really tough trying to decide which dancefloor to stomp at. Things started off in full volume with Wulfsohn, and the Fundamentals, who were absolutely infuckingsane. Check them out!

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They were closely followed by the bouncing sounds of  Infectious (SA) and things only got hotter when Portal took over the decks, as well as the great DJ Bruce, Plusminus and up-and-coming psy superstar: Drang3d. 

What a great party. Thank you to Aurora – SA, The Psyd Show and of course, Yonatan Marcow. Special thanks to My City By Night for the free bottle of vodka, mixers and reserved table, and to all those who jammed with me front-left, I definitely felt the love. It’s safe to say the event was a huge success. Smiles all around.

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Photo by: Dreamer.

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View photo’s from the event by Dreamer. And watch out for more from Lloyd Newkirk Photography.

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FOR NOW…It’s time to rest, recover and restore your wallet before outdoor season starts with a bang. Catch the world famous Captain Hook at The Sunflower Festival alongside the likes of  Magneto, Orca and Class A. Find out more here.

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Listen to more Bliss on Soundcloud.


A personal favourite!