This year Alien Safari is celebrating 21 years of magic, music and memories. We’re giving you the chance to win a set of two tickets to attend this unforgettable event. Find out how you can enter the giveaway below.
This year Earthdance Nelson Mandela Bay and Vortex Trance Adventures are teaming up to bring you an epic 20 Year Anniversary Celebration for the Earthdance Global Peace Party. Join us and celebrate 20 years of change and peace-making to the sounds of some extraordinary home-grown talent.
We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Stand a chance to win by following the instructions at the bottom of this post.
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
Nano Records is proud to present ‘A Taste of South African Psychedelics.’ This special V/A is totally free for your listening pleasure and features 18 tracks (in WAV and MP3) from some of the finest psytrance producers in the country, as well as a PDF booklet showcasing extraordinary visionary artwork. Visit the website to download your copy for free. Also on offer is a limited edition Nano Records double CD from Psyshop. Continue reading New V/A Released by NANO RECORDS: A Taste of South African Psychedelics
On Friday the 8th of July, Psyked in the City and Reboot will join forces once again to bring you another dose of psychedelic bliss and debauchery situated in the heart of Cape Town. Following the success of our debut event SURPRISE!, we have no doubts that our upcoming instalment DISCO DISCO will chase those winter blues away. Come and warm up to the sounds of your favourite local talent. This a line-up you don’t want to miss!
21:00 – 23:00 OutterLimit
23:00 – 00:00 Refusion
00:00 – 01:00 Disco Volante
01:00 – 02:00 Broken Toy
02:00 – 03:00 Archive
Continue reading Psyked in the City is proud to present DISCO DISCO in collaboration with Reboot
For centuries, the Winter Solstice has been celebrated by civilisations across the globe. The change of the seasons is significant for a number of reasons, both literal and metaphorical. During this period, the sun is “born again,” awakening us to the fact that nature is ever-shifting; reminding us that to evolve and flourish, we must move with nature and dance to the deity’s divine rhythm.
The celebration of the Solstice serves to reconnect people with planet through a process of ritual, reflection and renewal. As the sun returns, a divine source of creation and life, we give thanks to the universe for its transformation and revival. Just as our physical senses must adapt to the elements that be, so must our focus and understanding change as we begin to perceive the world in a new light once more.
Join us as we celebrate this process of reawakening at the Phoenix Festival of Fire 2016. We are giving away a set of double tickets to the event. Keep reading to find out more.
Prefix is the psychedelic project of John Vichos. Growing up in Johannesburg, then moving to Cape Town in 2014, Prefix was always musically charged. But it was only after DJing genres such as tech house, minimal and techno for a few years that he discovered his love for psytrance and techno could indeed be merged – and so, Prefix was born. His memorable stage presence and versatile style never fails to attract a crowd. This year, he will be making his debut performance at Vortex Trance Adventures – Phoenix Festival 2016.
Hi John! Tell us about your ascent into psytrance – apparently you attended a festival in 2007 and that’s what got the ball rolling?
To summarize, I had a buddy from Cape Town who I would see during December holidays when I would go travel to the coast from Johannesburg with my family. We would swap the music. Being from Cape Town with its exploding psychedelic culture, most of what he would share with me was psytrance. It became infectious, and eventually I had him take me to my first outdoor which was Earthdance Cape Town in 2007. It was the first time I had ever experienced music and a gathering with such effortless power; it was truly a gathering of tribes. That’s when I got bitten by the bug.
Are you hoping to attend your first-ever trance party in the near future? Maybe you’ve been around the block a couple of times but still don’t feel like you’ve earned your psychedelic colours. Either way, these handy tips will help you cruise your way to psylebrity stardom in no time. *Please note that this post is satirical.
1. Plan your parties according to whether or not there will be material wristbands.
Remember that the more wristbands you have, the more experienced and awesome you are. Brownie points if you carefully craft all your wristbands into a belt for your saddle bag.
2. Give unwarranted party advice to strangers.
This includes telling other festival goers to smile more, or attempting to rile up those whose body aren’t moving fast enough for your liking.
3. Forbid anyone from displaying any kind of grief for the duration of the party.
It doesn’t matter what happens, you’ll deal with it later.
4. Offer a deep and meaningful quote about “living in the present” to anyone who asks you for the time.
5. Silently (or not so silently) criticise anyone who disagrees with your substance of choice.
6. Wear something that appropriates someone else’s culture just for the sake of it.
And stand by your decision with conviction when people call you out for it. (Disclaimer warning: No, we’re not being serious).
7. Complain about how much better parties used to be in the “good old days.”
8. Act as the middle man in someone else’s drug deal.
You have so many connections. You’re so cool.
9. Critique at least one DJ for being too progressive for your taste.
10. Judge anyone who is wearing shoes.
Explain to them what earthing is, and why it’s so important.
11. Show off your tattoos to someone else who also has tattoos.
12. Brag about how you know the “organisers.”
13. Envelop someone in a hug when they’re least expecting it.
Preferably someone you’ve never met before.
14. Choose one spot on the dance-floor and occupy that spot religiously. Even if that means physically assaulting people who cross your path.
Just close your eyes and feel the music, man.
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Psy Mantis is the progressive DJ project of Craig Horn. With over 11 years of experience in the local psytrance scene, Psy Mantis is known for delivering the chunkiest beats to his loyal listeners. His musical style can be described as dirty progressive with an emphasis on banging bass lines and cheeky vocals. This year, he’s set to make an appearance at Vortex Trance Adventures – PHOENIX FESTIVAL on the 24th of June 2016. We caught up with him ahead of the big event.
Hi Craig! First off, let me congratulate you on becoming the label head for Natural Beat Makerz Records in South Africa. What inspired you to make the move from PSR Records?
PSR Music was a great label. It was where I found my sound: fat, dirty and chunky. But life is change. I started finding what I liked on other labels as well. When some of the PSR Music producers moved over to NBM Records, I took a real look at the label and saw it was run like a family with full support of all artist and DJs. So, it was just the next logical step. Continue reading #WinterVortex: Exclusive interview with Psy Mantis
Two of Cape Town’s most formidable psytrance productions have teamed up to bring you BLUE MOON FESTIVAL – an audio experience featuring your favourite local talent. Join The Village SA and Spectrum at Zone 7 for a night of psychedelic bliss and debauchery fuelled by the sounds of Deliriant, Mad Science (Rubix Qube And EMP), Broken Toy, Archive and friends. Full line-up below.
Psyked in the City is giving two lucky troopers the chance to win a free ticket and a R100 bar tab. Keep reading for more info.