As 2017 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of the best outdoor music festivals of the year. Jungala Festival, hosted by PsynOpticz Records at the ever-popular Buffalo Drift venue on the Berg river, is one of the largest and most eagerly awaited outdoor festivals on the psytrance calendar. This year, PsynOpticz transported its party-goers to what felt like a slice of paradise and we’d like to take a moment to relive some of the memories.
Ridiculously awesome decor by ZARAZ brought the Isle of Jungala to life this year (with jungle totems and the circle designed by Christopher Dowding and decorated by Artescape) while entrancing lighting and mind-blowing sound from Magnetic Storm Cape Town provided a powerful visual and audio experience that won’t soon be forgotten. In fact, we feel like inserting a few heart-eyed emojis just thinking about it. If you weren’t there, fear not. We’re going to fill you in on what you missed.
Day & night at Jungala. Continue reading Looking back: Jungala Festival 2017
Ultranoize has cemented its place in the hearts of psytrance lovers across Cape Town. Now it’s time for the organisation to spread its psychedelic wings to bring you an outdoor party experience at the place where it all began. Praised for its scenic mountain views, lush grassy dance-floor and close proximity to the beach, Hangklip Hotel is the perfect location to host a full-force outdoor festival featuring some of the freshest, and most recognised, local talent. We invite you to come and celebrate all things wonderful, warped and psychedelic.
Psyked in the City is giving one lucky trooper the chance to win free tickets, accommodation and some epic prizes! Keep reading for more info.
– 2 x tickets to the event
– 1 chalet that sleeps 2 people
– 1 x Ultranoize T-shirt
– 2 x MMD Records albums Continue reading Win tickets, accommodation and merchandise for Ultranoize OUTDOOR
Embark on a psychedelic journey like no other at Altered States – LUNAR 2016. Nestled in the heart of a majestic forest clearing in the Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend, this intimate gathering is one of the most revered events on the local psytrance calendar. This year’s instalment promises to deliver a high dose of dark psychedelic beats to enthral the minds, ears and bodies of psy-enthusiasts with a line-up featuring international headliner Nailik and your favourite local talent (see the full line-up below).
As part of Altered States tradition, we invite you to travel to the venue on Friday for a special Shanti night, before the festivities begin, to enjoy conscious movie screenings, a drum circle and stargazing. Other highlights include yoga and meditation sessions as well as an entrancing sound journey.
Stand a chance to win two tickets for the event by following the instructions below.
Continue reading Win double tickets for Altered States – LUNAR 2016
In light of the Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire which is just around the corner, we chatted to a handful of S.A’s homegrown psytrance pros including K-Jos (aka Jos Veldhuizen). Here’s what went down in our exclusive interview.
*These questions were compiled by Brandon Menzies.
What influenced you into becoming a psytrance DJ?
When I was in high school I used to be into goth and death metal. I despised just about all electronic music back then. Some of my friends started listening to drum & bass and house, no matter how much I tried to discourage them from doing so. Eventually I decided to join them to a party just so that I can criticize them afterwards. It turned out to be very different to what I expected and I had a lot of fun; and so the clubbing began. After a few years of clubbing I wanted to get more involved and in 1997 I bought a pair of turntables from money that I initially saved for a car.
After getting the turntables I bought a collection of drum & bass vinyls from a friend and started collecting House on the side, until one of my friends made a suggestion of becoming a psytrance DJ. That must have stuck because shortly thereafter I started collecting psytrance on the side. In a short period of time the “side collection” of psytrance took over and I decided to put the House aside. I fell in love with music, the people and the parties; my love of psy hasn’t stopped growing since then.
Continue reading Exclusive interview with K-Jos: Psytrance is the glue that keeps it all together