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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.

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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 constant 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

Win a ticket for Alien Safari – Masqued Ball 2017

This year we’re thrilled to welcome you to one of the most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar. Held at the beautiful Kogel Bay beach resort (otherwise known as the Kingdom of Dreams), Alien Safari’s Masqued Ball 2017 is gearing up to be an absolute dream. This year’s line-up boasts four renowned international acts namely Dirty Saffi (UK), Dust (Italy), Ritmo (Israel) and Waio (Germany) – as well as a host of home-grown talent.

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We’re giving away two tickets to the event. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can stand a chance of winning a ticket to party!

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Win two full weekend passes for Origin Festival 2017

One of the most anticipated events on the psytrance calendar is back in full swing this year to bring you a weekend of psychedelic music, art and culture. We’re giving away two tickets to Origin Festival 2017, valid the entire weekend. Keep reading to find out how you can win.

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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

Interview with 2012Live ahead of Vortex Open Source 2016.

2012 is the live DJ project of Eduardo Torres. Born in São Paulo, Eduardo is a seasoned DJ, producer as well as event organiser for one of Brazil’s most prominent arts and culture festivals known as RESPECT. He is currently signed with Antu Records and has performed at some of the biggest psytrance events around the world including Universo Paralello in Brazil, Ritual in Mexico and of course, Vortex Open Source right here in South Africa. With ten years’ experience behind the decks, Eduardo’s music fuses elements of hi-tech with catchy synths to entrance listeners and keep bodies moving for hours on end. This year, we are psyked to welcome 2012 back to the Circle of Dreams for Open Source 2016.

2012-live

PSYKED:
Hi Eduardo! Tell us about the first time you discovered psytrance. What originally compelled you to start DJing and producing your own music?

2012:
Ola! Thanks for the invitation. I’m known as Edu; I discovered the trance parties in 1996 when I was my first Earthdance. I used to go to São Paulo and go to underground clubs that played techno and drum’n’bass. The psytrance was love at first sight; after the first party I never stopped attending. Whether I’m producing, partying or playing, I’ve lived and breathed this movement since I first discovered it.

In 2003, the scene in São Paulo no longer pleased me; it was the same parties with no new sound. Under the influence of friends who showed me the songs that I liked, I decided to start playing DJ sets to bring something different to what was going on. At this same time, I started learning how to use music production programs. I kept learning and improving until 2010 when I started the 2012Live project with my friend and former member, David.

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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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We’re giving away another set of tickets for Alien Safari – 21 Years of Magic

Anyone who’s been to an Alien Safari event knows just how magical they can be! This year, Alien Safari is celebrating 21 years of music, magic and memories with a lineup that’s bound to blow you out the water. Of course, we want you to be part of the magic, so we’ve decided to give away another set of tickets to this anticipated event. Follow the steps below and you could be our lucky winner.

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LINEUP:

– Ajja :: Switzerland :: Peak Records
– Dino :: UK
– Dirty Saffi :: UK :: Bom Shanka
– Al Shanka :: UK :: Bom Shanka
– Tortured Brain :: UK
– St Pierre :: Réunion Island :: Tinyteck

– Archive
– Biorhythm
– Broken Toy
– Chabunk
– Dala
– Deliriant
– Dj Vu
– Dave Mac
– EMP
– Frozen Ghost
– Gandalf
– Glitch
– Hiyarant
– Jester
– PlusMinus
– PsyMantis
– Solar Axis
– Special Kay
– Tune Raider
– Verax
– WobblZ
– Zion Linguist

Remaining acts to be announced.

VENUE:

Stormsvlei – A beautiful new forest venue with a dance-floor on the river.

– Take the N2 out of Cape Town.
– Carry on past Riviersonderend until you see the signs for Stormsvlei.
– Turn left and go over the bridge.
– Follow signs.
– GPS co-ordinates 34° 5’11.61″S 20° 5’50.09″E

Gate opens at 2 pm on Friday 2 December | No glass allowed on site | Please support the local community in Stormsvlei and make a turn by the Farm Stall on your way in.

WIN TWO TICKETS FOR ALIEN SAFARI – 21 YEARS OF MAGIC

Alien Safari

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Click GOING on the Facebook event.
  2. Post a picture to the event wall which expresses your favourite “moment of magic” captured over the past 21 years at Alien Safari.*
  3. Begin your caption with “My favourite moment of magic was when…” and tag three friends!
  4. Use the #psyked hashtag in your post in order to qualify.

*NOTE: If you have never been to Alien Safari, you can still enter by uploading a picture that captures a moment of magic from any festival you’ve attended in the past.

The competition closes on Monday the 28th of November. Only one entry per person will be accepted.