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Electric – SA’s biggest dance music experiences

Following on from the huge success of the Deadmau5, Bingo Players and Avicii SA Tours in 2011 and the beginning of 2012 respectively, SA’s three biggest event promoters, Anything Goes, H2O and Showtime Management have joined forces to form Electric.

 

Electric is the brainchild of these three companies, launched to fill the gap in the dance music market.  Their primary objective is to bring only the hottest names in dance music to our shores and dominate the SA dance music industry through touring A-list DJs and creating festival experiences. The individual companies will remain trading as before, but will scale up to manage these large events as a combined entity.

 

Electric already has huge names confirmed to tour South Africa in 2012 (watch the press for more details) and massive plans for 2013 that are currently taking shape.

 

“Having collectively been in the dance music scene for decades, and seeing the global phenomenon that it has become, we felt it was time to join forces and bring massive festival experiences to SA.” says Shaun Duvet, MD of Anything Goes.  “After touring Deadmau5, Bingo Players and Avicii and seeing the great and immediate response we realised how much SA needs Electric, and worked hard to make it happen.”

 

Between Anything Goes, H2O and Showtime, they have toured the likes of

Deadmau5, Avicii, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bingo Players, Fatboy Slim, Kaskade, Lil Wayne, The Rolling Stones, 50 Cent, Janet Jackson, Rick Ross, Paul van Dyk, Chris Lake, Cosmic Gate, Bob Sinclar, Todd Terry, DJ Craze, Blackalicious, Shortee Blitz, Neil Armstrong, Justin Robertson, Mowgli, The Stanton Warriors, Krafty Kuts, Judge Jules, and the list continues.

For more information visit:

Website:         www.electricmusic.co.za

Twitter:           www.twitter.com/electricmusicsa

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/electricmusicsa

The hot new Dragon Room

After The Fez in Cape Town closed down, I was left in a bit of a rut about where to spend my Friday nights. Eventually I heard about this new club on the block, Dragon Room…

Located at 84 Harrington Street (yes 50m from The Assembly), the club fits in just where The Fez left off. This is mainly because most of the staff and the marketing team from The Fez have moved there. They have done a fantastic job in turning the club into what it is today. The first ever event at the club was the 5FM Love Sucks party (link to video below).

5FM Love Sucks at Dragon Room

 

The club features 2 dance floors, 3 bars (VIP and 2 normal), private booths, VIP tables, couches and more! The VIP area is above and  goes all the way around the main dance floor. This affords VIP’s to enjoy all the fantastic music without the bumps and drinks being spilt on you on the dance floor. The VIP area also extends behind the DJ box so if watching DJ’s is your thing then you are more than welcome to do that. 

Dragon Room has also taken it a step further and have included stage dancer throughout the night.

This is definitely my new favourite club on a Friday night in Cape Town. They could however work a bit on the air-con.

If you want guestlist for Dragon Room, check out The Fez facebook page and look for the link for the specific night.

Come and get #Dragonfaced every Friday with me!

Neelz

Hello Techno at Trinity ft. PHNTM

I received an email yesterday confirming the next Hello Techno event which will be coming to  Trinity on the 12th May.

The headlining act for this event will be PHNTM. He is the no.1 selling International Techno artist and recently collaborated with UMEK, Christian Cambas and Joey Beltram.  His unique style of funky Techno and Tech House is something not to be missed! Supporting acts include:  B_TYPE, Craig De Sousa and One Track Mike.

Keep up to date with the event deets here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/258618854229330/

Listen to  PHNTM’s latest mix here:

The Loop Nightclub opens its doors to chicness

Weeks of preparation paid off when The Loop Nightclub opened its doors to Cape Town’s most fabulous fashionistas and party-goers on Wednesday, 14 December 2011. The DJ line-up was smoking hot, featuring South Africa’s hottest DJ Duo’s: the legendary Crazy White Boy and the Digital Divas. Over seven hundred people came to experience what Cape Town’s newest club had to offer. Guests were welcomed with delicious canapés sponsored by Le Chocolatier Café and refreshing drinks from Vawter.

It is long overdue that Cape Town Central has a club of this calibre to call its own. With three levels The Loop Nightclub aims to deliver nothing less than excellence. When you walk in you are met with the amalgamation of warm thick textures from the old school and slick smooth lines from new school. The lumo coloured furniture, which lights up, make you feel young and free again, and when partying during this festive season what more could guests ask for.

The atmosphere was chic, fun, and electric. Guests were dancing to the sounds of talented DJ’s, enjoying the mix of electronic and commercial house beats. Those who were VIP could still be a part of the action downstairs, looking down from the balcony, which is positioned directly over the dance floor.

“This launch was even better than we expected it to be. Dancing, meeting new people, and experiencing chic night life in the middle of Cape Town is what The Loop Night Club is all about. It was a night to remember!” says Wai-Szee Sing, co-owner of The Loop Night Club.

The Loop Night Club has so much more in store for their guests, with the DJ line-up for December including: Roger Goode, Euphonik, Mixi, Harael, Vanessa Holliday and Pascal and Pearce, this is set to be a festive season where the party is non-stop!

“Thank you to the guests who took the time to enjoy the Exclusive Launch with The Loop Nightclub team! We are looking forward to seeing you at the events we have planned for this summer season and all the days to follow.” says Wai-Szee Sing, co-owner of The Loop Night Club.

 

“Open your mind. Let loose and dance – not because it’s weird or brave but just because dancing makes you come alive”.

F@ck it it’s Friday

West Coast Productions finally found a home bass where we can host events regularly. This Friday and every Friday after that please join us at The Hidden Cellar in Stellenbosch for a clubbing experience unlike anything your used to.

Come see some of the best local DJ’s Cape Town has to offer ripping it up on the West Coast sound rig. The best sound in Stellenbosch, the best lighting rig in Stellenbosch, the crazziestt visual displays and the maddest line up!! No more Britanny Spears or DJ who-the-hell-cares corrupting your eardrums, just pure filthy basslines to send shivers up your spine and goosbumpes down your neck…. yesss please!!

Line up:

21h00 – 22h30 – Click (Funky Electro)
22h30- 23h30 – Element☮ (Electro)
23h30 – 00h30 – Jason Borland (Electro)
00h30 – 02h00 – Dublusion vs George Daniel (Dubstep vs DnB)

TIME: 21H00 – 02H00
VENUE: THE HIDDEN CELLAR
DATE: 1ST OF APRIL 2011
COVER CHAGE: R20

P.L.U.R
R.O.A.R

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One of the biggest events to hit JHB this season is probably the Jo’Burg Experience. Featuring more than 100 class acts in a jam packed 14hrs; this is not to be missed! This massive event takes place on the 2nd of April at Skyraiders in Germiston. Boasting a crowd in excess of 10 000 with 3 enormous dance arenas and an outdoor beer garden, if you not at this event you will have lost out.

The event features acts such as: Brooklyn Bounce, Jax Panik , Die Antwoord, Van Coke Kartel, Heuwels Fantasties , Nick Explicit, Zubz, House hold Funk, Milkshake and more and more and more…much much more! There will also be 100 Local & International DJ’s keeping you going through 14hrs of non-stop partying!

The Skyraiders venue will be able to handle a crowd of 10 000 with enough room to spare. Three hi-tech sound stages, massive bar areas, outdoor beer garden and a live act main stage will keep you entertained throughout the event. If you enjoy a combination of light and sound then the phenomenal Laser show is for you! There will also be plane aerobatics taking place at a point during the day.

If you enjoy good local talent on display with a few international acts thrown, then I suggest you get yourself a ticket to this breathtaking event. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

If you want to win a ticket to this event click here

Smirnoff presents ASOT500 with Armin Van Buuren – Press Release

The world’s number one DJ, Armin van Buuren, is teaming up with Smirnoff and has chosen South Africa to celebrate the launch of his ‘A State of Trance 500 Tour’. Travelling to five continents, five cities, with five of the hottest nights on the 2011 calendar, a month long tour from 19 March – 18 April 2011 will include stops in South Africa, Europe, USA, South America and Australia.
Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State of Trance 500 Tour’ has seen enormous success in the eight years since it was launched, reaching an estimated 10-million listeners in 26 countries and over 30 radio stations and via satellite and internet radio stations. Fans worldwide will be able to tune into this epic milestone as ‘A State of Trance’ celebrates its 500th episode.

Ana Bunton of Smirnoff South Africa says, “It’s been an incredible year for Smirnoff, and to be alongside the world’s number one DJ, Armin van Buuren, for his celebration of ‘A State of Trance 500 Tour’ we are excited to bring yet another once-in-a-lifetime experience to South Africa. We have recently hosted the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, which was a phenomenal success and once again resetting the benchmark for Smirnoff globally. South Africa can expect an outstanding performance from Armin and other world-class DJ’s. In addition to the music, the venue itself will be supported by a mind-blowing Smirnoff production.”

Armin van Buuren, who has been ranked as the world’s number one DJ for four years running in the leading DJ Mag top 100 poll, will be the fifth top international talent brought to South Africa by Smirnoff SA in the last year. Smirnoff brought South Africa the likes of Tiësto for the Smirnoff Experience Mashup Street, DJ Sasha for Smirnoff Experience, Above & Beyond as Smirnoff presented Godskitchen and Monika Kruse, ATB and Markus Schulz who recently brought Berlin’s nightlife alive for the ambitious Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project.

Having recently won various awards as Best Global DJ (2010), Best International DJ (2010), Best progressive House / Trance Track (2009) Best Music video (2009) and Best European DJ (2009), it is evident that Armin’s passion in trance music is beyond a hobby, it is essential to his way of life. “What makes trance work so well is that it doesn’t stick to one style. It can incorporate electro, minimal, whatever it likes,” says Armin.

Armin van Buuren’s ‘State of Trance 500 Tour’ is one experience not to be missed.
The tour will start in Johannesburg on 19 March 2011. Tickets can be bought from Computicket from Monday, 6 December 2010.

For more information log on to www.facebook.com/SmirnoffSA
Not for Sale to Persons under the Age of 18. Drink Responsibly.

NYE East City Block Party

This New Years Eve will never be the same again with The East City Block Party. Boasting a whopping 7 dance arenas with no less than 3 international DJ’s, this is event is not to be missed. With each dance floor featuring an absolutely unique sound attached to it, you can expect top DJ’s in their respective genres jamming some sick beats.

The Assembly will be featuring a filthy indie electro dance floor while The Annex will be featuring a driving Electro sound, The Temple will have Dubstep to rock your socks, Chevelle will be nice and vibey with some sick House, R&B and Hip Hop sounds and finally Que Pasa features a bit of Salsa and Commercial.

This event is more than enough to keep your heart beating at lightning fast speeds throughout the night as we move into our new year. The multiple venues, Thunderous Sound Rigs, Trippy Visuals, VJ’s, Gorgeous dancers, Fire dancers, Live Acts and Entertainment, flowing Champagne and a whole lot more promises that this event is a must if you are in Cape Town.

The event features DJ’s such as: Jeff Doubleu (Potatoheads – UK), Hijack (Union Jack records – UK), Sam World (Global DJs Qatar), Doombox (JHB), MC Heavy (JHB), Pascal & Pearce, El Gordo, Riot Squad, SFR, Hyphen, Pziezzo Electric, Das Kapital, Bruce Willis, Kennedy, Multicrisis, Sex & Smut and many other awesome DJ’s that will keep your ears ringing for days to come.

So what will it cost?

Early Bird tickets are available at the insanely low cost of R150.
Standard Tickets are R200 Presold
VIP Tickets are R300 Presold

Tickets are available from Webtickets

What can you expect as a VIP?

  • Access to exclusive VIP floors and access to the Balkanology New World Eve outdoor event happening in the middle of it all at the Harrington Street parking lot.
  • Many more other surprises on the night

So if you in the mood for a very vibrant and messy NYE then the East City Block Party is the place to be.

For more info check out www.theassembly.co.za

Happy Partying

Neelz

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All tickets were sponsored by The Assembly


After a rushed afternoon and long haul from Stellenbosch through peak hour traffic to Cape Town, it felt rewarding to crack open our first beer for the day. Somewhere between the time of commencement and the time of inebriation the plans for the evening were tended to. These included a last minute driver appointment, traditional end of month student to student financial loans and a method to sleep 5 people in a 1 bedroom flat (which failed dismally in the end). Once the beers were drunk (and so were we) we decided to head out to The Assembly to check out one of Cape Town’s most raved about nightlife events…Discotheque.

The first thing that struck me about The Assembly was its friendly service. More often than not one has to put up with the likes of fuming bouncers surged on a power trip, who tend to forget that the age of the patrons that they question is generally higher than their IQ’s. This, however, was not the case. The doormen were friendly and helpful (at a point with a well placed satirical statement I might have even gotten a smile out of the one. This could have just been wishful thinking).The venue seemed almost accustomed to a party of this nature because of its design. Boasting 2 dance floors, ample movement space, numerous barmen ensuring the drinks flowed freely and a wide open stage; what more could a dance enthusiast ask for?

The only set back thus far was the fact that half of Cape Town’s underground movement had ventured to Synergy Live on the night that my Discotheque virginity had been lost. I joined the few electroheads left behind in drowning our sorrows (with reasonably priced drinks) before moving onto the dance floor to see what local talent assembly was showcasing. We were immediately greeted by the roar of bass. I was more than impressed by the slick lighting technology, ground quaking sound system and brain flossing audio-visual set up that Discotheque had employed (the VJ set, climaxed at one stage with images of Gandalf the Grey behind a set off turntables smiling profoundly before the boys at Contraband whipped in the next progression of their smoothly flowing set).

First up behind the wheels of steel was local customary George Daniels (who actually organised us free tickets…legend). As always his set comprised of slick mixing, technical swindle and smooth progression all mashed up with chunky bass beats and a whole lot of rhythm. It seems that the 13 years of experience he’s had playing to diverse crowds has given him the edge that many of the up and coming stars lack. If you haven’t seen him bobbing around behind a set of decks then do yourself a favour and make it your mission.

Following that was the likes of legendary break-beat duo Enough Weapons. To my surprise and delight I noticed Psytrance producer and one part of jam jar, Rubix Qube, was filling in for a missing member of the group. When Rubix is behind the decks you can expect thick, bassy mayhem that is synonymous with his psytrance sets and the grungy breaks he was playing was nothing short of this. Equipped with CDJs, mixers, Keyboards, Synth pads and enough technology to fire of a mini spaceship they got the crowd off their seats and kick started the party, shifting the energy levels to 5th gear straight off the mark.

The next act to throw down the funky monkey was female duo Blush and Bass. Although there mixture of cheese pop meets tinge electro is not really up my alley it seems something about the sight of two girls (jumping about on stage) fuelled by what seemed like more alcohol than you’ll find in an average liquor depot really whipped the crowd into a frenzy. I must say there stage presence does well to hide their inexperience but overall I felt their performance was lacking.

The last act for the night which we got to witness, before heading home, was Johannesburg representatives Shuffleshame. If I had to describe their sound it could be labelled a blend of new age rave meets indie electro. From their first song which featured a tribal chant fused into a roaring bass line, it was evident that these guys knew what they were doing. Keeping the energy levels high, the music ever evolving and the crowd on their feet, they definitely put the fun in dysfunction.

One disappointing element of the night is that it seemed the club was filled with school kids, each sporting a variation of the common lumo flat clap (stereotyped of the modern era electro junky). As 2 o’clock arrived, a stampede towards the exit commenced and a variety of sobriety methods were displayed in what seemed to be an attempt to avoid unwanted questioning by parents regarding alcohol related matters. Distained by a lack of support we decided to call it a night and sadly missed Grave Dangers set. All in all, on another day, this event would have been awesome and we will definitely make a return visit.

From reviewme.co.za point of view, it’s definitely a must if you into the more alternative nightlife scene.

Joe Bloggs

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