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Enter the CTEMF

by Yolande Botha / 11.02.2013

‘Twas the month of Feb, when all through the city, not a creature was stirring, not even a Hout Bay hippie. The amps were plugged in, the V&A Breakwater Parking was looking its best. All in preparation for the Cape Town Electronic Music Fest.

Yes, little jittery, eager electro bunnies, it’s finally here. Well, at least almost. Those three days your ears, eyes and bones have been waiting for is starting this Friday, 15 Feb. And for those of you who either don’t have to work or can choose when you work, you can pump your fists to Rebel Clef for the rest of us from 15:00.

After a local hallelujah to the inaugural event last year, the CTEMF is back for Round 2 and it’s set to become a regular feature on our music calendar. Bloody marvellous. No longer do the electro heads need to lurk in the shadows of an underground scene that has just as much local talent to offer than those big, dirty rock fests. Do I hear an “amen, sister”?

This year sees veterans like Haezer, Lark, Niskerone, Killer Robot, DJ A33, Black Coffee and local emigrants Floyd Lavine and Esa. But wait, there’s more. Because it’s exciting times and talented producers and musicians have been paying their dues in clubs across the country, working hours on end in dark, cramped studios to bring us the next big thing. Expect some brilliant, boundary-pushing sounds from people like Shangaan Electro, Card on Spokes, Crazy White Boy and those BFFs JakobSnake and Richard the Third collaborating on the decks. Of course, there’s going to be some stimulating visuals to go along, including the exploits of VJ Toyota Cressida, performing with Sibot and New York rapper/producer/freestyler M.Sayyid. There’s a new act every hour, for 3 glorious days, so check out the full line-up.

For those of you in the music industry or working your way towards it, the CTEMF is hosting a bunch of inspiring, content-rich workshops and discussions with the pros from Tues, 12 Feb to Thurs, 14 Feb.

There are going to be some sore feet, knees and heads by the 18th of Feb, so, if the anticipation isn’t too much for you, tuck yourself in and get some proper sleep between now and the weekend. As far as treats for your eyes and ears go, it is indeed the electro Christmas.

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, V&A Breakwater Parking:

15-17 Feb 2013

Fri 15:00 – 02:00
Sat 12:00 – 02:00
Sun 12:00 – 00:00

Weekend pass: R350
Day pass: R150

All the other info you need right here.

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