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Earthdance Cape Town
A guide to Cape Town’s season-starting trance party
Earthdance, the legendary three-day trance festival that signals the start of the Cape Town trance season, is once again here to enchant local trance lovers of the Western Cape (from Friday, 21 September 2012 to Sunday, 23 September 2012 at Nekkies Resort in Worcester).
Trance is synonymous with the Mother City in the way that ‘Minnie’ is indefinitely attached to ‘Mouse’. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, like tequila with salt and lemon, like a hot day and an ocean dip. In short, you wanna hang out in the Mother City? You gotta know the trance scene.
Earthdance is the perfect party to break your trance virginity, and just so there are no embarrassing mishaps, here is our handy guide to Cape Town’s Earthdance 2012 (both for seasoned stompers and those new to the scene).
We bring you not only a detailed line-up of the music to look forward to, but also oh-so-important tips: like directions, festival facilities, stuff to bring, dos and don’ts as well as a little background on the entire affair. Think of us as the agony-aunt in your favourite R’18 mag - we’re here to answer all the questions you’re scared to ask so that this experience is, in keeping with our earlier analogy, one you’ll never forget.
Earthdance has been a global collaboration since 1997, and is the largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace in the world. Held annually in over 500 locations in 80 countries worldwide, each event joins participants together at the exact same moment in time (1am South African time on Sunday, 23 September 2012) for a universal Prayer for Peace.
Furthermore, as a trance party with a conscience, the outdoor festival supports a different “theme” each year to couple a wicked jol with a little awareness, a little education and a significant charitable financial donation. This year’s theme is “Year of the Woman”, and all Earthdance events will focus on causes that work to promote gender equality and female empowerment while fostering peace and harmony.
Lastly, party-goers, keep in mind that Earthdance is as notorious for inaugurating the start of the trance party season as it is for rotten weather. So, bring plenty of warm clothes, and then, young padawan, the psychedelic world awaits.
Tickets for Earthdance 2012
Tickets are available online at Webtickets for R335p/p for the whole weekend and R310p/p for Saturday and Sunday and at the gate for R350p/p. Tickets are also on sale at listed outlet stores, which offer the best deal - selling tickets for R320p/p for the whole weekend and R280p/p for Saturday and Sunday.
(There is also Greenpop Ticket available online for R400p/p, which includes a full weekend pass, plus Greenpop will plant a tree on your behalf and send you the GPS coordinates of your tree.)
Ticket Outlets for Earthdance Cape Town 2012
- Cape Town CBD -
• Gardens Centre – Global Girl: 021 461 1756
• Ashanti Lodge: 021 424 4016
• Hemporium (Long St): 021 481 1853
• Ska Clothing (Long St): 021 426 5025
• Canal Walk (Wild Fire Piercing): 021 552 8929
• Cavendish (Long Street): 021 671 9846
• Durbanville (Gypsy): 021 976 2604
• Hout Bay (Creperie and coffee shop at the Boardroom): 021 790 8132
• Kalk Bay (Gypsy): 021 788 6802
• Observatory (Ska Clothing): 021 447 6014
• Noordhoek (Skint Clothing, Long Beach): 021 785 7777
• Sea point (Call-A-Pizza – after 5pm): 021 434 0818
• Somerset West (Old Skool Tattoos): 071 345 5096
• Stellenbosch (Gypsy): 021 886 7157
• Tygervalley (Long Street): 021 914 3136
• Big Bay (Post Net): 021 554 2755
• Knysna (Other World Tattoos): 082 514 7648
Directions to Cape Town’s Earthdance 2012 – Nekkies Resort.
The following are directions from Cape Town. Gates open on Friday, 21 September 2012 at 1pm.
- Take the N1 past Paarl
- Go through the Huguenot Tunnel (there is a toll)
- 14km after tunnel turn right towards Rawsonville
- After 6km turn right into Rawsonville
- At stop street turn right towards Worcester
- Follow the road for 12km
- Look for signs
Festival Facilities and Activities
- Multiple Entertainment Areas/Stages
- Plenty of space for Camping
- Camping is included in all ticket prices.
- Environmentally Friendly (They use Biodiesel Generators + Solar Power / only use Biodegradable cups/cutlery/plates, plant trees, recycle all waste and all that good stuff.)
- Variety of Food Stalls (Great Vegetarian Options too)
- Craft Market
- Swimming Pool
- On Site Medical Service
- Friendly and vigilant Security
- Toilets, as well as a Luxury Toilet option
- World Class Decor & Art Installations
- Workshops & Talks (focused on Environmental and Social Concerns)
- Healing Area (book yourself a massage!)
& So Much More!
What to Bring
- Camping gear
- Sleeping Bag
- Warm clothes
- Silly/fun outfits
- Swimming costume
- Cushions, throws/rugs and anything else that might make your experience more comfy and warm.
- Ready Made Meals (food stalls are on site, but it’s not a bad idea to bring a few munchies)
- Booze, cups and ice (while a bar is available, it’s cheaper and easier to bring your own alcohol – and plenty of it, at that)
- Cash (there are no ATMs on site)
- Cigarettes (no stalls sell cigarettes within the party venue)
Line-up for Earthdance 2012
Line-up at Music Box Stage:
- ill.Gates (Canada)
- Big Space
- Candice Heyns
- Card on Spokes
- Christian Tiger School
- DJ Tempo
- Fog Show
- Guns n Lazers
- Honey B
- Lady M
- Miss H
- Monique Pascall
- Pure Solid
- Red Bull Outro
- Remy Gold
- Riot Squad
- Sedge Warbler
- Veranda Panda
- White Nite
Line-up at Origin Stage
- Pixel (ISR)
- Nok (GER)
- The Commerical Hippies
- Super Evil
- Static Flow
- Mad Piper
- Dave Mac
- Dillan M
- Emma Stevenson
- Jeanne Dee
- Ninjah Jack
- Special Kay
- Tune Raider
Line-up at ETC Stage
- James Copeland
- Pierre Estienne
- Spliff Politix
- U18’s (ID on request)
- Independent sound systems
- Illegal substances
While this is not an event for children, festival organizers understand the restraints in finding childcare for the duration of the festival and so children under the age of 12 get in for free, but must be under their own parent/legal guardian (not older siblings or family friends) supervision at all times and kept away from the main dance floors.
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By Aisling Holmes