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Cape Town Trance Party Schedule

Your guide to the sickest summer psy and electronic music festivals of the 2017-2018 season!

Last Updated: Thursday, 30 November 2017

Cape Town is home to the outdoor trance music party. Sure Joburg tries its best but this seaside city, with its chilled-out reputation and its surrounding natural splendour, is the obvious choice for weekend-long, wide-eyed music festivals.

However, if you’re not in the loop, upcoming outdoor trance parties can prove rather elusive. More times than not, it’s difficult to get the hard facts about what’s happening where and when.

More specifically, in much the same way as people from Cape Town direct you around the city with useful instructions like “drive away from the mountain”, the only ‘essential’ info that those who are clued up are often willing to share about a trance party is that the jol was the, “party of my life” or had “mystical visuals” and “amazing energy”.

Don’t despair though; we’re here to help! We’ve compiled an overview of the best Cape Town outdoor trance parties of the 2017/2018 season.

Do note: The Theewaterskloof (TWK) Municipality was reviewing their stance on allowing music festivals to take place within their district (Botrivier, Caledon, Genadendal, Grabouw, Greyton, Riviersonderend, Villiersdorp). Still no word, but you’ll know as soon as we do! Subscribe to our newsletter here.  

CAPE TOWN TRANCE PARTY CALENDAR:  

Synergy Live - (1 - 3 December 2017)
Synergy Live is back this year and what a year it is! After being missing from the scene for a few years, the organisers are back in 2017 for a three day festival filled with music, dance, drinking and laughs. This explosion of partying is the highlight of many trancers calendars and Synergy has promised to be bigger than ever. 
TICKETS: Tickets range from R395/p to R495/p and can be purchased online via Webtickets.co.za. 

Vortex Open Source - (7 - 11 December 2017)
Hosted at the Circle of Dreams, just outside of Riviersonderend, Vortex: Open Source is a must for any summer loving trancer. It is in December, but why not plan ahead? Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details on the line-up, venue and all the stuff you’ll need to know!
TICKETS: Tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za for R550p/p as Early Bird. You can get a Full Weekend Pass for R650p/p and a Single Day ticket for R550p/p.

Rezonance New Year’s Eve Festival - (30 December - 2 January 2018)
Normally this list is reserved for full trance parties only, but when the line-up is this sick, how can we not? Rezonance Festival moved to Pat Busch Mountain Reserve in Robertson for their 2016/2017 party, and the 2017/2018 event is going to take it up a notch once again at the Theewaterskloof Dam. Keep New Years open people, you are not going to want to miss this!
TICKETS: Tickets are available on Quicket.co.za for R620/p. 

Origin Music and Art Festival – (26 - 28 January 2018)
As always with Origin, count on swimming dams, food and drink stalls and plenty of debauchery. The festival includes so much more than just music, so get involved. Last year the trance staple was hosted at Elandskloof Farm near Greyton and the organisers secured some legendary artists for the line-up including Loud, Magik and James West. We cannot wait for the 2018 edition.
TICKETS: Tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za for between R350/p and R550/p.

Alien Safari Masqued Ball - February 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Masqued Ball is another example of a stomp-fest that must have been made in trance heaven. The 2017 spectacular was hosted by the sea, just further along the coast than Gordons Bay. This one is in our diaries for sure, we wouldn’t miss it! Details are a little thin on the ground but we will keep you in the loop over the next few weeks.
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Altered Sates: Lunar - March 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
After the hit that the 2017 edition was, this chilled-out experience is just what the doctor ordered to get you trancing again. This is more than just a trance event; it’s a gathering of the community. The organisers had, fire pits and a conscious movie screening at the 2017 party.
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Organic Love Project – April 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Located just 100km outside of Cape Town, Utopia is the perfect trance venue. This trance party is set to announce a few details, so keep your eyes open! Two international legends performed last year, namely UnderCover (Israel) and Darma (Israel) and believe us (we were there) it was awesome.
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Ultranoize Outdoor Festival - April 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Last year, this lekker local bash brought together some of SA’s most popular DJs. It promises all the vibes of a big festival, with the charm of a small one. Don’t get lost in the crowd and pack your best trance party threads (hint: bright, but comfy) and let the stomping begin. Summer will be fading and that means the 2018 trance season will be drawing to a close (or at the very least slowing down). End of summer jols are cooler (weather wise, of course), so pack sensibly.
TICKETS: Ticketing details have yet to be released.

Eden Experience: Botanic Dreams - April 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
We all helped Eden dust off the cobwebs, after being out of the spotlight for a while, with their first party of 2017! It was hosted at the Garden of Eden (which is a mystery to us as well). Details are a little thin on the ground, but stay tuned, we will keep you in the loop people. Just get ready for an epic jol.
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.  

TRANSylvania presents: Redemption Island - May 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
TRANSylvania’s second ever gig, last year, was mind-blowing. The venue was spectacular, the music was insane and the atmosphere was electric. Make sure you don’t miss this newcomers next edition of to the trance party scene.
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Phoenix Festival of Fire – June 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Celebrate rebirth, in the season of renewal, with the 2017 edition of ‘Phoenix Festival of Fire’. Vortex Trance Adventures took us back to the Circle of Dreams (Riviersonderend) for 2016 and brought amazing international acts like Side Effects (Israel), Bouncerz (Israel), Creator (Switzerland) and Kai Mathesdorf (Germany), along with lekker locals like DJ Mark, Bernz and many more.
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Sunflower Festival - August 2018 - Date to be Confirmed 
Hosted at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, the Sunflower Festival usually turns to face the sun in August. The 2017 acts were dirty-trance master Vini-Vici, the insanely epic Mandragora and everyone's favourite trance lady, Sway. Sunflower is always the season opener, and what a way to do it! Last year they even secured Vini Vici! Calling all Vini Vici fans, he is finally coming to Cape Town again!
TICKETSTicketing details are yet to be released.

Alien Safari Sprung - September 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
If you’re of the school of thought that only Alien Safari can kick off the outdoor psy calendar, then this is the obvious season-starting shindig for you. The acts in 2017 included Aardvark, Abra, DJ Mark, Drifter and Loophole (and plenty more). The jol once again went down at Silwerstroom Resort on the West Coast (past Melkbosstrand). 
TICKETSTicketing details are yet to be released.

Into the Wild: Moon Child - September 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Into the Wild will be back again in 2018 with Raised by Wolves on 13 January 2018 and The Woodlands on 12 May 2018. The line-up for Moon Child last year included Geometric Flux, Broken Toy, Itone, Toby2Shoes and more. 
TICKETSTicketing details are yet to be released. 

Earthdance - September 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Yay for Earthdance 2018. 2018 is their 22nd year, and they're planning a bigger party than ever! Last year’s Earthdance shaped up to be an out-of-this-world experience. The legendary and internationally linked-up party is back to a two day and we can’t wait to dip our toes into the Earthdance waters once more!
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Organik Gaian Dream – October 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
This favoured outdoor trance party crash-landed onto a whole new natural playground last October, and rumour has it the mysterious location had a forest and a dam. Keen. They secured Pixel and G.M.S as headliners last year, as well as 3 Of Life (a collaboration of the two) for a mind-blowing set of trance madess. 
TICKETSPTicketing details are yet to be released.

PsynOpticz Presents Jungala – November 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Jungala is one of the biggest parties on the trance calendar and for the very first time, last year, there was a second Jungala event! The Magic of Jungala took the form of a one-night party at Hillcrest Quarry. The headline acts included Bliss (Israel), Vertigo (Mexico), Mystical Complex (Israel) and more! There will also be some locals to make sure the line-up is extra lekker.
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Alien Safari’s Flying Circus - November 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Say hello to the newly revived Flying Circus brought to you by Alien Safari. Their usual festivals, Masqued Ball in February and Sprung in September, are the highlight of the season for many ravers. 
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

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Interested in other festivals around Cape Town? Take a look at our overview of annual music festivals in Cape Town and surrounds so you don’t miss a single one.

If you’re planning a festival trip, you’ll definitely need to take a quick look at our list of festival essentials! Don’t be caught off guard when you trip over (or forget) your tent pegs, #justsaying

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