Cape Town Trance Party Schedule

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Cape Town Trance Party Schedule

Your guide to the sickest summer psy and electronic music festivals of the 2016-2017 season!

Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 April 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, wild-eyed music festivals in undisclosed, enchanting locations.

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 2016/2017 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.  


TRANSylvania presents: Redemption Island Part 2 Outdoor Party (13 – 14 May 2017)
Hot off the success of their November edition, relative newcomers TRANSylvania are returning to their Redemption Island for another instalment of madness in Malmesbury. After a bump in the road, part 2 has been moved to May, and the original headliner (Gonzi) has confirmed that he is available for the new date. Details are still pretty thin, but we will keep you updated!
TICKETS: Tickets are available online via for R350p/p. Sunday Funday tickets are R250p/p. 

Cosmic Circus Open Air Extravaganza - May 2017 - Date to be Confirmed
The practice of juggling and the genre of trance were born at roughly the same time, making these a match made in heaven. Fire juggling and Goa trance were two of the main attractions of the 2016 party. Line-up and further details to be confirmed.
TICKETS: Ticketing details have yet to be released. 

Phoenix Festival of Fire – (23 – 24 June 2017)
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. We hope you packed your wellies because we heard this one was muddy.
TICKETSTicketing details are yet to be released.

The Awakening New Age  - POSTPONED
Due to unforseen venue complications, The Awakening New Age has been forced to postpone their event. We will keep you up to date on any developments. 
TICKETS: Tickets will be refunded by the organisers, and they can be contacted directly by visiting their Facebook Page (The Awakening).

Sunflower Festival - August 2017 - Date to be Confirmed
Hosted at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, Sunflower usually turns to face the sun August. The 2016 acts were the dirty-trance master Gonzi, progressive maestro Captain Hook, the insanely epic Mandragora and Cape Town lads Deliriant, Headroom, Yeti and everyone's favourite trance lady, Sway. Sunflower is always the season opener, and what a way to do it!
TICKETSTicketing details are yet to be released. 

Alien Safari Sprung - September 2017 - Date to be Confirmed
If you’re of the school of thought that only a trance institution like Alien Safari can kick off the outdoor psy calendar, then this is the obvious season-starting shindig for you. The headline acts in 2016 were Earthling, UK beatmaker K.i.M, Microdot hailing from Austria and another UK trancer Sonic Species.
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Earthdance - September 2017 - Date to be Confirmed
Yes that's right, this one is confirmed too. Yay for Earthdance 2016. This is their 20th anniversary year, and they're heading to Nekkies Estate in Worcester. The theme is 'Global Shift', so think futuristic people! Last year’s Earthdance shaped up to be a super fresh out-of-this-world experience. The legendary and internationally linked-up party reverted in 2015 to a two-day jol but this year, Earthdance will once again be a three day festival. The line-up includes The Commercial Hippies, Sadhu Sensi, Headroom and more.  
TICKETSTicketing details are yet to be released.

Organik Gaian Dream – October 2017 – Date to be Confirmed
This long-time outdoor trance party staple crash-landed onto a whole new natural playground last October, and rumour has it the mysterious location had a forest and a dam. Keen. 
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

PsynOpticz Presents Jungala – (10 - 12 November 2017)
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.

Jungala Festival - (10 - 12 November 2017)
If you can’t quite bare to think about the end of summer 2017, try to look forward to one of the biggest festivals around. The contributors of the 2016 raucousness included Ital (Chile), Stereo Plug and Eclipse Echoes (both from Brazil), and Obliviant (Netherlands). 
TICKETS: Ticketing details have yet to be released.

Alien Safari 21 Years of Magic - CANCELLED
Regrettably, Alien Safari's 21 Years of Magic has been cancelled due to an emergency. Check out their Facebook page for more info - Alien Safari. 
TICKETS: You can get a refund for your ticket through If you have any problems, please contact the organisers directly. 

Vortex Open Source - December 2017 - Date to be Confirmed
Hosted at the Circle of Dreams, just outside of Riviersonderend, Vortex: Open Source is a must for any summer loving trancer. It is usually in December, but why not plan ahead? Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details!
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released.

Rezonance New Year’s Eve Festival - December 2017 - Date to be Confirmed
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 the 2016/2017 edition, and the 2017/2018 edition is going to take it up a noych once again. Keep New Years open people, you are not going to want to miss this!
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released. 

Origin Music and Art Festival – January 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
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: Ticketing details are yet to be released. 

Alien Safari Masqued Ball - February 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Masqued Ball is another example of a stomp-fest with music and a venue 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.
TICKETSTicketing 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 star gazing, fire pits and a conscious movie screening at the 2016 party. There is no music on the Friday night, so keep that in mind. 
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 yet 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 and we can’t wait to jame to this years headliners; Electric Universe and Symbolic! Keeeeeeeeeeeeen.  
TICKETS: Ticketing details are yet to be released. 

Ultranoize Outdoor Festival - April 2018 - Date to be Confirmed
Last year, this lekker local bash brought togethersome of SA’s most killer 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 threds (hint: bright, but comfy) and let the stomping begin. While 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. 
TICKETSTicketing details are yet to be released.  


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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Cape Town Events Calendar
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Slug Kloof 2Tequila Tuesday Drinks Special at Slug and Lettuce Kloof Street

Discounted shots and cocktails right before hump day

Kaapse Stories at The Rockwell Theatre“Kaapse Stories” at The Rockwell Dinner Theatre

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

kiff kombi toursCheap Tuesdays with Kiff Kombi Tours

Get a 20% discount on your next Kiff Kombi Tour when booking for 5 people or more

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Tight Ass Tuesday Karaoke Nights

'Bray' the night away with some super specials to lubricate your lungs

PPG - 1Powerpuff Girls Art Factory Exhibition

Sugar, spice and everything alternative

I Love Big Bay Spring MarketI Love Big Bay Market

Put a spring in your step at this fabulous evening market

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Team Building Cape TownTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser tag activity

Glowing Rooms 3Glowing Rooms SA offers a special opening price!

Pay a special rate for entrance into SA’s first 3D space-themed glow-in-the-dark mini-golf adventure

AfrikaBurn1Afrikaburn Festival

The dusty Karoo desert comes alive to host one of the most radical festivals on the festival lover’s calendar

Galileo Open Air Cinema Cape TownThe Galileo Open Air Cinema in the Cape Winelands and Cape Town Venues

Grab some snacks and get ready to watch your favourite films beneath the stars on the Weekends

The Galileo Open Air Theatre Hillcrest QuarryThe Galileo Open Air Cinema at Hillcrest Quarry

Grab your popcorn and settle down at this unique Durbanville location for the 2016-2017 outdoor movie season

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands Live Music 2Happy Hour Special at the Live-Inn Room

Pop in to Park Inn Newslands Hotel for buy-one-get-one-free drinks any day of the week or weekend

WSDC Shark 5White Shark Diving Company’s Killer Cage Diving Special

Come face-to-face with the ocean’s most fearsome fish for a truly otherworldly bucket-list experience and pay less when booking with these sharky Gansbaai-based experts

Haute Cabriere TerraceTrue Marriage of Food and Wine at Haute Cabrière Restaurant

Enjoy a specially curated Pinot Noir-inspired pairing of exquisite vino and gourmet fare at this Franschhoek eatery

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist Attraction: HintHunt

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your Mother City bucket list

Live Jazz Music at Asoka on TuesdayLive Jazz at Asoka Restaurant

Turn your Tuesday up a notch with this trendy hotspot’s vibey dinner and music offering

Rick's Cafe Table PeopleRick’s Café Americain’s Weekly Lunch Specials

Pop over to the charming Casablanca-themed restaurant for a hearty meal that won’t break the bank

Decor at Cafe Mojito city centreLive Music Tuesday at Cafe Mojito

Kick off your week with a night of local jamming at Long Street’s beloved Cuban restaurant and cocktail bar

Boy Girl Hair Salon at Peter the HaircutterHaircut Special at Boy Girl Hair Salon at Peter the Haircutter

Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save

HQ Date performerTuesday Romantic Date Night at HQ Restaurant

Treat your loved one to an evening of succulent steaks, red wine and romantic ambience at this Parisian-inspired Cape Town steakhouse’s #DateNight special

Manga Sushi 22-for-1 Sushi Special at Manga Restaurant

Save on sashimi, salmon roses and more every Tuesday at this contemporary Asian fusion hotspot in Mouille Point

table mountain chocolate 3Table Mountain Chocolate Bar Special

Buy five of the flat-topped bars and pay for four when you mention CapeTownMag

Excentric InteriorTransformation Tuesday at Excentric Hair Salon

First-time clients will receive a complimentary Olaplex in-salon treatment when booking a single or double colour process, cut and blow-dry

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