With a psychedelic history spanning more than two decades, we’ve seen annual psytrance outdoor events come and go over time in Cape Town, South Africa. However, there are always those particular festivals that deliver year after year, that leave an everlasting memory. We ran a poll asking our viewers what their favourite annual psytrance festival is. Here are the results:


ORIGIN FESTIVAL

When: January

The first major festival of the year, presented by Good Time Events / Nano Records. Origin Festival boasts two dance floors and a wide variety of visionary arts over 3 days.

Origin Festival


ALIEN SAFARI MASQUED BALL

When: February/March

A dress up event hosted by Alien Safari, who have a history of over 2 decades in the Cape Town scene.

Alien Safari Masqued Ball


VORTEX PARALLEL UNIVERSE (EASTER)

When: April

A 3 night, 4 day festival which falls over Easter Weekend every year. Hosted by Vortex, who like Alien Safari, also have over 20 years of experience in the scene.

Easter Vortex


JUNGALA FESTIVAL

When: April (moved to November for 2017)

What began as ‘A Land Called Hysteria‘, Jungala is hosted by PsynOpticz and has grown tremendously over recent years into a well attended, 3-day psychedelic event.

Jungala Festival


ALIEN SAFARI SPRUNG

When: September

Unofficially marked as the ‘season opener’, Sprung takes places at the start of Spring and kicks off the beginning of many parties to come. This is usually a limited, sell-out event. Get those tickets early!

Alien Safari Sprung


EARTHDANCE CAPE TOWN

When: September

The global, multi-city music and art festival takes place throughout the world on the same weekend, with the Cape Town edition being hosted by Good Time Events / Nano Records. Make sure you’re on the dance floor for the Prayer for Peace, uniting Earthdance across the globe.

Earthdance Cape Town


ORGANIK GAIAN DREAM

When: October

Coming from humble beginnings, Organik has quietly grown into one of Cape Town’s most respected festivals.

Organik Gaian Dream


LOVE & LIGHT

When: March, December

Pioneered the ‘day time’ parties in Cape Town. Love & Light features the sounds of techno blending into progressive psytrance, with LED backdrops and a gorgeous venue.

Love & Light


VORTEX OPEN SOURCE

When: December

The 4 night, 5 day festival takes place in the mystical land known as the Circle of Dreams, roughly 2 hours from Cape Town in Riviersonderend. Expect some long journey sets from old school local and international legends amongst a very natural, forest setting.

Vortex Open Source, South Africa


REZONANCE NYE FESTIVAL

When: New Years weekend

Arguably the most popular New Years Eve Festival in South Africa, with thousands of attendees from across the globe, Rezonance boasts numerous dance floors, with the main Prizm dance floor delivering a heavy dose of psychedelic trance.

Rezonance NYE Festival, South Africa

Thanks Aumega Photography for most of the photos