With an influential psytrance scene shaped over 2 decades, we’ve seen annual events come and go in Cape Town, South Africa. However, these particular festivals below always leave an everlasting memory.

These are just a few of our favourite Cape Town gatherings that we’re VERY excited for next season!

At the end of the article, you’ll have a chance to cast your vote for your favourite festival.


INTO THE WILD

Next Date: 15 September
Music Style: Progressive, Techno

A series of day events designed to pay homage to the earth, allow us to reconnect with nature and express ourselves through dance. The music features a curation of techno and progressive artists from day-into-night.

into the wild experience


ALIEN SAFARI

Next Date: 01 September (Sprung), 24 November (Flying Circus )
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive

Founded in 1995, Alien Safari is one of the oldest event productions in the country. More recently, they have returned their roots with more intimate gatherings in the Cape Town bringing a much needed old school vibe.

Alien Safari Sprung


EARTHDANCE CAPE TOWN

Next Date: 21 to 23 September
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive, Techno

A global, multi-city music and art festival takes place throughout the world on the same weekend. Make sure you’re on the dance floor for the Prayer for Peace, uniting Earthdance across the globe.


ORGANIK

Next Date: 19 to 21 October (Gaian Dream)
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive, Techno

Coming from humble beginnings, Organik has quietly grown into one of Cape Town’s most respected festivals. Their annual events, Gain Dream and Love Project, provide two opportunities to connect with the outdoors.


LOVE & LIGHT

Next Date: 22 December
Music Style: Progressive, Techno

Pioneered the day time parties in Cape Town. Love & Light features the sounds of techno blending into progressive psytrance on a warm summer day, with LED backdrops to light up the night.


VORTEX OPEN SOURCE

Next Date: 22 June to 24 June (Phoenix Festival of Fire), 13 to 17 December
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive

The epic 4 night, 5 day psychedelic 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 psytrance legends. Also be sure to check out Phoenix Festival of Fire for a similar winter gathering.

vortex open source 2017


REZONANCE NYE FESTIVAL

Next Date: TBC
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive, Techno

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

rezonance nye festival


ORIGIN FESTIVAL

Next Date: 01 to 03 February 2019
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive, Techno

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

origin festival 2018


VORTEX PARALLEL UNIVERSE

Next Date: Easter Weekend 2019
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive

A 3 night, 4 day psychedelic festival which falls over Easter Weekend every year. Hosted by Vortex Parallel Universe, who are veterans of the Cape Town psychedelic scene.


ALTERED STATES

Next Date: TBC 2019
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive

Altered States has quickly become notable on the Cape Town calendar, known for an authentic and underground psychedelic experience in nature.


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