Like anything that, by name, defines itself as the representation of an entire city, the team behind Cape Town Electronic Music Festival will always have it’s work cut out for them. With a reshuffle of the festival directors after last year’s successful outing, this year seems to have settled into a comfortable brilliance.
With most of the lineup already announced before the close of last year, we’re anticipating one of the heaviest, most on-mandate bills yet. As a self-described ‘space of exchange’, CTEMF aims to connect and represent as much of Cape Town’s year-round stable of disparate subcultures in both dance music and other digital-dependent modes of sound, both cutting edge and legendary. On top of that there is an intention to contextualise the local landscape within a global network of musical lineage and current trail-blazers.
Relative newcomers to the ‘scene’ will be sharing podiums with originators from across the musical spectrum and across the globe.
Legends of scene-building dominated the opening announcement, including champion-of-the-Cape, Youngsta, LA hero founder of Stones Throw Records, Peanut Butter Wolf, eclectic UK dance music pioneers and Ninjatune founders, Coldcut, Germany’s Innervisions founders Âme, founders of ZA’s house and dance label Stay True Sounds, Jullian Gomes and Kid Fonque, and so many more.
Uppercut and It Came From The Jungle, representing the stalwarts of Hip Hop and Drum n Bass respectively, will be showcasing their promoters/residents in special slots celebrating two of Cape Town’s longest-running club nights.
Platform is especially excited to catch the debut big rig set of nascent master of throwback and future, K-$, a rare live performance by Cape Tonian-Canadian spirit guide Zaki Ibrahim, Quit Safari dance magicians Hessien+ and LIT don Dark Swano.
Venue-wise, the iconic City Hall will once again be transformed into a rabbit warren of dancefloors and non-descript in-between spaces. In the past, some have complained that this leads to confusion and a lack of control on the side of the audience, but it also leads to a fascinating opportunity to stumble into a set that you might not have planned for and will surely discover a new love for.
Every year, CTEMF releases a limited run of special discount tickets for anyone flying in from outside Cape Town, so out-of-towners keep an eye out for those in the coming weeks.
Cape Tonians should rush to get tickets at the measly Phase 2 price of R450 before it goes up soon.
In the lead up to the 7-12 February festival, we’ll be profiling a few of the acts and sharing announcements as they happen, so keep your eyes out on Platform for updates on the annual workshop series, the last of the lineup announcements, special ticket drops and more…
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