The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival has once again put together a well thought, diverse and extremely well crafted line up including 8 internationals and one hero returning for his first live show in Cape Town since he departed.
You can catch Nightmares on Wax, Goldie, Ralf Kollmann, Rolando, Chloe, Boris Brejcha, Petite Noir and a host of South Africa’s finest electronic acts over the course of 3 days inside Cape Town’s iconic City Hall, across 3 dance floors.
The full Friday roster is live and can be viewed by following the line up times link below. Find out which local heroes are supporting our first run of international headliners Chloé, Boris Brejcha and Rolando, all house & techno heavyweights in their own right.
As always the #CTEMF Saturday session is a lengthy one, beginning in the early afternoon outside and running right through the night over the three arenas of City Hall. The outside floor is deep house all day and fires up at 2pm with vinyl junkie Paul Waxon kicking off proceedings. He is followed by DJ Lloyd back-to-back with Sir Vincent and then Adam de Smit. As the sun sets in the courtyard they have a hip-hop interlude from Cape legend the Real Rozzano who hands over to DJ Superfly, the man tasked with setting the tone for Mobilee boss and house music heavyweight Ralf Kollmann.
Meanwhile the main auditorium fires up at 6pm with Long Street massive Uppercut representing their brand of past, present and future hip-hop, setting the scene for an all-star line-up of heavy hitting bass music that runs from Driemanskap into Crosby and Friends, Petite Noir making his live performance debut on home soil, who is followed by Okmalumkoolkat. From there the ever awe inspiring Sibot and Toyota open proceedings for Metalheadz chief and godfather of drum ‘n bass: Goldie. Uppercut return to close out the night while we wring out our shirts and sweep up the sweat.
The upstairs club is a smorgasbord of electronic music mayhem that is served from 7pm. Mudblud sets the scene for our very own Aero Manyelo, the local headliner who introduces a plethora of local beat heads; DJ Lag and Rudeboyz bring street style bump and grind before the slick minimalistic studio studious Danalog begins a session of refined techno that sweeps from Andy Dill into Bander.
Sunday may the day of rest, but it doesn’t mean City Hall will be idle with the outside and the main auditorium in full swing and ready to deliver even more magical moments like those of Sundays past; where people like Black Coffee, Dixon, Felix Laband and Four Tet have delivered what can only be described as sermons.
Dala Flat, Beat Sampras and hip hop goldmine DJ Kenzhero all have the exceptional honour of playing before George Evelyn AKA Nightmares on Wax – one of the longest standing artists in Warp Record’s record books, arguably the most discerning electronic music label in history.
In the auditorium the gloves come off and an onslaught of the planet’s best house music producers and DJs prepare for a showdown. Durban born Capetonian Terrence Pearce opens proceedings as perhaps SA’s most decorated producer. He is followed by a man many consider to be responsible for why we are all so addicted to this house sound down south – Vinny da Vinci. He then makes way for four hours of Harri & Domenic, the Glasgow based Subclub residents that the best DJs on earth are calling ‘the best DJs on earth’.
The Sunday line-up has some of the finest DJs and electronic music makers in the world, and is accepted by bosses and companies citywide as a valid excuse to take Monday off.