African Renaissance / GUEST BLOGGER

Near the southernmost tip of Africa, Hg2 Cape Town author, Keith Bain, will be dancing in the New Year surrounded by thousands of the city’s loveliest hedonists, churning it up at the loudest, most combustible party on the African continent: Rezonance.
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Thinking back to the first, glorious day of 2010: “The music goes on and on and on. Breathtaking, spirit-lifting, soul-searing. A whirlwind of energetic, unhinged dancing. I’m amidst myriad smiling, bopping, stomping partymongers. Caught up in a trance fuelled by positive energy, relentless beats, and the African sun. Surrounded by fresh, clean air, and exquisite scenery—the landscape as perfect as the immense swirl of humanity on the dance floor. Whether they’re dressed up, dressed down, near-naked or outfitted for the circus freak-show, I can’t help noticing that this is Cape Town’s fittest party tribe, its members displaying an impressive stamina for seeing the good times through to their conclusion. And when the sun goes down, the lighting effects, LED displays, and lavish neon décor is fantastical—as visually trippy as the soundscape is absorbing. On and on and on it goes. I’m hooked…”

A year has rolled by and for its 2010/2011 booty-shake, the Rezonance production crew are taking things to the next level, installing what is arguably the world’s finest sound system (JBL Vertex Line Array) in a gorgeous outdoor setting just beyond the city limits. A massive multi-genre music festival with a strong focus on the hypnotic beats of several dozen trance DJs, Rezonance is unquestioningly the country’s number one celebration of hedonism, musical inventiveness and cutting-edge outdoor event production. It’s also guaranteed to be the loudest, most unabashed place to see in the New Year. It’s a three-day festival that comes close to the spirit of the Sixties, and resonates with much the same spirit of liberal enlightenment that spawned a generation of good will, artistic expression, and freedom of thought.

On the bill of more than 80 back-to-back sets this year is a very long list of top Cape Town DJs and producers, including Hg2 favourite Headroom (Adam Metcalfe), who closes the party with a late-afternoon set on the 2nd of January; also appearing are over a dozen internationals, amongst them Anestetic (Portugal), Biogenesis (Mexico), and The Antidote (France). Thrown into the mix, several live outfits—including Cape Town-based electronic dance sensation, Goldfish; and Napalma, known for their Afro-Brazilian fusion sound—will herald sunset on New Year’s Day. The secondary TechnoDubFest Arena, is where you can catch an eclectic mix of urban music styles (progressive, drum ‘n’ bass, techno, chill, dub-step, breaks, and anything in between); included here are UK sensation General Midi, and Berlin-based Till von Sein.

If you’re not already in Cape Town, you’re cutting things a little fine. Hop on a plane today, and you’ll be there in time. For full details, contact the festival hotline (Tel: +27 21 794 4032; info@rezonancefestival.com). Once again, this year’s blow-out festival will be held on the Contermanskloof Estate, just outside the city in the Durbanville Hills (Google Co-ordinates: 33”47’53.00 S and 18”34’18.50 E); it’s a customarily sublime location that feels like you’ve landed in the country—serene, naturally beautiful, and (aside from the pounding beats) tranquil. Besides the two dance arenas, the 200-year-old farmstead features two dams and plenty of grassland and oak-shaded space to pitch a tent amongst the hardcore revellers. Everything you need—including food stalls, bars, and an ATM—is on site.
Read the Hg2 Cape Town review of Outdoor Trance Parties here

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