Easter Vortex – Come step into a Parallel Universe
These moments are what epitomises what Easter Vortex is all about. Beautiful family vibes with our psy family.”
It’s that time of year again when all Capetonian psytrance fans head to the hills for 3 days of psychedelic pleasure.
Easter Vortex weekend is an annual tradition that started many years ago.
I for one have never missed an Easter Vortex, it’s like an institution.
Prepare yourselves for a very psychedelic Full On experience, no fluffy vibes here [I hope].
The venue is tucked away on Hillside Farm in Caledon, just over the mountain outside of Cape Town, not too close but not too far [perfect in my opinion].
The dance floor is surrounded by trees creating natural shade so it’s ideal for a good day time boogie and a cosy night time stomp.
And let’s not forget that tree hut at the back of the floor!
A festival for adults
Easter Vortex is a psytrance festival for adults and by that I don’t mean no under 18’s. I’m also not suggesting that if you are only 18 you’re not welcome. Everybody’s welcome!
The one thing I really love when stepping into the Parallel Universe of Easter Vortex is that there is a sense of maturity at this festival’s production.
One of the reasons is because this festival is a 3 day event, so one needs to adopt a mature approach and pace yourself like you’re running a mini marathon, because there is a lot of great music being played over those 3 days and 2 nights.
So, how to do it ALL?
Vortex productions seems to resonate that ‘festival vibe’ with the psy market and food stalls and because it’s a few days long, it gives us party goers time to explore other angles of the party, such as shopping in the market space or hanging out in your camp site under the trees with all your friends, chilling to the max. This year they say the dam will also be full so that’s another great feature for the weekend when you need a break from the dancefloor.
I remember my first Easter Vortex, it was my 18th Birthday on the Easter Sunday – Best Birthday Party Ever!!!
Even though I was still a first year back then I was impacted by the event and I just knew I wanted to be involved – funny how life works out. I remember the stage was huge, and I think it was in Elgin at the famous Apple Orchids, it rained that Sunday and I happily stomped in the mud.
Several years later when I played [I think it was 2008] my parents came to investigate what it was that I was doing for a living. It was amazing to turn around and see them on the stage with me standing at the back looking over the sea of the dancefloor – best times!
Last year at Easter Vortex, IDM Mag editor and long time friend and DJ colleague, Dave Mac invited his mom and her twin sister [his aunt] to come spend the day at the festival during his and Raja Ram’s DJ sets. They were turning 70 the next day and he turned Easter Vortex into a beautiful family celebration.
Then of course there is Johan and Annamarie Moller – two retired folk who have become regulars at outdoor festivals – something they have gone on record to say has given them a whole new lease on life.
These moments are what epitomises what Easter Vortex is all about. Beautiful vibes of togetherness with our psy family.
I have a good feeling about Easter Weekend this year; the line up looks very exciting. It is jammed packed with full on psychedelic music, brought to you by some of Cape Town’s finest DJs and artists. I personally love to hear full on during the day, [don’t get me wrong I love me a bit of Progressive too], but for this one, its gonna get wild down there!
Leon Avalon and Dan Sinerider are good friends of mine. I had the pleasure of hanging with them at Universo Paralello in Brazil, and what I heard from both of these artists was really epic and I’m pretty sure Cape Town tranceheads will love their sets.
So start getting your weekend camping gear ready so long, as the countdown to Easter Vortex has officially begun!
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