Thursday, 30 October 2014

Synergy Live 2014


Packed into three days Theewaterskloof, less than an hour outside of The Mother City, welcomes back the annual pilgrimage and much-loved institution that is SYNERGY LIVE 2014!

Friday 28, through Sunday 30 November 2014 is when 11 international headliners, a colossal line-up of SA bands, live acts, comedians and electronic artists descend, delight and dissolve into all things festive.

In the midst of its open-air hub of rising stars and seasoned headliners, SYNERGY LIVE 2014 is set to pop, and go down as your best weekend ever! But what exactly separates this life-affirming entertainment extravaganza from everything else out there? Variety, quality and quintessential originality – all of which punters are known to travel far and globally wide to confirm.

As with any respected major festival, anywhere on the planet, the Main Stage is what excites the imagination long before the three-day weekend reveal unwinds. SYNERGY LIVE 2014 knows and swears by theirs, if only because it’s not merely a stage, it’s the festival self-proclaimed home made up of an extraordinary audio visual production and showcasing a world-class line up of bands, acts and artists. The big names will blow you away, but look out for future superheroes earning their stripes. It’s a full widescreen HD experience that forms the on-going soundtrack to a spectacular weekend in the sun and between the stars.  SYNERGY LIVE 2014’s Main Stage wishes to count as the one playing the right tunes at the right time. All you have to do is turn up!

Add the Red Bull Studio Live experience to  what’s patently apparent, even before the beats bleed out, is every style of music will get a look and listen in at SYNERGY LIVE 2014. With Red Bull commissioned and conscripted to deliver the finest electronica, made up of drum and bass, dubstep, deep and tech house, blended into a background filled with techno and trance and what’s assured is you’ll be reaching for an ice-cold can between their impressive beats per minute delivery. Watch out for the likes of S.P.Y, Egbert and Secret Cinema, to name a few.

Diversity is the guaranteed constant, on tap, at SYNERGY LIVE 2014, and in order to reinforce that ideology the electronic music fraternity will happily acknowledge and support the Sirius Sunday Electronic Music Experience. The nine-hour electronic music party, from the likes of international acts Captain Hook, right through Atmos and Mindwave, each will drop the punchiest bass lines and most hypnotic rhythms turning the world on right now.

Add the ERA Beach Club, with mandatory sarongs, cocktails and a collection of deep house and techno, and what’s sure to ensue is a party of epic proportion. Dished up by Cape Town’s CBD of dance, ERA, together with their whole crew and fiery foursome of international cameo acts – Stimming, Ron Costa, Lake People and DJ Anna – ERA Beach Club looks set to be the perfect go-between stages, The Market Place, The Traders Square and your tent or boutique-styled outdoor glamper’s investment in Heartbreak Motel luxury. For less than two bars you and your significant other can bed down, shower up and sleep soundly in a tent already pitched before you arrive. Fresh linen and 24-hour security makes perfect sense if you’re looking for a pampered party solution. Remember though, accommodation and festival tickets are sold separately. 

And for laughs? Look no further than The Comedy Club, the laughter zone. With its non-stop daily stand-up makes for a welcome respite between sets from some of the biggest names in music today.


Participating Outlets
Early Bird – 3-day full Weekend (Limited)                                       R 450 - SOLD OUT
3-day full Weekend                                                                         R 570

Early Bird - 3 day full Weekend (Limited)                                        R 470 - SOLD OUT
3 Day full Weekend                                                                         R 590
2 Day (Saturday & Sunday)                                                            R 520
1 Day (Sunday Only)                                                                      R 185

At the gate
3 Day Full Weekend at the door                                                     R 620 (from 10am Friday Morning)
2 Day (Saturday & Sunday) at the door                                         R 550 (from 10am Saturday Morning)
1 Day (Sunday Only)                                                                      R 200 (from 8:30am Sunday Morning)

Ticket outlets:
Sport Unlimited. South Palms Centre. Tokai.                 021 701 0044
The Surf Centre. Canal Walk.                                       021 555 4970
Sport n Surf. Long Street.                                             021 426 4550
Long Street Boutique. Tyger Valley.                              021 914 3136
Ska. Cavendish. The Link.                                            021 671 1367
Ska. Bayside Mall. Tableview.                                        021 557 2468
Ska. Main Rd. Kalk Bay.                                                 021 788 7437
 See you there!

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Summer Sound System (giveaway)

 The Summer Sound System featuring 
Skazi Live 
 A one day out door experience
29 November 2014
Ostrich Ranch, Cape Town

The Summer Sound system is Cape Town’s latest edition to the outdoor calendar; with the perfect blend of the world’s favorite sounds, the celebration of the sun and warm nights set the scene for a multi genre gathering of like minded lovers of freedom, music and happiness... Lose yourself.

Skazi is joining the already incredible line-up to make this a experience like no other! Skazi is an Israeli trance band, producing a unique style of full-on psychedelic trance music since 1998. Their first trance album Animal, released in September 2000 was revolutionary in it's sound and direction. Coming from a punk and hardcore scene, Skazi brought a new and innovative twist to trance, combining electronic with live guitar riffs to create a unique, loud, solid sound.

Skazi has covered every corner of the globe on tour, performing mainly at big raves in front of tens of thousands of people in: Israel, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Switzerland, Netherlands, Portugal, Australia, Russian Federation, India, Spain, UK, Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary and many other countries. Some of the events and festivals that they have performed at were Fuji Rock festival in Japan, The Gathering in Japan, XXXperience in Brazil and many more.

Here is your Summer Sound System line-up:

DJ SKAZI - Official - Live
P.H.fat - Live
The Kiffness - Live
Crazy White Boy - Live
Pascal & Pearce
Dakin Auret( Strange Loving)
Ronald Rowley( Strange Loving)
Chris Taylor
Jak Skandi
Frozen Ghost - Live
Broken Toy - Live
Hiyamyzo - Live

Ticket Prices:

Early Birds R280 (limited) Computicket only
Early Bird VIP R330

Reg ticket R330
Vip R380

Reg Gate R380
Vip Rate R450


Summer Sound System Festival GIVEAWAY
DPC have 10 tickets to give away to 10 happy people for the SUMMER SOUND SYSTEM FESTIVAL.

Want to win? It's easy, we want to know which act (local or international) you most want to see at Summer Sound System. 

Tweet to us: @dirty_pink_city and use #Summersoundsystem and tag your artist of choice.

AND/Or comment on Facebook: DPC and tell us which act you most want to see. 


The more you tweet, comment and share, the better your chances!

We look forward to hear from you! 

Thanks for the love.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

ARTMODE update!

A Collaboration of Art and Creativity
Taking place on 13 November 2014 at the Youngblood Gallery in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl, Artmode brings artists from all genres together in a collaborative event like no other. 

Artmode is supported by World Design Capital, which Cape Town has had the honour of hosting in 2014. As a project that aims to join together some of the top talent across multiple genres of art, music and creativity, all three floors of the Youngblood Gallery will be put to use to showcase a multitude of expressive mediums. Food and drink will also be offered over the course of the event.

Artmode provides a platform for both established and budding creatives to express themselves in an environment that aims to inspire the ultimate space to create. The line-up of showcased artists spans across a diversity of styles, mediums, forms and influences. From minimal piano to electronica, to Graffiti Art, mixed media such as skateboard deck design, functional furniture design, live performances, sculptors, painters, dancers and many other acts, attendees will have the chance to interact with artists on the floor throughout the course of the evening.

Providing the ideal space for such an event, the Youngblood Gallery was founded in 2010 by Roger Jungblunt, who realised the need to support South Africa’s artistic minds with a space to create and express their talent. The gallery is comprised of multiple floors and a unique open style design that uses light and space to provide a unique backdrop to its showcased projects.

Whether it is a live performance taking the imagination to the furthest boundaries, hypnotic electronic beats setting the mood, interpretative dance expressing the range of emotion through movement or contemporary art forms that go beyond the typical forms of art as we know it, Artmode is set to change the face of artistic expression in an event that will unite through the love of art. The line-up of participating artists is growing, with a current list available below.

Further details on the gallery can be found at YOUNGBLOOD. For more information on World Design Capital, please visit WDCAPITAL.

  ·         Date: 13 November 2014

·         Times: 19h00 - late

·         Venue: Youngblood Gallery - 70-72 Bree Street, City Bowl, Cape Town

·         Ticket prices: (available on Webtickets)

o   R120 Door
o   R100 pre-sold on webtickets 

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Ready.. Set.. RAGE! (Giveaway)

RAGE 2014

Rage Festival keeps getting better and better! With just weeks to go before South Africa’s most epic student festival kicks off in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Samsung and G&G Productions have confirmed the full international line-up of no less than 17 of the world’s top DJ’s in electronic dance music scene from more than eight countries.

The #BreakFree2014 powerhouse line-up includes:

·         Nervo (Australia)
·         Chuckie (Netherlands)
·         Borgore (Israel)
·         Adventure Club (Canada)
·         YVES V (Belgium)
·         WolfPack (Belgium)
·         Congorock (Italy)
·         Felix Cartal (Canada)
·         Wankelmut (Germany)
·         New_ID (Netherlands)
·         GLOWINTHEDARK (Netherlands)
·         Prok & Fitch (UK)
·         Gelab (Spain)
·         Danny Marquez (Spain)
·         Trevor Guthrie (Canada)
·         Lexer (Germany)
·         Anna ( Brazil )
Proving South African talent is as good as the best, Rage Festival will welcome over 30 top local names, including the likes of Goldfish, PH.fat, Sibot & Toyota, Protoculture, Pascal & Pearce, Crazy White Boy, Das Kapital and many more.

“We are marking Rage Festival’s incredible 10-year anniversary with an unprecedented line-up of some of the biggest and best DJ’s the world has to offer right now – supported by a phenomenal showing of South African artists,” says Will McIntyre, Rage Festival Director at G&G Productions.


DPC have one double regular passport to giveaway to one kid for this year's 

Want to win? It's easy, we want to know which DJ (local or international) you most want to see at RAGE. 

Tweet to us: @dirty_pink_city and use @plett_rage and tag your DJ of choice.

Or comment on Facebook: DPC and tell us which DJ you most want to see. 

The more you tweet, comment and share, the better your chances!

We look forward to hear from you! 

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It's the blues, baby...

6 & 7 December, Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville

Blues is a natural fact, it is something that a fellow lives.” Big Bill Broonzy.

South Africa's Premier Blues Music Festival returns to Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, Cape Town on the 6th and 7th of December 2014. Hosting 20 of the country's top Blues Rock Artists over 2 days, the 2014 concert is proudly presented and brought to you by local main sponsor Combustion Technology and also with great sponsor support by Paul Bothner Music and Fender SA.

So blues fans, all you need is a ticket and them’ blue suede shoes to come and enjoy the finest music by some of South Africa`s best Blues Musicians.

The line up for Saturday and Sunday is as follow:

Saturday 6 December:

13:00   Sven Blumer 
14:00   Charlie King     
15:00   Parlor Vinyls 
16:00   Basson Loubscher & the Violent Free Piece
17:00   Crimson House 
18:00   Natasha Meister Band
19:00   Gerald Clark & the Deadmen
20:00   Dave Ferguson & Mean Black Mamba
21:00   Pebbleman
22:00   Combustion Cash Giveaway R1500
22 15   Albert Frost Trio 
23:15   The Fake Leather Blues Band  
Sunday 7 December:

10:00  Riaan and Nick
11 00  Wayne Pauli Trio 
12:00  Piet Botha and Akkedis
13:00  Ann Jangle
14:00  The Blues Broers
15:00  Boulevard Blues & Nhoza Sitsholwana
16:00  Fender Guitar Giveaway
16h30 Dan Patlansky
17h30 Patrick Canovi's 'Kiss the Sky' 

The Fender ‘Your Most Blues Face Selfie’ Competition: Take a selfie of yourself having the Blues and stand a chance to win a Fender Electric Guitar and R500 cash. Send your name, contact details and selfie to or post your pic to and share the poster on FB timeline. Competition closes 31 October.

What you can look forward to on the Blues Menu for the Summit:
  • 20 top Bands over 2 days.
  • Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig! The best rig ever !!!
  • Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
  • Hillcrest Quarry is one of the finest outdoor venues in SA
  • Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars
  • Plenty of free and secure off street parking
  • Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prizes R1500
  • Free entrance for children under 10 (must present some form of ID)
  • Limited camping tickets for sale on Computicket (Camping costs R150 -separate to festival ticket)

Phone and book at Computicket on 0861 9158000 or visit for your piece of the Blues Rock action.

Tickets Saturday R240; Sunday R200 and full weekend R340. (Children under 12 free entry.)

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Short and Sweet MVA's

Short & Sweet is proud to announce the inaugural
Short & Sweet Music Video Awards

This hugely exciting event is the very first awards show celebrating South African filmmaking talent in the music video category to take place on our shores. Music Videos have long been the vanguard keeping creativity alive within the film industry – both by creating opportunities for young talent and in pushing the boundaries of established and recognised directors.

It is thus a long overdue pleasure to give credit to the filmmakers and creative masterminds
behind the lens in this dynamic and highly artistic field. It’s going to be the first night of many, to celebrate the craft of music video content and an opportunity to support local film, identify future talent and credit the unsung artistry behind the growing Music Video industry in South Africa.

Cash bars will be open and there might just be some entertainment of a musical persuasion
to set the tone for the spectacle to come. Please note, entrance is FREE, so bring a friend!

Julia Stevenson, founder of Short & Sweet, says, “Short film is the film language of our time!
“Its super important for us, that we give young local talent a platform to help develop their
careers as visual story tellers.”

“We’re are on the lookout for South Africa’s most talented up and coming filmmakers. There
are 15 Categories and each winner will be honoured at the awards ceremony to be held
early next year. The winner of the Best New Director award will be signed to Caviar Content
in London for one year - an awesome opportunity to kick-start someone’s career.”

Date and time: 30 October, 2014
Time 7:30pm onwards
Venue: The Old German Club
Address: 6 Roodehek Terrace, off Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Need to know: Free entrance, cash bar

Website: WEB
Twitter: Twitter
Event: Event page

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Mieliepop 2014

There is always more corn.

I had an exciting ride down to Mieliepop Festival this year. Actually, I'm lying. It was scary. Like the start of horror movie scary I soon realised, with nothing more than a empty cooler box, 3 borrowed panini rolls, a small bolt cutter, a leaf-spring gladius and a poncho. It's not the correct assortment of things to have in your inventory if you have to endure, miles of dark winding bushveld highways, in the middle of nowhere, obviously, two startled bovine beasties comically appearing in to the middle of the devilish dirt road I had been on for the last hour. Killer kamikaze bunnies running into my car as if they were actually hellbent on trying to rip my head off (lest we forget about Tim's warning). A road so scary, the organisers said to "NOT TAKE THAT ROAD" and when those words echoed in my mind and I saw flashes of a Google Map, I realised that I could probably live to see my next birthday, if I throw my sadistic, angry ex-wife incarnate GPS out of the window right now.

That was a bad piece of the cob. But hey? Such is life.


Damn straight it is.

There is no telling when the next large farm animal will stumble out of his meticulously painted camo shrubbery in front of your fast moving car like some sexy steam punk hobo (Sorry Dan) to quickly end your fleeting time on earth. We also don't know when our lives will change completely either. Or where for that matter. For there is no button on a GPS to guide you, or directions you can Google to point you to happiness, or in my case, in the direction of a place where Tom and Huckleberry will be waiting to row you upstream every morning, to take you to a hidden magical place. A place where people you like become people you love, where music becomes more than just sound, but becomes an inescapable aura of energy and emotion, where dancing includes a smile that's damn near impossible to hide, where laughter becomes so shared and contagious that people will run up to you and laugh with you, even if they don't really know why. This is what Mieliepop Festival is. That is what I found. 

A scenic stream side camp amongst the frogs, fairies, willow trees, tents for booze, cosy camp fires, crispy bacon mornings and the "Where the fuck is MY!?! Oh. Wait. Here it is" moments. A place so riddled in mystery that you never quite grasp the fact that adventure and freedom lie right up around the river, on a big green stomped grassy patch where the girls don't have too many flowers in their hair and no one minds that you've brought a emerald blue dragon AND a lightsaber with, cause they're all far too busy living in their own imagination.

In a way, it's that continuous idea, or cold shiver, or dark omnipresence of a sudden and gruesome death that should be setting us all free. Free to be who we want to be. It took me a while after my father asked me once, after doing something bizarre in front of him, "Who the hell are you?" that I considered the way that I am living, is not quite at full capacity. I set out to do so and I became, after a lot of destructive, abusive, depressive and insane behaviour, rather fantastic! I also developed a remarkable knack for smuggling (well, at least in my own mind) and as far as I'm concerned, the most important opinion, the one you really need to worry about, is the one you have of yourself.

So when I tell you, 'Susan that Whore' is a terrible band, then know it's my brutally honest opinion. In the same manner, when I openly wept, when the short hairy 'Shaun Jacobs Band' played and he does that little August Rush slappy-slap-tap guitar thing, you know it is the truth because to me life is too fleeting and fragile to not cry when something beautiful happens. It's not often that I find a place where I feel more alive and apart of this world. Dancing all alone but in no way lonely. 

Or rarely do I feel so proudly South African, as I did when 'Mandoza' walked onto the stage after 'Wonderboom' (Nkalakhata* the "steal a laptop" song... I surprised many a tendon and onlookers, doing my own rendition of a western Texas line dance mashed horrifically with a Zulu war dance. I'm so glad no one took photos. Apologies. That's a lie). With the likes of, the artful 'Naming James', 'Shadowclub', the viby 'Desmond and the Tutus', 'Shortstraw', the headbanging goodness of 'Bittereinder', the enthralling beauty of 'Josie Field & Laurie Levine', 'The Blues Broers', 'Radio Kalahari Orkes' and so many more, then that alone is no small feat.

The way festivals are not just about the music, so our outlook on life must also not be just about one thing. The same goes for when you inevitably run into Susan (that whore) - Figuratively speaking of course. I mean Susan can be anyone, even yourself (unless you are in fact Susan That Whore, I then suggest giving that poor guy some closure). Accept it, learn from it, brush it off, and just look forward to the next act. Go ahead and share your last panini with a broken hearted man in your car. Take a solo walk around, try a new food stand, buy something ridiculous, talk to ALL the strangers you meet and make sure when people walk past you, or traversing by boat, even with your lazy face on the grass that they will spot you, point and say,"Look! There's that guy I was telling you about!" (I still had the majority of my clothes on. It was a proud moment). 

To have a whole bunch a girls following you around and be neither tempted or swayed by their advances, knowing in your heart you will not settle for second best. Say what's on your mind to whoever will and will not listen, because that may be the only chance you'll ever get. 

In the end, what is life if it's not about taking chances and having a whole lot of fun doing it? 

Mieliepop was a perfect reminder, that generally, we all only get one Mielie. It's what you do with those individual kernels, how fantastically you decide to use them, what you're willing to risk, that can make your average looking Mielie really Pop.

Words: Ben Stefan Gericke
Photos: Adelle Van Der Merwe

Mieliepop Festival:

Words: Ben Stefan Gericke
Photos: Adelle Van Der Merwe
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