The EDM Fest will take place on 16 December, 2012, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and will feature some of the world's top EDM DJs, including: Gareth Emery, W&W, Lange, Protoculture and Sarah Howells performing a live vocal set. Ending the line-up will be local DJ Kingsize.
The wheelchair-friendly venue will be transformed into a first-class party location with ample bars and ATM machines inside the venue grounds. VIPs will enjoy a separate raised area with exclusive bars and couches, overlooking the main dance floor.
Gareth Emery is consistently voted inside the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll - peaking at number seven - with his burgeoning Garuda party. Building a musical brand around his name in record shops, download stores, radio and club land has given him an all-encompassing reputation in dance music.
Lange is recognised as one of the most influential dance artists of the past decade - a DJ who has remained at the forefront of the scene throughout his career and a producer who continues to push all boundaries. He is the producer of 20 UK top-40 hits, while also being the talent responsible for the UK Top 10 trance anthem Drifting Away, the classic SuReal -You Take My Breath Away and the remixer that brought tracks such as DJ Sakin's Protect Your Mind, Lost Witness and Happiness Happening to a mainstream global audience.
A new multifarious trance sound
In just under five years, W&W solidified into one of the freshest, most exciting electronic dance acts on the scene. From what started as a chance meeting at the 2007 Trance Energy, has come a new multifarious trance sound that, globally, has begun to shatter underground clubs, arenas and festivals. Almost a year to the day since Willem and Ward first shook hands, they quickly took up the spinning mantle. W&W's Arenas fast found the CDJs of luminaries like Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn & Judge Jules. W&W continued to produce singles such as Mainstage, Manhattan, and Impact.
The Cape Town-based DJ and producer, Protoculture went from headlining festivals on the local psytrance scene each season, to living on international rotation and playing to audiences upwards of 150 000. His trademark uplifting sound has been played in all four corners of the globe, with gigs taking him to super clubs and incredible festivals in London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Moscow and everywhere in-between. Protoculture's most recent collaborations with trance producer Max Graham have been receiving incredible support. Their remix of the classic track It's Not Over by Grace flew up the charts to the number one position on Beatport.
Three million views on YouTube
Sarah Howells is responsible for one of trance's biggest tunes of recent times: Find Yourself with John O'Callaghan. The video has nearly hit 3 million views on YouTube and was remixed by everyone from Cosmic Gate to Michael Woods.
Tracks across both of First State's artist albums on Blackhole including Brave, Reverie, and Skies On Fire have resulted in Sarah forging another regular collaboration and continuing her run of heavily DJ-supported releases. A more down-tempo collaboration with Dash Berlin featured on his last album once again highlights the high level of producers keen to work with Sarah's distinctive voice and memorable lyrics.
SA-born, Cape Town-based DJ Kingsize has spent the last 14 years playing at some of the biggest clubs across the globe. Having graced the likes of Ministry of Sound (UK and India), Pacha (UK), Bed Supper Club (Bangkok) and the Full Moon Party (Ko Phangan Thailand), DJ Kingsize has an energy and versatility that makes him stand out as one of SA's most successful DJs to date.
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