Resident Advisor (RA) has announced that it will be coming to South Africa as part of its global event series: RA Horizons, with parties in Joburg and Cape Town. For the two events, they've tapped RA's number two DJ in the world and probably the biggest personality in house music today: Seth Troxler.
Last year RA celebrated 10 years with its X series, staging 10 events in the most essential venues in many of the world's biggest electronic music hubs (London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, etc.). RA Horizons has a different objective. This time RA takes a journey down the road less travelled to stage a series of parties that focus on the dedicated scenes that exist outside the established global club circuit. Places with devout crowds, savvy promoters and great venues, but where you can't just stumble out of the front door and see one of your favourite DJs every weekend.
So far they've brought Levon Vincent to China and Japan, Martyn to the Pacific Northwest, Julio Bashmore to Scotland and Dyed Soundorom to Norway and shone the spotlight on a host of hugely talented local artists.
An icon of club culture
It's always hard to know where to start with Troxler: the Michigan-born 20-something has become an icon of club culture in the past few years, thanks to his label and DJ outfit (Visionquest) and his countless gigs around the world, which include regular spots as a festival headliner or performances at premiere clubs like fabric and DC-10 - the latter at which he enjoyed a residency in the 2012 Ibiza season. His inimitable charisma behind the decks only adds to his performance mastery.
RA founder Nick Sabine explained why he is excited about the Horizons series: "Our readers come together from the four corners of the globe to share in a collective experience based on the music they love. After the success of our RA X series last year, we wanted to show appreciation - and shine the spotlight on - the readers, clubbers, DJs and promoters who contribute significantly to the worldwide electronic music community through their own dedicated scenes."
Our first event in South Africa will happen on Saturday, 15 December in Joburg, a city whose long relationship with raves in the 1990s laid the groundwork for what has become one of the most important and fertile (if underappreciated) house music hubs in the world. We're teaming up with local promoters The Warm Up for a sunset session on the rooftop of the Citilec Building.
Troxler will be joined by local export and Innervisions signing Culoe De Song, Warm Up founder Jack Gorton (aka PhatJack), Jullian Gomes, Digital Rocket and Marshall.
The next night, Horizons will make its way to Cape Town for a party at The Assembly, a raw space that spent the first part of its life as a manufacturing plant and is now home to one of Cape Town's best nightclubs. The main room will be soundtracked by Troxler, local techno torchbearers Killer Robot, Flloyd Lavine and Thibo Tazz. Sunday party crew Cold Turkey will take care of the Annex, a 200-person cavern tucked away in the west wing of the venue and have invited their A-list of Rebel Clef, Blotchy, Terrence Pearce, Big Space, Pierre Estienne, Richard the Third & Jakobsnake to soundtrack the night.
Venue: The Assembly Price: R80 to R150 Line-up: Seth Troxler, Killer Robot, Thibo Tazz, Floyd Lavine, Rebel Clef, Blotchy, Terrence Pearce, Big Space, Pierre Estienne, Richard the Third & Jakobsnake Tickets & info: www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?420213
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