Take an international electro-thrash icon, another highly rated international up-and-coming DJ, several of South Africa's most esteemed and notorious EDM (electronic dance music) artists, well over 2000 eager fans and put them all into a massive hangar. This was the tantalising recipe for Steve Aoki's memorable Thunder City leg of his South African tour.
Justin Williams 11 Dec 2012
September has arrived, which means so has the season of outdoor trance parties. Finally! Alien Safari's annual outdoor season-starter event, Sprung, happened this weekend past and it was certainly a memorable beginning to what is shaping up to be a big summer of outdoor events.
Justin Williams 13 Sep 2012
Haezer's latest EP, "The Wrong Kid Died", is a giant step forward for the South African electronic music scene. Having been released on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label, this will definitely start making overseas listeners appreciate more what our local artists are doing and take them to a global stage. I had the opportunity to listen to the new EP and here's what's inside:
Justin Williams 28 Aug 2012
Haezer is one of those artists whose talent just grows and grows. If you've listened to his music, or have seen him play live you will know that his high-energy, bass-heavy electro thrash leaves lasting memories - his set at Ramfest this year was one of those for me.
Justin Williams 7 Aug 2012
One night downstairs at Mercury I saw a live act performing, which left an impression on me. Not knowing their name and not knowing that it was their first gig, I remember hearing a genre I could not define. It sounded breakbeat and hip hop-like, but with psychedelic and soul influences - it blew me away.
Justin Williams 22 Mar 2012
If you have never bumped to the glitchy sounds of local duo Jam Jarr, slap yourself a few times. Once done, listen to this. Nice. Jam Jarr consists of Soundproof and Bakaman, two of the most talented musicians Cape Town has to offer. Now I've seen these guys live a few times and they really bring the thunder with their performances. Bakaman's hypnotic flow, matched with Soundproof's wobble-bass mojo, is just beyond lovely. I sat down with them one afternoon and discussed OCB, shooting zombies, marmalade and more.
Justin Williams 9 Mar 2012
Halloween parties are usually thrown at a house or at a night club, but the problem with these venues is that they are not very spooky. Now, throw one of these parties in a building (which is rumoured to be haunted) that is over 100 years old, along with a line-up of terrifyingly talented DJs, and you have got The Haunting of City Hall 2011 - a party hosted by Griet, which took place this Halloween weekend.
Justin Williams 3 Nov 2011
Masala Dosa is a cosy, south Indian eatery nestled on Long Street, instantly recognisable by its friendly pink-and-white signage. We made use of a CityMob deal on Tuesday night, 11 October 2011, to experience what this popular restaurant has to offer.
Justin Williams 18 Oct 2011
Pollsmoor Prison is a high security prison situated in Cape Town's southern suburbs, which we know to be one of the most violent in the world, thanks to TV shows such as Ross Kemp's episode on life inside the prison, as well as many others that highlight the negative aspects of life behind the bars at Pollsmoor.
Justin Williams 5 Oct 2011
Last Wednesday, 15 June, the Vodacom Funny Festival 2011 whisked us away to a brief vacation into Laughterville. The MC of the event, Alan Committie (South Africa), was an exceptional choice of host. Within the first 10 seconds the audience was already bursting with laughter. Not many comedians can claim that honour, let alone an event's MC. Alan's style of comedy relies heavily on crowd participation, which immediately made everyone in the theatre feel comfortable, which set the mood for a great evening.
Justin Williams 23 Jun 2011
Lately I've been wondering about the state of local dubstep and if local producers/DJs are raising the bar in terms of innovation. Well, I can now safely say that after attending the monthly Rubadub event at Mercury, the state of the local dubstep scene is very much alive and kicking.
Justin Williams 21 Jun 2011
One Wednesday evening my dining partner and I decided that we were in the mood for red meat, steak to be precise, and that the popular Cowboy Fillet-themed evening at Krugmann's Grill was in order. The special takes place every Wednesday evening and you are treated to 300g fillet steaks, with your choice of starch and sauce, for R89 each.
Justin Williams 21 Feb 2011