The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival Reveals Mammoth Line-Up For 2015
This week The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) revealed the line-up for its fourth edition, which will unfold between 6th and 8th February 2015 at Cape Town’s iconic City Hall. Using a custom-built social media mechanic, the festival invited fans to help them reveal the first 9 CTEMF 2015 headliners.
The incredible cast of artists announced as the first set of headliners are Anja Schneider, Loco Dice, Maelstrom, Slugabed, Mr Carmack, Counterstrike, DJ Spoko & Mujava, Four Tet and Culoe De Song.
Starting on Wednesday, the Festival revealed the remaining 31 acts day by day – notably seminal Detroit duo Octave One – who will play the closing set.
Founded in 2012, The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival aims to inspire the growth of the burgeoning South African electronic music scene. Now, with the finest ever line-up curated to articulate everything the team hopes to represent – the scene is being set for three days of exceptional electronic music.
CTEMF 2015 Highlights:
Berlin-based artist and founder of powerhouse Mobilee, Anja Schneider has devoted two decades to electronic music. Rest assured that this highly respected force in techno will make her presence felt.
Once again CTEMF is working closely with non-profit organization Bridges for Music who played a crucial role in adding Loco Dice to the line-up. Undeniably one of the most prolific figures in today’s global dance music scene – a headliner simply doesn’t get much bigger.
A set from Maelstrom was made possible through the support of The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). This boundary-smashing French DJ/producer leads a new wave of artists melding techno and electro.
As always, homegrown stars rub shoulders with imported guests on the CTEMF stage and at long last both members of highly acclaimed local drum and bass export Counterstrike return home to wreck havoc with the sounds that are conquering Europe.
Beat and bass lovers are thrilled with the inclusion of UK based glitch producer and DJ Slugabed, who has been responsible for pivotal releases on legendary labels Ninja Tune and Planet Mu.
LA-based producer Mr Carmack will bring the heady beats that are drive the Soulection label movement blowing up around the world – both acts present a genre-spanning view of the electronic landscape.
Pretoria house pioneers and ‘Township Funk‘ masterminds DJ Spoko & Mujava will play a rare back-to-back DJ set.
The festival prides itself on working with forward-thinking cultural institutions and the inclusion of electronic music innovator and industry front-runner UK artist Four Tet is made possible through collaboration with The British Council Connect ZA. Thought by many to have helped define the direction of electronic music over the last ten years, Four Tet’s broad set of skills and influences, ever-expanding sonic horizons and musical virtuosity make him a mammoth addition to the CTEMF line-up.
Last but by no means least, local hero Culoe De Song has caught the attention of Innervisions Records and shared the stage with the world’s leading names in house music. He will lead the charge of deep, drum-driven house.
Many of the CTEMF headliners will be involved in the wide-ranging 3-day CTEMF workshop programme, which will roll ahead of the core music festival between 3rd and 5th of February 2015. Line-up announcements will conclude today as the full 40-act line-up is announced. Keep your eyes on CTEMF’s pages for a few more surprises coming up.
The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival has become one of the country’s seminal electronic music events – globally recognized for the blend of local and global talent it brings together to stage their sounds in the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
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The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2015
Full CTEMF Dates: 3rd – 8th February 2015
Workshop and Satellite Events: 3rd – 5th February 2015
CTEMF Festival: 6th – 8th February 2015
Tickets are available now through Webtickets
Full weekend pass: R550
For over 15 years South Africa’s electronic music scene has lived in the shadow of its counterpart, the greater global scene at large. That is, until now.
From a genuinely ‘underground’ scene devoid of industry and support, it has been slowly growing and has finally caught up with the rest of the world to the point of being taken seriously (even if still not entirely understood) by more mainstream channels.
The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) is the celebration of a scene coming of age. It marks the point at which the electronic music scene in South Africa has been recognized by itself and beyond as an industry that has reached the state of being self-sustainable.
The first edition of CTEMF in 2012 boasted a 100% South African line up over 3 days, creating awareness and confidence within the local scene about its own achievements.
In 2013 CTEMF presented one international guest – techno pioneer Richie Hawtin. Globally recognized for his forward-thinking approach to making and playing electronic music, Richie Hawtin embodies relentless innovation and the development of the global electronic music movement.
The 2014 edition of CTEMF signaled the festival’s evolution from Cape Town’s Electronic Music Festival into an internationally relevant music festival anchored in Cape Town. With its fundamental principles still rooted in the unified growth of the South African scene, 2014 saw the line-up at CTEMF transform to reflect its global relevance.
The CTEMF is not about how many feet pass through the door, it’s not about booking the biggest acts to ensure radio play or getting as many ‘likes’ on Facebook as possible. It’s about communicating the ethos, passion and musical creativity that has driven the scene from its early days to its current position as a global player in the world of electronic music.
CTEMF is made possible by:
The studio is a musical haven, laden with the latest digital music technology, spot on recording equipment and the occasional mystical beast from analogue music’s forgotten past.
Nestled in the heart of the mother city, Cape Town, it’s the perfect space to explore South Africa’s musical potential and aims to be a platform for growth in the ever-vibrant local music scene.
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About British Council Connect ZA
Connect ZA is a programme from The British Council that aims to build cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and South Africa. The programme will include opportunities for showcasing, collaboration, innovation and professional development with a number of events and projects throughout 2013-2015. The British Council will work in partnership with organisations and individuals, acting as a catalyst, a facilitator and partner, building sustainable relationships between the UK and South Africa.
The programme will have a particular focus on:
• Stimulating creative connections between audiences, artists and arts professionals
• Using digital platforms and projects to initiate creative conversation
The British Council
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day. In the Arts we work with the best of British and international artistic and creative talent to develop events and collaborations which link thousands of artists, organisations and audiences worldwide.
In addition to staging shows and exhibitions, we partner with others on joint arts projects and help develop creative leadership, professional networks and cultural educational programmes worldwide.
About The French Institute of South Africa IFAS Culture
IFASCulture is the cultural department of the French Embassy in South Africa and supports artistic events in various domains, throughout the year and around the country.
Highly demanding in offering quality creations while favouring the exchange of ideas between communities, IFASCulture strives to introduce French and Francophone artists in South Africa, promote South African artists on the international artistic scene and support artistic residencies leading to original creations.
IFASCulture supports artistic events ranging from contemporary dance, theatre, puppetry and fashion shows to music, DJ nights, contemporary art exhibitions, cinema and literature.
As a promoter and diffuser of French language and Francophone culture, IFASCulture works in close collaboration with the network of Alliances Françaises in South Africa.
Over the years, the organisation has established an important network of strong partnerships with various festivals, universities, artists, museums and galleries, as well as government institutions and businesses.
In 2012 and 2013, IFAS was involved in the implementation of the bilateral exchange programme “FranceSouth Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013” alongside the Institut Français, the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the National Arts Council and the South Africa Tourism among others.
Bridges For Music is a non-profit organization gathering key players of the music industry to support its responsible development in developing countries, leaving a positive impact in disadvantaged communities and helping to raise global awareness about local issues through music.
Ethos / Mission
We believe electronic music is a universal language that can be used to break down socio-economic boundaries.
Music and artists can help bridge the extensive gap that exists between the rich and the poor as well as between different races in developing countries.
Artists today have a strong engagement with their fans and through this more are becoming opinion leaders, giving them a responsibility to raise awareness and take action on issues that need attention.
Globalisation is affecting the music industry and electronic music is expanding to developing countries where we have a great opportunity and responsibility to leave a legacy.
We believe the music industry has a great power to “give back” but the result will be exponentially bigger if we all pull together in the same direction. Electronic music has become the fastest growing music genre and the most accessible, now anyone can develop their talent from any random corner in the World.