Last year was the first annual Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, a really cool inner-city weekend event featuring both local and international electronic artists. This time the festival moved to the Grand Parade, a really great and truly central venue, and, even though I only attended one day this time around, I think that this year’s festival was even better than last year’s.
Sunday’s lineup featured, among others: Trancemicsoul, Shimza, Hvob, Portable, Jullian Gomes & Culoe De Song, Black Coffee and Dixon. I must confess that while I do in fact really like electronic music, I like listening to it in my own space and tend to get a bit bored watching it performed live…so for me, standouts of the day were Austrian trio Hvob, whose live drummer was great fun to watch, as well as crowd favourite Black Coffee who whipped up loads of energy from the appreciative audience.
The weather was great (it drizzled a bit in the evening but it was quite pleasant), the sound was very good, the lighting excellent (with the exception of a lack of light on the actual artists making them pretty much invisible once the sun went down) and the venue great. A tad more options in terms of food stalls would have been nice – true there are enough places to get food in the area but most were closed on Sunday.
All around, a very slick and enjoyable event.
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