CTEMF REVIEW 2016
For the past three years I have had the pleasure of attending the CTEMF. It’s an event I attend to educate myself a little more about the current electronic music scene and to explore the different subgenres. The city hall acts as the perfect canvas for the colour and culture of this festival – century-old meets new, current and “now”.
This year was the fifth edition, but to me the the festival is as current and relevant as ever. A carefully curated line-up was put together to represent a little bit of the past, present and future of local and international electronic music.
True to the festival’s innovative nature, they opened a brand-new “Club Stage”, hidden in one of the City Hall’s corners. Here festival-goers could party the night (and day) away in a room filled with quality beats and strobe lighting. The lighting and sound is always top-notch. And even though its effect can only really be appreciated when the sun goes down, they always make an effort to set the mood just right.
On Saturday I arrived just as the first acts were getting comfortable on stage. I made my way to the outdoor stage – held at on the roof terrace last year – moved to the side of the hall. Attendees were already sipping Red Bull and swaying in their Nikes, peaking over their Ray Bans. It’s music meets culture.
From here on, I walked through the City Hall peeking into the different rooms trying to get a feel for every stage. The venue is amazing. It felt as if you are in one giant, underground club. During Saturday evening I find my favourite act of the day in Driemanskap and marvel at how confidently they mix different genres to create a mind-blowing act. Though it is Sibot and Toyota that really hypes the crowd up for what’s still to come. They never disappoint.
We stay for Petite Noir. I find his performance intriguing, almost eerie and mysteriously smooth. Cape Town responds with a lot of love for the half-Congolese, half-Angolan, Cape Town resident.
Thank you CTEMF for bringing together such a broad spectrum of home-grown South African talent and their international equivalents.
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