EDM Fest will undoubtedly be one of 2012’s most impressive entertainment spectacles that is to become a fixture on the summer calendar for years to come. The exciting EDM Fest will take place on the 15th of December at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg.
NuWave Entertainment and Tinderbox are bringing some of the world’s top EDM DJs to thousands of South African electronic dance music lovers for one united display of mind-blowing trance, progressive trance and live vocal performances. The wheelchair friendly venue will be transformed into a first class party location with bars stretching over a 150 meters, food areas catering for a variety of tastes and ATM machines inside the venue grounds. VIP’s will enjoy a separate raised area, with exclusive bars and couches, overlooking the main dance floor to take in the full view and revel in the electrifying experience of what the night will bring.
Attendees can expect a number of internationally acclaimed acts such as World #13 Gareth Emery; World #36 W&W; World #74 Lange; South Africa’s #1 Trance DJ Protoculture and Sarah Howells performing a live vocal set. Probably the best international Trance DJ line-up South Africa has seen to date!
Gareth is consistently voted inside the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll – peaking at Number 7 – with his burgeoning Garuda party, selling out Manchester’s legendary Sankeys four times in a row and spawning a critically acclaimed compilation, The Sound Of Garuda. Building a musical brand around his name in record shops, download stores, radio and club land has given him an all-encompassing reputation in dance music that is rivalled by few.
In just under five years, W&W solidified into one of the freshest, most exciting electronic dance acts on the scene. From what started as a chance meeting at the 2007 Trance Energy, has come a new multifarious trance sound that, globally, has begun to shatter underground clubs, arenas and festivals. Almost a year to the day since Willem and Ward first shook hands, they quickly took up the spinning mantle. W&W’s ‘Arenas’ fast found the CDJs of luminaries like Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Sander Van Doorn & Judge Jules. W&W continued to produce singles such as ‘Mainstage’, ‘Manhattan’, ‘Impact’, to name just a few, all of which have rocked federation trance to its core.
Lange is recognised as one of the most influential dance artists of the past decade – a DJ who has remained at the forefront of the scene throughout his career, and a producer that continues to push all boundaries. He is the producer behind an astonishing 20 UK top 40 hits, while also being the talent responsible for the UK Top 10 trance anthem ‘Drifting Away’, the classic SuReal–‘You Take My Breath Away’ and the remixer that brought tracks such as DJ Sakin‘s ‘Protect Your Mind’, ‘Lost Witness’ and ‘Happiness Happening’ to a mainstream global audience. These achievements have gained him undiminished support from industry leaders such as Paul van Dyk, Sasha, PaulOakenfold, Judge Jules and Pete Tong, and even an appearance on Top of the Pops.
The Cape Town-based DJ and producer, Protoculture went from headlining festivals on the local psytrance scene each season, to living on international rotation and playing to audiences upwards of 150 000 people. His trademark uplifting sound has been played in all four corners of the globe, with gigs taking him to super clubs and incredible festivals in London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Moscow and everywhere in between. Diversifying his sound whilst still flying the flag high for South Africa, Protoculture has accessed the next realm of his career and carved himself a place on the electronic map with the best of them – proudly home grown.
He has received much praise for his energetic and emotional live shows, headlining at festivals like Glastonbury and Ministry of Sound in the UK, Creamfields and XXXperience in Brazil, Earthcore Global Carnival in Australia and Ageha in Japan. He has also played alongside artists such as Paul van Dyk, Sasha, John 00 Flemming, Infected Mushroom, Orbital, June Reactor, Sander van Door and most recently Armin van Buuren, who announced that, “Everything he [Protoculture] touches turns to musical gold.”Protoculture’s most recent collaborations with trance producer Max Graham have been receiving incredible support. Their remix of the classic track ‘It’s Not Over’ by Grace flew up the charts to the number 1 position on Beatport.
Sarah Howells is responsible for one of trances biggest tunes of recent time, ‘Find Yourself’ with John O’Callaghan. Played by every DJ worth their salt, from Armin to Tiesto to Van Dyk, the video has nearly hit 3 million views on Youtube and was remixed by everyone from Cosmic Gate to Michael Woods.
Tracks across both of First State’s artist albums on Blackhole including ‘Brave’, ‘Reverie’ and ‘Skies on Fire’ have seen Sarah forge another regular collaboration and continued her impressive run of heavily DJ supported and hugely popular releases. A more down tempo collaboration with Dash Berlin featured on his last album once again highlights the high level of producers keen to work with Sarah’s distinctive voice and memorable lyrics.
Tickets on sale now at Computicket!
Date: Saturday 15th December 2012
Venue: Nasrec Expo Centre, Hall 8, Johannesburg
Time: Doors open 20:00
Cost: Regular R295 via Computicket; R300 at the door.
VIP R450 via Computicket and NuWave’s network of stores around Johannesburg.
Computicket link: here