South Africa’s newest international festival is here - Euphoria Music Festival launches in November 2015
Euphoria Music Festival is a 5-year young, US based electronic and dance music festival, held annually in Austin, Texas (www.euphoriafest.com), and in 2015 will expand to include 2 dates in South Africa. A sound and light spectacular combing cutting-edge visual elements and stage design, Euphoria Music Festival aims to create a unique combination of togetherness with nature, new friends and the best in electronic, deep house and indie South African music. Launching the South African shows, Huddle Park - Johannesburg on 1 November will host Euphonik, Kyle Watson, Chunda Munki, Felix Laband and Matthew Mole. Felix Laband is an icon in the electronic music scene. He creates light, emotional, minimalist soundscapes by combing several styles and samples from classical, jazz and old television recordings overlaid with instrumental performances by himself and other guest artists. Kyle Watson’s sets are smooth and balanced, and have evolved into a style of forward thinking house music that borrows from bass, techno, deep house, garage, jacking and tech house. His appreciation for every genre of music has given Kyle his unique and eclectic sound and it is because of this, he has secured himself a spot as one of South Africa’s most successful internationally acclaimed dance music producers. 3 weeks later, Pretoria will be set for a line up that includes DJ Fresh, Kyle Cassim, Euphonik, Pop Art, Vimo, Kyle Watson, Chunda Munki, Matthew Mole and Desmond & The Tutus.
DJ Fresh is one of the most iconic names in South African house music. Over 24 albums, successful radio career on 5fm, performances with Frankie Knickles, Armand van Helden, Paul van Dyke, Fat Boy Slim, Viny Da Vinci to name a few, the Big Dawg is a highlight of the day. Kyle Cassim, a name that is no stranger to nightclubs all over South Africa. After doing his five gig tour to the Netherlands last year, performing alongside legendary artists such as Franky Rizardo, Skitzofrenix and Jeff Doubleu, Kyle Cassim has been commanding dance floors all over South Africa, leaving every club and festival begging for more. Adding a unique twist to this year’s festival, the inclusion of pop and indie will ensure that fans of music are treated to an eclectic mix. Headlining this, Johannesburg based, Desmond & The Tutus. Desmond & The Tutus have been scare-crowing across the world’s stages with their unique, some might call it niche, brand of kwela-indie-punk for just on ten years. But to call it niche would be entirely missing the point, the Tutus are more shape-shifters than niche, their sound slotting comfortably between Thandiswe Mazwai and Hugh Masekela, as it did at the Soweto Heritage Fest in 2013, or between surf rocker’s Beach Party and synth mavens Gateway Drugs. Their music is cheeky and infectious and jangly (but not too jangly) or it’s because they spin around the stage as if their limbs are coming off, yowling like Big Foot in the Canadian wilderness, or because they like to dress up at Halloween and are pretty serious about their costumes. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, yes they did that. Four Ali G’s. Check. The Parlotones. Check.