Synergy Live: trance meets rock at this multi-genre festival

Synergy Live started out as a trance festival for hardcore trance hippies. It’s evolved over the years to become one of Cape Town’s most diverse summer music festivals, with electro side by side with some of the best live international and local acts.

Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre lies the Theewaterskloof Dam. One of the largest in the Western Cape (the province that Cape Town calls home), this dam plays host to a yearly gathering of music lovers and party seekers that takes place around November – the start of summer season in Cape Town. This gathering is called Synergy Live, a music festival with a strong reputation for offering acts that satisfy various tastes, all set against some of the most spectacular landscapes found in South Africa.

Synergy Live has its roots in Vortex, a trance festival that commanded much respect among the Cape Town folk who were inclined to festivals of this nature (aka trance hippies). It grew with the times to become a festival offering more than just “doof-doof”, and now secures some of the finest international bands (mostly alternative). The likes of The Prodigy, Bombay Bicycle Club and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have all graced the main stage at Synergy live, as well as local festival favourites such as Taxi Violence, aKING and Desmond and the Tutus.

This doesn’t in the least mean the electronic component has been discarded; there are several stages dedicated to different electro. Red Bull Studio Live, dubbed “the church of electronic dance music”, is where you’ll find some of the most progressive DJs. Synergy Live also features a “beach club” on the dam’s shore and a comedy club.

Thousands of people flock to Synergy Live each November. Make sure you’re one of them.

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