You know it’s summer when the outdoor psy-trance parties start

Trance heads will find a next level experience at any one of these popular trance parties in and around Cape Town during summer.

The Rezonance New Year’s Eve party at Contermanskloof Farm in Durbanville in Cape Town’s northern suburbs, has built a solid reputation within the trance community for delivering ethereal décor, top-notch sound systems on all four of its stages and a safe space for partygoers to go wild.

Another prominent trance party is the annual Earthdance at Nekkies Resort in Worcester, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. This festival unites people at Earthdance events around the world when they play the same peaceful song at all the events simultaneously. Children under the age of 12 are allowed under parental supervision, but under-18s are not allowed. Earthdance festival also boasts three stages that play a range of genres from techno to pystrance to drum & bass.

One of the oldest psy-trance festivals in the country is Alien Safari, an event that is frequently hailed as the only one that plays original psychedelic music. It’s a huge outdoor coming together and occasionally has a dress-up element to it.  The 2015 Alien Safari Sprung was cancelled due to a lack of venue, but organisers have promised a massive 21st celebration for 2016.

Another well-established psytrance festival is Vortex, which takes place twice a year in Riviersonderend, about 140 kilometres from Cape Town, at a place called Circle of Dreams. It’s a delightful experience for the senses as the organisers create a quirky environment for event-goers to inhabit over five days, aided by a top class line-up of DJs.