8 Cape Town-Based Artists To Look Out For At Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

8 Cape Town-based artists to look out for at Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2014.

Photo via CTEMF

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival returns this weekend for a third edition of beatmaking, bass, and house music. This year's series marks the first time the event has boasted a heavy array of imports (the inaugural 2012 festival featured a 100% South African lineup). Joining international headliners The Original Jazzy Jay (US), Caspa (UK), and deep house's Dixon (Germany), are South African heavyweights the likes of Black Coffee, Dirty Paraffin, and Culoe De Song (head here for the full lineup). As CTEMF braces to kick off tomorrow with its most international roster thus far, we thought we'd run down some names from the impressive crop of hometown heroes slated to carry the bill. Below are eight Cape Town-based artists we expect to sound mind-boggling this weekend.


Fever Trails (aka Nicolaas van Reenen)

Time: Sat. 8 Feb, 17:45 - 18:30



Time: Sat. 8 Feb, 0:00-01:00


Sedge Warbler

Time: Sat. 8 Feb, 19:15 - 20:00


Stone-Age Citizens

Time: Fri. 7 Feb, 16:30-17:30


Miss CJ

Time: Sat. 8 Feb, 13:30-14:30


Sir Vincent

Time: Sun. 9 Feb, 13:30-14:30


Dan C & Matt Blitz

Time: Fri. 7 Feb, 17:30-18:30


Malcolm & Ian Skene

Time: Sat. 8 Feb, 15:30-17:00


CTEMF runs Friday through Sunday (7-9 February) at the Grand Parade in Cape Town. Find out more info on tickets over here.


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