CTEMF has always been about two things when it comes to picking our artists. We strive to bring you a selection of the best electronic music that South Africa and the rest of the world has to offer. We also endeavour to curate a lineup that gives our attendees the opportunity to experience completely new genres of music, to hear new sounds, and to share a dance floor with music lovers you have never danced alongside before.

Creating a rich and musically diverse lineup is as important to us as the incredible mix of culture that permeates our crowd. This part of the CTEMF experience separates us from other festivals, and anyone who has spent a weekend at one of the events will know what this feels like.

We have traditionally separated our musical program across the three days of the festival with a very rough rule of thumb. On Friday we bring you the best techno. Saturday is bass and hip hop. And Sunday is for the house music lovers, with the biggest names in the South African industry music sharing a stage alongside luminaries from our favourite international labels.

This is a winning formula, and we’re not planning to change it anytime soon, but offering individual tickets to these three days contradicts our CTEMF philosophy, and we feel it encourages segregation of the audience. To embrace the musical diversity that makes CTEMF so special, we have decided to promote all three days with equal emphasis. We want you to think of CTEMF as one experience.

We’ve shuffled the line ups around, and made epic provisions in the layout of the festival, ensuring that no matter when you arrive during the course of the three days, there will be something to blow your mind. Whether it be a sunset boogie at our famous Terrace Stage, or throwing down during a late night session at the new and improved Club Floor.

Of course, this has implications for the price of tickets. We love our CTEMF crowd so much that we’ve done the impossible and made our full price Weekend Pass cheaper than last year. We’ve also taken it a step further and made a limited number of presale Weekend Passes available for just R350 each in the week leading up to the first lineup announcements. Act fast, because the price of tickets will return to normal as soon as we drop our first round of headliners.

The CTEMF 2017 Weekend Pass includes access to all three days of the core festival program at the City Hall, as well as access to the industry workshop program spanning the three days before the festival.

We hope this means an even more immersive and diverse festival experience for all of our attendees.

See you on the dancefloor!

Photo by Jonathan Ferriera



It’s been a long winter, and with festival season finally kicking off again in South Africa, we thought it would be fitting to reminisce a little about the last time we rattled the roof Cape Town’s City Hall with some of the finest electronic music in the world.

What better way to do that than with the official CTEMF 2016 Aftermath Film - a masterpiece of motion and poetry that so perfectly captured the essence of what CTEMF is really all about.





Submissions for  the 2016 BassXchange UK/ZA competition have been judged by a panel including Cape Town Electronic Music Festival headliner Nightmares On Wax.


Today, British Council Connect ZA and CTEMF proudly announce Leeds-based producer Cateran as the 2016 BassXchange UK/ZA winner.

“Out of all these mixes this mix had a constant groove and took me on journey, which is what you want from a DJ” explains Nightmares On Wax on his decision.

This announcement follows a 4-week hunt by British Council Connect ZA and CTEMF who, together with Red Bull Studio Cape Town launched the third edition of the BassXchange UK/ZA project late in December 2015. The project invites UK-based producers to submit a DJ or Live mix showcasing their own material.


Cateran (real name Stan Vickery) has won an all-expenses-paid week-long trip to Cape Town, South Africa where he will be given the opportunity to showcase his music through the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival Programme, be immersed in one of the globe’s most diverse and rapidly growing electronic music scenes and be given the chance to spend time with legendary UK producer Nightmares On Wax in Cape Town’s world-class Red Bull Studio.


“I wasn’t sure how to approach the mix” explains Cateran,“with such an amazing and broad representation at the music festival for a lot of different musical styles, it was hard to begin. So I decided to focus on doing what I enjoy doing the most; mixing deep tech, minimal and some purer forms techno.”

“I seriously can’t wait to be there” he says, “and I am very appreciative of this opportunity to represent my agency Nightcap and my night in Leeds, Auxiliary - and ultimately give everyone an insight into my perception of underground dance music.”


The BassXchange UK/ZA project aims to be a career-boosting opportunity for a bright, up and coming electronic music artist by offering the unique opportunity to visit South Africa, showcase their music at a leading local festival and network with the South African music community.

Last year’s winning producer, Brighton-based El Train shared his comments: "I had the chance to go over to South Africa last year as part of the BassXchange project and it was an amazing experience. From attending numerous talks at the Red Bull Studio, to DJing in Cape Town and Johannesburg; getting to meet so many amazing people and experiencing the South African culture. I'm just gutted I can't do it all over again this year."


This project is part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa and the British Council.


Click here to listen to the winning BassXchange UK/ZA 2016 mix from Cateran.


Cateran South African Shows:

In Cape Town at First Thursdays on 4 February 2016 at Red Bull Studio Cape Town for A Taste of CTEMF.

In Johannesburg on 6 February 2016 supporting Nightmares On Wax at #2SIDESOFTHEBEAT & Kitchener’s presents Nightmares On Wax.


About Cateran

Stan Vickery AKA Cateran first began electronic music production and DJing in Kenya in 2011 where he met some likeminded individuals who opened his eyes to tech house, progressive trance and techno. His passion for underground dance music subsequently led him to move to Leeds in 2013, where he is currently about to finish a degree in music technology and has focused his signature sound on deep tech and minimal to reflect his international origins and love of the minimal sound which is found throughout continental Europe. He is moving from strength to strength and this has led him to sign with artist management company Nightcap over the summer of 2015. His sets and productions are inward reflections on the essence of underground dance music, with thoughtful track selections, deep, dub influenced sonic aesthetics and constant progression spanning various genres. The list of artists that he has supported is slowly growing including Space Dimension Controller, SEFF, Modec and John Stuckey. His sound has been likened to that of Nima Gorji, Rhadoo and Praslea.




Photo by Jonas Koeksal



BassXChange UK/ZA is back for a third year in 2016 and the quest to unearth new UK music talent continues!

Building on the success of 2014 and 2015, which saw up-and-coming UK producers Murder He Wrote and El Train spend a week soaking up Cape Town’s vibrant music scene, British Council Connect ZA and The Cape Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) have now launched their search for the 2016 candidate.

BassXchange UK/ZA offers UK-based producers the once in a lifetime opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Cape Town, South Africa for the first week of February – where they will be given the chance to spend time with with critically acclaimed UK producer Nightmares On Wax in Cape Town’s world-class Red Bull Studio, showcase their music through the festival programme and a VIP Full Weekend Pass to CTEMF.

Upload an original set that contains a minimum of three of your own productions, remixes or bootlegs along with a qualified tracklisting to Mixcloud before 7th January 2015. The 10 most popular mixes will be judged by a panel including Nightmares On Wax, Warp label management and the CTEMF programmers - and the winner will be boarding a flight to Cape Town!

Designed to be the ultimate cultural exchange programme for an electronic music artist, the BassXchange ZA/UK project aims to be a career-boosting opportunity for a bright new talent by offering the unique opportunity to visit South Africa, showcase their music at a leading local festival, network with key players in the music industry and collaborate with an iconic UK producer.

What are you waiting for?



  • Return flight to Cape Town.
  • Four star accommodation in Cape Town for the first week of February 2016.
  • DJ Set at in Cape Town for CTEMF 2016 Warm-Up Event.
  • Studio Time in the Red Bull Studio Cape Town.
  • Full weekend VIP pass for CTEMF 2016.
  • Publicity through CTEMF media partner channels.
  • Opportunity to network within the South African music scene.
  • Per diem.


How to enter:

  • Upload an original ‘BassXchange Mix’ of no more than 60 minutes.
  • Title the mix "BassXchange UK/ZA 2016 [Your DJ Name]"
  • Tag the mix: "BassXchange UK/ZA 2016". If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  • Add tracklist. Mixes without a track listing will not be considered.
  • Use the cover art provided. If you fail to use this cover art, your entry may be missed.



  • UK



  • The competition will run from 17 December 2015 and close on Thursday 7th January 2016 at midday UK time.
  • Entrants will be judged on factors including (but not limited to) coherence with the theme, track selection, technical ability, originality and positive feedback.
  • Mixes must gain over 50 plays to be considered for the shortlist.
  • Entrants will be encouraged to show an ability to promote themselves via the tools available through Mixcloud and other social media platforms.



For over 15 years South Africa's electronic music scene has been confined to the shadows of the greater global scene at large.

CTEMF is committed to establishing the local scene on the international stage. From a genuinely 'underground' starting point, it has been slowly growing and has finally earned its rightful place alongside the dance capitals of the world, beautifully illustrated by South Africa being awarded Dance Nation of the Year 2015 at the recent International DJ Awards ceremony.

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) is the celebration of a scene coming of age. It marks the point at which the electronic music scene in South Africa has been globally recognized as an industry that has attained the state of being self-sustainable.

CTEMF is not about how many feet pass through the door, nor booking the biggest acts to ensure radio play or getting as many 'likes' on Facebook as possible. It's about communicating the ethos, passion and musical creativity that has driven the scene from its early days to its current position as a global player in the world of electronic music.




About British Council and Connect ZA

Connect ZA is a programme from The British Council that aims to build cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and South Africa. The programme will include opportunities for showcasing, collaboration, innovation and professional development with a number of events and projects throughout 2013-2015. The British Council will work in partnership with organisations and individuals, acting as a catalyst, a facilitator and partner, building sustainable relationships between the UK and South Africa.

The programme will have a particular focus on:

  • Stimulating creative connections between audiences, artists and arts professionals
  • Using digital platforms and projects to initiate creative conversations


The British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day. In the Arts we work with the best of British and international artistic and creative talent to develop events and collaborations which link thousands of artists, organisations and audiences worldwide. In addition to staging shows and exhibitions, we partner with others on joint arts projects and help develop creative leadership, professional networks and cultural educational programmes worldwide.





It’s impossible to describe what happened at CTEMF 2014, see for yourself in the video below…




Photo by Jonathan Ferriera