Dear Media and Friends of The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival,

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) has today revealed it’s dates for the 2018 edition of the festival which will take place in Cape Town from 6-8 April 2018.
The festival will no longer be held in the first week of February, instead the 7thedition of CTEMF will be held over the first week in April 2018.

In addition to the festival’s new dates, CTEMF also announced plans to expand their satellite events to Durban for the very first time with CTEMF events taking place in Durban and Johannesburg on the 6th and 7th April 2018 respectively.

As always CTEMF will hosts a three-day series of free workshops and showcases where industry luminaries from around the world cross paths with South Africa's established and up-and-coming talents to share stories, skills and insights. The expansive 3-day workshop programme will take place at various locations around Cape Town from 3rd - 5th April 2018.

CTEMF 2018 Dates:
  • CTEMF 2018 Festival — 6th - 8th April 2018
  • CTEMF 2018 Workshops — 3rd - 5th April 2018
  • CTEMF 2018 Johannesburg Satellite Event  — 7th April 2018


Photo by Jonathan Ferriera





It all started when Red Bull Studios and CTEMF met up with Capitec Bank, who were looking for a way to start engaging with, and contributing to, the South African music industry.

CTEMF suggested that Capitec choose three artists who performed at CTEMF 2017, in three different scenes, all with one thing in common - mercurial talent.

The three selected artists, Stab Virus, Zaki Ibrahim and Bruce Loko. would then be cast as themselves in a series of short films.

After that Capitec were in the process of making an advert that needed music. We suggested that Zaki Ibrahim write the lyrics for the track, while Bruce Loko and Stab Virus would create remixes.

The result? The Live Better EP.


You can listen to the tracks (click the downward arrow on the right to download) and watch the short films below.






We are very excited to be hosting Pierre-Marie Oullion, artistic director of Nuits Sonores Festival at our CTEMF workshop.

We had a chat with him to find out a bit more about him and why he is coming up to CTEMF.


Pierre can you tell us a bit about your role at Nuits Sonores?


As part of the founding team of the festival, I am in charge nowadays of the artistic team of Nuits Sonores and for all our other activity.

Nuits sonores is more than a festival now, we built a cultural venue, an agency, a forum and we organise events across the planet.

I coordinate the team and I would say that my job is nearly the same as Chief Editor in the media field. With my partner I try to build some artistic guidelines, storytelling in all our proposition. I also intend to connect all our content to all range of production and services.

My job is really relevant with a high perception the global and artistic context. It is important to understand the new habit and where our society goes. To propose some surprising, sharp and newcomer artist you must known very well your territory and at the same time the strong artistic flux that crossing your time.


We are bringing you up to share some of your knowledge at our workshop at Langa, but also coming to watch some South African artists perform at CTEMF. Do you know of any South African artists at all?


I knew a little bit of Kwaito style, Shanghaan Electro. The seventies’ South African music is really amazing. But the new scene, that mixing those influences with house music has become stronger here than in Europe. Like Black Coffee, Culoe or Dj Mujawa, Ben Sharpa etc...

South African music for me is part of the Black Atlantic genre: a music that travels the ocean to South and North America!


Have you ever been to Cape Town? Have you heard anything about the music scene in South Africa?


It will be my first time I expect a lot of surprises and a lot of digging.


Can you tell us about your other projects ‘EuropeanLab’ and ‘We Are Europe’?


Both projects are born from this idea that cultural change making is the way to create a missing European identity.

Europe is a unique peace territory and brings us in a strong era of exchange.

Those project are finally about how we could change the cultural face of EU and how the youth is bringing some great reflections about the future.


Pierre-Marie is going to be  talking at our Langa workshop on the 9th of February 2017.



The Electronic Ecosystem


The Association For Electronic Music is a non-profit trade association created to represent the interests of companies and individuals in Electronic Dance Music. Representative from AFEM, Kavir Magan will be joined by Pierre-Marie Oullion, from Lyon based music festival Nuits Sonores (brought to us by IFAS) and Jesler Amerins from ADE. They’ll chat about the global electronic music industry and the role South Africa has to play, before answering questions on the topic.

We would like to thank IFAS (Institut Francais - South Africa) for bringing our Pierre-Marie and allowing us to grow as a festival, they have always been great to us and we look forward to growing the scene further with them. IFAS Aims to promote cultural and intellectual links between South Africa and France and this is a beautiful example of just that.




CTEMF & Sexy Groovy Love had the opportunity to ask the brothers some questions :

Hi Sven & Lars! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us. This is the first time you will be performing in SA. Do you have any expectations or ideas surrounding the electronic music scene here in South Africa?

Monkey Safari: We are really looking forward to our first time in South Africa. We don’t know much about the scene but expect fresh people who are hungry for electronic music! 


Do you have a favourite South African artist or track?

Monkey Safari: There’s too much great music out of there for us to have a favourite artist or track. 


We’ve always wanted to know... where does the name Monkey Safari come from?

Monkey Safari: We’d tell you, but we’d have to kill you. 


You have been lucky enough to work with a number of diverse & talented artists from around the world. Which artists have personally inspired your sound?

Monkey Safari: There is not one particular artist that has inspired our sound. Most of our inspiration comes from parties and the impressions we get from touring all over the world. Of course, when we started, there were some artists who we found interesting and perhaps even inspiring. Guys like Chemical Brothers, early Fat Boy Slim, Âme, Daft Punk and many more.   


If you were animals, would you be monkeys? Or is there another animal that suits you better?

Monkey Safari : Sven is a good jumper and needs a lot of pockets because all of his pockets and bags are always full, so we think a Kangaroo fits him perfectly. Lars would be an Emperor Tamarin.


You have played at many incredible venues and festivals across the globe. What are 2 of the most memorable festivals or parties you’ve ever played at, and why?

Monkey Safari: For years now we have been touring Australia and once a year we play at Revolver in Melbourne. It’s one of the most impressive places in the world. Totally different to any other club combined with a great vibe and people from another dimension.

The second one is a festival in the US (we won’t name names) in the middle of nowhere—a few-hour drive from the nearest airport. The promoter forgot to arrange a driver for us. No one was available on their mobile, so we took a taxi ourselves to this festival. We arrived five minutes before the gig after a four-hour taxi drive trough the desert and it looked and felt like paradise. After the show we had a wild road trip back to the airport and returned to Germany really destroyed but happy in a strange way.

Tell us a little about the Guy Gerber remix of your track “Walls” - how did this come about?

Monkey Safari: There actually isn’t a huge story behind it. We love Guy’s music and his label Rumours, so we asked him to do the remix. He liked our song “Walls” and did the third remix for the record in addition to Josh Wink and Moby.     

What is it about event promotion that you enjoy that you don’t get from DJ’ing?

Monkey Safari: We had our start in the music industry in promotion. We have been running a club called Charles Bronson for seven years now and also ran a lot of other events before that. It’s a completely different style of work within the industry, which we find really interesting and important. We try to give something back and work for the scene and club culture in our hometown. It’s a lot of additional work, often difficult, and sometimes we asked ourselves why we do it…but it’s an important platform for young producers and DJs to perform and develop. It makes us happy to see up-and-coming artists who are now able to DJ and produce as a result of our club and the network we introduced them to.

Do you ever fight over what music to play?

Monkey Safari: Of course we do! Not frequently because we’re brothers and have a similar spirit and understanding of music, but we’re also two different individuals. So yeah, from time to time we definitely disagree about music.

If a fan were to buy you a drink, what should they buy you?

Monkey Safari: Gin & Tonic with cucumber and pepper for Sven and for Lars a Moscow Mule, please!


What has been the most surprising set/experience for you musically and why?

Monkey Safari: Sigur Ros live a few years ago. There were thousands of people sitting in front of the stage, smiling and crying at the same time. That’s music from another dimension!


What is your favourite thing about touring?

Monkey Safari: If we have the time, we try to dive into the bar culture of each city. There are so many differences around the world in regards to how people drink and spend their time together and it’s lovely to experience that.


We are really looking forward to having you join us at the Manor of Magic! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat to us. We’ll see you in South Africa.



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