April 23, 2014
4 Wild and Wacky Parties to Celebrate Freedom Day in Cape Town
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Ever since the night of 27th April 1994 got outrageously out of hand, as South Africans of all colours commemorated the first day they voted as a whole nation and uncontainable parties lasted deep into the night, Freedom Day has been about celebration. This year it falls on a Sunday, meaning the following Monday is effectively a national holiday. With that in mind, here are 4 wild parties in Cape Town that will get you in the spirit to celebrate your freedom.
Nuclear Electro at Klein Libertas Theatre
Prepare yourself for apocalyptic bass as electro monsters including Sibot and Toyota, Haezer, PH Fat and Niskerone shudder your body and brainwaves with the most insane vibrations known to South African electronic. Kicking off at 5pm on the open air stage at the Klein Libertas Theatre in Stellies, 9 hours of pumping madness will explode into the night with crazy drops and tons of socialising. Navigate through trippy visuals, food trucks and bars sponsored by Olmeca Tequila and Red Bull as you express you freedom under the stars come 12 o’clock. Boom!
When: Doors open 5pm, 26 April
Where: Klein Libertas Theatre, Bergzight Plein, Du Toit Str, Stellenbosch
Price: R80 per person presold, R90 at the gate
The Beer Revolution at Wembley Tap
Riding the crest of Cape Town’s trendy craft beer industry, ‘Big Week, Small Breweries’ surfs in on the beach of contemporary coolness this Freedom Day to find hipsters, beer lovers and old-fashioned guzzlers appreciating the beer revolution all weekend from 28 April to 2 May. With nearly 40 micro-breweries leading the charge (Wembley Tap prominent amongst them) beers will include the likes of the Savvy Blonde Hybrid Ale, Pear Cider, Weisse Bier, Butcher Block Pale Ale, Sunrise, Bosins Bitter, Craven Craft Lager and Innovation IPA. The event includes free talks on the beer brewing process and (naturally) outrageous amounts of beer drinking. It’s never been so good to be free.
When: 28 April – 2 May
Where: 80 Mckenzie Street, Cape Town
Tickets: Free, except R150 per person on Friday 2 May
Mini-Amsterdam at The Foreign Exchange
The most off-the-charts party of the year in Amsterdam is on King’s Day (the king of Holland’s birthday, bet you didn’t know they had a king), happily coinciding with The Foreign Exchange’s own 1 year birthday. An orange paint-splattered morass of pretty Europeans will be trying to figure out how to say “Awe, mey bru” as they take advantage of the Dutch themed drinks specials on 26 April in Observatory. You can accost some of them in the photo-booth and try to explain to them the irony of celebrating a king’s birthday on Freedom Day, then lean in as they try to explain democracy in gorgeous accented English.
When: 26 April
Where: 92-96 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Tickets: Free if you’re a citizen of Holland, R30 per person presold, R50 at the door
The LoveAll Party at The Assembly
Stand and groove on the bassline during this tennis themed party, judging the gung-ho Sharapovas on the mini-tennis court and then joining them as the pumping base serves up some deephouse, tech, dubstep and hip hop. Bring the class of Federer or the crass of young Agassi to the floor as you slam your moves in the laser display while John Slingers, Dunn Kidda, Rushil Jaga, Slabofmisuse and Malcolm & Ian Skene umpire the beats from the DJ booth. Finally, you’re free to wear those ridiculously short shorts you’ve always wanted to unleash on the world!
When: Doors open 9pm, 27 April
Where: 61 Harrington Street, District Six, Cape Town City Centre
Tickets: R80 – R100 per person