June 10, 2014
And Now For Something Completely Different: The 4 Weirdest Parties this Weekend in Cape Town
A swashbuckling word-nerd and life-time student of the creative edge, Alessandro spends his time cooking up funky stories and getting his teeth kicked out at Thai Boxing. His geekiness comes in useful where he gets put to work fashioning digital content that sizzles. When not searching for the perfect metaphor, Alessandro hunts for the quirky, the arresting and the powerful, since following Dr Seuss’ maxim you gotta:
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try!”
Why don’t you ever see hippopotamus hiding in trees? Because they’re really good at it.
Yes, it's time to abandon common sense this Youth Day, in the fine tradition of young persons everywhere, beginning when you stroll into one of Cape Town's 4 weirdest Youth Day parties.
Let's start when you...
1. Get Punk in Drublic ~ The 13th Annual Big Phat Titties Party
For 13 years South African party punk rock band Half Price, under the auspices of “the best punk rock band you’ve never seen”, having been bringing their unruly style of political incorrectness (and sense of humour) to the South African music scene (sometimes getting naked, sometimes singing about large sloppy cleavage) and generally causing havoc (although it has been 6 months since the police shut their last show down.) This weekend they’ll be unleashing the moshpits at Zula Bar on Long Street, alongside 7th Son, Crossfire Collision and The Shabeen, proving punk is still very much alive and breaking guitars in Cape Town. No need to keep your shirt on for this one!
Where? Zula Bar, 98 Long Street, Cape Town
When? Sunday 15 June, 9pm
2. Go Down the Rabbit Hole ~ Aurora Trance Party
Unlock those mind-forg’d manacles when you go down the rabbit hole at the Aurora Trance, as Israel’s internationally acclaimed trance deity Timelock unleashes his thumping dreamscape at one of Cape Town’s most popular tourist clubs on Saturday. The Side Show is known for its smart, chic and unpretentious dress code, ridiculously pretty people and exclusive parties. Timelock (who have collaborated with psytrance titans Berg, Ace Ventura, Major 7, Easy Riders and Captain Hook) will be pumping alongside fellow Israeli stars Weekend Heroes, as well as South African dance floor manipulators Broken Toy , Rubix Qube and Tune Raider. It’s time for the walls to shake.
Where? The Side Show, 11 Mechau Street, Cape Town
Cost? R120 online + booking fee, R150 at the door
When? Saturday 14 June, doors open 9pm till late
3. Watch a Living Master ~ Hariprasad Chaurasia
Hariprasad Chaurasia, the greatest living master of the North Indian Bamboo flute, has toured the United States, Europe and most of the world’s most prestigious music festivals. To give you an idea of his world renown, he’s currently serving as the Artistic Director of the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in the Netherlands and is also a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) of France and a Padma Vibhushan of India. Chaurasia said in 2013 that “Music is my love. And because it is my love, music has become my religion.” Listen to his incomparably beautiful work at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) on Saturday at the Raga Fantasy Concert.
Where? Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape
Cost? R200 – R350
When? Saturday 14 June, from 7:30pm
4. Ruffle Your Feathers ~ Sexy Burlesque at The Pumphouse
What is better than one dark and scantily clad model, dancing and cracking provocative jokes? 8 of them, all professionals. That’s the punchline at Jou Ma Se Comedy Club (Your Mother’s Comedy Club) this Saturday, Cape Town’s finest dedicated comedy club, playing host on Sunday to lingerie and cleavage, feather boas, fantasy and fetishes courtesy of Diva Distaster, Marlene Dicktrick and Lady Magnolia amongst others. Presented by Mel Jones (of SABC3’s Comedy Showcase), Born Risque is complimented by a full restaurant and bar for a tantalising night out among the sultriest wits in Cape Town.
Where? The Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront
Cost? R150 via Quicket.com
When? Sunday, 15 June, from 8:30pm
If you're a fan of the weird and wonderful, why not check out this oddball way to party in the mother city. On a budget? Check out our cost-effective party strategies! Or maybe you're looking for the best of Cape Town's nightlife?