Cape Town Electronic Music Festival: All you need to know

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) is a sonic treat for music-lovers. It was established in 2012, and has fast gained recognition and one of the most relevant and forward-thinking events on Africa’s music festival calendar. It takes place in Atlantic Studios just 15 minutes from the Cape Town City Bowl. International pioneers and innovators share the stage with the best of the South African electronic scene. There are few other festivals that boast such diverse audiences, along with such an acclaimed line-up.

The venue

In previous years, CTEMF took place in the Cape Town City Hall, but in 2018 it moved to a fantastic new venue in Milnerton. Atlantic Studios, for the rest of the year, functions as a fully fledged film studio. The result is a modern and minimalist setting with plenty of space to get into the groove. Expect multiple stages, impressive lights, and most importantly, serious sound.

The artists

The 2018 edition of CTEMF brought us one of the most impressive line-ups to date, including nine big international names. LA hip hop and dnace superstar Egyptian Lover was a highlight, and Amsterdam-based deep house legend Job Jobse kept the party going on the last night, along with Swiss legend Deetron.

Here is the full line-up for the 2018 festival, with links to listen:

ABSTRACT METHOD / AERO MANYELO / ALTON MILLER / ARTBAT / ATELIER / AUX GAWD / BLACK WIZ / CHEE / CHRIS DE VOS / DA CAPO / DADA SHIVA / DEETRON / DJ FRED SPIDER / DJ GUY & SLOW MOTION CITY / DJ LAG / DJ MIZZ / DJ OD X MSHAYI / DJ STINGRAY / DUBMASTA CHINADWSON / EGYPTIAN LOVER / EL GORDO & KANAN K7 / ENOO NAPA / FLOORS / FLŌYU / FUTURE NOSTALGIA / GERD JANSON / JAY ME / JED & SPACEMAN / JOB JOBSE / JON LAURA / KAY FAITHKWAITOUR / LADY VENOM / LAWRENCE DIX & CASSIEM LATIEF / MAXIME ALEXANDER / MIKEY & SCHUMI / NICK GRATER / NODIGGITY / PARADISE CITIZENS / PIERRE JOHNSON / PORTIA LUMA / RAGRAPHASOSYK / REEZO HASSAN / ROSE BONICA / SADHU SENSI / SHIFT MAWELELE / SIPHE TEBEKASTIFF PAP / STRANGE LOVING / STRUCTURE / THANK ME LATER / THE HACKER / THE OTHER DJS / TZARA / UBIZA WETHU / XEE & CODEKID / YOYOZOLABUDDÉ

Workshops

An important part of the annual CTEMF proceedings is the workshops. The 2018 dates are th3-5 April, from 3 pm. The programme includes a discussion with Deetron, a talk about the “South African Music Machine”, interactive creative sessions, a talk with Detroit’s Alton Miller, Track Search (a showcase open to any music makers and artists), and a First Thursdays ecent at TRed Bull Studios, where you can pick up merch and tickets for the event to the sweet tunes of Terrence Pearce and Pierre Estienne.

Workshops are free, but you will need to RSVP via the Facebook page to confirm your attendance.

Outreach

When you attend the festival, you can rest assured that you’re contributing to a great cause. CTEMF Connect is focused on socio-economic empowerment through opportunities in electronic music. Each year, a group of South African future musical stars undergo an extensive program of training, aimed at building the skills and insight required for a successful career in music. Experts ion marketing, photography, social media and the industry as a whole connect with these young artists to kick-start their career.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit the CTEMF website