Insider Info | Synergy Live 2013 Review

Insider Info | Synergy Live 2013 Review


December 8th, 2013


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Now having re-grown many brain cells and re-found many memories I invite you to read on and get a little bit excited for what took place last weekend at Synergy Live 2013.

The weather was appropriately Capetonian, but the crowds who braved the gales and rains were rewarded with a weekend to remember.

On arrival, we were graced with a queue at the gates which is normal for any festival I suppose, but even though cars were searched for glass bottles, a select few were found lying around the festival grounds on Sunday.

Also we had quite an eventful Friday due to the fact that our photographer banged her head on the car and suffered from what we thought was a mild concussion. So before we had even began unloading the car, we were a man down!

Day 1 of the festival included explosive performances by DDE, Stone-Age Citizens, Kennedy, Niskerone, Haezer & El Gordo.

Feed Me who was the first international on the lineup didn’t disappoint music wise, but was let down by visuals. Feed Me is known for his crazy stage production including the smile of his Green Monster, but at the end of the day, it’s all about the music, right?

Day 2 was somewhat of a bust because extremely high winds, which caused the festival to be engulfed in side-ways rain which made everyone somewhat reminisce about Rocking the Daisies — but that did not discourage the crowds at all.

Half of the festival was overcast and it looked like the only place that had sun was the Red Bull Electronic Stage. Even with the sun beating down on revelers, it was strange having blue skies above us, even though it was drizzling.

In terms of music, music lovers were treated to special performances that really got the crowd going on Saturday including the likes of DJ Va-Va, Headphase, Grimehouse, Hyphen, PH.Fat  & Foreign Beggars.

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What was disappointing was the turn out at the Mainstay Beach Bar, but me & 2 others convinced others to join us for what was something special. Plaigarhythm & Lady M really treated the crowd that did show up a really good time and despite the bad weather, their sets really got me excited for the summer that is to come.

Now the #DoWorkTakeover saw three of SA’s promising producers take the stage for three hours on the Red Bull Stage, as great as the music was; some of the theatrics didn’t go down so well.

RVWR, who was first up had some dancers appear throughout his set, but really didn’t add anything special to it. It looked like the dancers didn’t really know what was going on or what to do.

Leechi, had a saxophonist join him on stage and I felt that it really went well, the crowd was fully immersed in the music as his music and the saxophone really complimented each other.

Now onto Das Kapital, being the head honcho at Do Work Records, really set the standard with his music selection and mixing abilities but the MC for the takeover really destroyed what could have been a great DJ set. He rambled over a lot of “big” tracks which pretty much killed the vibe for many in the crowd.

By Sunday, the winds had died down enough for everyone to enjoy the final day of Synergy without a hitch. People were arriving to enjoy the last there was left of the festival to end off their weekend celebrations on a high note. Without a doubt you could see the place to be was the Mainstay Beach Bar which was blasting psytrance all day.

Now festival wise, Synergy definitely won on the new layout of the festival, I think the longest walk I did was to the Red Bull Stage. Other than that, everything was so nice and close together!

I think everyone can agree with me when I say the toilet facilities were well kept all the time, always clean & ample toilet paper (for the ladies). Also on a positive note, the organisers did well in regards to security, I felt very safe at all times and even got a security guards autograph.

A few negatives (yes, I have to, I’m sorry).

A big down fall was the lack of dirt bins or the rate at which they were cleaned. I kept seeing over flowing black bins. Lighting, unless you had a torch or some kind of light, you could find your tent, there were only a few strategically placed lights around the festival walkways which acted as way-points back to your tent.

Last but not least, on behalf of the Clubbers 4 EDM team we want to give a special shout out to our sponsor Jagermeister for hooking us up big time with regards to our competition and some of the goodies that we received.

In conclusion, I’d like to say that this was the best Synergy I have attended. And I would like to thank all the organizers, the DJs, the people who put anything into the 3-day festival that made it what it was, and of course all of you crazy fuckers who partied there… But all in all it was an epic weekend. I’ll be seeing you all again for the next Synergy Live Festival in 2014.


Words by: Ben McCabe | @callmeben0
Photos by: Shutter Monkey Productions

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