Cape Town’s ever-growing electronic music scene consists of multiple collectives of innovative party concepts. And with the Summer season just around the corner, a new three-day festival springs to life—encapsulating the cities diverse and exciting electronic music cultures.
Aptly named Smalltown Beat, the festival takes place from October 5th to 7th near the picturesque town of Stanford, two hours from the city centre.
Over the three day experience Cape Town brands Arkology, Blue Room, Bridges for Music, Champagne, Database, IAS, Live Lounge, Mouth2Mouth, Paradise City, Suid Tronica, Sunlit Souls, SWIM and The Deep End will get the space to curate their own lineup across the Riverside, Warehouse and Forest stages—allowing a spirit of collaboration rarely seen before in the city.
The Smalltown Beat team states: “The idea behind this festival was born through a culmination of experiences in Cape Town and abroad, which influenced the way Cape Town’s electronic music scene was perceived, as well as the festivals surrounding it. Through experiencing as much of what CT has to offer, there was a realization that a lot of people doing great things were being overlooked. There also seemed to be a disconnect between these groups with people seemingly sticking to what they know.
This festival will look to bring these groups of people together who all share a like-minded ethos to electronic music and the culture that surrounds it. This will be an annual celebration where these collectives can come together and showcase what they've been working on, share their knowledge with others and in turn grow.
This will look to create an organic interest in the collectives' work by allowing them to express themselves in a space that promotes experimentation and the freedom of expression—a sense of community, rather than a group of individuals, is what we're striving for. Something to bring people together.”
Headlining this unique festival is local favourite Eric Volta and Dekmantel mainstay Palms Trax.
From back-to-back sets with Hunee, Antal and Midland, to performances at Panorama Bar, Concrete, Contact, De School and Lux, Palms Trax’s blend of vintage house, esoteric disco and the various shades of a bubbling UK underground has made him a staple in clubs around Europe and the U.S. Taking a deep, vinyl-led drive into his adopted history, his cult monthly radio show has fostered a level of trust and shared curiosity amongst fans, allowing him to helm all-night sets under the ‘Cooking with Palms Trax’ moniker. Keep an eye out for our interview with Palms Trax in the coming weeks.