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What we liked about CTEMF and what we would change next year

2015-02-10 14:28

Cape Town – This past weekend Channel24 was at the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival which was held at City Hall.

We’ll tell you about what we loved and what we might do differently next year if someone gave us the reigns.

Because it is a great laser and light filled musical showcase that we want to see happen year after year, until South Africa runs out of electricity (kidding).

What we liked/loved:

First things first, the venue was the realest. The lights, the staircases, the tiny details that let you know that this a sleek production top to bottom.

A romantically lit #CapeTown City Hall served as the backdrop to this huge party #CTEMF #VSCOcam

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The local underground/less well known acts killed it on the big stage. Giving shine to some of the hardest workers on the scene who hardly ever get such great sound and lighting was something else.

The international acts, yes you might not have heard of all of them but I guarantee you they all delivered (we were there). What’s great about that is that it brings some incredible performers to fresh ears. We love that.

That’s what we’re always trying to achieve at Channel24 in the digital space and CTEMF brought it onto stage in an ultra-cool way.

The Terrace/Club-like venue inside the venue. It’s hard to put into words but it was like that end of year party in matric.

What could change next year/useful criticism:

Now we get to the part which we’re sure that we’ll get shade for but hey, the cold never bothered us anyway.

The thing is, having an event like this in Cape Town’s summer means that you’re competing with about thirty other events happening that same weekend with just as many cool musical/art acts.

So, bearing that in mind: Try and get more people in with cheaper tickets (if that means cutting down on one or two acts it might be worth it for the energy it will inject).

Get a local act, with a large following, to headline say for instance a big house artist like DJ Fresh or a big hip hop force like Milkshake. Big name draws usually bring a built in crowd that could help the lesser known acts to reach a bigger market.

Start the festival early (by Cape Town standards) like this year but start it out doors and have more of an open plan feel to encourage roaming. Because this year it was like little cliques of people huddled in corners. Spread the love out like peanut butter on a school lunch sandwich.

Were you and your dancing feet there? Let us know what you thought!

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NOTE FROM EDITOR: We would like to thank everyone for their feedback on this article and the passion with which you addressed your concerns. We at Channel24 appreciate hearing from our readers (no matter how harsh the criticism). We are always striving towards improving and you can't do that without learning a few hard lessons along the way. We would like to extend an invite to those who have a passion for writing and the underground electronic scene to join our list of freelance music writers. If you would like to add your name to the list please contact us at feedback@channel24.co.za and we'll get back to you.

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