One of the United Kingdoms most recognised music companies THE PLAYGROUND have announced the launch of their inaugural TIMELESS music festival set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa between the 10th and 12th March 2023 at the foothills of the Greyton mountainscape on Elandskloof Farm.
The Playground officially launched in 2008, have been behind artists such as Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Crystal Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, FKJ, Pendulum, Steve Aoki among others, and recognised as one of the UK’s top promoter driving forces across the last 14 years, The Playground has hosted events at London’s top venues and won numerous accolades from The Guardian, Time Out, and NME Magazine to mention a few, with DJ Mag naming them “One of London’s most audacious music forces”.
The 3-day camping festival is set to bring some of the most influential and groundbreaking acts to one of the most idyllic settings in South Africa.
As never seen before, the festival is set to host top-tier headlining acts such as Grammy-nominated Electronic producer TYCHO, two-time Grammy-nominated Norwegian duo RÖYKSOPP, and Berlin-based heavyweight duo BOOKA SHADE (headlined stages at Coachella, Glastonbury, Rock Werchter, and Red Rocks).
That’s not all. Also gracing TIMELESS’ star-studded stage are prolific deep-house producer CHRISTIAN LÖFFLER, French hit-maker SÉBASTIEN LÉGER, Dutch heavyweight producer and DJ EELKE KLEIJN, multi-award-winning act DOMINIK EULBERG, prominent german producer PARRA FOR CUVA, the godfather of Acid house himself DJ PIERRE, double-platinum status, Grammy Award-winning sensation DEEP FOREST.
Avid festival goers can look forward to watching Mexican-born electronic music producer SAINTE VIE perform for the first time in SA. Other acts they can expect to see are boundless French electronic producer JORIS DELACROIX and well-established Polish-born producer ROBERT BABICZ.
In terms of local acts from South Africa festival goers can expect a line up that includes
► SUN EL MUSICIAN is a one-of-a-kind South African producer known and loved country-wide for his unique sound and his movement in building the Afro-house sounds.
► DJ ZINHLE – Kwa-Zulu Natal-born, she has become one of South Africa’s most celebrated female house DJs, being nominated for Metro FM Awards and South African Music Awards, among others.
► RYAN MURGATROYD has released via Defected Records and Get Physical Music, joined the coveted Boiler Room line-up in ADE alongside Black Coffee, and performed at Mixmag Lab series and Fusion Festival.
► CULOE DE SONG – Born in the northern parts of South Africa’s east coast, his music career launched in early 2007 when his song “100 Zulu Warriors” featured in Black Coffee’s second offering, Have Another One.
► LEMON & HERB – the house music duo hailing from KwaZulu-Natal consists of Sikhumbuzo Hadebe and Don Sithole. Lemon & Herb are famous for their distinct South African rhythms and futuristic melodies.
► WE HOUSE SUNDAYS celebrates the true essence of House Music by unifying diverse cultures; connecting artists, music lovers and dancers from across the globe.
► CAIIRO- Is a house DJ/Producer from South Africa whose rhythmic & emotional style led him to travel the world. He has worked with renowned acts Black Motion, Da Capo, Msaki, Djeff and more.
► ENOO NAPA – #1 Afro House Artist 2017 on Traxsource, Enoo Napa has remixed for Black Coffee, N’dinga Gaba, Mi Casa, Oscar P, King Sfiso, DJ Merlon.
► KID FONQUE – The DJ/producer, label owner, promoter and National radio host has become a vital part of South African electronic music and club culture over the last 20 years, embracing Bass and Broken Beats to Bossa Nova, Hip Hop and every shade of House.
► JULLIAN GOMES was brought up on Soul, Latin and Kwaito before discovering House music at the tender age of eight. Since his first gig in 2003, his career has only grown, along with his skill set and love for production.
► JAZZUELLE – One of the most consistent South African producers, the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Alumni opened the first-ever Sonar Festival in Johannesburg, performed at Beatport’s Wet Deck Annual Party, and played the Get Physical Music showcase at City Hall.
► REINHARDT BUHR [LIVE] uses a live looping pedal to record Spanish guitar, electric cello, electronic drums and Australian didgeridoos, building layer upon layer, to create a big instrumental orchestra sound.
► DEAN FUEL – With roots as a vinyl DJ, he‘s rocked top festivals and underground clubs across Africa and beyond for over 18 years, turning his passion for electronic music into a lifelong pursuit.
► DAS KAPITAL mutates elements of House, UK Garage, Techno, Acid, classic Rave and Breakbeat into his own dynamic style. His weekly radio show “In Das We Trust” is in its 5th year on South African national broadcaster 5FM.
► ROGER GOODE is a broadcasting maverick, DJ, producer and performing artist who hosts specialist dance music shows every weekday on South Africa’s national youth radio station 5FM.
► GOODLUCK – The live electronic band’s genre-bending sound is rooted in the rhythms from their homeland. Their pioneering tech setup (drum machines/ synthesisers/ electronic percussions/ saxophone/ vocals) allows them space to improvise, making each performance unique.
► LEIGHTON MOODY also known as “Soulsideup” is a Cape Town-based DJ and co-founder of the well-known ”We House Sundays” movement. Dancers and music lovers alike respect him for his fusion of House Music textures and ability to move dancefloors
► CASSIEM LATIEF is a Cape Town DJ, Producer, and co-founder of the “We House Sundays” movement who grew from humble beginnings, working in a record store, to holding down residencies across the Mother City to playing festivals and events around South Africa.
► YOAV is a South African singer/songwriter who is influenced by electronic music and the club/dance culture that surrounds it. He blends his traditional singer/songwriter compositions with this electronic vibe as well as his innovative rhythmic, percussive way of playing the guitar.
► PASCAL & PEARCE – Three-time South African Music Awards nominee, the DJ and producer duo consists of Pascal Ellinas and Dave Pearce who produce a variety of electronic dance music styles.
► AVI SUBBAN has grounded himself in eclectic rhythms, bringing forth a new dimension and approach to dance music, reconstructing boundaries in his productions and performances alike.
► NICK E LOUDER has always played on the tougher, progressive side of dance music, adapting genres to the needs and trends of the dance floor.
► Dino Moran has played at every major club in South Africa over the last sixteen years and supported artists like Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Deep Dish, Sasha, John Digweed and David Morales at various international events.
► TAÜ better known by his second moniker Bassik Musik, is a South African-based house DJ who specialises in entertainment through the high-spirited sounds of Bass, Tech, and Deep house music.
► TERRASOUL – Kaelem Fakier aka Terrasoul fell in love with the rich, immersive tones of Deep House. His attention to detail as a DJ and producer has made him a force to be reckoned with.
► MARIA DIE RUHE has performed on several stages across Europe, each time bringing new energy to her set. The producer’s sound calls to mind the unusual sounds of Röyksopp, Lykke Li and MØ.
► DJ MAMBA – Professionally rocking crowds since 1999, this multi-talented music connoisseur is both a DJ and a radio host, dividing his time between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
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