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CAPE TOWN.  Today The Cape Town Electronic Music (CTEMF) revealed the artists who will take centre stage at the third edition of the festival which kicks off in Cape Town between the 4th and the 9th February 2014.

Deep house don Dixon (Germany), drum n bass trio Noisia (Netherlands) and hip hop pioneer DJ The Original Jazzy Jay (US) are the house, bass and hip hop headliners respectively – only three of the thirteen high profile acts making up the first announcement.

Other acts revealed today include American house producer Justin Martin, UK bass hero Benga, a collaborative performance from local stars Jullian Gomes and Culoe De Song, one of South Africa’s most successful trance exports DJ/producer Protoculture, Black Coffee, Dirty Paraffin, Haezer, Portable (UK), J-Phlip (US) and Crazy White Boy.

Workshops, showcases and satellite events will precede the main music festival which will take place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February 2014 in Cape Town.

Established in 2012 as a platform to celebrate the progress made by South Africa’s electronic music scene over the last fifteen years,  The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) is gaining recognition as one of the most relevant and forward-thinking events in South Africa’s calendar.

CTEMF’s objectives are simple:  annually presenting South Africa’s most interesting and innovative electronic artists to a local and international audience - thereby contributing to the growth of electronic music culture in a inclusive, positive and responsible way.

With a development-focused program that includes workshops, lectures, artist and label showcases in both main cities and townships - CTEMF aims to create opportunities for those willing to be a force for change regardless of their socio-economic standing.

Through a comprehensive and ever-expanding representation of South Africa’s dynamic electronic music scene, CTEMF’s reach now transcends socio-economic, racial and geographical boundaries.

The first edition of CTEMF in 2012 boasted a 100% South African line up over 3 days, creating awareness and confidence within the local scene about its own achievements.

In 2013 CTEMF presented one international guest - techno pioneer Richie Hawtin.  Globally recognized for his forward-thinking approach to making and playing electronic music, Richie Hawtin embodies relentless innovation and the development of the global electronic music movement.
The 2014 edition of CTEMF signals the festival’s evolution from Cape Town’s electronic music festival into an internationally relevant music festival anchored in Cape Town.  With its fundamental principles still rooted in the unified growth of the South African scene,
2014 will see the line-up at CTEMF transform to reflect its global relevance.

The festival’s satellite event series will reach further across South Africa and the extended workshop program will uncover and connect the industry with upcoming talent in an unprecedented way.

Full CTEMF Dates: 4 – 9 February 2014
Workshop and Satellite Events: 4 – 7 February 2014
CTEMF Festival: 7 – 9 February 2014

Tickets available through Webtickets.


For over 15 years South Africa's electronic music scene has lived in the shadow of its counterpart, the greater global scene at large. That is until now.

From a genuinely 'underground' scene devoid of industry and support, it has been slowly growing and has finally caught up with the rest of the world to the point of being taken seriously (even if still not entirely understood) by more mainstream channels.

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) is the celebration of a scene coming of age. It marks the point at which the electronic music scene in South Africa has been recognized by itself and beyond as an industry that has reached the state of being self-sustainable.

The CTEMF is not about how many feet pass through the door, it’s not about booking the biggest acts to ensure radio play or getting as many 'likes' on Facebook as possible.  It's about communicating the ethos, passion and musical creativity that has driven the scene from its early days to its current position as a global player in the world of electronic music. 

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