Bear Trap ‘Celestial Beings’ Give Away
┊★ THE QUEST★┊
Our annual February date has evolved from its humble, but insanely popular “Creature of the Wheel” roots in Stellenbosch, into one of the most anticipated events in the latter half of outdoor season - Bear Trap’s Celestial Beings. This year, as we prepare for one of the most auspicious gatherings of celestial beings, we are struck by the magnitude of our continued commitment to creating a space that draws beings from all walks of light together. This year we have summoned artistic talents from the many corners of the universe, incl. musicians, dj’s, visual manipulators, fire performers, dancers & UV artists. All will ascend on the sacred site to entertain, dazzle, surprise and enthral your senses – get ready for a summer psychedelic experience that will propel you into another dimension.
★ ┊ THE MINSTRELS AND MAGICIANS ┊ ★
DapAnji (phantasm rec, Israel)
This dynamic duo have both been making music since their preteen years but once they discovered psy culture and it’s music, they were hooked.
Both broke into the scene in their individual capacities as DJs and spent a great deal of time playing all over Israel. After spending an intense amount of time in the studio, refining their talent and defining their unique sound, they released their debut album - Born To Break (2009), on the well known Phantasm Records label – this fiercely well received release is full of crazy breaks and phat earth shattering bass lines, colored with funky psychedelics and the occasional unexpected groove.
They really are taking full on to the next level and as Phantasm Records said, “they are set to raise the bar of what’s expected from innovative studio producers” – we agree…. !
BRIAN SENTIENT (spun rec, usa)
Representing Alchemy Records in the USA, Sentient is one of the foremost psychedelic trance DJs in California. A lover of the genre since he was first exposed to it at a rave in Mexico City in 1994, Sentient has become addicted to the powerful sound of today’s psytrance.
When he plays, foremost in his mind is the music and the desire to guide people through it.
A world traveller all of his life, his unique experiences living in Africa, Mexico and Israel (as well as trips to Europe and Southeast Asia) have given him a unique outlook on life, and he channels his personality and energy into each set.
He has played alongside are Hallucinogen, X-Dream, Shpongle, Deedrah, Astrix, Son Kite, GMS, Infected Mushroom, Shane Gobi, Chromatone, Protoculture, Shakta, Cosmosis, Pixel, Absolum and many, many more.
SHANE GOBI (Alchemy Records, UK)
Alchemy Records founder and Label Manager, Shane Gobi is one of the leading DJs on the global psytrance circuit. Originally from South Africa, Shane founded Alchemy in London some 11 years ago, in 2001. Since then, he’s become a regular favourite at festivals and clubs from London to Japan. Voted DJ of the year in Isratrance in 2003, Shane is known for his technical wizardry and his unique pilgrimage that dance floor undertakes during his sets.
A truly versatile DJ, this magician is able to adapt to his own style of conjuring to blend with that of the event that he is part of…. after a stellar set at the Origin Festival recently, you can catch him at his daytime best at Celestial Beings
☆ ┊ LOCAL SUPER NOVA’S┊ ☆
Beartrap has amassed a rapturous line up to rival any other. Including some of the best local talent Cape Town has to offer, this line up sees more DJanes take to the decks at one outdoor event, than ever before:
Amethyst – Mutagen Records
Archive vs Jester (MMD vs Disasterpeace Records)
Biorhythm (Disasterpeace records)
Chemogen (One Foot Groove)
Deliriant (Nexus Media)
Dre’ama (Teknotribe, JHB)
Hiyarant (Disasterpeace records)
Iron Lotus (MMD/Terror Lab)
Myzo vs Tuneraider (Disasterpeace vs Nutek)
Rubix vs Strain (Disasterpeace vs Beartrap)
Skarab (the Village)
Sonic (Alien Safari)
Each of the five Djanes bring a unique energy to this dynamic and exciting compliment of Minstrels and Magicians. From the sultry, sexy, cheeky, bouncy, dark and menacing, sunset, sunrise or psychedelic -
Together or individually, the five attest to the growing feminine energy of the psytrance scene locally and worldwide and prove that, like their male counterparts, they are not defined by gender, but by the ability to influence a dance floor and manipulate a beat.
┊ ☆ THE SETTING ☆┊
An epic gathering demands an equally epic setting and only one venue comes to mind…Literally overnight this beautiful stone keep was catapulted from a simple rock quarry to the legendary status it now enjoys.
This is where we will setup base as we touch down on the banks of the Theewaterskloof dam.
The dance floor will be perched atop the Theewaterskloof valley, surrounded by lush vineyards and tall, majestic mountain peaks, flanked by a river which meanders into the valley past the dance floor as it rushes from the dam, carving a path and leaving it’s mark on the countryside..
Secluded and surrounded on 3 sides by stone steeples, this venue is a naturally formed amphitheatre which will double as a monstrous backdrop for some seriously powerful psychedelic visuals and otherworldly eye candy.
Celestial Beings Flyer
From the above, it’s clear that this is going to be a party to remember. Personally, the venue is one of my all time favourites. The natural amphitheatre feel really sets the tone – I remember dancing on a massive rock overlooking both the dancefloor and the river at the last party. Pretty special!
If you would like to experience this for yourself, then here’s how you might be able to make it a reality. All we ask is that you ‘like’ our facebook fan page (in order to stay in the loop in future) and then comment below the post.
Here’s the catch! In your comment (in honour of all things celestial) you must include: one word from outer space (and provide it’s definition) and the words ‘bear’ and ‘trap’.
Get creative, Get Dancing.
**COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. Thank you all for participating!