Cape Town, South Africa: this weekend, “Die Weskus” will see a psychedelic array of bands and fans from around the country descend for the second-ever Endless Daze festival, held at the Silverstroom Resort just outside of the city. Psych Rock has made a massive comeback internationally and right here in South Africa, and Endless Daze 2017 is the place to be if you like your guitars fuzzed out and your grooves laid back.
The rise of the psychedelic
Psych Rock may not be a familiar term to all, but it is making its presence known on the international scene, with festivals like Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest) drawing tens of thousands of people every year. Locally, the promoter known as Psych Night has been championing the scene for the last five years. Simon Berndt, one of Psych Night’s co-founders, says that they just want to support the music they love.
“When we started Psych Night back in 2012, the neo-psychedelic sound was in vogue and has grown internationally since. We felt that there was a space for the kind of music we all love, so we started organizing live shows”. ~ Simon Berndt
From humble beginnings, Psych Night has grown into a known and respected event promoter in the South African alternative scene, and has brought out several big-name international psych rock acts like Night Beats, Allah-Las and Black Lips.
“Our international shows really opened our eyes to the potential of the scene here. Our sponsors, Vans, have been extremely generous, allowing us to pursue these alternative bands and events that we really care about”. ~ Simon Berndt
A new kind of festival
In 2016, Psych Night knew the scene was ready for a festival, and Endless Daze was born. Held on a beach in the idyllic West Coast resort of Silverstroom, the festival brings together an amazingly broad crowd; from flower-crowned hippies and denim-jacketed rockers all the way through to metalheads like me, with something for everyone on the musical front. Berndt says the festival will be much the same as last year, just bigger and better.
“Endless Daze will be bigger this year, but we’re keeping tickets limited to retain the intimacy of last
years’ event. There was a real feeling of a shared experience, and holding on to that was really important to us”. ~ Simon Berndt
He says that we can expect great visuals and careful attention paid to making the 2-day event memorable.
Headlined by world-class international acts Moon Duo and Oh Sees, this festival is all about celebrating good music that you just don’t hear on the radio. Oh Sees is a powerhouse garage rock band that has been playing and evolving for 20 years now, while Moon Duo is a much newer ensemble; its fuzzy, new wave psychedelia has been getting fans around the world excited since 2009. Both bands are touring on the back of critically-acclaimed 2017 releases (Orc and Occult Architecture Vol. 2, respectively).
“It’s a very special moment for us and our fans to see bands like these on a festival stage, with big,
amazing sound and incredible visuals. We’re really excited for that”. ~ Simon Berndt
All about the music
As far as metal is concerned, the pickings are slim – the most “metal” band on the line-up is Cape Town’s psychedelic doom rockers The Valley, reprising an epic 2016 festival performance. Mouse from Durban are also pretty heavy, and Oh Sees definitely brings a bit of metal sensibility to its music.
But despite a lack of heavy acts, Berndt says it’s still all about the music:
“Endless Daze is a place where live music lovers can delve into the music without the distractions of other festivals. We’ve worked really hard to create a diverse line-up, and provide a space for some exciting new bands that have been pushing themselves in their live shows”. ~ Simon Berndt
With great bands, good people and a unique festival experience, I know where I’ll be this weekend.
Endless Daze Festival runs from 3-5 November 2017 at the Silverstroom Resort, just 45 minutes from Cape Town. Tickets are R600 from NuTicket. Camping opens at 12pm Friday at no additional cost. For further details and updates, join the official facebook event page.
For a taste of the sounds of Endless Daze, listen to their recently released mixtape for the festival: