M4A SummerFest’16: New venue, line-up revealed

SummerFest'16 artwork by Ben Geldenhuys for metal4africa

Cape Town’s bestial bi-annual festival of the various heavy metal sub-species claws it’s way towards a 19th installation of the series at SummerFest’16. Nine bands, two party areas and more awaits. With an exciting new venue, following the burning down of the event’s long-time home at the Klein Libertas Theatre in 2015, M4A is back with many of the old tricks patrons have come to love.

SummerFest’16 will take place on Saturday 30 January 2016 in an industrial district environment near Cape Town, featuring an exciting indoor space converted into a concert hall, an outdoor courtyard with braai facilities and secondary entertainment area, a courtyard for an alternative market, a drop-and-go area for equipment and special needs visitors, and plenty of street parking with security.

Now entering it’s 10th year, the event series continues many time-honoured M4A traditions and is working to preserve much of what was lost in the burning, and to grow renewed. With a venue which brings more of the elements enjoyed from the previous events in the series, a stronger focus has now gone into improvements and upgrades to event stage production. Of course, with all of these exciting developments, no less attention has been given to a careful line-up selection process of including a most diverse and exciting line-up possible within the traditional parameters of M4A events.

Timetable & General Info

16h00 – Doors Open
17h00 – Subject To Slaughter
17h45 – Fuera
18h30 – Take Hand
19h15 – Imperial Destruction
20h00 – SubverS
20h45 – Wargrave
21h30 – The Drift (from Johannesburg)
22h30 – Megalodon
23h30 – Wildernessking

Trading hours:
Doors open at 16h00. Venue license allows trading until 04h00 the following morning.

Venue address:
Unit 12, Viben Avenue, Brackenfell

Cost of entry:
R90 per person before 19h00, R100 per person thereafter.

Right Of Admission Reserved:
Regretfully, no under 18 attendance will be allowed.

Party Bus:
With the events no longer taking place in Stellenbosch, the viability of the party bus has fallen into question. If you are interested, help us to decide if this can be restored by emailing to partybus.metal4africa@gmail.com the following info:
1. Name & Surname
2. Telephone Number
3. location / area where you live or would depart from

M4A SummerFest'16 T-shirt designM4A SummerFest’16 limited edition T-shirts:
T-shirts are available via pre-sale at R150 each, featuring a 2-sided tour-style design printed on 165gsm cotton.
A very limited quantity of shirts might be available on the date, but if you’re interested, rather book to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be placed by emailing to tshirts.metal4africa@gmail.com with the following information:
1. Name & Surname
2. Telephone number
3. Size (s, m, l, xl, xxl, xxxl)
4. Cut/style (mens, girlie tshirt, ladies vest)
5. If more than one, please specify the size and cut for each

Regular updates and social interaction:
Join the official SummerFest’16 facebook event page.

The Bands

Subject To Slaughter present a powerful new creature prowling the Cape Town metalcore circuit, effortlessly weaving melodic riffs with contemporary metalcore elements designed to motivate involuntary bouts of headbanging! This will be Subject To Slaughter‘s well-deserved M4A debut.

Appearing from out of nowhere early in 2015, a death metal monster with a progressive twist has reared it’s head with jaws snapping in the form of Fuera – meaning in Spanish: “outsider” or “to be of ‘the outside'” – a notion which resonates well with many of the metal ilk. Fuera appear to be succeeding at breaking the stereotypical mold of what can be expected of local metal.

A third M4A debut takes the form of Take Hand, protagonists of the Cape Town hardcore movement. Little known to the public, Take Hand were originally scheduled to perform at WinterFest’15 prior to the date change affected by the Klein Libertas fire; but could not accommodate the event’s date chance at short notice. We are delighted to finally welcome them to a salivating performance at SummerFest’16 instead, and even better now with their recently released Flesh Wounds EP in tow.

Cape Town has long represented something of a den for the tastes of melodic death metallers, and the new generation in the genre do not disappoint! Armed with a soon-to-be debut album Ruinous, Imperial Destruction ready themselves for a powerful return to the M4A stage since opening the show as newcomers at WinterFest’13, now grown superior in prowess among the pack.

Creatures of the darker breed can ready themselves for the return of SubverS who made their M4A debut at SummerFest’14. This time, the gothic metallers come at you armed with their recently released debut album Bloodstained Eulogies and larger-than-life stagecraft.

Having grown teeth and claws suited to an apex predator, Wargrave have recently released their lauded 2015 Suffering The Void debut album. With this powerful audio showcase behind their name, the thrash metal quintet are now undoubtedly able to run in stride with the nation’s larger metal beasts.

Johannesburg’s The Drift have worked up enough of a frenzy in their short time. Hard work and an excellent game plan have put this band of scene veterans and groove metal initiates on the national map. We’re happy to finally be welcoming The Drift to the M4A stage for the first time since their emergence in 2013, and following the release of two bone crushing studio albums in as short a time.

Eight-stringed-groove-djent-metal-sharks from the deep, Megalodon, need no introduction. Still riding the powerful wave of their Darkness In Sonance album and two previous M4A successes, Megalodon return the whip up a feeding frenzy in the murky waters of a M4A moshpit.

Wildernessking are a sleek specimen, having achieved no small feat by winning acclaim from a number of leading international metal blogs for their releases to date. Poised for the launch of their latest offering, Mystical Future, there could be no better time to invite Wildernessking back to the feeding pit to celebrate this next milestone in an already illustrious career and have you howling for more…

Directions to the venue

From Cape Town central / Southern Suburbs / Atlantic Seaboard
Get onto the N1 Motorway towards Paarl. Continue passed Bellville. Approximately 1Km after the R300 overpass, take the Okavango Road (M137) offramp and turn right. Follow directions as per From Okavango Road below.

From Okavango Road
Continue straight on Okavango Road (towards Stellenbosch) all the way (+/- 800m) to the T-junction at Old Paarl Road, then turn left (towards Paarl) into Old Paarl Road. Take the first left into Chrome Street. Take the first right (at the T-junction) into Koper Street. Take the first left (at the T-junction) into Viben Avenue, and find 12 Viben Avenue at the fourth unit on your right.

From Stellenbosch / Paarl
From Stellenbosch, take the Plankenberg Road (R304) and turn towards Cape Town on the N1 motorway. From Paarl, take the N1 towards Cape Town. Approximately 1Km after the Brighton Road offramp, take the Okavango Road (M137) offramp and turn left. Follow directions as per From Okavango Road below.

From Somerset West / Cape Flats / Cape Town International Airport
From Somerset West, take the N2 motorway towards Cape Town, then head North (towards Bellville) on the R300. From Cape Town International Airport, take the N2 motorway towards Somerset west, then head North (towards Bellville) on the R300. From the Cape Flats, head North on the R300. At the R300/N1 overpass, take the N1 towards Paarl. Aftar approximately 1Km of travel on the N1, take the Okavango Road (M137) offramp and turn right. Follow directions as per From Okavango Road above.