WinterFest’16 decennial line-up announced

WinterFest'16 artwork by Writhe Creations

Cape Town, South Africa: We at find ourselves extremely pleased to be able to say that WinterFest’16 on 30 July 2016 will be our 20th bi-annual day-festival. Therefore, it also represents our decennial celebration of this event tradition showcasing all-local and all-metal bands. We hosted our first concert, simply titled A Showcase of African Metal on 16 June 2007. In the following year, we settled into our SummerFest and WinterFest routine and the rest falls into the living history that we’re all still very much a part of writing today.

And so Cape Town’s biggest get-together of all things loud, heavy, and extreme, prepares to gather for another round at our newly discovered venue at 12 Viben Avenue in Brackenfell, in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. This venue has proven to be a very suitable space around which the culture of M4A events could settle itself, and with a very successful SummerFest’16 at this location and a few refinements to be applied here and there, we’re ready to host a monstrosity of the highest possible caliber in this industrial setting.


Some of the manic mayhem magic captured at SummerFest’16 by our friend Laura McCullagh, photographer for Texx And The City.

For those who plan to attend a M4A day-festival for the first time, we offer a chill-out area and two entertainment areas including live bands, DJs, burlesque/metal-hybrid performances, and any other tricks that can be conceived of. There is also a market area with merchants displaying wares ranging from local band merch, imported specialties, and various hand-crafted jewelry, clothes and other fascinating ornaments and adornments. There is food available for sale on the premises, and an ATM – although with the high numbers of people in attendance, we encourage that all patrons bring sufficient cash along for whatever needs they anticipate. Other outlets and ATMs are accessible within a short drive (only 2km) from the venue at the Cape Gate Mall complex and it’s immediate surrounds.

We also cater for special needs visitors with a secure front-of-house parking bay (please contact us in advance via our facebook page inbox) and will have our own security personnel to assist with vehicles parked in the street. Join our official WinterFest’16 facebook event page for regular updates and take part in sharing info on things like car-pooling and other useful interactions.

Band line-up

Always a daunting, yet exciting process, is the compiling of a line-up for each event. Our aims are to keep it fresh without being too reckless; bold without being too bombastic; adventurous without being disappointing, and; keeping with tradition without getting boring! Each event needs to be a unique listening and headbanging experience, and by the time this 20th installation is complete, we will have hosted a whopping ninety-eight different bands on our stages. To mark our decennial celebration, this year’s WinterFest’16 has a honour of presenting:

16h00 – Doors Open
16h30 – Party Bus scheduled arrival time.
17h00Echoes Through Eternity
17h45The Alpha Sequence
19h15The Fallen Prophets
23h30Thread Of Omen
00h30 – Party Bus scheduled departure time.
01h00 – Last rounds at the bar!

Scroll down for more info on each band, plus a song

Bar Trading hours:
Doors open at 16h00. Last rounds will be called at 01h00

Venue address:
Unit 12, Viben Avenue, Brackenfell (Google map at the bottom of this page)

Cost of entry:
R100 per person

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 a huge 60-seat bus has come into question. However, we successfully operated a smaller 22-seat vehicle for SummerFest’16 and would like do so again. If you are interested, please email to [email protected] the following info:
1. Name & Surname
2. Telephone Number
3. location / area where you live or would depart from

Typical areas serviced have included: Wynberg, Observatory, Cape Town/Zonneblom, Goodwood/N1 City, Table View, Bellville. A route and bus size for WinterFest’16 will depend on interest shown from various areas. Please do not hesitate to inquire regardless of where in the city or surrounds you might find yourself situated.

NB: Act fast on this! Cut-off date for bus bookings is Wednesday 20 July or earlier if sold out.

M4A WinterFest’16 limited edition T-shirts:
T-shirts are available via pre-sale at R160 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 [email protected] 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

NB: Act fast on this! Cut-off date for T-shirt bookings is Wednesday 20 July if availability is to be guaranteed.

WinterFest'16 Tshirt design

WinterFest’16 artwork:
We credit this year’s artwork to Jason Modryc of Writhe Creations. Jason has created his sinister style of imagery for other events such as Geraasplaas, and created numerous logos and artworks for brands and bands locally and abroad. Check out more of his work here.

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

Other cool stuff:
We’ve been chatting with a number of interesting people who have offered us cool things to give away in the build up to the event, including tattoo vouchers, music lesson vouchers, and so on. We’ll be pushing these details via social media as more info becomes available.

Special gratitude:
We’d like to thank all our members at True Believers for their continued support; our long-time supporters at Paul Bothner Music instrument retailers; Laney Amplification and Mapex Drums for backline; Golden Circle Events for technical supply and expertise; and you the local metal-loving public!

The Bands of WinterFest’16

From the ‘Cape Flats’ area of Cape Town, Echoes Through Eternity represent a new breed of young metallers coming up in the ranks. A culture of substance abuse, sociopolitical isolation, and a cycle of violence are the catalysts which are driving a generation to seek out new avenues for creative and emotional expression. Will they find solace in Metal?

Making a sudden and dramatic splash on the local scene in recent months are The Alpha Sequence. Intellectually acute, this technically inclined Deathcore band belt out power riffs to underlay tales of a consciousness revolution sweeping the world. Is it real life or just fantasy? Only time will tell, but it’s good to know that metalheads are still keeping a finger to the pulse of global affairs.

Consisting entirely of migrants from the Gauteng region of South Africa, Ohgod have been lauded as a very welcome insertion into the Cape Town music scene. A rare act, they manage to cross musical genre boundaries effortlessly and entertain metallers just as well as rockers and other live music enthusiasts with their incredibly dynamic and captivating approach to instrumental music. If you’re looking for a musical performance wow-factor, this might just be it!

Of course, what would a M4A event be without some good old fashioned Death Metal? Long having been a trademark of the Cape Town scene, it is refreshing to see members of a younger generation having taken up the flame of this sub-genre with bands like The Fallen Prophets stepping up to carry it on. Returning to the M4A stage since their debut at SummerFest’15, and having recently release their Slaughtered At The Altar debut album, this devastating and relentlessly hard-working quartet have acquired much to be admired of by their peers in the scene. Circle headbanging mode: engage!

With blood pumping and the winter chills held safely at bay, we figured it would be time to unveil something not seen before by our Capetonian brothers and sisters. Riddlebreak have been taking the Gauteng scene by storm in the last eighteen months or so in particular. Having wished to bring them to an earlier event, we’re happy to share that for this dynamic and musically intriguing Alternative Metal band, the time is now right for their appearance on the M4A stage.

If the bands need to keep a rhythm flowing, then so we as festival hosts by bringing you diverse sounds and flavours for a fresh ear and enduring spirit. Bulletscript will bring a wall of lead-laden Groove and traditional Metal sensibilities, and the moshpit will surely reciprocate in kind. Having recently returned from competing at the South African finals in the global Wacken Metal Battle, the band are as on-point as ever and we’re pleased to be co-headlining them for the first time after previous appearances on the M4A stage. These guys have earned it!

Cape Town Power Metal legends Strident (yes, we think they qualify for the ‘legend’ title by now) can be traced back by fans to being an opening band at M4A as far back as 2008. By 2012, following the release of their 2010 album Oath, they were co-headlining and are now coming back to fulfill that awesome responsibility again in 2016 for our decennial celebration. Enjoyed in their early years for great humour and quirky themes, the band have since evolved into something containing a great deal of many more layers in depth which can now be truly described as: Epic!; yet we know that on-stage they still maintain their contagiously lighthearted demeanor.

Thread Of Omen are another hard-working, hard-headbanging act who have released an album Palace Of The Fathers since their M4A debut at SummerFest’14, and purportedly have another coming out just about any day now! We’ve decided to cap off the night’s entertainment by inviting them back to spoil us with some blisteringly intense melodic death metal so that nobody goes home without having broken a sweat on what is expected to be a very cold Winter’s night.

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 above.

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.