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2017 North American Psytrance Festival Guide

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“One of the Psytrance Festival held in North America”

Psytrance music has a huge following in North America, a region where the music is considered important. Today, a good number of psychedelic trance music festivals are held in various places around the US. Over the years, psychedelic trance has been able to win a lion share of music lovers around the world. Further, a number of festivals in recognition of the popularity of the genre have been organised around the world. This guide is for individuals who have prospects of being a part of the 2017 North American Psytrance Festivals.  You may be thrilled to learn that the Pystrance festivals that are held in North America are actually some of the most respected Psychedelic festivals in the world. Without any doubt, a visit to one of the venues of the festivals would definitely be a great honour.

North America – First Things First

What is worth bearing in mind is the fact that festival locations vary from one place to another. The festival venue for a specific region of the world may not be the same festival venue for another part of the world.

“DJ Jollay, a Psy-Trance DJ whose passions and ambitions are evident.”

This applies to all parts of the world including North America. The natures of festival venues range from beaches, islands to hot and cold weather conditions. North America is a perfect destination for psychedelic trance festivals based on its natural splendour and a vast collection of festival cultures.

In North America, there is what is referred to as the psytrance culture. Thus, it is home to many Psytrance DJs, artists and psytrance fans. The US has around 30 psychedelic trance festivals, while Canada has about 27 festivals. The region together contributes greatly to the total number of pystrance festivals that are hosted today.

You need to take the details highlighted in the guide very seriously if you are to successfully plan your trip to one of the psytrance festivals in North America.

The guide is for individuals who have prospects of being part of one or more of the North American psytrance festivals. It highlights information pertaining to when and where the festivals will be held along with other important details such as costs, security and travel requirements.

  • The Ritual Mexico Psytrance Festival: one of Mexico’s three major festivals and is hosted in Mexico’s air, earth, fire and water temples from the 19th of November to the 22nd.
  • Chilluminati’s Sacred Earth festival; one of the most popular festival in North America. Hosted in Missouri’s French village from June 9 to 12th. It is sometimes referred to as “Sacred Earth Open Air Festival”.
  • “Red Marines Festival create an environment where friends and family gather to celebrate and enjoy a weekend getaway.”

    Red Marines festival: another festival that pulls crowds of people from all parts of the world. It is hosted in Northern California between the 16th and 18th of June.

  • Universal Psytribe festival’s Together we are one: it is hosted in New York’s Upstate area and is organised by Universal Psytribe, a US based Psy organisation.
  • 7th Dimension Festival: this one is organised by Defy Labels and hosted in Colorado’s Eagle area from the 23rd to the 25th of June.
  • Great North festival: this event features a wide range of regional and national music activities coupled with some of the world’s most renowned visionary psychedelic artists. An important figure of the psychedelic music fraternity Alex Grey will also be present during the event. The event is hosted in Minot, in the state of Maine along Woodman Hill Road.
  • Triskel Festival: this is hosted in Quebec, Canada from the 19th to the 22nd of May.
  • Cross pollination festival: this is about the celebration of how complicated and beautiful is. Its venue are the camping grounds of New York’s Lake and is scheduled to open doors to campers on the 27th of June.

The Highest Ranked Psytrance Music By DJs

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Psytrance music is one of the forms of trance music that has been pieced together by DJs. It is actually safe to say that DJs contributed hugely to the emergence of psytrance. And thanks to their continued desire to contribute to the evolution of the genre, it is what it has become today.

As early as the late 1970s, DJs had already started mixing certain trance music tracks with tracks and beats from all over the world in a bid to create unique tunes.

“Laurent Garnier started to play with Dj Nelson a.k.a. Dj Stan in French club.”

For example, Goa trance which dawned around the early ’80s was mostly mixed by DJs. Laurent and Fred Disko are the two DJs who contributed significantly to the development of Psytrance music when they mixed Goa trance with a number of electro-industrial tunes. Since then, the genre has grown to become one of the most popular kinds of music today. As a matter of fact, it has a much larger following than other subgenres of trance music including Goa trance from which it was derived. People in all parts of the world celebrate the culture, art and the music of the genre.

Since the day psytrance music was brought on board, many artists and bands have been formed and each of them has contributed to the growth of the genre. Having contributed greatly to the development of the genre, DJs have been following the development of the genre and are thus the best people to ask for the list of the top psytrance music artists or bands of all time. Here is a look at some of the most renowned psytrance music of all time as suggested by some of psyrance industry’s most iconic DJs .

  • Infected Mushroom: This is a Goa-based group comprising Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani. The two are involved in the production and composition of the music. Their most prolific songs of their careers include Cities of the Future, Becoming insane and Pink Nightmares.
  • Astrix: this is an Israeli born psytrance music producer and DJ who has contributed greatly to the development of the genre. Ever since the inception of psy, Astrix has worked tirelessly to assert his music production prowess on the psytrance market. Astrix is held in high esteem for his unparalleled contribution to the transformation of Full on Psytrance (another subgenre of trance music). Major examples of his songs are Closer To Heaven, Deep Jungle Walk and Acid Rocker. He remains one of the  best psytrance artists in the industry.

    “Simon Posford, better known by his stage name Hallucinogen is an English electronic musician, specializing in psychedelic trance music.”

  • Hallucinogen: this is the stage name that is used by Simon Posford who is yet another iconic figure of the psytrance musical fraternity. His music is electrifying and thought provoking. Major examples of the songs that he has produced include Astral Pancakes/Fluoro Neuro Sponge, Soothsayer/Angelic Particles and LSD (studio version).
  • Doof: Doof is a UK born artist who has been in the trance and electronic music arena for many years. His real name is Nicholas – or Nick – Barber. Having been around when the genre was born, Nick is one of the major contributors to the development of psytrance music. Major examples of the albums he has produced include Seeds, Let’s Turn On, It’s about Time and Clear Blue Sky.
  • Vibe Tribe: this is a psytrance project which was developed by an Israeli producer and musician, Stas Marnyanski, who is also Russian. Since they formed in the early 2000s, the project has led to the release of many popular tracks. Some of the best examples of albums to have been released by the project include Melodrama and Wise Cracks, which remain popular up to this very day.
  • Parasense: this is yet another a high profile psychedelic music project which was brought on board by a Russian Psytrance expert, Alex Kurkin, along with Viktor his colleague, who passed away in 2006. Alex has continued to produce music under the label. Major tracks which the project has given rise to are Not Even On The Sunrise, Keep In Mind and Really Freaking Out.

Psytrance: The Top 100 Tracks

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“Pystrance festival Decorations”

Pystrance has already celebrated more than two decades of its existence. The young trance subgenre whose official recognition only dates back to the late 1990s, is now of the most popular subgenres of trance. Today, it attracts a large following of trance enthusiasts from all parts of the world.What makes psytrance music unique is its hardcore nature and ability to send the emotions of listeners into an unending cycle.

Today, it remains one of the most popular forms of music with fans that are spread across the entire globe.The development of the genre has been largely because of the production of many mind staggering tracks.

Artists from all parts of the world work tirelessly to come up with tracks that have the capacity to take the psytrance fanatics by storm.

While Beatport have compiled a list of the top 100 tracks of this genre, and which you can take a look at here, below you will find out preferred 100.

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  1. Deep Jungle Walk by Astrix

    “Album Cover Deep Jungle Walk by Astrix”

  2. Closer to Heaven, by Astrix
  3. Acid Rocker by Astrix
  4. Shamanic Tales by Astrix
  5. Transmitter by Zyce
  6. Sequence by Major 7
  7. He Art by Astrix
  8. Great Spirit by Astrix
  9. Moonshine by Astrix
  10. Spike by Simon Patterson
  11. The Jolly Roger
  12. Glitches of Perception by Earthspace imagination
  13. Genetic Lottery by Astrix
  14. Sex Style by Astrix
  15. Your Gate to Freedom by Rltmo
  16. Spanish by Upgrade
  17. Valley of Steve by Astrix
  18. What is Life by Volcano Sonic Species
  19. Awake the Snake by Astrix
  20. Free Tibert by Hillight Tribe
  21. Massive Activity by Astrix
  22. Extraterrestials by Static Movement
  23. Yellow by Phaxe Morten Granau
  24. Jump by Skazi, Omlki and JUdAh
  25. Neurochemistry by Liquid Ace
  26. Sequence by Major 7
  27. Avalanche by Dur

    “Astrix Performing Live at Psytrance Party”

  28. Liquid Sky by Tristan and Outsiders
  29. Fly Machine by Sonic Species and Imagine Mars
  30. Ajna by One Function
  31. Belearic Dawn by Relativ
  32. Pink Nightmares by Infected Mushroom
  33. Chapter Two by impulz and JMW
  34. Light Time and Space by Laughing Bhuda and Walo
  35. Anjuna, by Liquid Soul and Zyce
  36. Space Pussy by Hallucinogen
  37. Becoming Insane by Infected Mushroom
  38. We are One by Ranjl
  39. Intelligate by Infected Mushroom
  40. Starfinder by Sandman
  41. My Mummy Said by Infected Mushroom
  42. Awakening by Shivatree
  43. Bust a Move by Infected Mushroom
  44. Acelera by Skzl
  45. Deck & Sheke by Infected Mushroom
  46. Pipeworm by Hallucinogen feat. Loud, Lucas O’Brien and Domestic
  47. Inside Your Head by Vertical mode
  48. Classical Mushroom by Infected Mushroom

    “Intelligate by Infected Mushroom Album Cover”

  49. Shamanic by Burn In Noise  and Altrulsm
  50. B.P. Empire by Infected Mushroom
  51. All Is lost by Symphonix
  52. Birthday by Infected Mushroom
  53. Daws of Perception by Tristan and Aardvarkk
  54. Deeply Disturbed by Infected Mushroom
  55. Shiva by Walo and Avalo
  56. Songs From The Other Side by Infected Mushroom
  57. Sequence by Major 7
  58. Rejoicer, by Pogo and Djantrix
  59. Cities of the Future by Infected Mushroom
  60. Tandava Balzy, by Shantl People
  61. LSD (performed live) by Hallucinogen
  62. Deranger by Hallucinogen
  63. Stretched by Infected Mushroom
  64. Dream Machine by Magnus
  65. Interstellar by Coming Soon
  66. Smashing The Opponent by Infected Mushroom
  67. Astral Pancakes/Fluoro Neuro Sponge by Hallucinogen
  68. Becoming Insane by Infected Mushroom
  69. Next  Destination by Side Effects
  70. Riders On The Storm by Infected Mushroom
  71. Soothsayer/Angelic Particles by Hallucinogen
  72. Killing Time by Infected Mushroom
  73. LSD (studio version) by Hallucinogen
  74. Valhalla by Split and Jaxta
  75. Another World by Astral projection
  76. The Force by Sonic Species
  77. In the Mix by Astral projection

    “Amen by Astral projection Album Cover”

  78. Third Eye by GMS and Space
  79. Unmixed Vinyl by Astral projection
  80. Divine Particles by Outsiders
  81. Amen by Astral projection
  82. Balkan by Omlkl
  83. Ten by Astral projection
  84. Way of the Future by James West and Hypnocourstics
  85. Alpha Centauri / LSD, by Hallucinogen
  86. One Day by Infected Mushroom
  87. Arrival by Audiotec
  88. I’m Alive by Infected Mushroom
  89. LSD by Hallucinogen
  90. RAVERS Army by Vlnl Vlcl
  91. Mi-Loony-Um! by Hallucinogen
  92. Kung Fu by Neellx
  93. Clouded Sight by Jacob and Purple Hayes
  94. Dreamstate Theme by Paul Oakenfold
  95. Back to India by Indra
  96. Rise of the Flame by Vertex Norma Project
  97. Savanah by Groundbas Hacoon
  98. Humanity by Phanatic
  99. Dugly Dugly feat. Trio by Bard and Zanon
  100.     Savannah feat. Groundbas and Hacoon

Upcoming Events Around The World

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Ever since Psytrance music dawned during the late 90s, it has grown to become one of the most renowned genres of all time.

“The African drum beat journeyed to Goa returning with a tweak of psychedelia in the early 90’s “

The genre now represents trance music at all levels of music production and has contributed greatly to the recognition of trance music by many people around the world. Not shocking, the genre now boasts of a large following of enthusiasts from all parts of the world. Today, a number of events are hosted in a bid to celebrate the culture and art of psytrance music. Artists from all parts of the world gather in specific locations to celebrate trance music in various ways. In the 2017/2018 season, there are a number of upcoming psy events around the world that are worth giving attention. Here is an in-depth look at some of the forthcoming psytrance events that no psytrance music fanatics can afford to miss.

Origin Festival

It is hosted in Cape Town South Africa around January/February every year. This is the first major festival of the year and is quite easy to attend on this basis. It is organised by Good Time Events and Nano Records. The event boasts of a vast collection of visionary art and two dance floors.

Hilltop Festival

This event is organised every year in February. It is hosted in India’s Goa region and is characterised by partying and dancing to psytrance music on the beaches of the Goa region.

 

Midnight Sun Festival

This is hosted by Norway every year in June/July, on Lofoten’s island of Værøy. It affords psytrance fanatics from all parts of the world a chance to experience the region’s endless day light. The event is held during a time of the way when arctic regions have an exceedingly lengthy period of daylight.

One love festival

This is an interesting festival which is quite lively in all respects. It is often hosted in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland where the 2018 edition of the festival is also scheduled to be held. You can try to enjoy what the town of Filisur has to offer before you can attend the festival. The festival is held every year in July.

Shankra festival

This is one of the best psy festivals in Europe. It is hosted by Switzerland on an annual basis in June/July. With a very low crime rate, Switzerland is definitely one of the best places to attend a festival of any kind. You will be amazed by Lostallo’s monstrous mountains with snow and trees blanketing them.

Noisily Festival

The event is held in the UK on an annual basis in the rural parts of England. Its inception followed the dismissal of the Glade Festival, which left behind a huge gap in psytrance festival of the UK. The event is held every July. Its simplicity and warmth along with a collection of some of the most iconic figures of Europe’s psytrance music fraternity makes it worth attending.

Antaris Projekt Festival

The festival has been around for the past 21 years. Its theme focuses on promoting friendship, peace as well as freedom. It is held every year in July in a friendly and welcoming environment in Germany. This is the event to attend if you want to express your love for friendship and peace.

Freqs Of Nature

This is renowned for displaying some of the most mind blowing visual arts and music. It is thus considered as one of the best musical and visual art festival. The festival was first organised by a crew which once formed part of the Full Moon group. It is unique in a sense that it is not a complete trance festival based on its combination of other activities. The event is held every year in July in Germany.

Top Psytrance Festivals, Clothing, Art Around The World

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Psytrance music is trance music renowned for its hard-core nature. Being a subgenre of trance music, it shares a good number of attributes with all the music of the trance genre. But it is distinct for its high tempo and fast changing repeated melodies which fall between 135 and 150 BPM.

“This psychedelic fashion will surely look different from the crowd”

Although Psychedelic music is so popular today, its official inception only came during the early 1990s when Goa trance gave birth to the genre. Today, it boasts of a large following of trance enthusiasts spread across the globe.

The best way to celebrate psychedelic trance music is to attend its festivals and follow its artists. During psytrance festivals, artists wear certain outfits which make them look different from the crowd. In order to be in unison with the artists and other attendants of the trance festivals, you can do well to lay hands on some of the best choices of pystrance clothing. This is the best way to fit into the crowd of psychedelic festival attendants and enjoy the atmosphere created by the music.

As indicated above, following psychedelic music is not enough. Rather, you have to go beyond just following the music online or on radio. The best way to feel part of the psytrance music fraternity is to attend the psytrance music festivals and wear the outfits that psychedelic music fanatics put on. The following are some of the world’s most renowned psychedelic festivals and outfits that are worth going for.

Psytrance Festivals Worth Attending

Psystrance festivals define what psytrance music really is and bring to light aspects of the music that are rather difficult to deduce from the recorded music.

The festivals are a way to come face to face with the best artists of the genre. Attending psytrance musical festivals is a life experience that is worth it. This is the level at which psytrance music gets revealed for what it really is.

All the sides of the music that are hidden in the lyrics and the artists themselves get revealed during festivals. The following are some of the major examples of mind staggering psytrance festivals that you cannot afford to miss.

  • Rainbow Serpent Festival: this is held every year in January, in Victoria, Australia.
  • Hill Top Festival: held every year in February, in India’s Goa city.
  • Earth Frequency this is held annually in February, in Queensland, Australia
  • Tree of Life: held annually around June/July in Greece
  • Midnight Sun festival: held annually around June/July in Norway

The Best Psytrance Clothing

“This new fashion trend wrap top with hood will surely stand out at the festival “

During festivals, if you haven’t already worked it out, your clothing is likely to reflect your passion for this sub-culture.There are outfits for both female and male fanatics of the genre. Some outfits may be worn by both males and females, while some may only be worn by either males or females. Here is a look at some of the best clothes for psytrance fanatics.

  • Tigerlily dress: perfect for females who want to attend psytrance events without losing their feminine appearance.
  • Butterfly dress: quite elegant and mind capturing. It is a perfect buy for fist timers.
  • UNISEX Black hoodie: as the name suggests, this hoodie can be worn by both males and females attending psytrance festivals in winter.
  • Twisted Vision T-shirts: quite alluring in all respects and features mind staggering art.
  • Cryoflesh vest: perfect for well-built bodies. A perfect outfit for any male psytrance fanatics or who are proud to show off their toned musculature.

Psytrance Art

Even though psytrance culture is often reflected in festivals and outfits, it is reflected in art too. Psytrance art is unique in all respects and it is among the best ways to represent this genre of music and promote it across the entire globe.

“Cannabis Trip Skull Art was used at Psytrance FULLON Spring MIX 2017”

It is also one of the best ways to send specific messages to a specific audience of psytrance music fanatics. What is impressive to note about psytrance art  is the fact that it is diverse and the artists behind it are extremely passionate about what they do. Not surprisingly, it is both alluring and captivating. Psystrance art is a way to learn about the fundamental aspects of the genre and how psychedelic enthusiasts from various parts of the world feel about the music. Major names worth bring to light are indicated below.

  • Acid lifeforms: wonderful and elegant in all respects.
  • Psytrance devil poster: a bit creepy, but highly artistic and thought provoking.
  • Chakra flower: chakras are an important part of Asian philosophy, in many ways they exist to remind us of the energy within each of us, combined together we all form the Universe’s energy. This symbol reflects the circular nature of life, the unity of its energy and also produces exceedingly elegant wall art.
  • Core vision poster: highly artistic in nature and exceedingly alluring to gaze upon.