SuperByte Festival

We recently spoke to the heads of the amazing, SuperByte Festival. What’s the history of SuperByte Festival?  I launched SuperByte in 2012 as a one day chipmusic and retro gaming event in Manchester. I wasn’t really part of the chiptune community or majorly involved in the movement I guess, but I loved chip and lo-fi electronic music and I’d put on a few small shows in Manchester already, so it seemed like a fun thing to do. The event went well and people there had a great time, so that was the beginning. (For anyone reading who hasn’t heard of chipmusic before; it’s essentially music made on old video games consoles and computers using modified technology, custom written software and […]

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SAIR Book Festival

What’s the history of SAIR Book Festival? SAIR is brand new and one of the first book events of its kind in South Africa aimed at all scopes of writers, authors and publishers. Small press and self- publishing is an under appreciated concept that has for far too long been associated with a negative stigma in our country. The vision of SAIR is to be a platform for any writer or individual voice in the publishing industry to find a place of support and empowerment to guide and boost their dreams, influence and reach. With the hopes of birthing a new found love for literacy in our reserved society. Most importantly to be a role model and inspiration to our […]

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Humanoid

I recently chatted with the South African Psy-Trance band, Humanoid.  This is what they had to say… Tell us a bit about yourselves? M: I’m Mornè, the musical half of “Humanoid”. I’ve been passionate about music for as long as I can remember – from a very young age, through the influence of my brother, I knew I wanted to be on stage playing music. I studied music theory from the moment I entered primary school and again during my Sound Engineering diploma at Allenby Campus where I qualified in my advanced diploma in Sound Engineering. J: I’m Jarryd, the technical half of “Humanoid”. Mechatronic engineer, embedded hardware developer, biohacker, cyborg-in-the-making, open-source enthusiast, amateur botanist and artist. Co-founder of “Bushveld […]

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Smallville Comics Grand Opening

This weekend past I have the privilege to go to the grand opening of Smallville Comics new store, which is often referred to as Smallville 2.0. It located in Penzance Street , New Redruth , Alberton, and if I must say it is a stunning store. The first images you get of the store are stunning decals of Batman and Superman at the enterence. with more decals extending across all the windows to encircle the store in comic book planes and characters giving you no doubt as to what is being sold inside. Once inside the store you are greeting by a replica of Batman’s mask. The walls have been painted a Superman blue and every were you look is […]

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Supernatural Con

So last week we sat down with the organiser of Supernatural Con, Adele Horn. So why did you decide to host Supernatural Con? It has always been kind of on the cards. But a collaboration and inspiration from my co-conspirator, Martinique Foord, finally gave me the impetus to get the ball rolling. We want it to be a place for fans of the show Supernatural to get together, and squee in unison. But also a space for the general genre of all thing Supernatural, thus other fandoms are included into the fold. The fandom of Supernatural is a very dedicated lot, and has been loyal to the show since 2005, and has been greatly contributed to the longevity of the […]

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Zombie Run South Africa

Today, fortunately for us, the zombies have decided to stop their relentless quest for brains and sit down and tell us a little about Zombie Run South Africa. Tell us a little bit about Zombie Run South Africa? Zombie Run is a popular concept overseas and draws great support. It’s a fun run, with a bit of a game, giving participants the opportunity to either be a runner or survivor, or a zombie. What inspired you to create Zombie Run South Africa? As a runner myself, I am always looking for new and interesting events to keep my sport interesting. I had seen this on international websites and loved the idea – so I decided to organise it here in […]

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Birmingham Comic-Con 2014

Comic Con is one of the events that any nerd, geek or cosplayers dreams of going to at least once in their lifetime. While the most famous of all Comic Cons has to be San Diego’s. There are a lot more Comic Con’s held throughout the world. Some of which, like London’s, are often held twice a year, one in summer and one in winter. Birmingham’s Comic Con is no exception and is held both in March and November. I was lucky enough to get two priority tickets to go to Birmingham’s winter comic-con 2014. On the whole the experience blew me away, but as I first walked into the hall I was floored. At the time I didn’t realise […]

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MT’ness lounge

A nightclub for everyone. A little slice of Heaven all round. That is a dream worth pursuing. And guess what? Someone in the great state or California IS pursuing that dream! What’s the history behind MT’ness lounge? MT’ness lounge is the collaboration between my business partner Matthew Tarkman and Philip Filippi (Wolf Neve aka Citizen 16). We wanted to open a venue that musicians and audience members could feel at home. Noticing a lot of places were more focused in what we believe is the wrong direction and they are always lacking something. So we both were sitting down one day, he was drawing up a tattoo and we got to talk and, we both just came to the conclusion […]

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Geekfest 2014

 

 “Why didn’t you tell me it was outdoors?!” – His Divine Shadow, Overlord of 925 on his current red hue. This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending Geekfest 2014 – an annual event celebrating Geek and Nerd culture. The event started around 10AM Saturday morning (29th November 2014), ran late into the evening and had all sorts of goodies on display. Things to do included stalls, archery, robot wars, cosplay, tabletop gaming, quizzing, medieval combat, and an outdoor movie marathon. The available stalls ranged from arts and crafts to clothing of various kinds to food and sweets, even archery hosted by our very own Cave Troll. With the variety of items and services available throughout the stalls, there was […]

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Anarchy Valley

Today we speak to Dirk from Anarchy Valley. What’s the history behind Anarchy Valley? Anarchy Valley was born out of a desire to promote ideas and genres within the local music scene that we felt deserved more exposure. How long has Anarchy Valley been running? We celebrated our first year in September of this year. Do you have a specific location you host events or do you move about? We move about – promoting and supporting bands and events mostly in the JHB and PTA area. How has Anarchy Valley evolved over the years? We’ve seen substantial growth over the past year with more shows being attended and events covered. What has been your biggest challenge? Our biggest challenge would […]

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