My First Ultra 2015– Nasrec – South Africa
Ultra is one of the largest Trance festivals that takes place in many different cities around the world! When the party finally came to South Africa, I was so ecstatic that I immediately called my friend up for us to go together. Ultra is kind of a slightly milder version of Tomorrowland.
I don’t listen to trance music outside of Ultra, unless I’m driving home from a night out. It gets the blood and the fists pumping! I was super excited but when something came up I had to opt out of Ultra. I was bummed and had some serious FOMO (fear of missing out).
The next year, I decided I am not missing out, so I booked two early bird tickets (months in advance) for myself and whoever I wanted to take along when the time finally came! About a month before the festival, I started thinking about my outfit, invited some friends and just started planning, because this time it was going to be wicked!
Once I decided on an outfit, it was a tribal skirt and lace crop top, I still felt that there was something missing. I ended up getting a tattoo sleeve! Okay, not a real tattoo sleeve, but a henna one. First, the henna lady insisted that I shave my forearms because I had some fuzz! Ha-Ha that certainly wasn’t an option because I didn’t think it looked that bad and had a fear that if I did, my fuzz would grow wild.
We ended up going to another lady who agreed to do my ‘tattoo’ with my slight arm fuzz and I found the perfect tattoo sleeve pattern on the internet and she began! I didn’t think to wear a sleeveless shirt when I went to the salon and I had to tuck my t-shirt sleeve underneath my arm! So, scandalous but it worked! Henna has such a weird smell but the organic idea of dyeing my skin was appealing enough for me. I loved it when it was done and proceeded home, trying not to move too much.
When I got home, my mom had a little tantrum about how crazy real it looked, and she hates tattoos, so she was low-key upset with me for the duration of the tattoo. Lasted about 3 weeks. And I didn’t quite think about the time after Ultra when I had to head to work with my lovely new tattooed arm but people thought it was real and said it gave me a bad ass look which of course I loved.
The Day finally arrived!! We agreed to go early so we can get our R850 worth of non-stop partying, but waited hours for my friend, who very nearly cancelled on me, to arrive. We ended up seeing absolutely every artist there that day, well from the time we had arrived. There were three music stages playing different genres of music so you can enjoy the music on the day. We went back and forth to the trance (main stage) and the deep house stage and had the best time!!
I was so ecstatic finally having to experience Ultra. I think that Ultra is one of those festivals that you certainly must experience at least once. The idea of thousands of people fist pumping and jamming out to international and local artist, in the hugeness that is Ultra… is simply breath-taking! I took hundreds of pictures and some videos so that when it was over, I could relive my favourite moments.
I could not wait for next year to have an even better time! And I can’t wait to share the 2016 experience with you!