This legendary underground club, artist studio and events space first opened its doors in 1995. The location is a vast old warehouse in an industrial area of downtown Johannesburg.
Carfax’s neighbours on the cobbled Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street are wholesalers, car repair shops and artist studios, and the walls of this largely pedestrianised street are a favoured spot for Johannesburg’s graffiti artists.
After closing briefly in 2013, the club relaunched in early 2014 with an upgraded sound system and facilities. Although the look and feel of the venue is still very much as it was – underground and gritty – new installations by the artists who work from art studios on the top floor add extra verve to an already edgy venue.
From its inception the club has sought to promote "off-the-wall acts" and runs under the motto, "Conceptual by nature".
Carfax hosts regular festivals with themes such as D(agga) Day and Day of the Dead, during which the adjoining cobbled streets are closed off to form an indoor-outdoor festival space, and the club also attracts well-known local and international bands performing a range of music genres.
In 2015 popular dance music brand And club moved into its own dedicated club space adjoining Carfax and its regular club nights, such as Toy Toy, are among the most popular dance music parties in the city.