Its no secret that I
like love music festivals. I’m a huge fan of South African and African music and go out to gigs as often as I can. I am happiest when dancing… be it under the stars, on the beach or surrounded by mountains in a beautiful African valley. I even have a festival bucketlist, though more about that in a future post.
Oppikoppi Sweet Thing line-up
So when my fabulous friends propose we do the Oppikoppi festival in August, how could I say no? The line-up is MASSIVE and just plain awesome. Originally a rock festival, Oppikoppi now hosts a wide range of acts including such genres as hip hop, metal, punk, ska. folk, blues, drum n bass, dub, funk, kwaito, house, jazz, traditional and world music. Some of my favourite emerging acts – The Brother Moves On, The Muffinz, Jeremy Loops – will be there as well as old favourites like Vusi Mahalasela, 340ml, and Seether to name a few. There are also some interesting international acts – Bullet for my Vaentine (UK), Enter Shikari (UK), Bombay Show Pig (NL). The sheer size of the Oppikoppi is staggering – this year 140 acts and 20 000 attendees are expected!
Though I prefer smaller, more intimate festivals (like Swaziland’s Bush Fire festival) than big ones, I think any true SA music fan has to do Oppikoppi at least once. Confession time – I’m a Koppi virgin. Sad but true. Though I’ve been to numerous other gigs and local festivals, somehow I haven’t managed to make Oppikoppi yet. Let’s hope I can change that this year!
When: 9 – 11 August
Where: Northam Farm, Limpopo
Tickets: R750 at the gate, but you can get discounted tickets at R600 from Standard Bank’s youth portal (you don’t have to be a Standard bank client)
Accommodation: BYO tent!