Jägermeister Back The Artist 2016

Legendary Jägermeister proudly presents the fourth year of the highly anticipated Back The Artist and 2016 promises to be the biggest one yet.

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Up and coming artists and bands have a shot at winning R250 000 worth of prizes, which includes a collaboration with their favourite Jäger Music artist on their very own track. To add to to this, winners get to shoot a music video for the recorded track.

The public will get a chance to vote for their favourite artist online, standing a chance to see them battle it out live on stage at the Jägermeister Back the Artist Finale and Seminar being held on 14 October at The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg.

The collaboration, depending on the genre of music that the artist presents, will be with local heavyweights Francois Van Coke, Jack Parow or Reason. The winner will also be included in the Jäger Music Program for 2017 and become one of the signed Jäger Music Artists.

This event and seminar will be open to the public and will include influential speakers such as Grammy Award winner Darryl Torr and Musician and Music promoter Gareth Wilson. The idea of the seminar is to discuss key essential topics as well as hold a Q&A on how to make it in the South African music industry.

The objective of Back The Artist is to discover a young local artist or band that offers an exciting, fresh and trend-setting sound. Through this initiative we can connect artists through Jäger Music and provide the platform along with guidance to grow local talent” Says Bea Theron, Jägermeister South Africa’s Music and Events Manager.

How to enter? It’s this easy: Go to http://backtheartist.co.za to fill out the application form and upload your track.
Entries are open, and will close on 31 August 2016.
Public voting opens 1 September 2016. So rally all your friends, family and family friends and friends family.

#BTA2016

All the details you will need to know are available on the website: http://www.backtheartist.co.za. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for more info!

OPPIKOPPI 2016: Were You Taken To The UNSEA?

It comes around once a year. The excitement as the days get closer becomes palpable. Then D-Day arrives, and if you were lucky enough like me, you found yourself at OppiKoppi 22: For the lovely young taken to the Unsea

A view of @oppikoppi from the @josecuervosa deck. #theUNSEA #ok22 #rockwithCuervo

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Explaining to those who have never been, and those who have an ‘idea’ of what Koppi is, basically Oppikoppi is “The Best Fun You Never Knew You Wanted To Have“.
And this statement can be attested by the thousands who has made the pilgrimage from near and far back to Northam for the last 22 years. Twenty Two whole years, they must be doing something right? Right!

Sitting now and reflecting on the whole experience, at one point mid-fest you get to “Thanks Koppi, I want my bed now”, however soon as that is achieved a few days on, I am at that point going “How much longer till we do it all again?!”

Some of the moments I managed to witness in The UNSEA include:

  • Spending some great times with friends you don’t get to see often, and a timeout with those you do. Catching up and talking music. Willim Welsyn shredding at the Top Bar. Hearing Nakhane Toure singing out loud in the dusty plains of the Northam Bushveld. Thieve rocking ‘Last Day December’ to help us remember. Art Snakes making their debut on James Phillips. Werner, Stef & Jason reminding us how talented they just are! The Plastics rocking ‘Stereo Kids’ pumping their Psychedelic Indie Pop tracks. Khuli Chana brought his bit to Skellum Stage with his winning raps and rhymes.
  • Bittereinder have always been a tight act, Friday night on Main Stage they reminded every single reveler of this. Everything about their performance was solid. Sound so good off of that stage my ear plugs popped out of my ears. I even saw one fan throw up from the vibrations emitted from that world class sound setup.
  • Boosh, a regular Sunday vibe for most Joburgers, made its way to Northam. So if you know me, you know I have a soft spot for Shortstraw. And OPPIBOOSH was one for the books. Songbird Adelle Nqeto’s voice filled the farm from Bruilof Stage as she started off this what I hope to be a regular at the next couple of Koppi’s. Gangsterdam, Tidal Waves,Rambling Bones The Hip Replacements, Crystal Spark and We Are Charlie all did their thang. The Shortstraw boys ended off OppiBoosh and reminded all why “BITCHES LOVE SHORTSTRAW” 😉
  • Boxer have shown why they’re a band to keep an eye on with a great performance on Main Stage.
  • We managed to return to the infamous scene of the crime, the Jose Cuervo Deck. Hosting a bunch of fans and media, ice-cold slushies, good meals and flowing shots ensured all did in fact ‘Party Like a RockStar!’ all whilst New Academics belted out a bunch of tracks that got the masses jamming.
    A massive THANK YOU to the Jose Cuervo team for much needed “timeout” on that beautiful deck. Welcome BACK!

A little #RockWithCuervo vibe on the @JoseCuervoSA deck @oppikoppi #ok22 #theUNSEA

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  • A special mention has to go to Academie, mad how many people reminded me how I missed one of the best sets seen at Koppi. To every act that hit the Top Bar Stage, you guys made those melodies wave across the farm too! 
  • Saturday night, Main Stage, Riky Rick made one and all come out to dance and sing along. He brought those ‘Family Values’!! I absolutely love the fact that everyone and I mean EVERY ONE came out to this one. Love that hip hop headline acts are becoming a ‘norm’!!
  • Shall we talk about that sex in a voice, I mean aKing taking stage, all who took their spot at Main Stage sang along like Laudo was crooning at just them. Aking never disappoint.
  • Those Cape Town boys Grassy Spark hit James Phillips to a solid crowd. Described as “They blend ska with rock, funk, reggae, Latin and more all coming together to form a unique sound that is fueled by the love they have for music and the diversity of tastes and culture that cooks in the Mother City.” I firmly believe this extends to more than Cape Town but all of SA and further shores I hope. They totally owned their performance from beginning to end. Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of ‘Portal‘ their debut album released today. 
  • Fok-Of‘ ‘Fok-Of‘ ‘Fok-Of‘ is all you heard chanted as Main Stage held its biggest crowd for Koppi, IMO. There are no real words to describe how incredible the Fokofpolisiekar performance was, and always is. Franna reminds us every time he takes stage why he is one of SA’s leading front men. He makes grown men cry. Every. Single. Time.
  • Managing a light mission to Red Bull stage, 2 of the acts that stood out, Nonku Phiri and first time Koppi performer Ella G. I cannot wait to see them take stage next year once again.
  • Sadly, the Unhappy Hour DJ’s left me and many other at Top Bar, unhappy. The dance remix mashups are a no-go guys. It took a bit of time, but eventually the managed to almost get us happy again, mashup-less…
  • DJ Ready D’s performance on Main Stage reminded us all why he was so deserved of the Special Tribute Belt for his years of sharing the music

  • Josh Kempen, This guy. That voice. Those lyrics. That performance. I cannot wait for his album!
  • Asanda Mqiki another great performer to keep an eye on. Speaking of great performers, Ruby Gill. Man alive can she sing. Lyrics that speak to everyone. I remember Gerald Clark saying “Daai Ruby Gill is phenomenal. Sy’t my laat huil!” I love that Koppi finds these gems to share with us all.
  • Let’s talk #SlumAmerican, Southern Rock Rapper Yelawolf. It has been ages where a performer takes stage at Koppi and has EVERYONE talking about one of the most incredible stage performances to date. He was honest about his life & music. And mentions his momma. What a guy.
  • Admittedly I only knew the name August Burns Red, I had a listen the months leading to Koppi. All I thought was “Fuck, this is hard” And hard it was, there’s always a first for everything I say. But from start to end, those hard-core metal rockers kept the crowd fans going.
  • Saddest part about the Kongos performance, was that it felt like it had just started before massive smoke barrels were going off for ‘I’m Only Joking’ signalling the end of their performance. Always solid on stage.
  • The biggest smile on a performer starting his set all weekend has to go to DJ BOB as he started the finale of parties, right there in the Top Bar. Everyone had made the final mission up that hill for one last round. And what a final round it turned out to be. A nice little thank you and farewell to the farm/. Until next year.
  • Oh, a special mention has to go out to ANG, she closed off the Red Bull stage, a performance I sadly could not make, however was listening too from the comfort of my tent. That is until she played so hard that my cars alarm eventually went off and I had to leave said comfort of my tent to sort that out. Great set ANG.
  • P.S. The SABC can learn something about 90% local from the booking team, read G-Willy & JM, who had over 120 acts on the bill, and majority made up of local talent!

A weekend filled with music, out in the bushveld on a beautiful terrain. Seeing old friends and making new friends, having a random or 5 share their drink with you, having some guy as for a piece of gum, and when you do he hugs you and tells you “you are a lifesaver dude. I love you“, this is truly what Oppikoppi is about.

Oppikoppi, 22 whole years is no small achievement. A MASSIVE congratulations again on this, and here is to the next 22.

Hey @oppikoppi! 22 years strong. How crazy?! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO SHARE THE MUSIC! #ok22 #theUNSEA

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A huge thank you to every single person in-front and behind the scenes within the Hilltop Live family for making this possible. 

We cannot wait to return to the hills of Koppi. We get to do it all over. But in 2017. Let’s recover from THE UNSEA.

 

EMMARENTIA LIVE LAUNCHES TO CELEBRATE ICONIC SA MUSIC ON WOMEN’S DAY

Looking for a good way to spend this National Women’s Day? Well then the Emmarentia Live Concert is just for you and your family!

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The 9th of August 2016 sees the debut of what promises to be one of South Africa’s most popular daytime cross-over festivals. Emmarentia Live will bring together a host of iconic South African music acts for this one-day music experience at the picturesque Emmarentia Dam. This unique Joburg festival is open to South Africans from all walks of life and all ages, to come and relax in the sun and celebrate National Women’s Day.

The all-South African line-up has been confirmed and includes none other than: Mango GrooveFreshlygroundMi CasaGangs of BalletGoodluck and more.

These incredible live acts will play to an audience of all ages to enjoy a wonderful party in the park. Expect a day of sunshine, wine stalls, craft food stalls, a beer garden and an awesome vibe for all ages – what better way to spend a public holiday!

The concert kicks off at 10h00 and runs until 16h00, providing six hours of the best in music and picnic vibes in one of Joburg’s most beautiful green spaces.

Ticket prices: Adults: R299, Children (6-12): R50, Kids under 6 get free entrance. Gate on the day: R349 (if available)

Join the conversation online with #EMMARENTIALIVE.

Ticket available here.
Keep an eye on Facebook, TwitterInstagram for updates and more.

Emmarentia Live is proudly brought to you by BAM Event and Experience Creators. The team behind Neon Run, Hollard Juma, Hollard Jura, BOKJOL Music Festival, and AfriSki Winter Fest are now bringing you this iconic SA music concert on National Women’s Day. BAM is a specialist event and experiential marketing agency that create large-scale events for fun-loving South Africans.

Oppikoppi Stage Line-Ups and Running Order LIVE

Oppikoppi has released the complete line-up for each stage and running order For the lovely young taken to the UNSEA!

My advice, download the full line-up. Print out each days schedule. Highlight those acts you have been dying to see. And make a mission to check out some of the other acts you have never watched before. You may walk away a new fan of a band you “discovered” in the dust of Northam, live at Oppikoppi.

Friday-: Oppikoppi running order:

Saturday-: Oppikoppi running order:

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Sunday-: Oppikoppi running order:

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These are the acts for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night on the Main Stage, James Phillips Stage, Bruilof Stage, Skellum Stage, Red Bull Stage and the best Top Bar.

There are still some tickets available, get yours now. See you all in the dust of The UNSEA.

TOMORROWLAND UNITE SA

This past Saturday saw TOMORROWLAND UNITE SA hit South Africa for what I hope is the first of many.

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Kyle Watson, Household Funk w/ Justin Chalice, Vimo & Chunda Munki, Ricardo Da Costa w/ Sterra Lucas, Timo ODV, dodgy uncle Roger Goode and DJ Fresh all took stage before the live stream hit us from the Main Stage heart of Tomorrowland in Belgium.

For the first time ever the magic of Tomorrowland came to South Africa on Saturday 23 July. Whether they were dressed up with national flags, flower headdresses, neon outfits or outlandish weird and wonderful creations South Africa knows how to get ready for a taste of the world’s biggest house music event. Thousands flocked to the Ticketpro Dome to experience 12 hours of non-stop house and electro music at Tomorrowland UNITE SA.

At 8.45pm the moment we had all been waiting for was finally upon us. With the 100m HD screen counting down to the live cross-over the energy was palpable. Building bridges between Belgium and the rest of the world with a live connection from the Tomorrowland Main stage Mexico, India, Japan, Colombia, Germany, South Africa and Israel were united and welcomed to the madness. As the first International act Nicky Romero, the Jozi crowd ate up every track of explosive progressive house. Dutch house star Afrojack brought his big room live sound to the dome with catchy hooks, huge drops and exceptional vocals. During his set via the insane satellite stream, Jozi showed the world why SA was voted Dance Nation of the Year as their elated moves and waving flags were broadcast to all 6 UNITE nations.

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike proved why they are the number one DJ’s in the world with their spontaneous performance and masterful crowd engagement with the local audience, splitting the crowd, getting them to sit down and jump-up as the bass dropped. Swedish music duo Axwell Ingrosso brought the electro euphoria as CO2 canons, sound and lighting were perfectly in unison with their Belgium show. Not to be outdone by the International heavyweights, SA favourite Dean Fuel kept the crowd pumping until the very end with a special set dedicated to 12 Years of Tomorrowland.

Complete with confetti canons, lasers, pyrotechnics, world-class production and innovative stage design this spectacle was an unforgettable event that blew South Africa away.

Despite the cold in the air over Jhb, the people came out in numbers to dance the night away.

I walked into the Ticketpro Dome with no real expectation, however by the time I left, my feet and body hurt from dancing. That stage was a thing of beauty. The team behind the feed from the Main Stage in Belgium were on form I have to add. With the reality of South African broadband all I was wondering as the night began as “what is the stream going to be like?” I was happily surprised. A solid feed and with what I can say the second best sound system I’ve ever experienced at The Dome.

Seeing a few faces from here being featured on screen at the event itself left me smiling happily. And it may sound biased, but I’d like to think the DJ’s on Main Stage had a thing for SA as we were the most mentioned country throughout all the four international DJ’s who took stage.

For those of us who were not lucky enough to make it to Belgium, this was the perfect fix!!

I am totally for another night out like this one, anything to have the world UNITE for a few hours to the best dance music around! I am looking forward to TOMORROWLAND UNITE SA 2017. Better yet, to be in Belgium live representing South Africa.

 

All images by Kevin Smith.

OppiKoppi 22: For the lovely young taken to THE UNSEA

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In March we saw Oppikoppi officially announce the theme for this years 22nd Koppi festival.

Inspired by a Gert Vlok Nel tune, art photography by Daniel Naude and designed by the Breinstorm crew, in walks calendar girl number 22 in an annual series of loosely Rock ‘n Roll inspired bushveld get-to-gethers designed to get rid of your issues and inhibitions. And your problem boyfriends.
This is just a courtesy missive for the clan to say we are up and running.
For all the rest of you: OppiKoppi is where you go to make friends, whilst learning lots of personal lessons about dust, thorns, downhill, tequilas and yourself. With a friendly tune blanket almost everywhere you need.

 

So what are the important details you need to know? Well, we will tell you.
When: 5, 6, 7 August.
Where: Northam. Limpopo 24°52’33.07″ S, 27°08’12.20″ E
Who: To date Hilltop Live, the people behind Oppikoppi, have put together XX acts to take stage, including 10 of SA’s best comedians.
Why: HA HA, this is a silly question. A weekend away from your “normal” life, filled with loads of music, friends, and new ones to be made, so WHY NOT?
Access: Normal tickets available here from R850. Available till 31 July. Late tickets R950 (1 August – 7 August) ticket sales 

              **For those who are more inclined to a little “luxury”, the tented hotel options are also available here.

One of my favourite things Koppi does is add little stuffs to make the weekend more fun. They call it “FUCKME THAT’S A BONUS“. Think the annual Naked Run, no words needed here. The Couch Competition, make YOUR couch amazing, and you could watch your favourite band from any one of the stages. This year they have included early access to the farm from 3rd August, but only to those who go out and vote. No stain, no entry. And my favourite little extra, is “Bring Your Grandma” 😛 Anyone over 65 gets free access to Koppi and a shot of Cuervo at the Klein Bar. Valid I.D is a must, yes, they will be carded.

The most important thing to bring along to Koppi is a good attitude. And wet wipes, they are a send from heaven.

OppiKoppi: For the lovely young taken to THE UNSEA brought to you by Windhoek, Red Bull, Jose Cuervo, Chevrolet and Hilltop Live.

 

 

IN THE CITY EXPANDS

Last week saw the announced of the return of IN THE CITY. This time round though, sees IN THE CITY spread over one whole weekend throughout Johannesburg!

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In the City is back. Not for one unbelievable music experience, but three. For the first time ever In the City is expanding to a full weekend city takeover.

Opening up this highly anticipated festival, In the City will host three separate events for lovers of electronic, house, urban, hip-hop, indie and everything in between, all under the banner of the In the City Weekend.

To kick off this year’s incredible international line-up, the highly requested U.S. award winning, indie band Foster the People will headline the main concert on Sunday 9 October. These Grammy award nominees behind the smash-hits “Helena Beat”, “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” and “Coming of Age” and “Pumped Up Kicks” will ignite Emmarentia Dam with their addictive, quirky dance-infused pop and rock.

Daniel Pearce, better known as Eats Everything, will headline the AND Liftoff party on Friday 7 October. In early 2015, Dan Pearce delivered a two CD compilation ‘Fries With That’, launching the mix with a very special intimate Boiler Room party from his favourite Fish and Chip shop in Bristol earlier this year. Recently, Dan has played sets at Snowbombing, Ultra Music Festival and at Coachella as part of JESuS.

One weekend. Three incredible music experiences.
Bringing it back to downtown Jo’burg, the home of In the City, electronic music fans can look forward to a Friday night kick-off party featuring the best in international and local underground electro, deep house and techno for AND Liftoff on 7 October. Renowned for their uncompromising music ethos, the collective of ardent individuals behind the brand are constantly pushing the boundaries of the music that Jo’burg clubbers are exposed to.

On Saturday 8 October, cultural melting pot Braamfontein will be transformed into a tropical beach paradise for the Virgin Mobile Braam Beach Party. Complete with beach sand, palm trees and awesome mobile connectivity, party goers can make the most of summer in the city – so come dressed in your summer outfits. SA’s best house and hip hop acts will take to the stage to spin lyrics and turn tables while the sun sets over Nelson Mandela Bridge. Head to Great Dane in Braam ‪on Thursday night 7 July for the big line-up reveal hosted by Virgin Mobile.

The pinnacle of the weekend remains the In the City Concert, set in the heart of Jo’burg’s city parks, Emmarentia Dam on Sunday 9 October. Join us for a beautiful day on the grass while listening to the world-class line-up of international artists fresh off the plane from sister Cape Town festival Rocking the Daisies.

That is right, we get a full weekend in the heart of Johannesburg. And YOU get to pick which of the shows you’d prefer to see by purchasing either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday ticket. if you’re up for a full weekend of music, the Full In The City weekend is available, with launch tickets starting at R700.

You can pick from the below, and buy your tickets now: http://bit.ly/ITCWeekend

In The City Weekend

Friday 7 October: AND Liftoff
Venue: AND, 7 7th St, Newtown, Johannesburg
Featuring: Eats Everything
Times: 9pm-4am
Launch Ticket Price: R120

Saturday 8 October: Virgin Mobile Braam Beach Party
Venue: Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Times: 3.30pm-10pm
Ticket Price: R150

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Sunday 9 October: In The City Concert
Venue: Emmarentia Dam, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
Featuring: Foster the People, Beardyman and more International acts TBA
Times: 10am-6pm
Launch Ticket Price: R495
*Launch tickets are limited.

DATE: 7-9 October 2016
WEBSITE: www.inthecityJHB.co.za
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/InTheCityJHB
TWITTER: @InTheCityJHB
INSTAGRAM: @InTheCityJHB

#ITC2016