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

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.

 

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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.

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.

 

 

MOROCK 2015

On 5 December sees the second installment of MOROCK FESTIVAL at the Cradle Of Humankind.

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The much anticipated second edition of the annual festival has announced its full line up with an array of Mzansi’s finest artists. Mo Rock 2015 will be taking place on Saturday 5 December at the Cradle Of Humankind in Gauteng.
Having already announced headliners PH Fat, CrashCarBurn and Desmond & the Tutus plus more, MoRock is set to be one banging festival that will literally rock the cradle. The venue for MoRock is situated in the Cradle Of Humankind just outside Johannesburg; one of the most serene and beautiful locations in the world. Follow the moustaches and be treated to a day out in the open in a relaxed setting accompanied by super cool music.

MOROCK festival has put together quite the lineup with: PH Fat. CrashCarBurn. Desmond & The Tutus. Rubber Duc. El Cantante. The Motherland. Justin Serrao. IV4. The Ts & Cs. Rob May. Lost & Found. Bad Peter. Float Parade. Cindy Alter. State Society. Trevor Rebello. Made For Broadway, all on the bill.

Tickets are only R300 each and are now available via Webtickets at this link.
Gates open at 10:00AM. Camping facilities are available for those who wish to sleep over.
Join the MoRock community at the following links: TwitterInstagramFacebook #MoRockFest #RockingTheCradle

Looking back at Jose Cuervo and his #Cuervolucion

Incredible local acts, some really rad Internationals, signed guitars and a few shots & ice-cold slushies’ in between, the Jose Cuervo Cuervolucion is definitely what has made the last few weeks the best fun around!

 

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We’re talking, Desmond and the Tutus, Al Bairre, Jeremy Loops, the December Streets and headliners Bombay Bicycle Club all on one stage at Sounds Wild Festival. This definitely made for a wonderful Friday afternoon out. There is something special about seeing our local artists keeping a crowd just as, if not more, entertained than the headliner.

Bombay Bicycle Club also turned the night into something special, fuelled by a shot or two of Cuervo, I’d say! 😀

The @josecuervosa deck looks amazing now @soundswildfest #cuervolucion #WhosIn

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The Lumineers also made their first adventure to our country recently, and Jose Cuervo was there to celebrate the Cuervolucion!
Emmerentia Dam was the setting; with opening acts by Dear Reader and Majozi.

Dear Reader has and will always be a favourite of mine, I found that the stage seemed to somewhat take away from their performance. Despite this I still found myself totally engrossed by the lyrics that Cheri shares with so much passion, every single time! Majozi was also a favourite on the day; I think they may have added more followers to their ever growing fan base.

In between all the incredible local talent, Jose Cuervo kept the #Cuervolucion alive. Fans braced the warm summer sun to indulge in shot skis and slushies’ to keep cool.

At one point even a #Cuervolucion battle between the two decks.

The Lumineers almost immediately had the crowd on their feet when taking stage! I loved the fact that Wesley commanded the crowd to ditch their phones during ‘Ho! Hey!’ to appreciate their performance instead. Once into the tune everyone sang along with great passion!

At one stage they even missioned into the crowd to jam. 

The Lumineers in the crowd

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This definitely added to the mood already set throughout the day; a nice little extra which made for a memorable day out.
Check out some of my favourite snaps… 

 

All in all, Jose Cuervo’s “little” Cuervolucion he started, has definitely been an incredible hit. Best served ice cold!

 

JOSE CUERVO wants you at SOUNDSWILD and SYNERGY LIVE 2014!

The countdown is on! **click the banner below 😉

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There are just a few hours left to enter these amazing competitions to join Jose Cuervo at either SoundsWild or Synergy Live 2014!

Do YOU have what it takes?

Bombay Bicycle Club, Jeremy Loops, Shortstraw, Desmond & the Tutus, December Streets and Al Bairre LIVE this weekend!

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Sounds Wild Festival

The wonderful folks at Parklife broke the news broke in September. And, in 3 weeks time we get to see them live!

Bombay Bicycle Club headline SOUNDS WILD

SOUNDS WILD have included an awesome local lineup as well to make it quite a great day out!

Jeremy Loops, Desmond and The Tutus, my boys Shortstraw, Al Bairre and The December Streets all on one stage!

When: 28 November 2014
Where: Marks Park, Emmerentia
Tickets available here from Nutickets.

Gates open at 1PM.

My friends over at Jose Cuervo will be also be representing at SOUNDS WILD Festival!

Keep an eye on the Sounds Wild Facebook and Twitter feeds for more new and giveawys!

Who’s In?