LUSH Festival 2.0 returns to the beautiful Clarens

In case you missed the news, LUSH Festival 2.0 makes it return to the picturesque town of Clarens this Easter Weekend.
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And they have some great headliners and an even more solid local line-up!

All the details you need is right here…

When: 14 to 16 April 2017
Where: Linwood Farm, R711, Clarens, Free State
Why: This line up with more to be announced… The Temper Trap (Aus), Michael Franti (U.S), Kaki King (U.S) and the incredible SA bands:- Matthew Mole | TiMO ODV | Valiant Swart | Albert Frost | PHFAT | December Streets | Medicine Boy | BCUC | Opposite The Other | Bye Beneco | Josh Kempen | Hellcats | Popartlive | L.A. Cruz | Apple Gule | Bad Peter | Jet Treger | Isle Of Skye | Black Math | Raygun Royale | The Tazers | Luke K | Sol Gems | Johnny Cradle | The Moths | IV4 | Retro Dizzy | Felix Brendel | RudeBoyz | Mogey | Sonik Citizen | Tidal Waves | Simple Stories | The Kickstands | Weston & Engine | Luke Knox | Dominic Neil | Kimon Rayne | So Schway | Vimo | Cinimin | Bongani Zulu | T-Stak

Ticketing info (N.B!!!!):
Phase 1 (early bird tickets) are available until midnight on the 14th of February when Phase 2 tickets go on sale from 15 February until 31 March (phase 3 tickets will then go on sale at a higher price), so take advantage of the special early bird low prices now:

Phase 1 (early bird) pricing runs until 14 February 2017
Phase 1: General Admission [includes General Camping Area] – R495 (excl service fees)
Phase 1: Plus+ Admission [Plus+ Upgraded Camping Area] – R1195 (excl service fees)

Phase 2 pricing runs from 15 February to 31 March
Phase 2: Weekender General Admission [Weekender pass EXCLUDES General Camping] – R595 (excl service fees)
Phase 2: General Admission [includes General Camping Area] – R645 (excl service fees)
Phase 2: Plus+ Admission [Plus+ Upgraded Camping Area] – R1345 (excl service fees)
Tickets are available at http://lush.nutickets.co.za/lushclarens2017
**Luxury tent hotel accommodation for Harambee and the Owl Town Plus Hotel are available on site. More info available from http://www.lushfestival.com/

Plus+ Camping includes:
Preferred, limited camping area with more Trees and alongside the river
Separate (Closer) Parking Area and Access
Separate PLUS+ Entrance to Festival Grounds
Porters (should you need them)
Access controlled private camping
Upgraded Shower and Toilet Facilities

**Please Note: Tickets are Non-Transferable and T&C’s apply. NO UNDER 18s may camp on site. Under 18s are welcome to attend daily with parents/responsible adults but not allowed to camp.

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Large On The Lawn – Johannesburg’s New Summer Concert Series

LARGE ON THE LAWN hits Johannesburg this weekend.

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In case you missed the news, Large On The Lawn returns to Johannesburg and this time with a full Summer series of acts on stage.
This Sunday sees the first of the series start off with Jeremy Loops AND Matthew Mole taking stage.

All the details you need is right here:
Sunday 29 January – Jeremy Loops and Matthew Mole
Address: Golden Harvest Park, First Road, Randburg, 2169
GPS: 26.065955 | 27.954065

Ticket Price (excluding ticketing service fee): http://breakout.nutickets.co.za/
General Admission: Adults – R150 (excl ticketing fees)
General Admission: Teens 17-13 – R125 (excl ticketing fees)
General Admission: Kids 12-3 – R85 (excl ticketing fees)
>Children 3 and under are free.

Here’s a little handy guide to ensure you have the best Large On The Lawn


NB: NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE.

The next Large On The Lawn show has Francois Van Coke and Jack Parow, in jou moeder se huisie on stage Sunday 26 February.

Follow Large On The Lawn online:
Website and Tickets: http://www.largeonthelawn.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/largeonthelawn
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/largeonthelawn
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/largeonthelawn

RISE AND SHINE FESTIVAL TIME

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RISE AND SHINE FESTIVAL at Sandton Central Park in association with Nokia South Africa!

This eco-friendly festival is definitely one of those special ones. Just have a look at this shot from the last festival, that may or may not be Karen the Yogi, Toni and Mr. Michael Lowman all dressed up for the occasion!!

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Starting your day of with some rad Halcyon Yoga from 9am, hosted by the awesome Karen, then a full line up of great SA music!

This edition of the festival sees AT MATTHEW J MOLE, Float Parade, Nakhane Toure, Al Bairre, my boys Zebra and Giraffe, Runaway Train Cult and electronic dance outfit, Death By Misadventure all take stage!

Early bird tickets are long gone, but Standard tickets are still available as well as a Green ticket, which includes a tree planted on your behalf, you can still get your festival tickets here

9am: HALYCON YOGA
10am: Matthew Mole
11am: Float Parade
12pm: Nakhane Toure
1pm: Al Bairre
2pm: Zebra & Giraffe
3pm: The Runaway Train Cult
4pm: Shortstraw
5pm: Death by Misadventure

Be sure to keep up to date with the happenings on the day by following Rise and Shine Festival & Nokia: facebook, twitter, and Nokia South Africa!

See you all in the park!

SAMA 20 – Nominees

This morning saw the official announcement for the 20th Annual SAMAs (South African Music Awards) take place.

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I have to say, this is an exciting year for music in South Africa if these nominations are anything to go by.. 😉

Congratulations to every single person/group nominated!

The SAMAs will take place on the 28th April 2014, at Sun City!

The complete list of nominees can be found below.

Nominees for the 20th Annual South African Music Awards:

• Album of the Year
DJ Kent – The Weekent
Mafikizolo – Reunited
Mi Casa – Su Casa
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

• Duo or Group of the Year
Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey
GoodLuck – Creatures of the Night
Mafikizolo – Reunited
Mi Casa – Su Casa
The Parlotones – Stand Like Giants

• Female Artist of the Year
Dear Reader – Rivonia
Judith Sephuma – The Experience Live in Concert
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Rebecca – Bayos’Khomba
Zahara – Phendula

• Male Artist of the Year
Connell Cruise – Connell Cruise
Kabomo – Memory Remains
Matthew Mole – The Home We Built
Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion
Vusi Mahlasela – Sing to the People

• Newcomer of the Year
Gangs Of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey
IFani – I Believes in Me (1st Quadrant)
MuzArt – MuzArt
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

• Best Rock Album
Gangs of Ballet – Yes/No/Grey
Shadowclub – Goodbye Wild Child
The Black Cat Bones – Beatipiller
The Parlotones – Stand Like Giants
Van Coke Kartel – Bloed, Sweet & Trane

• Best Pop Album
Danny K – Good Look
GoodLuck – Creatures of the Night
LCNVL – Faster Longer Mixtape
Mafikizolo – Reunited
Matthew Mole – The Home We Built

• Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)
4Werke – 4 Harte
Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg
JAY – Dis Hoe Ons Rol
Karlien van Jaarsveld – Uitklophou
Kurt Darren Seerower

• Best Adult Contemporary Album
Connell Cruise – Connell Cruise
Farryl Purkiss – Home
Hinds Brothers – Ocean of Milk
Michael Lowman – Crayon Boxes
Shaun Jacobs – Love Can

• Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Ampie – Niks en Niemand
Andriëtte – Wat Rym met Liefde
Bok van Blerk – Steek Die Vure Aan
Elvis Blue – Afrikaans
Jak de Priester – N1 van My Hart

• Best African Adult Album
Naima Kay – Umsebenzi
Selaelo Selota – The Promise
Vusi Mahlasela – Sing to the People
Zamajobe – Thula Mntwana
Zonke – Give and Take Live

• Best Alternative Album
Chris Letcher – Hyperbalist
Dear Reader – Rivonia
Death by Misadventure – Dumb Dumb
Die See – II
Nakhane Touré – Brave Confusion

• Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Kabomo – Memory Remains
MuzArt – MuzArt
The Soil – Reflections Live in Joburg
Vusi Nova – Walk into Light
Zahara – Phendula

• Best Rap Album
AB Crazy – Home Coming
iFani – I Believes in Me (1st Quadrant)
Kwesta – DaKAR
L-Tido – All of Me
Molemi – A Sia

• Best Kwaito Album
Alaska – The Revival
Big Nuz – Made in Africa
Character – Self-Control
Mandoza – Sgantsontso
Tzozo – Amabills

• Best Dance Album
DJ Kent – The Weekent
Lulo Café – Soul Africa
Mi Casa – Su Casa
Uhuru – Our Father
Zakes Bantwini – The Fake Book & Real Book: My Music Bible

• Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Andile KaMajola – Chapter 6 ujehova ungibiyele
Deborah – Umqhele
Lusanda Spiritual Group – Uhambo Lwam
Rebecca – Bayos’Khomba
Worship House – Project 10 Live in Limpopo, RSA

• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Benjamin Dube – Renewal in His Presence with Benjamin Dube
Judith Sephuma – The Experience Live in Concert
Nqubeko Mbatha – Sentiments of a Worshiper
Soweto Gospel Choir – Divine Decade & Friends
We Will Worship – YHWH

• Best Traditional Album
Hennie de Bruyn en Kitaar Kwêla die Kitaarkêrels
Joe Shirimani na Vana Hawu Ra Mina
va Ndoda
PS. Manyike Na Vatirhi Taduma e Kerekeni
Va Hosi
Sayicology Round 2
Dr. Thomas Chauke Shimatsatsa No 32
Na Shinyori Sisters

• Best Maskandi Album
Amabunjwa – X6
Buselaphi – Gijima Ntuthwane
Khwelebhasini – Ngiyistress
Phuzekhemisi – Kungakho Nilwa Nodwa
Thokozani Langa – Inyakanyaka

• Best Jazz Album
Marcus Wyatt Quartet – One Life in the Sun
Shane Cooper – Oscillations
Sisa Sopazi – Images & Figures
Tumi Mogorosi – Project Elo
Zim Ngqawana – Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

• Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Cape Consort – Claudio Monteverdi – Selected Madrigals
Guy Buttery – Live in KwaZulu
Ockie Vermeulen – Obsession
Tygerberg Children’s Choir – Glorious
Zanne Stapelberg & Soul of Fire
Kathleen Tagg

• Best Live DVD
Nataniël Factory
Skouspel 2013 Skouspel 2013
The Soil Reflections Live in Joburg
Unathi An Intimate Night with Unathi
Zonke Give and Take Live

• Best Collaboration
DJ Kent Ft The Arrows – Spin My World Around
LCNVL Ft Lakota Silva – Closer
Mafikizolo Ft May D – Happiness
The Parlotones, Khuli Chana & Jon Savage – Sleepwalker
Uhuru Ft Oskido, Professor & Y-tjukutja
DJ Bucks

• Best Music Video of the Year
Goldfish – One Million Views
Mi Casa – Jika
The Muffinz – Umsebenzi Wendoda (An Ode to Single Mothers)
The Parlotones, Khuli Chana & Jon Savage – Sleepwalker
Toya Delazy – Memoriam

• Best Producer of the Year
Danny K – Good Look by Danny K
Darryl Torr – Yes/No/Grey by Gangs of Ballet
David Poole & Dominic Peters – Three Second Memory by Goldfish
Dan Roberts – Border Crossing by Laurie Levine
Shaun Jacobs – Love Can by Shaun Jacobs

• Best Engineer of the Year
Peter Auret – Pimp My Piano by Charl du Plessis
Darryl Torr – Yes/No/Grey by Gangs of Ballet
Matthew Fink – The Home We Built by Matthew Mole
Matthew Fink – Goodbye Wild Child by Shadowclub
Shaun Jacobs – Love Can by Shaun Jacobs

• Remix of the Year
Euphonik – Hallelujah Anyway
Khuli Chana – Hape (Part 2)
Mi Casa – Jika
Oskido – Tsa Ma Ndebele
Uhuru – Thath’isghubu

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:

SPECIAL AWARDS
• International Achievement Awards

BEST SELLING MOBILE MUSIC DOWNLOAD
• Best Selling Album
• Best Selling DVD
• Best Selling Mobile Music Download
• Best Selling True-Tone
• Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
• Best Selling Full-Track Download

SAMPRA AWARD
• Highest Airplay of the Year

Record of the Year category, which is determined by a public vote. The nominees for this award will be announced shortly, after which fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite song and artist of 2013. Prepare for a thrilling contest!

Follow SAMA 20 on the following digital platforms:

Hashtag: #SAMA20
Twitter : @OfficialSAMAs

Website: www.samusicawards.co.za
Mobisite: www.samatv.mobi
Facebook page: South African Music Awards
Instagram: OfficialSAMAs
YouTube channel: samusicawards
Flickr: samusicawards

The Annual South African Music Awards are organised by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), a trade association of recording companies operating in South Africa.

PARKLIFE FESTIVAL

This weekend sees Parklife Festival take over SA!

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Yes, you read right! Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg will have an incredible SA lineup with headliners Seether returning to SA for these special shows!

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An intimate evening with Seether at Kirstenbosch with special guests Taxi Violence(unplugged performance).
Friday, 22nd November. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Time: 19:30
Ticket prices: Online presale – R250 : Gate – R275 -> here at Webtickets

Durban -:

On stage, SEETHER, Jeremy Loops, Farryl Purkiss, Lieutenant Vinyl
Saturday 23rd November. Venue: Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga. Time: 12:00
Ticket prices: Online presale – R250 : Gate – R275 -> here at Webtickets

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With two main stages this will sure be a good day out! Bring your picnic blankets & don’t forget your sunscreen!

SEETHER, Jeremy Loops, Graeme Watkins Project, Matthew Mole, Farryl Purkiss, Beatenberg, Taxi Violence, Shortstraw, ISO, The Dirty Skirts, Nakhane Toure, Michael Lowman, December Streets, Shaun Jacobs, Beatenberg, The Frown, Shotgun Tori, Desmond & The Tutus & more!
Sunday 24th November. Marks Park, Judith Rd, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
Gates Open: 9:30 am
Ticket Prices: Online presale – R295 : Gate – R320 -> here at Webtickets

As can be seen this weekend will be a jam packed weekend with some of South Africa’s best musicians. Be sure to get your tickets to avoid disappointment!

 

Full lineup and times can be found here!

In The City – I was there…

Last week Friday saw more than 10 000 folks all head into the Johannesburg CBD for the incredible

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And what a night it turned out to be!

I want to start by saying that it saddened me reading all the feedback regarding the number security issues people experienced before, during and after the show, that said the feedback from Seed Experiences who own the In The City festival has been really great.  HIGH-5 to them and their teams!

All round the event itself proved to be an excellent improvement on last year, they had taken all the feedback provided and made sure this year everything was better. From sound, to the stage setup, the entry and exit out of the event itself and the big one, you know what I am talking about right? THE BAR(s) this was a major issue for folks last year, not only for drinkers but non-drinkers too, it took ages to get water.

This year they made sure they did not make the same mistake. They even promised my friend Meg & I when we mentioned it, that it’ll be better. And seriously it was. Seriously.

Spending most of the day at In The City, I was there as the gates opened. I saw all you Jose Cuervo #partyanimals in full force. I loved it!

When I think of the all the talented acts I saw on that stage, I somehow feel as if though I cannot put into words what I and the thousands of people was lucky enough to experience. But at the same time there is SO much I want to say that I feel I may ramble and somehow lose the plot…!

How about keeping it short, like 140 characters on Twitter, well I will try… 😛

Lil Bow – 

I am all for new talent, but sadly this DJ has a long way to go, in my opinion. Mixing was sloppy, obvious errors for those listening, maybe nerves? The crowd danced because they had no other choice. Hone and own your skill.

Al Bairre – 

These CT town guys won the coveted slot to open In The City. I loved seeing the energy their fans radiate, it seemed as though the band needed this as they started off their set on a bit of a slow boat. Eventually picking up it had me even tapping my feet and jiving a lil bit, eventually.

Δ (alt-J) –

What an opening! I do not believe this band realised the thousands of fans they have here in SA till that moment when house lights went up and there they had a sea of people displaying the band’s triangle ∆ symbol with their fingers. THey may have had me feeling like they’re not meant to be playing at an event like #VITC2013, think chilled out on the green grass of Koppi here,  but they sure as hell had an incredibly tight set! Hearing the roar of tracks like ‘Tessellate’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘Breezeblocks’ in the Jhb night is something kinda special!

The Hives – 

OH MY HAT! What an incredible performance by these Swedish rockers. From the first ‘Howzit” to the very last high-5 they gave to the lucky ones right in front of stage the energy , these mariachi band outfit wearing rock stars are just that |ROCK STARS| Pelle is an absolute charmer on stage.  They have been doign this for years, and you can see it when they take stage. They own it!

And in case you missed it, MY name appeared on the kick drum. Amazing, right? 😛

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SKUNK ANANSIE – 

Okay, so when I found out that I will get the chance to see SKIN live on stage, I may have squealed a little bit. Yes, I know it’s justified cause well it is SKUNK ANANSIE!

She sang to ME, she told ME she loves me, in front of thousands of witnesses, it was beyond beautiful. I listened and she belted out all of my favourite songs I could hardly contain myself. I watched as Skin crowd walked, not surfed, but she literally walked across the crowd singing. There was nothing more amazing to witness!

I screamed. I shouted. I laughed. I danced. I was almost in tears. Tears of happiness. The performance by Skin, Cass, Ace & Mark put on truly made my night.  It’s been a few days since we were lucky to have them perform in our city, I am still on a high from what they done on stage here. They are that good!

 

BOYS NOIZE –

Admittedly I know only a few tracks by this guy, but man oh man, he had me dancing at the end of the night! There truly is something rad about this guy that had the masses fist pumping, then again with lyrics like this..

“Red, Red, Red, Red, u
Ich,Ich,Ich,Ich,u
R,R,U,R,U
Ich u, Ich r u”

It’s to be expected!

Watching the last of his set of from the top on the M1 South, made me realise how lucky we are to have something like In The City! We gets to JAM hard to our favourites, right here in our city!

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All in all In The City was just that, a night out in MY city. Filled with the best music. With the best people. And my favourite guy, Jose Cuervo!! I cannot wait for next year.

Have a look at some of the photos I manage to capture on that night here –>   Musical Mayhem In The City

Huge thank you to Seed Experiences and their sponsors to a night I will not easily forget. And even bigger thank you to the One-Eyed Jack team, especially Mike Pocock, this man makes everything possible no matter how much crap I give him 😉

I am very much looking forward to In The City 2014!

Oppikoppi 19 – BEWILDERBEAST

In 2009 I was Smoorverlief, 2010 I saw some Sexy.Crooked.Teeth, 2011 saw me meeting an Unknown Brother, last year saw such a Sweet Thing

And 2013 is the year of the BEWILDERBEAST1005066_534234599945360_420357687_n

Every year we go through the same thing, the excitement builds, the anticipation of seeing some great acts on one stage, THE dust, about 20k+ folks taking over the city of Northam!

It is Oppikoppi 2013 time in 14 days folks, FOURTEEN DAYS!!!!!!

Yes I am terribly excited by the amount of !!! above.

This year Oppikoppi takes place from the 8th of August till the 10th of august, that is 3 days of the best local music to offer, with a  few international acts to boot. The theme for this year is BEWILDERBEAST. “Bewilderbeast was inspired by the name of an absolutely classic album by Badly Drawn Boy. (“The hour of the Bewilderbeast”: look it up, buy it, repeat it and love it. If you like tunes, this album has to be in your collection.). ”

And every year, as is the case this year again, there are folks who ask “why is this act playing?” or “why isn’t this act playing?” <- this is not limited to the general public, there are bands who ask the same questions re:Koppi.

Seeing these comments and questions sparked a debate in my head, if you know me you will know there are enough voices to hold down such a debate 😀

I then wondered what it takes to actually decide on a line-up, the likes that we see at Koppi, or any festival/event for that matter and two things came to my mind.

Relevance and Significance. Are some of these acts meeting the criteria that Koppi has set out? How does this all work?

I then posed this question to some folks who, in my opinion, work damn hard to bring us these events & whose work ethos is high up there and they are the ones running around spending long hours, days, weeks, months making all these events we are SO fortunate enough to see, happen!

This was what they had to say..

“In my view, a significant act is an artist who has shaped and moulded a genre or specific musical style that has influenced many, if not all, of the upcoming and new acts today. Bringing artists such as Metallica, Deftones, Skunk Anansie and the Kings Of Chaos tour to SA is hugely significant to everyone as it shows the professionalism and drive that these bands have to carry on even though they have reached the top of their game already. Relevant acts are those that could be very popular at a certain time in a genre’s lifespan but might lack the longevity to carry on for 20 or 30 years. I believe that the two factors go hand in hand with each other and an act can’t be significant without first being relevant to a market.” – Pocock, Mike
 
“Some people are confused on the true meaning of word “Relevant”. One DJ/Blogger complained that RHCP and Metallica were not relevant and even though he did not like Lady Gaga, she was. Just because a band has been around for a while does not mean they are not relevant – if they released a record less than 2 years ago and still tour – They are relevant. Someone like The Police are not relevant.” – Cool, Gary
 
“An act is relevant when it is current, so when a band successfully releases an album, there are new singles on radio and they are playing major international festivals, success in this department is hard to capture for South Africa as the acts are generally expensive with incredibly busy touring schedules, but the most relevant of late would be Awolnation, Alt-J and Two Door Cinema Club for me. That’s without looking at Big Concerts or more commercial acts.
Significant on the other hand is easier, but open to interpretation – so genre defining acts with a strong underground following and/or multiple past successful albums. Travelling significant acts to South Africa is generally more accessible as genres and personal tastes differ and their touring schedules aren’t quite as heavy. Personally for me the best would be Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deftones, Eagles of Death Metal and Prodigy. I don’t listen to metal and punk rock so I’m sure others would find more relevance in other acts.” – Zietsman, Maryke
 
“All acts are mostly relevant and significant.
Most of the acts that bring come out of voting polls from the fans themselves.
Other times it is due to album releases and touring routes.” – Lee, Marcelle
 
“An act is relevant if they have had some sort of a track history in the SA market, and have a fan base and some people would appreciate watching them live.
An act is Significant if they have changed the course of a majority of people’s lives in some sort of way…i.e.: most people love them – a Super group of some sort. Of course, some acts can be massively significant to one person and hugely relevant to another, but not vice versa.” – Olivier, Joanne

**please note names have been changed to protect the innocent – Ed

As can be seen from the above, there has to be a balance. And I believe Koppi meets this quite well. Think of it, they manage to get 100 plus local acts + Internationals together for a whole weekend entertaining thousand, and at a damn good price!

This train of thought then had be pose a few questions to Misha from Oppikoppi  to get some clarity on “How it all works?” and what it takes to put together a festival of this magnitude, this is what he had to say..

How are the acts that are booked for Koppi decided?

We look at the votes, opinions in the office, and opinions of friends in the industry and try and get a nice mix of headliners, and young new talent.

On this, what criteria does an act have to meet to be a definite on the Koppi line-up?

We must like the music.  First and foremost.

Then it helps to have the package, strategy, buzz, and a good agent/manager, someone that can push you and sell you to promoters.  But without the tunes none of that helps.

Who exactly picks the line-up for Koppi? 

We have the artist department, but we value opinions of anyone in the office who likes music.  The extended family is also involved in the process and have strong opinions.  All in all there are many years of loving tunes forming the back-bone of the OK crew.

A few local acts feel they “deserve” a slot on a Koppi stage as they have been in the industry “for years” what can they and any upcoming act do to ensure that the Koppi team will notice them and even consider them, if not for a slot at Koppi, maybe another Hilltop Live event?

It has a lot to do with the buzz around an act.  There are acts that have been around a long time but never really had a buzz about them.  They are harder to book.  But it is a funny industry ’cause it sometimes works the other way around as well.  An act can be great at generating buzz but have empty shows – that happens now and again.  Years ago a Dutch promoter friend told me that an artist is worth the amount of tickets at their last show and that kind of stuck.  The best advice I think is that an artist should work to have a successful career, not a set at a festival. The set will come if the rest is right.

When picking an international act, most people do not know the hard work that goes into locking down the deal; can you give us brief of what it takes time frames, possible cost involved and general breakdown to secure an International Act for Koppi?

There are two of us who work on this. It is all about timing in the end. The dates and the money must work. Often these are conversations that span over a few years, looking at different shows/periods until the right one sticks.  We go through a very long list of possible acts before we finally get something that works.  We are fortunate to have very good relationships with many agents and a lot of big international acts are now starting to ask to play the festival.  But yes, it is hard work, loads of hours, loads of money and ton of good luck that makes this work.

How does the Koppi team ensure they reach the diverse market out there?

We listen to our fans as much as possible.  People don’t think those voting polls count but they do. And we have a bunch of friends in and out of the industry whose opinions we value and who always puts us onto the next hot act they come across.

What is the weirdest submission from an act Koppi has received to get on the line-up?

In the old days we used to get some interesting packages but these days it is all online.  Had some weird, distinctly non-Oppikoppi acts try their luck though – people that perform under their name, like Frikkie.

If we look at the history of Koppi, it definitely has grown from strength to strength, what else can fans expect in the years to come?

We are constantly looking at creating experiences and moments that will make the show memorable.  There are lots of lists of tricks we are working on and defining in the back end.  It is about the whole experience and not just the music on stage, although that is what brings everyone together.  In the end it is about having fun.  We believe that if we are having fun we are halfway there and on the right track.  So far so good.

Next year the festival is also 20 years old, which is almost unbelievable – the fact that we actually survived 20 years of hedonism – so we are planning some really nice things for that birthday party.

Hopefully this answers all this burning questions you have and gives you an insight into what it takes to bring you all these acts to one farm! And what you as an act can do to make ensure they notice you/your band!

So just a reminder:

Oppikoppi 8,9,10 Aug 2013 Gates open from the 6th. Brief survival kit: The days are hot, nights are cold. bring clothes to match this. it can be very cold. water. pain killers. anti-histamine. antacid. sunblock. a hat or two. a bandanna for the dust. wet wipes, you can never have enough, if you think you do, get 100 more.  plastic water bottle/s to decant your booze. no glass allowed in festival arena. they serve tons of festival food, burgers/chip&dip etc. if you like, bring fruit that can keep for days, oranges/bananas. this is to eat around your camp site when you do not wanna walk to the arena to eat.  the above generally allows me to survive all that Koppi brings!

There are still tickets available at here: Koppi tickets and be sure to keep following Oppikoppi on Facebook and the Twitter.

You never know what you can win!!

To get yourself prepared for the incredible acts, check out the Oppikoppi – Bewilderbeast 2013 album. Available now on iTunes!

See you all in the dust, soon…!