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…!


Rise & Shine ECO Friendly Acoustic Festival

The successful first Rise & Shine ECO Friendly Acoustic Festival was held in March this year!


And on the 8th of June LIVE at the Sandton Central Park, we are in for a treat as they bring us the second ECO-Friendly Festival, with a great line-up of SA acts on stage!

“The first Rise & Shine raised over 60 trees, ensuring a Green footprint was left behind. Rise & Shine, in association with Greenpop, will once again plant a tree for every 50 people that attend the festival. Collectively, festival-goers will be responsible for the small forest we have already created continuing to grow.”

Festival gates are open from 9am and festival goers can indulge in an early morning Yoga session once again from 10am onwards.

Line Up:

Francois Van Coke
Black Cat Bones
Naming James
Laurie Levine
Lucy Kruger
Earl, Grey & Croquet
Them Particles

Tickets are available from Ticketbreak:

R100 - Early-bird online
R150 - Online pre-sale
R200 - At the Gate
R250 - 'Green Ticket' - Online pre-sale - Greenpop will plant a tree on your behalf & send you the coordinates of your tree's location in Africa.

With the Gautrain in walking distance from Sandton Central Park, guests from as far afield as Pretoria, Centurion, Midrand, Benoni & Rosebank will be able to join in the festivities. The festival concludes at 6.00pm & the Gautrain runs every 30 minutes until 8.30pm on the day.

Those driving to the event are encouraged to car-pool & park their vehicles within the safe confines of Sandton City from where it is a gentle 500m stroll to the park. Saturday parking is a flat-rate fee of R10 for the day.

For more info and updates check out the Rise & Shine Festival details below, who knows you may just win some tickets 😉





Yes, folks it’s that time of the year again…

RAMFEST 2013 is here!


With an incredible international and local line-up RAMFEST 2013 is surely to be one to rock on so many levels.

RAMfest, South Africa’s biggest annual Alternative Music Festival, is proud to present three outstanding international bands as the headlining acts for the 2013 concert: Rise Against (USA) , British Metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon, as well as Paul Harding and Ben Verse from Pendulum (Australia and England) will be setting our stages alight in four cities. Throw some stellar local acts in the mix and the RAM family can rest assured that the event will be even bigger and better than ever!

RAMfest will be taking over Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth AND Durban!

PLEASE NOTE: The line-up differs from city to city!! There are two different concerts in Durban, so make sure that you know the exact line-up before you purchase your ticket. The internationals, except for Pendulum DJ Set and Verse, will not be performing in PE.


RAMfest Cape Town:

7 – 10 March ( Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend ) – All International Acts

RED HEART RUM MAIN STAGE: Rise Against, Bring Me the Horizon, Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Goodnight Wembley, The Black Cat Bones, Beast, Fuzigish, Woodstock Mafia, Dead Alphabet and many more.

MONSTER ENERGY ALTERNATIVE STAGE by METAL4AFRICA.COM: Facing the Gallows, Haggis and Bong, Juggernaut, All Will Fall, Four A Penny, Marching Dead, Pestroy, Chromium and many more.

OLMECA TEQUILA ELECTRONIC STAGE: Pendulum DJ Set and Verse, Niskerone, Sideshow, Veranda Panda, Hyphen, Das Kapital, Sibot, P.H.FAT, Tommy Gun and many more.

BOOM! STAGE: The Ratrod Cats, The Man Motels, Love Glory Pyrotechnics, Crimson House Blues, Holiday Murray, Andy Lund, The Very Wicked, Sons of Settlers, Tailor, Black Handed Kites and many more.

Full line up and details RAMfest Cape Town: Cape Town

RAMfest Durban:

8 March ( Origin Nightclub )

Line-up: Pendulum DJ Set and Verse, Das Kapital, more soon.

Updates for RAMfest Durban – OriginDurban 

RAMfest PE:

15 March ( Old Grey )

Line up: Rise Against, Bring Me the Horizon, Lowerprofile.

Updates for RAMfest Port Elizabeth: Port Elizabeth

RAMfest Durban:

15 March ( Durban, Wavehouse)

Line up: Rise Against, Bring Me the Horizon, Lowerprofile.

Updates for Durban – Wavehouse: Durban Wavehouse

RAMfest JHB:

15 & 16 March (Riversands Farm, Fourways)

RED HEART MAIN STAGE: Rise Against, Bring Me The Horizon, Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Fuzigish, Black Cat Bones, Pestroy, Beast, Mind Assault, Deity’s Muse and many more.

OLMECA ELECTRONIC STAGE: Pendulum DJ Set and Verse, Double Adapter, Das Kapital, Veranda Panda, Sibot, Benson, Rude One, Reepa and many more.

BOOM STAGE: Rambling Bones, Planet Joy, North of Winter, The Action Thrillers, Short Straw, Tamara Tree, City of Heroes, The Frown and many more.

Full line-up and details for RAMfest Johannesburg: Johannesburg


Ticket prices for RAMfest shows:

  •  Cape Town: 7-9 March: R550 pre-sold, R650 at the gate.
  • Johannesburg: 15 & 16 March: R550 pre-sold, R650 at the gate.
  • Durban: 15 March: R350 pre-sold, R450 at the gate.
  • Durban: 8 March: R150 presales and R100 early bird.
  • PE: 15 March: R150 presales and R100 early bird.

Tickets at: http://www.ticketbreak.co.za/ramfest 
Be sure to get your tickets before they are all sold out!

See you at the bar!


It’s Large On The Lawn Time

Earlier this year, we saw the 1st edition of LOTL at the Marks parks grounds in Emmerentia.

“WV Live are pleased to announce the second installment of our bi-annual one-day family music festival, Large on the Lawn, at Marks Park in Johannesburg taking place on Saturday 27 October 2012.

The lineup for the event is confirmed and we are pleased to announce it will feature a wealth of South African musical talent in the form of Elvis Blue, Karen Zoid, Shadowclub, Josie Field, Ice Project and Absinthè.

Fans can expect a superb live music experience with a relaxed festival atmosphere wrapped up neatly in an afternoon program of music and other fun. Food, Beverage and merchandise stalls will be on site to make sure the audience wants for nothing and all attending can expect to be treated like VIPs.”

Tickets are currently on sale via ticketbreak.co.za

For more info check out the http://www.largeonthelawn.co.za site. Or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/large.on.the.lawn and be sure to follow them on Twitter http://twitter.com/largeonthelawn

So let’s all go Large On The Lawn!

*Line up subject to change without notice.

oppiʞoppi – SWEET\THING – line up 26-06-2012

It’s almost that time of the year!

Sun. Fun. Dust. Dance.

9, 10, 11 August. Come show off your SWEET\THING with 18000 + other folks!

Okay, so I have managed to put together an updated* list of the Oppiʞoppi artists confirmed thus far.

This will be updated as the Oppiʞoppi team announces more acts.

Southern Gypsy Queen
Kate Borthwick
Taxi Violence
Terrence Pearce
Kid Fonque
Das Kapital
Mix n Blend
Floyd Lavine Music
Big Space
Rude One
Veranda Panda
Twelv & Thesis
Mr Sakitumi
Josie Field
Peachy Keen
Knorkator (berlin)
Gevoel van Veiligheid
The Stella's
The Frown
Brendon Shields
Valiant Swart
Joshua Grierson
The Buckfever
Toby2shoes (balkanology)
DJ Danger Ingozi (balkanology)
Babaganoush (balkanology)
Ma'original (balkanology)
Hopa Banda (balkanology)
Blk Jks
Desmond & The Tutus
Die See
The Muffinz
The Brother Move On
Matthew Van Der Want
Fruits and Veggies
Bombay Show Pig (netherlands)
Enter Shikari (united kingdom)
Flash Republic
King SkaSA - Dub Saved My Life
Tattoo Level 9
Molécule (france)
The Gravity Regulators ( mozambique) feat. Levi Pon The Mic
Dub Rui
Thierry Arnold (france)
Albert Frost feat. Livy Jean (canada)
Fridge Poetry
Diplo (usa)
Kongos ( local internationals? :P )
Tribal Echo Band
Newtown Knife Gang
The Sunday Punchers
Babylon Circus (france)
Pascal & Pearce
Nakane Toure
The Anti Retro Vinyls
Eagles Of Death Metal (usa)
Sibot + Toyota Cressida
Janie Bay + the Beard
Shotgun Tori
Jeremy Loops
Bullet For My Valentine (wales)
Lonehill Estate
Black Handed Kites
Planet Joy
The Kiffness
Baskerville (netherlands)
The Graeme Watkins Project
Lilly Million
Gert Vlok Nel
Dance,You're On Fire
Toya Delazy
Catlike Thieves
The Black Cat Bones
Jack Parow

*line-up subject to change without notice

Jozifest takes over Newtown!

From the 3rd to the 5th of February Johannesburg comes alive with 11 International artists and over 40 South African artists in one venue!

In association with Killcool, Hilltop Live, Monster Energy and Brandhouse this event is certainly starting off 2012 with a bang.

Newtown is sure to come alive with incredible sound and lighting, the Jozifest carnival including an art/design/video/photography exhibition showing some of SA’s best artists!!

Line-up for this incredible event:



Grooverider (UK)
Sub Zero (UK)
Heist (UK)
Felon (UK)
Junior Red (UK)
Rude One
Bruce Willis??


Eligh (USA)
Scarub (USA)
Ill Skillz
Lithal Li
Articulate Artists


The Vendetta Cartel
Facing the Gallows
The Dead Will Tell
A Fate Like Yours


Double Adapter
Musical Chairs
Damage Inc
DJ Calculus
and more!!!





Die Antwoord
Tasha Baxter
Tidal Waves
Foto Na Dans
Zebra and Giraffe
Josie Field
Taxi Violence
The Frown
Only Forever


Funtcase (UK)
Jenna G (UK)
Krafty MC (UK)
Markus Wormstorm
Cut Key Low
Twelv & Thesis
Greg Reve
Blush n Bass
MPI Project
I Am Noize
Point 4


DJ Soosh
The Cutt
and More!





















An addition to the line up is the zeffest group DIE ANTWOORD who will be launching their new album on the 4th February!

Join the event here.

Check out the Jozifest website for updates here.

Ticket prices are as follows:




Tickets are available from ticketbreak.co.za here.

Be sure to “Like” the Facebook page here as well as follow them on twitter here for some exciting giveaways!

This is certain to be one of the BIGGEST events to hit Jhb!!