Oppikoppi from the top
|Genre||Various – rock, jazz, house, acoustic, world music, comedy, metal, indy, soul, punk, emo, many more|
|Dates||2nd weekend of August|
|Location(s)||Northam, South Africa|
|Years active||Since 1994|
Oppikoppi is a music festival held in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, near the mining town of Northam. The festival started off focusing mostly on rock music, but gradually added more genres and now plays host to a complete mixed bag of genres. Anything from jazz, world music, house music, acoustic, comedy and all else in between can be heard on one of the multiple stages. Each year on the second weekend of August thousands of people flock to the farm to camp out in the bush and enjoy the music for several days. The festival features mostly South African bands, although international acts are included in the line-up, especially now that Oppikoppi is becoming more successful.
"Oppikoppi" is a colloquial abbreviation of the Afrikaans phrase "op die koppie", which literally means "on the hill". The camping area is at the foot of a hill, on top of which is a bar and a stage that features all the hip hop and dance acts, while the main stages feature all of the big acts and most of the rock bands. Oppikoppi has several stages where many simultaneous performances take place.
The festival started in 1994, with 27 local talents performing to a small crowd of enthusiasts. It has since grown substantially, with the addition of many new stages and thousands of people turning up each year. The festival is regarded by some as the primary influence in jump-starting the South African rock music movement in the late 90's. It attracts thousands of attendees annually.
The festival has grown yearly, with 16 000 attendees and around 100 acts for both 2010 and 2011 and an estimated 20 000 attendees and 130 acts for 2012.
Acts and genres
The festival hosts a wide array of acts, with artists being booked from genres including, but not limited to: rock, hip hop, hardcore, punk, ska, folk, blues, drum ‘n bass, big beats, funk, kwaito, jazz, traditional, world music, metal, indy and other genres.
In the past there had been smaller, more intimate gatherings on each Easter weekend in April and New Year's gatherings.
Oppikoppi is generally divided into three different strains of Oppikoppi: the main event in August, the Easter edition (which was discontinued after 2009) and miscellaneous events for various reasons. Regardless of the occasion, date and size of each event, they have all had different names and themes associated with them.
|1998||African Savannas Easter|
|2000||How's Your Mother?|
|2003||If Not Tomorrow, Then The Next Day|
|2004||Oppikoppi 10: You Check The Level, The Level Is Fine With Me|
|2005||Dust on My Meerkat|
|2006||Haat My Want Ek Vrees My Hasie|
|2007||More Than Somewhat|
|2009||Strictly Come Twakkie (Not quite Easter festival)|
|1995||New Year's Bushveld Jol||New Year's Eve|
|1996||Moerrit Boetie New Year's Jol||New Year's Eve|
|1997||Inni Tanne New Year's Jol||New Year's Eve|
|2012||One Night in Cape Town||Cape Town leg of Oppikoppi featuring headlining performers|
|2013||One Night in Cape Town||Cape Town leg of Oppikoppi featuring headlining performers|
|2013||Post aKOPPIlyptic Punk Picnic||Billy Talent performance|
|2014||Original Voices||Cape Town leg of Oppikoppi featuring international performers|
|2014||One Night in Cape Town||Cape Town leg of Oppikoppi featuring headlining performers|
- Sethusa, Pheladi (10 August 2014). "Oppikoppi Odyssey spirals down". The Citizen. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- Oppikoppi's Homepage
- Oppikoppi 2006 review by Jackie Bischof, The Citizen, August 2006
- Oppikoppi on Google Earth Community
- Panoramic crowd photos taken from the stage during Oppikoppi 2012
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