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Oppikoppi 2006 top view.jpg
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".[1] 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.

According to the organizers they have "rolled bakkies, burnt tents, driven over knees, slept in jails, slept outside jails and turned over several stones to make gigs and festivals work."

In 2008, the Daily Mirror ranked Oppikoppi as the 4th best music festival in the world.[2]

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[edit]

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.

In 2012, Oppikoppi announced that it would be organising a festival in Cape Town called "One Night in Cape Town".[3][4] One Night In Cape Town was organized again in 2013.[5]

Previous editions[edit]

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.

August Festivals
Year[6] Date Theme[6] Notable performers
1995 4–6 August[7] Festival of Rock 1 Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Squeal, Sugardrive, Battery 9, Urban Creep[7]
1996 8–11 August[8] Festival of Rock 2 Squeal, Wendy Oldfield[8]
1997 7–10 August[9] One Big Bang Valiant Swart, Squeal, Battery 9[9]
1998 7–9 August[10] Bushveld Blast Springbok Nude Girls, Koos Kombuis, Sugardrive[10]
1999 6–9 August[11] Infestation Vusi Mahlasela, Boo!, The Awakening, Koos Kombuis, Gert Vlok Nel, Valiant Swart, Sugardrive, Zim Ngqawana, Buckfever Underground, Brasse Vannie Kaap[11]
2000 3–6 August[12] Trek 2000 Soulwax, Zita Swoon[12]
2001 9–12 August[13] Tuned Hooverphonic, Karen Zoid, Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Battery 9, Brasse Vannie Kaap, Frank Opperman[13]
2002 5–8 September[14] Plunge Zola, Mandoza[14]
2003 8–10 August[15] Hond uit 'n Box No notable artists
2004 6–9 August[16] Oppikoppi 10: Blood is thicker than Soda Water Triggerfinger, Freshlyground, Prime Circle, Fokofpolisiekar, Springbok Nude Girls, Boo!, 340ml, Karen Zoid, The Narrow, Cutting Jade, Gert Vlok Nel, Valiant Swart, Sugardrive, Wonderboom, Battery 9, Kobus!, Buckfever Underground[16]
2005 6–8 August[17] Wired Freshlyground, Fokofpolisiekar, Chris Chameleon, 340ml, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse[17]
2006 4–6 August[18] Rock, Paper, Scissors Saul Williams, Goldfish, Das Pop, Vusi Mahlasela, Fokofpolisiekar, Malaika, Chris Chameleon, The Narrow, Lark, Valiant Swart[18]
2007 9–11 August[19] Way of the Dassie Jimmy Eat World, Groove Armada, Violent Femmes, The Parlotones, Prime Circle, Fokofpolisiekar, Hip Hop Pantsula, Chris Chameleon[19]
2008 7–9 August[20] Wildcard aKING, Van Coke Kartel, 340ml, Karen Zoid, Koos Kombuis, Foto na Dans, Valiant Swart[20]
2009 7–9 August[21] Smoorverlief Die Antwoord, Jack Parow, aKING, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Fokofpolisiekar, Zebra & Giraffe, Battery 9[21]
2010 6–8 August[22] Sexy. Crooked. Teeth Billy Talent, Sisqó, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Jack Parow, Prime Circle, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Zebra & Giraffe, Van Coke Kartel, Straatligkinders, The Narrow, Mind Assault[22]
2011 5–7 August[23] "Unknown Brother" Sum 41, The Used, Die Antwoord, Sisqó, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Zebra & Giraffe, GoodLuck, Van Coke Kartel, Karen Zoid, Jax Panik, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse[23]
2012 9–11 August[24] SWEET\THING Bullet for My Valentine, Seether, Enter Shikari, Eagles of Death Metal, Diplo, Kongos, Yoav, BLK JKS, 340ml, Knorkator, Buckfever Underground, aKING, Fokofpolisiekar[24]
2013 8–10 August[25] Bewilderbeast Yellowcard, Deftones, Manchester Orchestra, The Narrow, Finley Quaye, Robert DeLong, Mango Groove, Koos Kombuis, Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Jack Parow, Straatligkinders, Jesse Clegg[25]
2014 7-9 August [26] Odyssey Wolfmother, Editors, Aloe Blacc, Willy Mason, Rival Sons, Cat Power, Taxi Violence, Man As Machine, ShortStraw, Springbok Nude Girls, aKING, Van Coke Kartel, Zebra & Giraffe, Hugh Masekela, Urban Creep
Easter Festivals
Year[6] Name[6]
1998 African Savannas Easter
1999 Ontlont!
2000 How's Your Mother?
2001 Patrolliehond
2002 Willie Smit
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)
Other Festivals
Year Name Occasion
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
2003 Beetroot
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://translate.google.com/#af/en/op%20die%20koppie
  2. ^ http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/arts_entertainment/oppikoppi_ranks_among_top_ten_music_fests.html
  3. ^ http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/429/77272.html
  4. ^ http://www.channel24.co.za/Music/News/Oppikoppi-coming-to-Cape-Town-20120619
  5. ^ http://www.capetownmagazine.com/events/oppikoppi-deftones-and-yellowcard-concert-in-cape-town/11_37_55183
  6. ^ a b c d https://www.facebook.com/oppikoppifestival/info
  7. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3802186-oppikoppi-1995
  8. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3833336-oppikoppi-1996
  9. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3833361-oppikoppi-1997
  10. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3833386-oppikoppi-1998
  11. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3833086-oppikoppi-1999
  12. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3832776-oppikoppi-2000
  13. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3832876-oppikoppi-2001
  14. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3833166-oppikoppi-2002
  15. ^ http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3832781-oppikoppi-2003
  16. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3832851-oppikoppi-2004
  17. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3833286-oppikoppi-2005
  18. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3802191-oppikoppi-2006
  19. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3802221-oppikoppi-2007
  20. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3802206-oppikoppi-2008
  21. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/3802176-oppikoppi-2009
  22. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/5718916-oppikoppi-2010
  23. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/7176056-oppikoppi-2011
  24. ^ a b http://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/12315878-oppikoppi-festival-2012
  25. ^ a b https://www.songkick.com/festivals/44116-oppikoppi/id/16397399-oppikoppi-2013
  26. ^ Sethusa, Pheladi (10 August 2014). "Oppikoppi Odyssey spirals down". The Citizen. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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