OPPIKOPPI SET TO THRILL THE MASSES
By: Nushera Raisa Soodyal
The 2013 edition of the Oppikoppi Festival that will be held from August 8 to 10 this year has events lined up to captivate their crowds.
Oppikoppi which takes place within the Limpopo Province near a little town, called Northam, has become a host to not only rock music but other genres like jazz, world music, house and acoustic. The festival takes place over several days, attracting thousands of citizens and most attenders camp out at the foot of a hill on top of which is the Sipho Gumede stage, regarded by some as the primary influence in revolutionizing the South African rock music movement in the late 90’s. The festival which started in 1994, with a mere 27 local artists who performed to a minor crowd of enthusiastic lovers of music has grown substantially throughout the years. It has since grown to over 20 000 attendees and around 130 acts.
The Afrikaans phrase “op die koppie“, which means “on the hill” is where the title Oppikoppi came from. This stage features all hip hop and dance acts, while the main Oppikoppi stage features all of the big acts and most of the rock. The Oppikoppi Festival will be hosting a number of artists and acts. The lineup consists of the likes of Mi Casa, David van Vuuran, CrashCarBurn, Locnville also Pascal and Pearce.
Local Dj duo Pascal and Pearce who recently played at the Lion Show held on the South Coast rocked up with beats and rhythmic tunes that sent the young, wild and free nightlife into a sensational trance like state. The duo which comprises of Pascal Ellinas and Dave Pearce set the night on fire with mixes and energetic music that captivated the enthusiastic youngsters.
They, along with other local talent, will perform at the upcoming festival…. “Make no little plans, all ye gumguarded rock ‘n roll fans of South African soil. Make big plans, especially around August, as you will be welcomed with broad friendly arms into the warm belly of Bewilderbeast, the latest permutation of the OppiKoppi phenomenon,” said the Oppikoppi family in a note on their facebook page.