Oppikoppi 18: Sweet Thing – here’s the first official word on this year’s festival from the Oppikoppi team themselves. There’s info on dates, tickets, the inspiration behind this year’s fest and more. LW Mag will keep you in the know with regard to the line-up – no news yet but each year this local music festival has outdone the year before so we’re super amped to find out who’ll be rocking out at Northam this year!
Official Press Release:
For everyone who has ever felt full of circles and/ or had their pure youngry hearts pulling to a rock ‘n roll solution; and for everyone who has ever felt like dynamite without quite knowing why: we think we bring you good news: SWEET THING: the 18th annual permutation of our super-friendly tune get together gone wrong. And right. This will be good for you.
Of course things could have been different. But they are not. Life is good, tunes are great and law enforcement patchy. May the gods continue to bless Northam and its creatures.
Speaking about happy, the OppiKoppi family is very encouraged by the creative direction and the way the greater clan has taken up the challenge of imbibing each year’s new theme. The Sweet Thing name was inspired by a Van Morrison Song, covered with aplomb by The Waterboys.
Building on the artistic direction of the last few years the team then commissioned the fine artist Gavin Rain, famous for his hand painted but somehow tech driven photos of people, to come up with an image to be used as source material. Finally the team from janaandkoos.com gave the material the graphic design treatment it required to get the annual festival theme ready to be unleashed on the masses. Lots of tricks and options in the months ahead… (PS: if you like Gavin Rain’s work visit www.worldart.co.za, the local dealer).
INFO: OppiKoppi has texture (Which is often lost on newbies): the best way to get the full experience is to join the cult community on one of the social media platforms to get you speeded up, or down. If you are friendly, creative, energetic and like tunes, you don’t need any additional guidance from us and can arrive as you are (with a spade). For the non-energetic: the Facebook and Twitter pages carry almost daily updates with information on artists, art, schemes, tricks, savings, competitions and low cost funeral plan strategies. You can also help shape the final line-up…
TICKETS: Tickets are released in batches as they have different promotional value. The first batch of Xmas tix sold out in December, the next batch of tickets will go on sale Monday 16 April 2012 at 9am (you’ll get a limited addition t-shirt too). Tickets are roughly R700.00 on the OppiKoppi Facebook page (or R750.00 on
www.ticketbreak.co.za , but Standard Bank youth portal has indicated that they will subsidise every single ticket bought from their portal (www.standardbank.co.za/studentachiever) to the value of R150.00 I.e. you pay no more than R600.00 (We think you should support the people who support the tunes).
ACCOMODATION: Whilst the OppiKoppi team mostly discourages people to sleep during the three day dustathon, there are a few semi-civil options available. Kreef Hotel, campervan village (NEW), game farms in the surrounding areas… All this information will be on the Facebook page presently.
Oppikoppi 18: Sweet Thing
9,10,11 August 2012
No requests, no remorse.
See you in the bushveld.
The OppiKoppi Family