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Oppikoppi – There Is More To It Than Just The Bands

We’re pretty sure the masses that attended Oppikoppi Odyssey have finally recovered. Oppi celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and there is no doubt that the country’s best music festival just keeps getting better and better. Our man Tyrone Kelly was there representing and he had some rad things to say about his experience at Oppi this year. Check it out.

Our thoughts on Oppikoppi Odyssey
Oppikoppi – There Is More To It Than Just The Bands. 

Oppikoppi, well this was my fifth one and although I did it on crutches this year it was still far from my worst. There were many complaints about the international acts and that kept a few of the negative Nancy’s at bay (good riddance). There is just so much more to it though.

Currently there are bands being flown in and out of this country every month and that is great, in fact that’s a great testament to how well the music industry is starting to do in SA. However, those who are attending music festivals for the international bands that are playing are sadly missing the point.

I say, stop listening to the radio and get your ass off the couch and go support local music, you’ll be surprised how much better our local talent is than the likes of Miley Cyrus and the rest of the crap people listen to these days.

Oppikoppi is a roller coaster, everything that shouldn’t happen, happens. Everything you plan to do, doesn’t go according to plan and everyone you meet is having the best time of their life! For me the hot days and cold nights, the black lungs and the brown snot are all completely worth it.

Here are a few reasons why:

South African music at its best at Oppikoppi odyssey
The Music
I have watched a large variety of South African bands, countless times at countless venues and their show could never compare to what the Oppikoppi stage brings out in them. Watching your favourite local band with a mixture of drunk people you’ve never met is incredible. Never mind the fact that there’s 20 000 of them.

The People 
Oh man, the people may just be my favourite part. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes at Oppikoppi, from the barefoot boer to the stuck up princess and everyone in between, I love them all. Everyone that comes to Oppikoppi contributes to the vibe and ultimately everyone is there to get a little intoxicated and party as hard as they can for as long as they can. It’s completely impossible to go to Oppi without making a whole lot of friends.

SA music at its best at Oppi
The Babes
I fall in love every year at Oppi, the past two in particular. It may or may not have something to do with one of the ladies backstage (moving on). There are 20 000+ people at Oppi every year and the girl to guy ratio seems to be a 50 50 split, now think about 10 000 ladies at a music festival. Chances are at least 5000 of them are your type and at least 1000 would respond to a “sup baby” (if you’re lucky). So yeah, you get it. You stand a chance. There’s such a great array of beautiful women, scenestars, hippies, indie kids and every other genre you can think of.

The Memories 
Well of course, spending 4 days in the dust with your closest friends and the best people you have yet to meet is going to leave a lasting impression burnt into your memory forever and for me this is the 5th lot of memories stored in my memory bank for the rest of my life. Oppikoppi should be on the top of everyone’s list of things to do in 2015.

Oppikoppi rated South Africa's best music festival
The Fails
Of which, there are many. Fails such as a friends of mine completely destroying our campsite in a drunken haze. Almost every second sentence uttered under the influence not coming out correctly and leaving fellow campers in stitches, the falls, the bumps and all of the bruises. The fails are to be expected and embraced because they, like the memories will last forever.

After all has been said and done, Oppikoppi is the number one South African festival and there were too many impressive bands to mention them all. I will say that the highlights for me had to be Rival Sons, Editors, Black Math, Grassy Sparks, Das Kapital, The Kiffness, Dawoop, Aloe Blacc and most of all Sibot!

Until next year – #Industwetrust.

Overview of Oppikoppi 2014

Words by Tyrone Kelly
Photos by Anthony Churchyard

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