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Oppikoppi from the top
GenreVarious - rock, jazz, house, acoustic, world music, comedy, metal, indy, soul, punk, emo, many more
DatesFirst week of October.
Location(s)Northam, South Africa
Years activeSince 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 in the first week of August - except for 2017, when the festival was held in October - 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.


"OppiKoppi" is a colloquial abbreviation of the Afrikaans phrase "op die koppie", which literally means "on the hill".[1] The festival derives its name from the resort on the piece of land where it is held, featuring a picturesque hill on top of which there is a bar and a small original stage. Once a year, the festival grounds are erected at the foot of that hill, where many simultaneous performances take place on the several stages. Beyond this are the camping grounds. A stage on a second hill usually features dance acts and DJs.


The festival was first held in August 1995, 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 live 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

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, indie 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 organised again in 2013,[5] and every year since.

Previous editions

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, Max Normal, Karen Zoid, Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Battery 9, Brasse Vannie Kaap, Frank Opperman, David Kramer, Lucky Dube[13]
2002 5-8 September[14] Plunge 340ml, Albert Frost, Anton Goosen, Battery 9, Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes, De Heideroosjes, Frosted Orange, Fuzigish, Gito Baloi, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Jack Hammer, Kalahari Surfers, Karen Zoid, Kobus!, Koos Kombuis, Not My Dog, Mandoza, Shawn Phillips, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, Tony Cox, Valiant Swart, Vusi Mahlasela, Zola[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 340ml, Arno Carsten's New Porn, Arsenal, Band 'O Gypsys, Battery 9, Bed on Bricks, Boo!, Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes, Buckfever Underground, Cutting Jade, Dan Patlansky, The Fake Leather Blues Band, Fokofpolisiekar, Freshlyground, Gert Vlok Nel, Jack Hammer, Jan Blohm, Karen Zoid, Kobus!, Koos Kombuis, Ollie Viljoen, Pestroy, Prime Circle, Southern Gypsy Queen, Springbok Nude Girls, Squeal, Sugardrive, Syd Kitchen, The Blues Broers, The Narrow, Tidal Waves, Triggerfinger, Valiant Swart, Wonderboom[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 340ml, aKING, Albert Frost Trio, Bed on Bricks, Black Cat Bones, Cabins in the Forest, Dan Patlansky, Desmond & the Tutus, Farryl Purkiss, Foto na Dans, Freshlyground, Fuzigish, Gert Vlok Nel, Gordon's Suitcase with Strings & Skins, Guy Buttery, Harris Tweed, Isochronous, Jack Hammer, Josie Field, Juggernaught, Karen Zoid, Koos Kombuis, Laurie Levine, Lucky Fonz III (NL), New Academics, Nibs van der Spuy, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, Southern Gypsy Queen, Syd Kitchen, Taxi Violence, The Mojomatics (IT), Tidal Waves, Valiant Swart, Van Coke Kartel, Zebra & Giraffe[20]
2009 7-9 August[21] Smoorverlief aKING, Andra, Ashtray Electric, Battery 9, Balthazar (BE), Bed on Bricks, Black Hotels, Crash Car Burn, Die Antwoord, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Dirty Skirts, Farryl Purkiss, Fokofpolisiekar, Foto na Dans, Isochronous, Jack Hammer & Friends, Jack Parow, Karen Zoid, Koos Kombuis, Lucky Fonz III (NL), Luke Doucet & Melissa McClelland (CA), Riku Lätti & Albert Frost, Shadow Club, Short Straw, Taxi Violence, The Parlotones, Tidal Waves, Van Coke Kartel & Gerald Clark, Vusi Mahlasela, Wrestlerish, Zebra & Giraffe[21]
2010 6-8 August[22] Sexy. Crooked. Teeth Billy Talent, Cortina Whiplash, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Flash Republic, Gemma Ray (UK), Gordon's Suitcase, Hot Water, Jack Parow, Les Javan & Nonspkesifie, Lucky Fonz III (NL), Mind Assault, Pestroy, Philadelphia Grand Jury (AU), Prime Circle, Radio Kalahari Orkes, Schalk Joubert, Sisqó, Southern Gypsy Queen, Straatligkinders, Taxi Violence, The Narrow, Van Coke Kartel, Wrestlerish, Zebra & Giraffe[22]
2011 5-7 August[23] "Unknown Brother" Bittereinder, Black Hotels, Dan Patlansky, David Kramer, Desmond & the Tutus, Die Antwoord, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Fuzigish, GoodLuck, Harpdog Frost, Hot Water, Isochronous, Jax Panik, Josie Field, Karen Zoid, Lark, Michelle Shocked, Mr Cat & The Jackal, Not My Dog, Oros in 'n Lang Glas, Red Huxley, Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, Sisqó, Southern Gypsy Queen, Sum 41, The Used, Tidal Waves, Van Coke Kartel, Wrestlerish, Zebra & Giraffe[23]
2012 9-11 August[24] SWEET\THING 340ml, aKING, Albert Frost & Friends, Bittereinder, BLK JKS, Buckfever Underground, Bullet for My Valentine, Desmond & the Tutus, Diplo, Eagles of Death Metal, Enter Shikari, Flash Republic, Fokofpolisiekar, Gert Vlok Nel, Graeme Watkins Project, Jack Parow, Karen Zoid, Knorkator, Kongos, Livy Jeanne & Albert Frost, Newtown Knife Gang, Seether, Shadow Club, Southern Gypsy Queen & Friends, Taxi Violence, Tidal Waves,Valiant Swart, Yoav[24]
2013 8-10 August[25] Bewilderbeast Albert Frost, Andra, Arno Carstens, Bittereinder, Black Cat Bones, Chris Letcher, Cortina Whiplash, Crashcarburn, Dan Patlansky, Deftones, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Finley Quaye, Fokofpolisiekar, Fuzigish, Gangs of Ballet, Gerald Clark, Jack Parow, Jesse Clegg, Kidofdoom, Koos Kombuis, Laurie Levine, Oros in 'n Lang Glas, Manchester Orchestra, Mango Groove, Pestroy, Red Huxley, Robert DeLong, Short Straw, Shadow Club, Stefan Dixon, Straatligkinders, Tailor, The Narrow, Toya Delazy, Yellowcard[25]
2014 7-9 August [26] Odyssey aKING, Albert Frost & Dan Patlansky, Aloe Blacc, Ard Matthews, Birth of Joy (NL), Bittereinder, Boargazm, Bright Lights Big City, Cassper Nyovest, Cat Power, Editors, Gangs Of Ballet, Gert Vlok Nel, Grassy Spark, Holly & The Woods, Hugh Masekela & Ollie Viljoen, Man As Machine, Matthew Mole, Mr Cat and the Jackal, Newtown Knife Gang, Rival Sons (US), Sarah Blasko (AU), Schalk Joubert Band, Shortstraw, Spoek Mathambo, Springbok Nude Girls, Squeal, Tatran (IL), Taxi Violence, The Fake Leather Blues Band, The Fishwives, The Inspector Cluzo (FR), Urban Creep, Valiant Swart & Friends, Van Coke Kartel, Willy Mason (US), Wolfmother (AU), Wonderboom, Wrestlerish, Zebra & Giraffe
2015 7-9 August [27] The Fantastic Mr. Vos Vos Gogol Bordello, Johnny Clegg, Livingstone, Brand New, Twin Atlantic, The Parlotones, Francois Van Coke, Karen Zoid, aKING, Tweak, Felix Laband, ShortStraw
2016 5-7 August [28] The Unsea August Burns Red, Yelawolf, KONGOS, Prime Circle, Bittereinder, Boargazm, Jack Parow, Newtown Knife Gang, Scarlotte Will, Wonderboom, Valiant Swart, Willim Welsyn
2017 5-8 October Me now, the Mango Picker
2018 9-11 August Nomakanjani
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


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