The adventurer in me and (sometimes) FOMO always has me trying out all sorts of things at least once, especially a music experience.
More than 20 years of great live act performances, dust, my personal appreciation of a variety of music and my curiosity, found me at the gates of Northam for what was my first experience of the legendary Oppikoppi music festival.
Oppikoppi has been a long-standing event on the South African festivals calendar since 1994. As a fan of festivals, I decided to give Oppikoppi a try last year. For a long time Oppikoppi was known as being a white jol, which is understandable since it started out as a rock festival – and we all know that for a very long time, rock music was not popular amongst us black folk, or at least here eMzansi.
I am always game for a good time and kick-ass party, so I let the adventurer in me take the leap of faith and ventured into the dusty unknown that is the Oppikoppi festival. Truth be told, I did have my reservations about what kind of people would there, if I would have fun and if I would get my money’s worth from the experience. I am not particular about the kind of people I party with because at the end of the day, it’s all about the vibe, music and having an amazing time with your squad and other good time (party) lovers out there. However post high-school, I have more often than not subconsciously found myself partying in spaces that have a black/mixed majority. But over the years, Oppi has made some strides in diversifying its line ups to accommodate us non rocker fans and attracting more abantu (Black folk).
Honestly, I was excited about the trip. I am not one to just go bundu bashing for fun, unless ngiy’ emakhaya (going to the rural’s) in Zimbabwe or KZN to visit my grandparents or a family reunion. Luckily we stayed at a “luxury” tented hotel, Klein Windhoek, which made our stay a little more comfortable. I had no great expectations but to have a once in a life-time experience and a really good time. And wow, what a party it was! I had the best time with my partner jiving until my body ached all weekend, and would do it again in the future. The vibe is indescribable. I had a lot of fun without going too hard.
Oppikoppi wa one for the books. It really surprised me that I would have that much of a good time. One of the highlights of the whole weekend, was seeing my womxn crush, local South African act Nonku Phiri. She was even more amazing live than hearing her through my car speakers every peak hour traffic drive. I definitely found home at the Red Bull Music Studio Live stage and made new acquaintances.
Oppikoppi 2016 rocked! And the good people at Cadbury 5 Star want you to have a similar experience and you can customize it yourself for you and your squad! See below ?
This once in a lifetime experience valued at R250 000 includes, flights, accommodation, airport transfers, VISA allowance and spending money!! What’s more … as the winner you decide how you want to fly, which global concert or festival you want to attend, whether you prefer 3 star or 5 star gigs and who, of up to 4 friends, you want to take a long on the trip.
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