Oppikoppi 2017 is happening this coming weekend on the farm near Northam in Limpopo. It’s the 23rd time that this festival will be held and this year’s edition is named “Me Now. The Mango Picker” (inspired by a Carlo Mombeli song).
I will be making the journey to the Oppikoppi farm for the 19th time this year and I’m really excited about the line-up. It’s very hard to decide which acts I want to see this year because there are so many good ones to choose from. So to make things easier for you, I’m featuring 13 Acts that you should not miss at Oppikoppi 2017.
Van Pletzen: In case you did not know, this is Peach Van Pletzen (Bittereinder and Yesterday’s Pupil and Matthieu Auriacombe’s new Afrikaans musical project. To date they have released two singles and they will be making their live debut at Oppikoppi 2017. I’m curious to see what these two okes will get up to on stage.
Hellcats: You should not miss what promises to be one of the highlights of Oppikoppi 2017. Hellcats have been around since 2015 and I have to admit that they’ve never disappointed me with a live show. They are one of the pioneers of the SA Garage Rock scene, they’ve played at almost every festival in the country and they have gained fame for their energetic, rocking and fun live shows (even though the Warwick Rautenbach likes taking excited poos before every live show – true story).
The Black Cat Bones: This Pretoria Blues Rock band never disappoints and they always have something wickedly awesome up their sleeve. Great news is that they’re working a new album, so maybe we’ll hear one of two of their new songs at their set Oppikoppi 2017 and that’s definitely something to look forward to.
The Tazers: This Johannesburg based Psychedelic Garage Rock band are one of the coolest acts that Johannesburg have ever produced. If you’re a rock fan and you haven’t seen them live yet, you should. Guido and Jethro play some kick-ass riffs and Tim Edwards is one hell of a drummer.
Cadillac Sun: This rock band is proof that rock ‘n roll is alive and well in the North West. This Potchefstroom based band have been making waves in the SA rock scene over the last few years and recently released a brand new single. I can’t wait to hear them play it at Oppikoppi 2017.
Mouse: I saw this fairly unknown 2 piece loud rock band live for the first time at Mieliepop this year and they completely blew me away. They are proof that loud rock is alive and well in Durban, it’s just a pity that there’s a shortage of venues in their home town.
Riaan Nieuwenhuis: About a year ago I cranked up this guitar maestro’s album for the first time and I’ve been addicted since day one. He’s based in Cape Town so he doesn’t play many shows in Gauteng and I’m thrilled to watch him work his magic at Oppikoppi 2017.
Francois Van Coke: This SA Rock legend never disappoints with a live show and with 2 solo albums under his belt, it doesn’t look like Frannie is slowing down anytime soon. I’m looking forward to singing along to every song he sings during his set at Oppikoppi this year.
Ruff Majik: This Pretoria based genre defying band, with influences from Stoner Rock, Garage, Doom, Punk and Blues are another band that blew me away at Mieliepop 2017. If you’re a rock fan, you should be excited to watch them live at the festival this year. They will be making love to your eardrums, mark my words.
Flume: I have to be honest that I’m not extremely excited when it comes to the Internationals at Oppikoppi 2017, but this is one electronic act I want to experience live. Flume hails from Sydney, Australia and his 2016 release, Skin won the Grammy for Best Dance / Electronic album earlier this year.
Carlo Mombeli: This South African born jazz bass guitarist , composer , band leader and music pedagogue. first studied classical piano before moving to bass at the age of 16 (which he told himself how to play). He has been a professional musician since the 1980s with the South African musicians Johnny Fourie and Duke Makasi. In 1987 he left South Africa and settled in Germany where he’s worked with tons of musicians. He was also part of a Brazilian fusion band and has also had an eventful solo career. I don’t know about you guys, but I want to hear what the fuss is about.
Albert Frost: This South African Rock / Blues veteran has played at every single Oppikoppi festival (including Easter festivals and New Year’s Festival) and is definitely one act that you should not miss this year. He never disappoints and always delivers a professionally executed and electrifying performance.
Desmond & The Tutus: These boytjies need no introduction and always get the party started and get up to some crazy antics on stage. I’m looking forward to singing along to their catchy tunes and getting motivated to get a tattoo. (Sorry dad, I know that you won’t approve of that).
Mafikizolo: This duo consisting of Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza have been around since 1997 and are three-time winners of the South African Music Award for Group or Duo of the Year and I really want to see what the fuss is about. They are the tribute artist at this year’s festival – they are celebrating 20 years in the music industry.
Well, there you have it, 13 acts that you should NOT miss at Oppikoppi 2017. If you don’t have your tickets yet, get yours HERE.