33 things you need for Oppikoppi: A stage manager’s perspective

I have been working hard and partying hard at Oppikoppi for years. It is now 29 days until we all hit the awesomeness that will be Oppikoppi 2013 Bewilderbeast. Are you excited? I surely am…

This year I will once again be stage managing one of the main stages & I have decided to share my list of things I use.

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I’m sharing this list with you in order to help you make your Oppikoppi experience better. So here goes:

1. Tent: Obviously if you are not staying in one of the nice tented hotels, you need a place to stay. The bigger the better. If you own a camper van or tricked out Land Cruiser, even better!

2. Warm sleeping bag: It gets ridiculously cold on the farm if you didn’t know.

3. Pillow: For obvious reasons

4. Mattress: Not always necessary, but great to have.

5. Warm jacket: As I said – you don’t want your nipples poking through your shirt all the time.

6. Old clothes: You don’t want to ruin every fancy shirt & pair of jeans you own.

7. Beanie: Your brain likes to be warm from other ways than just alcohol.

8. Gloves: Alcohol containers can be very cold.

9. Boots: Preferably ones with great ankle support as you will be standing a lot.

10. Flashlight / headlamp: It is hard to find a toilet or tent in the dark when you are wasted.

11. Hazard tape: This will be used to designate your ever shrinking personal space around your campsite.

12. Hammer and multi-tool / knife: To help set up camp. Leave it at the camp. Don’t take it into the festival terrain. Remember that security is swift at Oppikoppi.

13. Cellphone car charger: Obviously you want to keep in touch with your peeps.

14. Extra Cellphone Battery: If you have an iPhone buy a charge case.

15. Extra car battery: Only if you can. They do sometimes die in Northam.

16. Two Towels: Things get very dirty. You need extras.

17. Bodywash: You don’t have to smell like shit the entire time.

18. Portable shower: If you can. Showers are not always available and  there will be no hot water unless you are in a tented hotel.

19. Wet wipes: You won’t always have time to shower, so wipe yourself down.

20. Hand sanitizer: You don’t want to stick your dirty fingers into a nice ladies’ bits.

21. Suncreen: Days are hot. Nights are cold. You will burn to a crisp.

22. Sunglasses: Not only will they hide your shame but they will keep your retinas from burning into the back of your skull.

23. Bandanna / paint mask / buff: Something to keep the dust out of your airways. It won’t keep out everything, but it will make a difference to the amount you can drink & smoke.

24. Disposable braai /gas braai: It’s always good to have a nice vibe going at camp after the shows & to cook your breakfast.

25. Wood and ice: Buy in Northam or on the farm if you can.

26. Cooler box for food & beverages: You need sustenance – and lot’s of alcohol.

27. Cutlery & utensils:  Brings pans, knives & forks, etc. Contrary to popular belief you are NOT a total animal.

28. Extra Water: This is very important. You can never have enough.

29. Extra Cigarettes: They are a rare commodity at the farm.

30. Plastic Glasses: No glass is allowed in the festival terrain.

31. Money: Lots and lots of it.

32. Condoms / Contraception: Oppikoppi babies are only cool when they have grown up. The first 18 or so years will be rough.

33. A good attitude: No one likes a douche bag. Except his douche bag friends. Don’t be the prick that ruins Koppi for people.

There you go. This list has never failed me. I’m sure it will not fail you. Looking forward to seeing all you great Bewilderbeast Hooligans from the stage.

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Kobus Van Rooyen

Band Booking Agent, Tour Manager / Roadside Philosopher & Free Thinker.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Ed

    Thanks for that, now I can’t work with all the excitement building up in me for Oppi

  2. Sandy

    Really epic!! Gonna add some missing stuff to my check off list!

      1. Kobus van Rooyen

        Thanks Sandy!

        Check out Baas de Beer’s comment as well. He points out a few great items that I missed! Enjoy!

  3. Baas De Beer

    Schweet, first proper list for this year’s Oppikoppi is up… and it’s a good one.

    Few points that I might add (will still see if I’m gonna do a list this year, might just share yours):
    -Medication– Painkillers, asthma pumps, liver pills, plasters. For everything else there’s the medic tent.
    -Disposable chairs — In theory, they are just normal camping chairs, but they break. So take old ones.
    -Creativity – Marking your campsite has become more than a functional necessity. It’s an art experience.
    -Small bag – you might want to carry stuff with you, without actually carrying stuff. Yes, moonbags are hideous, but if you can’t get your hands on something cooler, take one.
    -Business cards – These might sound really out of place at Oppikoppi, but you’ll meet people that you might want to see again, and after day 2 very few people still carry their phones with them.

    I’m sure there might be more, but these are what popped up in my mind now.

    All in all, your list is extremely useful and everyone should use it as a checklist.

  4. Kobus van Rooyen

    Thank you Baas!

    Your contribution is much appreciated. Those items are indeed great additions to my list.


    1. Baas De Beer

      Shot Phoenix!

  5. BraaiBoy

    Cool List!

    The only thing I’d add is a squeegee bottle/sippy-cup type of something. I use one of those 1.5L jobs that you sometimes get with a coolerbox (and make sure it’s got a neck/shoulder strap as well), carrying a cup around on a walkabout can become tedious.

  6. Njarfie

    Hand sanitizer: You don’t want to stick your dirty fingers into a nice ladies’ bits.
    Oppikoppi babies are only cool when they have grown up. The first 18 or so years will be rough.

    1. naaIpod

      1v1 Ezreal, let’s go. n00b 😛

  7. werner pieters

    Dié lys is koeëlvas Kobus! Punt #33 is seker die belangrikste. Koppi het vir my oor die jare soos ‘n gelowige belewenis geword, en die interaksie met my mede pelgrims maak ‘n groot deel op van die geestelike beloning wat ek ontvang van die plaas. Ek bly in Boksburg maar die Koppi is huis!

    1. Kobus van Rooyen

      Thanks Werner! Ja inderdaad. Koppi is net so goed soos die mense wat jy dit mee deel. En ek kan jou belowe hierdie jaar gaan die geestelike belonings in oorvloed beskikbaar wees. Ons sien jou daar!

  8. Rob

    Na jou oop brief moes ek n idee kry van watter tipe mens is jy voor jy jouself so verneeder het en jy het my definitief nie teleurgestel nie. Jy is definitief n TROLL met geen selfrespek en nog minder respek vir enige ander mens om jou nie.

    Happy TROLLING

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