This morning Steyn Entertainment announced that Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival will be collaborating with Oppikoppi for the 2017 event, ahead of the festival’s 12 year anniversary. This year, Oppikoppi festival will be taking place on the same weekend as Rocking The Daisies (5-8 October 2017), with both festivals sharing their headlining acts.
The first Oppikoppi event took place in May 1994 and the festival has since cemented itself as the legendary go-to rock event to kick off the summer season. 2017 will be the Oppikoppi’s 23rd instalment, featuring 7 stages, roughly 160 sets of music and entertainment, 20000 rabid fans and a few roving pieces of craziness.
It’s the first time in the history of SA where two promoters will work together on this scale, to create explosive experiences, regardless of which event fans choose to attend. The combined attendance at both festivals is expected to reach as much as 45000, as fans decend on Darling (in the Western Cape) and Northam (in Limpopo) for two of SA’s biggest music and lifestyle festivals.
The theme for Oppikoppi 23 will be “Me Now, The Mango Picker”. The theme is inspired by a strangely beautiful tune by bass jazz maestro Carlo Mombelli (who many people claim are one of the world’s finest and yes – some folks have been saying for years).
The South African economy is a questionable state at the moment and from a financial point of view, this makes perfect sense for both parties involved in this. Hilltop Live doesn’t need to organize One Night in Cape Town to give Western Cape music fans a chance to see the Oppikoppi headliners live and Steyn Entertainment doesn’t need to organize In The City to bring the Rocking the Daisies internationals to Gauteng.
This year will be my 19th Oppikoppi festival and yes, it’s sad that it’s NOT happening in August, but on the flip side the farm should be a lot greener in October (so that means less dust that gets into EVERYTHING). There is a bigger chance that it could rain that time of year though, so packing your gumboots and rain jacket for this year’s festival won’t be a bad idea. Maybe the catch phrase will change to “In Mud We Trust” after this year?
To be honest, the only thing that I’m worried about is that we might not see a very loud international act (like August Burns Red or Bullet For My Valentine) at Oppikoppi because Rocking The Daisies has a bit more of an Indie vibe going for it. Only time will tell WHO will be headlining both these festivals in October, so let’s wait and see what happens. Maybe the organizers will surprise us with an amazing line-up, who knows? Some Queens of The Stone Age or The Black Keys would be nice though #JustSaying (Yes, a boy CAN dream).
If you’re thinking of going to Rocking The Daisies? Get your tickets HERE. They cost R950.
Thinking of going to Oppikoppi 23 Me Now, The Mango Picker? Get your tickets HERE. They cost R775.
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