Like many of you reading this article, I’m pretty damn excited out of your skull for the premium music festival event of the year, Oppikoppi The Fantastic Mr. Vos Vos (which is happening in less than 10 days).
Great news is that the organizers finalized the line-up and the performance times last week, so I can finally give you my recommendations for this years festival.
This is the full line-up for Friday, the 7th of August 2015:
Day 1’s line-up is choc-a-bloc full of awesome acts. If you’re planning to spend most of your day at the Skellum stage, check out Adventure Man, Savage Lucy, Cortina Whiplash and make a point NOT to miss New Academics.
The acts that I plan to check out on the Main Stage on this day are Scarlotte Will, LA Cobra, Japan and I, The December Streets, aKING, The Parlotones (don’t judge me I’m curious) and Facing the Gallows.
It looks like I’ll have to drag my over 30 year old legs to the James Phillips stage to watch The Ts and Cs, Bye Beneco and Stoker, make time to catch Manny Walters, The Curious Incident and The Slashdogs on the Bruilof stage and put in a solid effort to make the trip up the hill to catch Janie Bay, Trevor Rebello, Gerald Clark and Crimson House at the Top Bar.
This is the full line-up for Saturday, the 8th of August 2015:
Like the first day, Day 2 is also choc-a-bloc full of awesome acts. Acts worth checking out on the Skellum stage include Tuin (featuring Kobus De Kock Jr), Gerald Clark & Luna Paige, Livingston and Nonku Phiri.
Acts worth checking out on this day on the Main stage include The Motherland, Al Bairre, The Black Cat Bones, Desmond & The Tutu’s and P.H. Fat. The acts worth checking out this day on the James Phillips stage are State Society, The Circle View, Tweak and The Nomadic Orchestra.
You should also swing by the Bruilof stage to catch Southern Wild, Georgetown, Blazin Gooch, Bark, Sannie Fox and After Robot if you can and make an effort to walk (or get someone to carry you) up the hill for Marcia Moon, Kabaal Klankbaan, Naming James, Die See and Matthew van der Want.
This is the full line-up for Sunday, the 9th of August 2015:
Day 3 is of Oppikoppi 2015 going to be awesome. Not just because the international headliners are playing, but because there’s such an awesome variety of local acts that you simply can’t afford to miss out. Take note that Meth Breth and Crystal Park have swopped time slots for Day 3.
Acts I think you should check out on the Skellum stage on this day are Satanic Dagga Orgy (because they have a fucking awesome name), The Foolish Braves, Guy Collins and Albert Frost (featuring Toya Delazy and Lee Thomson).
Acts worth checking out on the Main Stage for Day 3 are Black Math (a band that Katja from the Grind is always raving about), Johnny Clegg, Short Straw, Brand New and Gogol Bordello.
The list of acts that you should check out on the James Philips stage includes Twin Atlantic, Karen Zoid, Matthew Mole and Francois Van Coke and don’t miss Meth Breth, Crystal Park and Hot Water on the Bruilof stage. The top bar also offers great entertainment on this day, so try to make the trip up that steep hill to catch Kings Down South, Runaway Train Cult, Anton Goosen, Josie Field & Laurie Levine and Robin Auld & Albert Frost.
Well, there you have it, my recommendations for Day 1, 2 and 3 of Oppikoppi 2015. Trying to see all these acts on these days might turn out to be one hell of a mission, but at least there will be plenty of bars to wet your whistles and plenty of food stalls to fill your tummies in between stages.
When you’re not watching the bands, make sure that you check out the the Oppikoppi 1000 Naked Run Dash (which has become an annual institution). This year there will be various categories: Au Naturel, Dress Up, Dress Down. The organizers are even working on a relay round, so make sure that you pack your running shoes. You have until the morning of the race to register your team. You can also check out the Vos Run (which will feature a tribe of dress up characters). Anything goes or has gone. Bring your cape and run (or fly if you can).
This year’s festival will also feature the Reasonably Grand Parade (which will be collecting all the characters, dust bowl prophets, players and dancers and everyone else who looks like they are having or have had a good time) on late Sunday afternoon. The parade starts in Mordor and finishes in front of the main stage. Look out for details at the festival.
Oppikoppi 2015 will also feature Northam se Uitgewasde Seunskoor (Vir Mans en Vrouens). It can best be described as a Brigadoon for rock ’n roll kids. In short: A choir of 30 semi professional singers will join Francois van Coke on the Main Stage.
Besides all this there will also be the first ever Oppikoppi campfire song initiative (yes, look out for provocateurs and choristers) and the annual couch competition (which needs no introduction if this is NOT your first Oppikoppi). Bring your decorated couch along and make sure they are well placed to be spotted by the judges. The best couches will be selected to see selected sets from the main stage.
If you’re not excited to experience Oppikoppi 2015 yet, there is something wrong with you. Tickets are available @ R750 on the Oppikoppi Facebook Page or via Plankton.Mobi. Buy yours now and make sure that you don’t miss out on all the fun in the dust this year!
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