The small town of Northam in Limpopo Province comes to life every August. Technically it’s spring if you calculate that you are halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and you don’t factor in seasonal lag, but you can be sure the coldness of the lingering winter will be around still.
No matter. You and your mates are gonna pitch a tent and gorge yourself on food, drinks and music for 3 unforgettable days. This is Woodstock in the bush, and you’re gonna love it.
Oppikoppi has been going for 20 years now, since the dawn of democracy in SA in 1994. In that time, it has grown from a dirty, dusty little wannabe event with a bunch of happy-go-lucky revellers into an international event with 7 stages, artists from all over the world, and yes, you guessed it… a bunch of happy-go-lucky revellers. The music spans all the popular stuff from rock to House to cool Afrikaans.
It takes place over the second weekend of August each year, and if the calendar is agreeable that may include the Women’s Day public holiday on the 9th of the month, so you’ll have a bit more time to play with. So for example in 2015, the plethora of music events and concerts takes place from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 August, and because the Sunday is a public holiday, so is the Monday the 10th (we love the government for giving us more time off!), which gives you an extra day to recover.
The theme for the 2014 event was Odyssey, with the poster that showed a night-time view full of stars – your normal star chart. Normally the skies near Northam are that bright and clear, but with the massive amount of light emitted from 7 stages, you can bet that most partygoers are not too focused on the sky!
The 2015 event signals the event’s coming of age with its 21st birthday. It’ll be rocking, no doubt.