OppiKoppi 18: your Sweet\Thing

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It is almost time for this year's Oppikoppi festival again. The theme for this year is Sweet\Thing. Some of the international bands that will be performing include The Eagles of Death Metal, Bullet for my Valentine and Enter Shikari. Steyn du Toit asked organisers, Hilltop Live, what else festivalgoers can expect.

It is almost time for this year's Oppikoppi festival again. What is the name and theme for this year?

The name and theme for OppiKoppi 18 is Sweet\Thing. The name was inspired by a Van Morrison song, covered with aplomb by The Waterboys: “Hey it’s me I am dynamite… and I don’t know why.”

Building on the artistic direction of the past few years the team then commissioned the fine-artist Gavin Rain, famous for his hand-painted but somehow tech-driven photos of people, to come up with an image to be used as source material. Finally the team from janaandkoos.com gave the material the graphic design treatment it required to get the annual festival theme ready to be unleashed on the masses.

Who are some of the biggest local bands you've confirmed so far?

The local acts confirmed so far, in no particular order are: Albert Frost & Livy Jean, Boargazm, Fridge Poetry, Newtown Knife Gang, Tribal Echo, Spoegwolf, Pestroy, The Sunday Punchers, Taleswapper, Pascal & Pearce, Nakhane Toure, The Anti Retro Vinyls, ShortStraw, SIBOT, Janie & the Beard, HAEZER, Shotgun Tori, Jeremy Loops, Make-Overs, Beast, Gert Vlok Nel, Jack Parow, aKING, The Black Cat Bones, Black Handed Kites, Catlike Thieves, Fokofpolisiekar, Lilly Million, Lonehill Estate, PHfat, Planet Joy, The Kiffness, Toya Delazy, Thieve, Bittereinder, Dance, you're on Fire, Shadowclub.

And international acts? I believe Bullet For My Valentine is playing?

That's correct – We have also announced Enter Shikari, The Eagles of Death Metal, Babylon Circus, Diplo, Baskerville and KONGOS, and a few more announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Bullet for my Valentine

Any other surprises we can look forward to for the festival in general?

New stages. Some stages are being broken down, new ones built, moved or expanded. We are hoping to feature more tunes, more genres, but still keep a nice comfortable feel.

A bigger camp site. The Koppi family is hard at work trying to expand the camping terrain (underbrush-clearing, new dirt-road creation, etc) and laying out more water reticulation (our single biggest headache). We are confident of increasing the capacity somewhat (probably 18 000 to 20 000).

Another extra bit we’ve brought in after comments from the OppiKoppi faithful is a more up-to-date campsite shop (odds and ends for campers looking for forgotten-at-home utensils/tricks to make yourself look or feel pretty). And possibly/probably a cold beer exchange mechanism for Windhoek cans so you don’t have to try or be tried by the cops in the roadblocks more than once.

Where/how can one buy tickets?

Tickets are sold from our Facebook page at R700, or R750 from www.ticketbreak.co.za. However, the sweetest deal is buying from the Standard Bank youth portal for R600. They supplement each ticket for the fans (nice hey?) and you do not have to be a Standard Bank client – they just want you to see how decent and upstanding they are. (www.standardbank.co.za/studentachiever).

Daily line-up and up-to-the-minute news updates are made on facebook.com/oppikoppifestival.

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