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Morning has broken
After late night (or rather early morning) missions to the bathrooms, ending up in holes in the road, and desperately trying to find the source of all the cold air streaming into our tents, the final morning at Oppikoppi broke with a slightly breezy bang. After foraging through the remainder of our snacks for something even slightly breakfast-like, it was time to head to the stages once more to watch more stellar live acts.
The interestingly named Satanic Dagga Orgy proved to be one of the highlights of the daytime line-up as they took to the stage in bright red speedos. Lunatic Wolf’s first ever live performance was impressive and they kept the crowd captivated with the various instruments used during their set.
Twin Atlantic drew a large crowd to the James Phillips stage as they performed hits such as “Oceans”, “Brothers and sisters” and “Heart and soul”. The crowd enjoyed their energy and stage presence, which made for a memorable performance.
SA music heavyweight Johnny Clegg lit up the main stage with special guest performances and made fans feel emotional and patriotic as he performed hits like “Impi”, “Great heart” and “Scatterlings of Africa”.
Karen Zoid took over as the sun set, enchanting the crowds with her iconic voice and performing a mix of new and old material. She performed various songs from her new album, Drown Out the Noise, including the track “You can show it” However, the highlight of Zoid’s set was undoubtedly when she belted out her hit song “Afrikaners is plesierig”.
The rude awakening
It is widely known that Oppi is a tough festival that requires attendees to have a thick skin. Too bad you’re more than likely to wake up on day two with a second skin … of dust.
Wet-wipe baths were had and hangovers were nursed, and so the prawns made their way to the dustbowl to enjoy another day of music and debauchery.
SA punk royalty Tweak got back together and kicked off their 10-year anniversary tour. They played old favourites such as “Birthday card” to a nostalgic crowd, as well as covers of Green Day’s “Basket case” and Blink 182’s “All the small things”. The band further pleased the crowd by playing their new single “The A-team” and sent the audience into a mosh pit frenzy.
Konrad Kuechenmeister, from Berlin, entertained with by looping exceptional beatboxing. He also introduced a rapper friend from the US whose freestyling kept the crowd on their feet. He even worked the crowd’s singing into his track, which made for an innovative performance.
Nonku Phiri captivated the crowd with her original music, and her contemporary stage dancers made for a unique set. AKA delivered an explosive performance that more than measured up to international standards. He charmed the crowd with his stage presence and left them chanting for more.
With Oppikoppi drawing ever nearer, everyone’s starting to ask themselves the same questions: what am I going to do to not die of starvation, and more importantly, how am I going to get drunk at the lowest possible cost? Luckily, there’s plenty of veteran advice over here at Perdeby that we’re happy to share.
Firstly, while it’s quite a hassle to bring your own food in and cook it, it is significantly cheaper than buying food at the stalls. Of course, that holds true for the first day, but after that the problem of your food going off becomes quite a serious one, especially for meat like chicken or pork. There’s also the problem of cooking the food, and since most people aren’t scouts, making a fire has become quite a rare skill and gas stoves take up already limited space in your car. Therefore, a nice braai on the first night is definitely within the realms of possibility, but after that you should probably bite the bullet and buy some of the excellent food on offer at the stalls. Those with special dietary needs don’t have to worry, as the stalls have a wide variety of speciality foods for sale. Vegetarians might find foraging for food at Oppi slightly difficult, however, as the dustbowl is a meat-lover’s paradise. Despite this, there are stalls that will cater to your dietary needs, at a price.
Drinks, on the other hand, are a completely different story. Non-alcoholic drinks are about as rare as a clean person at the festival, and if you manage to find any, be prepared to pay a hefty sum. Alcoholic drinks are far more common, but are still overpriced. Ideally, the cheapest option is to bring your own drinks, whether you’re a teetotaller or not. Besides, the free hoodie you receive if you bring a case of Windhoek Lager to the festival is a bonus.
Finding route 511
During Perdeby’s roadtrip to Oppikoppi, our Editor and Entertainment editor (followed very sceptically by a cautious friend and member of our visuals team) set off to take on Mordor’s dusty plains in true student style – by getting hilariously lost.
After driving an agonising 40 km on the dirtiest dirt road known to man, and spotting some giraffes along the way, we finally found our way to Northam and got ourselves ready to be immersed in the Koppi madness. It was a night filled with head-banging, desperate searches for car keys and onesie-spotting. Our Copy editor even returned to camp in a shirt that definitely wasn’t his (or even a men’s shirt).
Carel is a star…el
The first performance Perdeby attended was truly a special one. Our Editor-in-chief, Carel Willemse, and his band, L.A. Cobra, took to the main stage on Friday afternoon. They were met by a number of hysterical fans (read: the Perdeby team) who scaled the stage railings and threw homemade t-shirts onto the stage, all in honour of our very own rock stars.