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Twin Atlantic set to bring their heart and soul to Oppi

ELMARIE KRUGER

Scottish four-piece rock band Twin Atlantic will be hitting South African shores soon to perform at both Oppikoppi and One Night in Cape Town. Perdeby spoke to bassist, pianist and backing vocalist Ross McNae about their hopes for their visit to SA.

Your performance at Oppikoppi will be your first visit to South Africa. What are your expectations for the performance?
I don’t think we have any expectations, if I’m being totally honest. We just love playing music and hopefully there’s a good vibe between ourselves and the crowd and we can work off that and have a really memorable experience.

You will also be performing a show in Cape Town in August. What can fans expect from your two performances in South Africa?
We always put everything into our shows and we’re going to play a mixture of new music and older music, as we realise we’ve never been to your country and there have been people that have been fans and have been asking us to come for years.

You have recently released a new single titled “Fall into the party”. How do you hope listeners will receive it?
I’m not sure [if] we’re thinking about it too much. It’s a song that means quite a bit to us as it was one of the first songs written for our last record and one that we’ve been playing live the most while touring this album. I think it was just important to finish the record with a party song, as that’s what the whole experience of the last 24 months has felt like to us.

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Acts to look out for at Oppikoppi 2015

KOJO ESSAH

On Wednesday 22 July, the organisers of Oppikoppi released the full line-up of artists set to perform at the event which runs from 7-9 August 2015. Perdeby has highlighted a few artists to keep an eye out for at the festival.

Johnny Clegg is a world-renowned South African musician who is best known for his infectious blend of western pop music and African rhythms, which have transcended racial barriers in South Africa. He has sold over five million albums over three decades thanks to his views on apartheid and workers in South Africa. The tribute to this musical legend is a must-see act at this year’s festival.

Tweak, a defiant pop punk band which was prominent in the ‘90s and early 2000s, are reuniting for Oppikoppi and, in anticipation of the event, they recently released their first song in ten years, “The A team”. The band was formed in 1998 and the reunion sees Garth Bames, Brendan Barnes and Chris Brink reunite. The news of this reunion has sparked significant interest in the band, making them an anticipated act at Oppi.

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Barbe Bleue: a story of madness

WILLIAM ALDRIDGE AND ELMARIE KRUGER

 

After a notably successful year at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Barbe Bleue: a story of madness returned to the University of Pretoria for the opening evening of Krêkvars- Kopanong, the UP drama department’s annual student arts festival.

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Oppikoppi: pull in, set up, get down

ELMARIE KRUGER

Those who have seen many an Oppikoppi know that one’s first time at the festival can be an exciting, yet daunting experience. If you’ll be facing the dusty plains of Mordor for the first time this year, fret not, as the Oppi veterans at Perdeby know all the tricks to surviving everybody’s favourite festival.

Before even thinking about all the fun you’re going to have at Oppi, you need to ask yourself two very important questions. Firstly: do I have a tent? Secondly: if yes, do I know how to set up my tent? If you answered “no” to either of these questions, you need to make a plan. Upon your arrival at the Oppi farm, you’ll be eager to join the festivities and you don’t want to waste precious party-time figuring out how to set up your tent.

Those in the know will tell you that the weather in Northam is much like the desert: stuffy and hot during the day, but freezing at night. If you want to avoid missing your favourite band’s set because you were too busy shivering somewhere between the food stands and the James Phillips stage, a warm sleeping bag and a proper jacket will serve you well.

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Lunch break brilliance

KYLE OBERHOLZER

Every Thursday at 12:30 a large group of chattering students, lecturers, parents and grandparents gather outside the Musaion for the weekly performances known as the Leo Haese Lunch Hour Concerts.

If you are a fan of live performances of any kind, these Lunch Hour Concerts are well worth attending. They serve primarily as a platform for members of the UP creative departments to showcase their work to the student body, but a multitude of local and international acts are also called upon from time to time to perform.

The crowd is a diverse mix of students, alumni and parents and this often results in powerful standing ovations combining cheering students and politely clapping older attendees. It is refreshing to witness such a diverse crowd bound together by the power of performance art, and it stands as a testament to the quality and variety of the acts that take place at the Lunch Hour Concerts.

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