OppiKoppi 17 – “Unknown Brother*” Festival

5, 6, 7 August 2011 (Remember to take the Monday off, Tuesday is there to recover from the Koppi)

OppiKoppi Farm, Northam, Limpopo Province

Ladies and gentlemen it is time to switch your pows on. In fact very on. Time has come to start the ritual cleansing and de-cleansing of the senses for the emotional and music overload which is colloquially known as the OppiKoppi festival.

Now in its 17th year, the festival (previously voted as one of the top 10 festivals in the world by the British media [Although, to be honest, that was in a non-royal-wedding year] has become a near religious experience for most of the tune zealots which migrate hundreds of kilometres to the three day celebration. Some of them actually come back from the koppie afterwards as well, which is always nice from an organisers’ perspective (Not like Mortimer who attended the 1999 event and ended hanging around for about a year and half).

Although wildly popular (OppiKoppi was one of the first ever South African festivals to actually sell out in previous years) there are many other adjectives which probably do not sit comfortably with the bushveld music and art celebration, here are few we think stand out:







Reserved (Except in the animal sense),


Leisurely (Even though it is actually a camping style multiple day breakaway for you and your friends.Or for you and your new friends.).

There are others but the English language, although great and good, is oft found clumsy and lacking piercing power when confronted with a disturbing cycle of dust, thorns, cold beers, warm days, loud music. Fear not though: where Will& Kate fears to tread, 15000 fans comfortably camp.


The line-up for the 2011 is being announced in batches and fans are encouraged to visit or “like” the Facebook group “OppiKoppi festival” for all information. As in the past it is a selection of South Africa’s finest and a few nice international faces.

At the time of going to press the following acts were confirmed already (The list should grow to around 80 artists, musicians, poets, artists, dj’s and well-dressed policemen):

  • Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse
  • Not My Dog
  • aKING
  • Bittereinder
  • Jax Panik
  • Die Antwoord
  • Zebra& Giraffe
  • Van Coke Kartel
  • Gazelle


•       Tickets available from Ticketbreak.co.za

•       First 1000 ticket buyers, may buy a ticket for last year’s price (R450), they will also receive a free OppiKoppi t-shirt –This batch of tickets, has SOLD OUT

•       The second batch of 1000 ticket buyers, may buy a ticket for R500 –This batch of tickets, has SOLD OUT

•       Thereafter, it is R550 per person

•       And R600 at the gate.


*Unknown Brother- The name comes from  The Black Keys song. The actual campaign was designed by Fanakalo in Stellenbosch.

OppiKoppi in numbers

(3 days x 24 hours x 80 bands x 15 000 friends x Organised Chaos) 5 stages = OppiKoppi

Hilltop Live would like to give a shout out to:

Jose Cuervo, MK, Huisgenoot Tempo, Standard Bank, Ticketbreak.co.za

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