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The most anticipated music event of the year (for those who live in the northern regions of South Africa at least) is Oppikoppi, a big bash music festival that takes place in the small mining town of Northam in Limpopo Province.
Oppikoppi, an Afrikaans portmanteau meaning ‘on the hill’, runs for 3 days in August on the top of a hill and receives crowds of around 20000. The camping site is at its base and the main acts appear at the top stage, and with the vast amount of festive human traffic strolling between the two locations, the place quickly becomes a dustbowl. But no-one cares, they are there to enjoy the music, party with friends and make new ones while the alcohol flows. Even the police patrolling the perimeter get into the groove and adopt a relaxed attitude to the craziness.
Seven stages pumping out music gives festivalgoers the chance to see some of the country’s finest musicians including a few legends. International acts are invited too, and the mix of genres and styles are first-rate.
At the campsite, showers are available, however the queues are long and it’s suggested that extra water, wet wipes and deodorant be taken along for the 3 days. Suntan lotion is a must. For those who would prefer more civilised accommodation (but will probably miss the buzzing atmosphere and wild happenings at the campsite which is all part of the fun), the organisers offer 3 tented hotels, all rated on luxury and price. Hot showers, blow-up mattresses and clean toilets are available and the tents are patrolled 24 hours to ensure your valuables are kept safe. Check out the Oppikoppi website for details.
Note that stage diving is a hazardous undertaking and the nearest hospital is far away, don’t let your friends talk you into climbing onto the stage!