The last few years have been tough for one of South Africa’s favourite festivals, Oppikoppi. With complaints of late payments and a financial crisis looming, the festival announced in December last year that they would be moving forward thanks to funding from a team of investors.
And today, it’s been announced that in its 23rd year running, Oppikoppi will be teaming up with Cape Town’s Rocking The Daisies Festival to bring the world’s best music acts to both festivals to South Africa in October of this year.
The big move has been made possible by Steyn Entertainment, who invested into Rocking The Daisies last year and is now expanding to keep afloat one of the longest running festivals in the country.
In a press release, they stated: “Steyn Entertainment is proud to announce that Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival will be collaborating with OppiKoppi for the 2017 event, ahead of the festival’s 12 year anniversary.
“This year, Oppikoppi will be taking place on the same weekend as #RTD2017 (5-8 October), with both festivals sharing their headlining acts.”
Oppikoppi also announced its theme for this year—“Me Now The Mango Picker”—inspired by a strangely beautiful tune by Carlo Mombelli, bass jazz maestro who many people claim is one of the world’s finest.
But, with In The City Festival running as the Johannesburg extension of Rocking The Daisies, it is unclear whether that inner-city festival will continue to run, due to this massive shift in South Africa’s festival scene.
Although we can celebrate this second wind for Oppikoppi, this also means tough decisions for festival goers who usually attend both festivals, and might force Cape Town and Johannesburg residents to stick to their locality.
Either way, it’s great news for the thousands of Oppi fans who have been worried that the festival might cease to exist, and is a big sigh of relief for all those invested in South African festival culture. October 5th - 8th will now be the biggest festival weekend in the country.