You read it and now it is time to prepare for the premier music festival in South Africa where the 3 days of chaos and dust separate the iron livers from the virgins. The Oppikoppi farm is allocated inside Northam in the bush where all hell will break lose.
This year’s theme is Unknown Brother and it will not let you down in any way. What you can expect is a lot of drinking, sex in uncomfortable places, sunburn, frostbite in your toes, dust everywhere, wandering drunk alone in the dark, delicious Shwarma’s, Francios van Coke, cold showers, thorns in every finger, friends trying to funnel every alcohol drink in your campsite, stumbling around for wood, penis shaped drawings on your car window, missing half of the music acts, losing your buddies every 5 minutes, Black Label, passing out next to your tent, tequila shot glasses around your neck, broken danger tape and in plain words, a rocking good time.
If these things are what you detest, Koppi is not for you because escaping it is inevitable and missing all the fun. I have seen the best of the festival has to offer and it has exceeded my expectations each year. It will be happening on the weekend of the 5th of August so there is still roughly about two months to prepare and get your shit ready. Remember that the Tuesday is in fact a public holiday so fill in your leave form for the Monday and throw it in your boss’s desk as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
What I can tell you to bring is just basically warm clothes (old stuff because it will become fire wood), a durable tent, lots of firewood, medical supplies, buy food at the stalls there (bringing your own food will result in you not eating it at all), so much alcohol it could kill a herd of wildebeest, friends that don’t bitch and moan, a good old pair of shoes(think All Star high tops), anything that can provide light (a cellphone will probably not work) and the attitude to have a good time.
So there you have it, all of these things equals a damn good time with good people and a awesome vibe.
I will personally be going a day before to get a good camp site and just to get away from the busy city life, so if you are going for the first time, just remember that what happens at Koppi, stays at Koppi!