Northam - OppiKoppi 21: THE FANTASTIC MR VOSVOS kicked it up a notch on
Saturday, with the line-up sprinkled by
a host of both international talent and well-known local acts.
A tour of the stages would have begun and ended at the Main
stage, as rising stars Al Bairre, festival veterans The Black Cat Bones, hip
hop star AKA, and the vibrant Desmond and the Tutus all played in front of good
to big crowds, ably assisted by clear skies until the sun set, which saw
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@albairre performing @oppikoppi #OK21 #MrVosVos
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PH Fat were the last act of the day on the Main stage, with the
buzz from their show last year being at the centre of much festival chatter
throughout the day. In an energetic and well received performance, the Cape
Town duo got fists, arms and bodies pumping the air as the crowd forgot about
the chilly temperatures to party hard.
The James Phillips stage had a mixture of bands, with
rockers Tweak exploding onto the stage in front of a big crowd before settling
in for the rest of their popular set. Israeli instrumental outfit Tatran, back
again after making their Oppi bow last year, showcased their quality with
another excellent show, with Dan Mayo especially a joy to watch on drums. The
Nomadic Orchestra followed their Israeli peers with a jivey, feel good set to
close out the stage in fine style.
At the Top Bar stage, arguably the best stage from day one,
the lovely setting among the trees and old buildings atop the hill once again proved
popular with fans looking for a slower pace to their day. Konrad Kuechenmeister
was the highlight, his easy going persona on stage dovetailing perfectly with
his loop artistry while the sun set in the distance, the crowd joyously
enthralled by the bubbly German.
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Tatran live @oppikoppi #OK21 #MrVosVos
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Kabaal Klankbaan was another who impressed, his one man folk
a fine fit for the post noon crowd and setting the tone for the rest of the
day. Matthew van der Want was deliberate and sombre at times, while Paul Hanmer
pierced the cool night air with the rhythms of jazz.
At the Skellum stage, Gerald Clark continued his fine form
from day one. In a total winning-of-hearts-and-minds performance, the excellent
Clark teamed up with Luna Paige to produce a passionate, clear eyed performance
that was a soothing blanket for both those in the crowd on their feet, and those
enjoying the shelter of the trees and rocky seats against the hillside.
British act Livingston, half the band of South African
origin, followed Clark and Paige. A fine crowd rocked out hard to a genuine and
fun performance from the predominantly German-based band, led by charismatic
singer Beukes Willemse.
The Bruilof stage, the scene of so much excitement on day
one, continued to be an interesting watering hole for music lovers.
One show that was not listed on the programme was Taxi
Violence's up-close-and-personal show at the Windhoek bar. The Cape Town rockers
played virtually on top of the crowd in a show that proved why they have
remained such a force to be reckoned with on the local rock scene for so long.
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Taxi Violence doing a special show at the Windhoek bar @oppikoppi #OK21 #MrVosVos
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The third and final day of OppiKoppi sees an excess of
talent, with international acts Brand New, Twin Atlantic and the highly
anticipated Gogol Bordello all taking to the stage.
Among local artists,
heavyweights Francois van Coke, Matthew Mole, Karen Zoid, Albert Frost, Toya
Delazy, and Shortstraw will all be doing turns on the festivals various stages
to name but a few of the many artists playing over the course of the day.
Durban's Black Math, Robin Auld in combination with Frost,
up-and-comers Lunatic Wolf, and Matthew Gold are also in action, while at the
Red Bull stage, Black Coffee and DJ Zinhle, Munnibrotherz and Jakobsnake are
expected to light-up the hidden side of the hill just before and after
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