Day 2: Oppikoppi takes it up a notch with diverse line-up

2015-08-09 11:45

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 temperatures drop.

@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.

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.

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 midnight.


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