Oppikoppi warns against fake tickets

2012-07-19 11:32
Jean-Marie Korff
Cape Town – Oppikoppi organisers warned music fans on Thursday not to buy festival tickets from unofficial sources after a buyer used a fake credit card to buy tickets for this year's festival.

Oppikoppi posted the following on their Facebook page: "There was a fake credit card and pseudonym of Anton Goosen (can you believe it) used to buy some tix for this year (2012.). These tickets were voided."

Oppikoppi spokesperon Carel Hoffmann told Channel24 that back-end security measures, which are in place, flagged the transaction for 10 to 15 Oppikoppi tickets as "suspicious" and that people shouldn't be alarmed as "this happens every year".

"We scan every ticket ourselves and we just want people to be aware of this as we don't want them to be caught with fake tickets," he added.

He also asked that people should contact Oppikoppi if they purchased a fake ticket as police are assisting in the matter.

Hoffmann stressed that tickets can only be bought via the Standard Bank student achiever portal, the OppiKoppi Facebook page or Ticketbreak.

For ticketing issues and queries music fans can e-mail Ticketbreak or phone 012 3260 560.

Festival Card

Oppikoppi has also implemented the Festival Card for the second time this year. The card functions as a debit card and to buy anything at Oppikoppi you have to load money on to the card with a once-off fee of R10 per festival banking card issued.

Some of last year's festivalgoers aired their complaints about the card system on Oppikoppi's Facebook page, saying it was a "disaster". According to Hoffman, there were a few issues, but "95% was fine".

Oppikoppi "learned a few lessons" from the experience as 2011 was the first year this type of technology was implemented. It was also "the biggest technology system implemented in the world" of its kind.

"In the end, working with money is a messy business. We went through growing pains, we are closer to where we want to be and we're taking steps in the right direction," Hoffmann added.

Oppikoppi 18, themed Sweet Thing, takes place in Northam, Limpopo from 9 - 11 August.

International acts confirmed for this year's festival include Black Handed Kites, Eagles of Death Metal and Bullet For My Valentine.

South African acts that have been confirmed include Lonehill Estate, The Graeme Watkins Project, Flash Republic, Dance You're on Fire, Shadowclub, Planet Joy, Valiant Swart and P.H.fat.

Tickets for the festival cost R700 from the Oppikoppi Facebook page, R750 at Ticketbreak.co.za and R600 when purchased through the Standard Bank youth portal.


  • mrpoele - 2012-07-19 13:17

    "the biggest technology system implemented in the world", maybe Hoffman took a couple of Hoffmans

      veda.nieuwoudt - 2012-07-19 13:25

      Read again - 'of it's kind'. There are no other festivals in the world that make use of a system like this and it was developed for Oppikoppi. Understand?

      mrpoele - 2012-07-19 13:56

      Isle of Wight Festival, Quebec Music Festival, Ohio Music Festival, Digital Dreams Music Festival and Coachella are all bigger than Oppikoppi and they use RFID for access control, cashless payments and social media integration. A bit more advanced than the Oppikoppi Festival card, I reckon.

      veda.nieuwoudt - 2012-07-19 14:23

      But is the fact that it is a first here and a completely new and different system to the rest not impressive in itself? I thought so. Sorry, just don't understand why people are so critical when local people do great things.

      mrpoele - 2012-07-19 15:07

      It is really great that they are starting to do this here, we must start somewhere. Big sporting events like the Olympics and football games have been using Magnetic Strip Cards for cashless payments and access control since 1990. They recently started using RFID’s (at music festivals too), because a magnetic strip card can be cloned in seconds. So Oppikoppi is implementing old technology, with some serious security concerns, on a smaller scale that it has been implemented over the last decade and calling it "The biggest technology system in the world, of its kind".

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-07-20 18:01

    AND they still made a hash of it too ...

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