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Oppikoppi 2014 – OH THEM FRENCH!

Oppikoppi 2014 saw more than 100 artist come from all around the world to perform on the dusty drunken stages of Northam’s pride and joy. Despite all the big names at the 2014 festival none was more impressive than the French band THE INSPECTOR CLUZO. With their lively performance; oh-so-French-we-don’t-care-if-you-like-it attitude; and all out two piece (guitar and drum) rock’n’roll set they managed to impress all that were there to witness it.

The Inspector Cluzo performed at RAMFEST a few years ago and impressed so much that they got invited back to sunny South-Africa, but this time to perform at the biggest festival of them all Oppikoppi! Have a look.

Oppikoppi 2015 already boasts an insane line-up with big names internationally and locally, but it might just again be one of these lesser known bands that captures everyone’s imagination.

Oppikoppi 2014 – The Odyssey – Ard Matthews

Each year thousand of pepole make their way to Northam to attend the annual Oppikoppi festival. Each person attracted to Oppikoppi for their own reasons. Having been to a few Koppi’s myself, I have managed to break this down into three broad categories:

Favourite band
Favourite Band
Many people go to Oppikoppi because their favourite band is playing that year. They chill in their tents for most of the festival and only peak out when it is their favourite band playing. They watch the 40min set, and quickly crawl back to their tents. Then they go home and tell everyone that Oppikoppi is not such a great festival, but that the best band by far at this year’s festival has to be *INSERT FAVOURITE BAND NAME HERE*.

P*A*R*T*Y
PARTY
Many would argue that most people at each year’s Oppikoppi festival only have one thing in mind: To go on a huge bender. It is a three-day party where everything that is not illegal will most probably take place and where you can have the time of your life with your best friends or strangers, whilst some people make music on a stage somewhere far away from your tent. They’ve never seen any of the stages and never even heard of the Kleinbar at the top of the Koppi. For them Oppikoppi happens in and around their tents.

Music Lover
MUSIC LOVER
Can you imagine something as strange as this: People going to a music festival to listen to music? Outrages! Yes. Some people actually do go to Oppikoppi to see and listen to as many artists as they possibly can. Seeing old favourites. Discovering new joys. These people usually walk around with the line-up printed out and rolled up in their pocket, a highlighter in their backpack and a plan for each of the three days structured around the Oppikoppi line-up.

At Kilroy Was Here! Productions we try and cover all of these bases. In the build to Oppikoppi 2015 we will bring you clips from Koppi 14 – The Odyssey. Performanes from your favourite bands, bands that you’ve never heard of, bands that you’ve loved since you can remember, and bands that just brought a balls-to-the-wall *P*A*R*T*Y*.

We are going to start you off with one of the best male vocalists to have ever made waves in the South-African alternative scene. As frontman of Just Jinger (later Just Jinjer) Ard Matthews has been all around the world performing for crowds as big as sold out stadiums, to as small as the 100pax back2basix in Melville. A true legend of the South-African rock scene and a legend in the music industry.

Most surprisingly this was the first Oppikoppi that he has ever performed at and because of this, despite doing a solo set and performing songs from his debut solo album First Offerings, Ard Matthews decided to bring us some classics. Please enjoy these Just Jinger and Rodriguez hits performed as only the wonderful Ard Matthews can.



Ard Matthews – Shallow Waters



Ard Matthews – Crucify Your Mind



Ard Matthews – Sugarman



Please visit us again in a weeks time when we bring you some more of Koppi 2014 as we build up to Oppikoppi 2015.

Die Wasgoedlyn – Voorskou

Riku Lätti is al vir `n paar jaar besig met Die Wasgoedlyn. `n Projek wat hy begin het omdat hy glo die mooiste en beste musiek word gemaak wanneer die kunstenaar op sy gemak is, sommer om `n braaivleisvuur, onder sy eie wasgoedlyn. Hy het begin om sy laptop saam te vat na enige en elke partytjie waarby hy en sy goeie vriende was. Bacchus Nel, Piet Botha, Ryno Velvet, Gert Vlok Nel, Willim Welsyn, ens. Daar het hy gewag totdat dit wat natuurlikste vir hulle kom gebeur: Die oomblik waar hulle saam musiek begin maak en JAM.

Dit was nie lank nie en ons en Riku se paaie het gekruis vir die soveelste keer. Kort voor lank het ek en Riku gepraat oor die moontlikheid van Die Wasgoedlyn TV program. Wat as ons saam gaan na die partytjies toe en dit wat daar gebeur verfilm? Dit was nie lank nie en ons was sak en pak op pad na Kaapstad om die pilot vir die Wasgoedlyn TV program te verfilm. Ons aanvaklike idee was om twee of drie kunstenaars te betrek; hulle vas te vang op hulle wasgoedlyn; en daaruit `n goeie pilot te edit. Maar voor ons, ons oë uit kon vee was ons reeds by die soveelste kunstenaar, agter in hulle erf onder die soveelste wasgoedlyn. Dit was so duidelik soos daglig: Een pilot episode was beslis nie genoeg nie. Na twee weke se rond rits en Riku se vermoë om die een kunstenaar na die ander gereel te kry het ons omtrent ‘n helfte van die eerste seisoen reeds op die lyn gehad.

Toe het ons besef dat daar nou net een rigting is en dit is vorentoe. Riku sou Johannesburg toe moet kom en die res van die reeks sou opgeneem moet word. ‘n Paar maande later was Riku en Jackie in die Goudstad en net soos in die Kaap het Riku hier ook dieselfde toertjie uitgeruk. Binne drie weke het ons sommer nog ‘n hele bondel kunstenaars op Die Wasgoedlyn gekry, en ons het gesit met Seisoen Een van Die Wasgoedlyn.

So hang almal van hulle nou mooi in die son vir die wêreld om te aanskou,
so sit terug en geniet hierdie lekker voorskou.

Veldkinders – Joubert Tweeling Dokumentêr

In Augustus het ons afgeskop met ons televisie dokumentêr reeks wat gaan oor die Joubert familie en hulle plaas Tweeling naby Bothaville in die Vrystaat.  Hierdie projek is ‘n nuwe een vir ons omdat dit oor so ‘n lang tydperk strek, maar wat al die afgelope twee maande gebeur het maak ons baie opgewonde.  Die area in die Vrystaat is beeldskoon in sy droogte in die winter en binnekort behoort hy te floreer van die somer reënval.  Ons sien uit om dit met die wêreld te deel.

Vrystaat Sonsondergang

Ek't die hondjie uit die visdam gered en nou volg hy my oral

Ek’t die hondjie uit die visdam gered en nou volg hy my oral

Die mak meerkat, Loverboy, kom inspekteer Perdeblom, ons Phantom 2 drone

Die mak meerkat, Loverboy, kom inspekteer Perdeblom, ons Phantom 2 drone

Skaapkraal

Oppikoppi 20 – The Odyssey

(C) ILZE BREYTENBACH

Ⓒ ILZE BREYTENBACH

Even though it seems as if no-one in South-Africa can agree on which part of our country’s infamous history we would like to remember, the history books will forever have two very important events written under the date: 1994. Events that both changed South-Africa for the good. Events that would always be honored and celebrated. Even now: 20 years later.

The first of these events being our first free-and-fair democratic election and the inauguration of the most respected South-African to have ever graced us with his presence: Mr. Nelson Mandela. The second of these two events is none other than the first promenade to the Oppikoppi farm just outside Northam-Rock-City. A festival that would forever be celebrated as a milestone event in the history books of the South-African music landscape. A platform for musicians and fans alike to get together, create music, drink lots of beer, and party – with no regard for any boundaries set by language, race, cultural or class differences. All of these people gathered in the dusty thornfilled fields of the Oppikoppi farm with just one thing in common: Having a good time and supporting good music.

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Carel Hoffman (the man behind Oppikoppi) at the first Koppi held in 1994

Now 20 years later the festival is stronger than ever. The number of festival-goers have grown from a small few to nearly twenty-thousand in 2014; the number of musicians standing at 120 different artists; and of course the consumption of beer following a similar growth-curve to the rest.

The music you ask? It is better than ever. With many international artist and local legends like Springbok Nude Girls, Van Coke Kartel, Valiant Swart, Albert Frost, Gary Herselman (Piet Pers), Ard Matthews (Just Jinger), Gert Vlok Nel, Hugh Masekela & the trekklavier-master Ollie Viljoen* along with with many other new and innovative acts on the bill, Oppikoppi 20 is still living up to the great reputation they have built up over so many years. Great music. Lekker party.

ILZE BREYTENBACH Ⓒ

Ⓒ ILZE BREYTENBACH

Kilroy Was Here! Productions did some filming at Oppikoppi: The Odyssey which we will release next year when we begin our build up to Oppikoppi 2015!!!

*Ollie Viljoen fell sick just before Koppi and could not make it to the festival. He passed away a few weeks later.

Dit Was Goed.

Laas week het ons ‘n draai gemaak in die Kaap om ‘n pilot te skiet vir ‘n Die Wasgoedlyn.  Riku en Jackie Lätti het ons orals geneem om ‘n hele spul talentvolle musiekante af te neem. Dit was baie eintlik baie werk, maar ons onthou net hoe lekker die musiek en die omgewing was.

Gideon verkondig sy idees vanaf 'n hout kassie aan Riku

Gideon verkondig sy idees vanaf ‘n hout kassie aan Riku

Churchill Naude maak sy lippe los voor hy begin met sy rymklets

Churchill Naude maak sy lippe los voor hy begin met sy rymklets

Die Hangklip Hotel en die die berg se toupe

Die Hangklip Hotel en die die berg se toupe

Die Kilroy span saam met Fraser in die Hangklip

Die Kilroy span saam met Fraser in die Hangklip

Sonopkoms by die Hangklip Huis

Sonopkoms by die Hangklip Huis

Gideon die hekwag

Gideon die hekwag

Charl wys jou hy het twee duime en 'n Kilroy foon

Charl wys jou hy het twee duime en ‘n Kilroy foon

Ryno Velvet weet darm hoe om die Wasgoedlyn Crew te onthaal

Ryno Velvet weet darm hoe om die Wasgoedlyn Crew te onthaal

Sprokie van ‘n Stadskind

Dis baie maklik om te sê jy het nie hoogtevrees nie, totdat jy op die dak staan van ‘n 18-verdieping gebou.  Ons het gister bo-op ‘n klompie geboue in Johannesburg CBD toegang gekry om ‘n paar videos op te neem vir Hoërskool Oosterlig se gospel revue, Sprokie van ‘n Stadskind.

Natuurlik het ons ook ‘n paar lekker fotos gekry so hoog in die lug.

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Fokofpolisiekar: The Bewilderbeast Of Oppikoppi 2013

Every time you read or listen to people share their thoughts about Fokofpolisiekar, you realise very quickly just how passionate people are about them and their music. It becomes very clear just how deep-reaching and extensive their cultural impact is, and how thousands of 20 to 40 year old South Africans cherish the ideological, socio-cultural and political ideals (or very often the lack thereof) that Fokofpolisiekar so successfully discuss in their music.

You often hear people talk them up, ask them about why and how they became the undisputed Gods of Rock. Fans talk endlessly about their success and why the combination of Wynand, Francois, Snake, Johnny and Hunter strike the perfect balance between apathetic and emotional, between studio-recording and live-performance, between being aggressively-passionate yet still having the presence of mind to not disregard any of the intricacies of the ideals they fight for. Why, even if we live for another 100 years, this will be the greatest band South Africa will ever see. We write blogs and books and dissertations about it. We have conversations about it with our friends, parents, enemies or even those old-Afrikaans ooms that like to sokkie.

I know this, because I am guilty of all of the above.

Then yesterday, during one of my very own subconscious-Fokofpolisiekar-analysis-sessions, it hit me. If ever there was a band proficient and adept at speaking for themselves without any need for further explanation or clarification it is this band. If ever there was a band we did not have to write anything about because they themselves have said it all: It would be Fokofpolisiekar. Why then do we attempt to add to what has been created by Fokofpolisiekar? None of us will ever be able to explain that.

So please enjoy the 5-man-masterpiece from Bellville as they speak for themselves:

Fokofpolisiekar: Celebrating 10 Years at Oppikoppi Bewilderbeast.

An Ode to punk: Fokofpolisiekar

angst

aggression

 and anarchy

 

pessimistic & unapologetic

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how i love thee

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Oppikoppi 2013: David van Vuuren

Idols, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, X Factor. Every day on almost all television channels you see these shows. Hopefuls are taken from obscurity and in a matter of months they are made into world wide stars, and then… well, usually they return to obscurity, never to be heard of or seen again.

Making a life for yourself in the music industry, as in any other industry, takes many years of very hard work and a lot of endurance. This is something that is not put to the test during a season of Britain’s Got Talent or The Voice. This is something most contestants, winners or otherwise, find out the hard way, once they leave the safeguard of a reality show like Idols. This is the life of giving 200% while you perform and receiving only two new fans for it, that real musicians who play hundreds of gig’s, to sometimes very small audiences, at very low rates, know all to well.

Sometimes these two worlds meet. Like in the case of David van Vuuren. A real musician, with the gift of songwriting and the ability to reduce one to tears with his awe-inspiring performances. He also happens to be the winner of the 7th Season of Idols (SA). Although he has been trying to break this ‘Idols mould’ as soon as he was announced the winner.

At Oppikoppi 2013: Bewilderbeast David was awarded a slot at the very iconic ‘Klein Bar’ stage at the top of the koppie. He was awarded an opportunity to show all that be, that no mould is great or unique enough for him to fit in, let alone the ‘tainted Idols mould’.

He grabbed onto this opportunity with both hands and what ensued was one of the best performances those, lucky enough te be present, have ever seen. We were fortunate enough to capture this for the WorldWideInternetRepublicOfKilroy:

 

If We Don’t Fear by David van Vuuren

 

David van Vuuren and Tammy Jones (Southern Gypsey Queen)

 

The last song of his set at Oppikoppi left everyone speechless.

 

Be sure to check out the rest of David van Vuuren’s performance at Oppikoppi Bewilderbeast by visiting the Kilroy Was Here YouTube channel.

Oppikoppi 2013: Discovering New Music

One of the joys of attending a music festival, as apposed a gig with only three bands on the bill, is that you do get to discover new artists and new music. I almost always rush back home after a big music festival to go buy the albums of these new artists.

Discovering new music that you like, is like opening a treasure chest filled with items you have never seen before, and wishing that you’ve always had them in your life. It is like a new friend to play with – before the friendship becomes complicated, filled with memories and regrets. A friend that you don’t know as of yet, but a friend that you know you will love until the day you die, and them some.

One of the greatest hunting grounds for these “treasure chests”, these “new friends”, is Oppikoppi. With over 100 artists each year, ranging from Kwaito to Punk and Electro to Blues, you are bound to to discover artists you have never had the pleasure of listening to.

My biggest discoveries at Oppikoppi 2013 Bewilderbeast was Naas Veld and Goodnight Wembley. To be truthful – I knew about both of these artists before going to Oppikoppi.

I knew Naas played in a Rockspaaider winning band called Ef-El. I also knew that the band broke up, and that Naas went solo. But I never did listen to Ef-El that much, and subsequently never made much of an effort to listen to the solo stuff Naas released.

Until after this of course:

Naas Veld – Southern African Sun (Oppikoppi 2013)

Naas Veld – Moving In Circles (Oppikoppi 2013)

 

As for Goodnight Wembley. I knew that George van der Spuy (Taxi Violence) is the frontman of Goodnight Wembley and, because I am a big Taxi Violence fan, I have been following Goodnight Wembley. But I have never been able to attend any of their gigs. Now I know what I’ve been missing – and never shall I miss this again:

 

Goodnight Wembley – Time Machine (Oppikoppi 2013)

 

Best discovery of Oppikoppi 2012? Follow the link.

BEST DISCOVERY OF OPPIKOPPI 2012 SWEET/THING