It took a week of stressing about getting a lift, five hours in a Land Rover filled with a few loud, half–drunk 17 year olds and many years of dreaming that got me to Oppikoppi. From Oppikoppi 2011 I did not expect much, but experienced far more than can be expressed in words.
On Thursday night I tiredly waddled through the dark down to the food tents (lost to say the least), too tired to pinch myself, but excited about being on the farm – finally! I phoned a friend who greeted me and took me to camp.
We chatted until morning and then slept. Friday morning was a great time, as I got to meet my fellow camp mates, see the surrounds, as well as experience the sun, sand and vibe. A great sense of camaderie filled the air, as chants of “Oppi, Koppi” could be heard everywhere you went.
Friday, was a very chilled day, having a kuier with friends, figuring where each stage is located and watching some of the great bands on offer. We watched Frankie Fire, Isochronous and I plugged my ears during The Dead Will Tell (what would they even tell, yikes!). We ended our evening with an awesome performance by Southern Gypsy Queen and ventured to the top bar for a drink afterwards. I loved seeing the top bar and listening to the history behind this annual music festival.
During the course of the weekend I got to meet a lot of new people, see awesome bands like Mr Cat and the Jackal, which I have only heard of and those I thought I would never get to see live. Apart from the music Oppikoppi is a great place to let go of your hang-ups and just be - random, funny, weird, and kooky or whatever rocks your boat (without disturbing other people of course). It felt like a place where people would embrace differences and just co-exist.
Oh, how I got lost over the span of the weekend. But I gather that not being able to find your camp site is part of the deal (and appeal) of Oppikoppi. I had so much fun and made so many great memories that would extend over a few written pages. Oppikoppi is a great music festival that gives you everything you need – friends, fun and music. That is if you can get over being dirty. I can’t wait to attend another one!