Oppikoppie Cancelled

Oppikoppie Cancelled

Apr 11, 2019, 05:30 PM

The 25th Oppikoppi music festival in the mining district of Northam, Limpopo, will not take place this year.

Why?

Well, after the 2018 event, the festival was tarnished by petty theft crimes that targeted attendees. 

The 2019 event would have taken place between August 8 and 10, but the organisers have decided that the cost of the necessary security would make ticket prices higher.

They hope to bring the event back in the year 2020, after reviewing their options.

Theresho Selesho, CEO of Matchbox Live, owners of the festival, said in a statement on this morning:

For 24 years, Oppikoppi has been going great. Unfortunately in 2018 we experienced the rampant crime currently impacting events and festivals across South Africa. For us to present the 2019 event with the increased security measures that are required to curb this crime, to present a safe and enjoyable festival, the production costs also increase drastically. By taking a gap year, we are giving ourselves the breathing room to redesign the festival and bring in the necessary changes without impacting the festival-goer by increasing ticket prices.

Selesho said in doing this, the organisers are investigating bringing the festival to a venue closer to a major city to enable day tickets. "All options are open", Selesho said.

Of course once the tweeps got a hold of the news, there was a mixed bag of emotions that took over social media.









Is it really a loss if the organizers have made people a priority this year? You can be the judge and let Zaleb know your thoughts.

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Main Image Credit: The Citizen
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