Oppikoppi festivalturns 20 in style

Taking a breather away from the newsroom hustle, Staff writer Mpho Tlale recently embarked on a festival- chasing mission to bask in the music at Oppikoppi, one of South Africa's most notable festivals.

It is random yes but pretty much beautiful when strangers greet each other with so much affection and vigour, all in the spirit of music and fun. The standard greeting at this year’s Oppikoppi Festival was simple and high-charged yet driven by the common goal of having a good time. A group of strangers would shout “Oppi” while greeting another bunch of strangers who would in turn respond with a “Koppi”.I can’t really say all this surprised me though because from the instant I got my Oppikoppi Festival accreditation I knew the event was going to be a crazy, fun and liberating affair. My instinct told me to expect something epic and that is exactly what I got. I have been accredited to cover countless festivals but none of them have ever arrived in the unorthodox manner the Oppikoppi accreditation did. The subject line in my email read “#canyouphuckenbelieveit“ and I simply just couldn’t “phucken believe it”! Within that moment I was able to find my sense of humour and get a good laugh out of it. At the back of my mind I thought: “But how cool can this be though? More PR agencies should do this more often and lose the formality just for once”.

Anyway the rest of the email went on to tell me that my accreditation to this year’s Oppikoppi had been approved and stated a few terms and conditions regarding the media tag I was to be given. But that was it, nothing less, nothing more.

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