Black Coffee. Picture: Supplied
One of the country’s oldest music festivals will be taking place this week, and with the celebration of it’s 23rd birthday, it promises to be bigger than ever.

OppiKoppi will take place near the mining town of Northam in Limpopo from October 5 to 7, and thousands of music lovers are expected to attend.

This year, the festival boasts a long list of local and international acts and is set to be a feast of genres.

The festival started off focusing mostly on rock music back in 1994 when it first began. 

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However, more genres were soon added and the festival now plays host to roughly 160 sets of international and South African music and entertainment acts of all genres including rock, hip hop, hardcore, punk, ska, folk, blues, drum ‘* bass, big beats, kwaito, jazz, funk, traditional, world music, comedy, metal, indie and house.

This year’s line-up includes one of the country’s most celebrated DJs, Black Coffee, as well as class acts Mafikizolo, Timo Odv, The Tazers, Beatenberg, Desmond and the Tutus and many more.

This year also includes an eco-friendly camping village, The Me Now Mango Picker Green Village movement. The Village is an eco-friendly community space aimed at influencing and changing camping festivalgoers’ habits.

So if you are looking for a safe, clean and eco-friendly space to share and practise the values of camping, then look no further.

According the festival’s website, the Village includes a 24-hour camping site, security and a community cooking area with a shared-cooking gas stove and chill area that will also serve as a potjie area.

There are also recycle bins for food, plastic, cans and glass waste.

Green Village packages include shuttles from Joburg and Pretoria, a festival ticket, a tent with an inflatable bed, and community breakfast and dinners. The full package will set you back R2700.

The shuttles depart on Friday and return on Sunday.

Planned departure points and times are as follows:

* JHB departure points: Maponya Mall, South Gate Mall, Rosebank McDonalds. JHB departure times: Maponya Mall: 9.15am. South Gate Mall: 10.15am. Rosebank: 11.15am.

* PTA departure points: Gautrain Station CBD and Hatfield Gautrain Station. PTA departure times: Gautrain Station CBD: 10am; Hatfield Gautrain Station: 11.15am.

Departure from Oppikoppi will be at 11am on Sunday.

* A full weekend ticket price will cost you R749, and a day ticket will cost you R400.

@LiamKarabo

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