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If you’re a regular reader of our annual list then you’ll know that we never include international acts because they pull a crowd regardless. With this in mind, Koppi’s renewed focus on local acts has only made our selection harder due to the high standard of quality acts on display.
So in no particular order, here are the 10 acts we’d recommend you set reminders on your Oppikoppi app for.
1. Darkie Fiction (Friday 20:20 Red Bull)
The duo reviving the kwaito game for a new generation. Their music is dripping with nostalgia, while their live performances strike a balance between an homage to the ancestors and a declaration of their intention to forge new paths. AW
2. CrashCarBurn (Friday 21:00 Bruilhof)
After calling time on Tweak and releasing their first album in six years, The Barnes Brothers’ other hugely successful band has seamlessly picked up where they left off and are seemingly hungry to prove that they’re still the kings of the power chorus, live. TC
3. Melo B Jones (Saturday 16:00 Bruilhof)
The neo-soul singer-songwriter first came to my attention via her Stay True Sounds label release. I’m intrigued to witness the recorded magic performed live. She possesses a tone as thick and sticky as molasses, with a romantic warmth that flirts around each chord. AW
4. Oliver Mtukudzi (Saturday 18:00 James Phillips)
This selection was always going to be a given, but in light of the trying times that SA has experienced socially and politically over the last few years, be prepared for Mtukudzi’s husky voice and heartfelt compositions to strike a teary chord with you. [Side note: bring tissues the tribute act always make me sob like a small child.] TC
5. Hellcats (Saturday 19:00 Top Bar)
Taking into consideration the carnage that ensues when this brash rock duo take the stage, it was either the dumbest or the smartest (depending upon Koppi’s public liability insurance) move to put this duo on at the Top Bar. En cue a cacophony of chaos and see below a pic from their 2016 set on Bruilhof. TC
6. Sio (Thursday 21:00 Red Bull)
A mesmerizing storyteller with a hypnotic voice drenched in emotion. Simultaneously captivating and distracting, you’ll cheat yourself of an inimitable experience should you choose to miss this set. AW
7. Stoker (Thursday 17:00 Bruilhof)
Arguably one of the best rock bands on the scene at the moment, people are still talking about their debut set at Koppi three years ago. With a new album in the works you can also expect a few tasty new tunes. TC
8. LUMA (Thursday 18:00 James Phillips)
Jenny Dison (Bye Beneco, Sol Gems) has finally stepped into the center-stage spotlight she was destined to find with her new dream pop project that has been making subtle waves since her debut in 2017. Stitching together several genres, she’s crafted a set you’d be a fool to miss. TC
9. Kwesta (Saturday 00:00 James Phillips)
The gravel-voiced hip hop artist responsible for some of the hottest anthems of the summer. He’ll be closing the Main Stage on Saturday night and I don’t think its possible to mentally prepare for what we’re about to witness. AW
10. Retro Dizzy (Friday 15:00 Bruilhof)
This gang of psychedelic rock hooligans make their debut at Koppi this year after blazing trails across the country over the preceding months, kicking ass and throwing names. A performance guaranteed to combine both hijinks and high energy. AW
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