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  • For the Lovely Young - DESIGN COMPETITION



    Join the ocean, and the family, add your inspiration and your art.

    Apart from its rock ‘n roll roots and tattoos, the other constant in the OppiKoppi organism over the last 22 years has been the use of South African artists and fine artists for the campaign. This year, Stellenbosch photographer, Daniel Naude. You can now join the movement. If you are inspired, or have ideas, be involved with OppiKoppi The Unsea.

    HERE’S THE BRIEF: Using the original image photographed by Daniel Naude, pick a single block and interpret it in your own unique way. If you submit the work to be used, we will try to use it wherever we can. The art remains yours. Simple. Would be nice if you can join us.

    Submission date: 11 May 2016
    Submission format: 2MB PNG / PDF. Should your artwork be selected, open source files will be required to be submitted. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted by any entrant.   Download ARTWORK REFRENCE
    Submission must be emailed to:
    Remuneration: Winning artists will have their work featured as part of the marketing campaign (with credit) across various Oppikoppi platforms and applications PLUS a ticket to Oppikoppi 22: For The Lovely Young Taken to THE UNSEA

    Terms of Conditions of entry / usage

    - Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live assumes all entries are original and the entrant owns the work. Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.

    - Submission of any entry acknowledges the right of Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live to use it for exhibition, promotion and publication purposes in any medium.

    - Timely submission of an entry meeting the eligibility requirements as stated herein ensures that an entrant’s work will be reviewed and considered for recognition.

    - No other representation or warranty is made by Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live concerning entries and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

    - If an entry receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award is strictly within the discretion of Oppikoppi and Hilltop Live. Entrant understands that all acknowledgements may not be given or publicised in the same manner.

  • Oppikoppi 22: The Man Behind the Artwork


    Daniel Naudé was born in 1984 in Cape Town, and lives there. He graduated with a BA Visual Arts from the University of Stellenbosch in 2007. In 2011 he took part in the residency programme at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado followed by being the festival artist at the Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom (2012) and took part in La vie moderne at Lyon Biennale in 2015. 

    To date, Naudé has exhibited at notable group shows including: In Focus: Animalia at J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Strange Worlds, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Modena, Italy (2015); Apartheid and After at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2014); Artist House, New Art Centre, Wiltshire (2014); Neither Man Nor Stone at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2012); Lagos Photo Festival (2011); the 9th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennial (2011); Breaking News: Contemporary photography from the Middle East and Africa, works from the collection of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, in Modena, Italy (2010) and Peekaboo: Current South Africa at the Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki (2010). 

    His first book, Animal Farm, was published in 2012 and in April 2016, his second book, Sightings of the Sacred will be released. 

    To view more of Daniel Naudés' work log onto Daniel Naudé Photographer or

  • OppiKoppi 22: The lovely young taken to THE UNSEA*



    “We’ve known for a long time that it was no longer possible to overturn this world, nor reshape it, nor head off its dangerous headlong rush. There’s been only one possible resistance: to not take it seriously.” – Milan Kundera hustling OppiKoppi tix and Moody’s ratings amongst his homies.


    OppiKoppi 22: The lovely young taken to THE UNSEA* 

    5,6,7 August

    (And take Monday the 8th off to lick your wounds straight through till the holiday on Tuesday the 9th)


    FFS this feels good.
    At long last.
    Here we go!

    There are so many wheels turning and things happening or not happening in our crazy lives in South Africa, almost the only thing the entire OppiKoppi clan waits for each year (as does your humble scribe) is the theme announcement. So all of us can kick in, focus, and get stuck in on our own little piece of crazy hedonism.


    Craziness vs. Craziness.
    Rock ‘n Roll vs. real life.


    There was a time where rock stars claimed the back pages, and verily we will have them back. There is nothing the Guptas can fly into Waterkloof, which the OppiKoppi family has not ramped over with a Ford F100.

    But actually we are here for the tunes. (Politics is too competitive).

    So ladies and also-rans it gives us really great pleasure to announce the official naming and opening of the 2016 Campaign. All hail and a nice cultivated and semi-reserved clapping of hands please for our lady of the light, Miss Northam 2016:


    The lovely young taken to THE UNSEA.

    Inspired by a Gert Vlok Nel tune, art photography by Daniel Naude and designed by the Breinstorm crew, in walks calendar girl number 22 in an annual series of loosely Rock ‘n Roll inspired bushveld get-to-gethers designed to get rid of your issues and inhibitions. And your problem boyfriends.

    This is just a courtesy missive for the clan to say we are up and running.

    For all the rest of you: OppiKoppi is where you go to make friends, whilst learning lots of personal lessons about dust, thorns, downhill, tequilas and yourself. With a friendly tune blanket almost everywhere you need.

    Come in, let us put some music onto you. (Side note: Chelsea Blakemore you do want to play this game.)

    Regarding Northam: Seriously: what can you do when she is calling your name?

     Put some sugar in your bowl.


    The OppiKoppi Family
    0360 / NXNM: North by Northam


    Festival Details:

    OppiKoppi: The lovely young taken to the unsea brought to you by Windhoek, Red Bull, Jose Cuervo and Hilltop Live

    Dates: 5, 6, 7 August

    Venue: OppiKoppi Farm, Northam, Limpopo

    Tickets on sale from 23 March

    - Kreesmas Tickets: R650 (30 Nov - 24 Dec) - SOLD OUT

    - Early Bird Tickets: R800 (valid until 1 April)

    - General Admission: R850 (2 April - 31 July)

    - Late Tickets: R950 (1 August - 7 August)


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    SU Woordfees, in conjunction with Sanlam, MFM, kykNET and Hilltop Live, presents a new music festival for the young – and young at heart: Dorpstraat Live!

    Get ready for Matthew Mole, Spoegwolf, The Plastics, Dan Patlansky, Bittereinder, Fokofpolisiekar, PHFat and GoodLuck.

    The biggest names in English and Afrikaans rock, dance and rap will be together for a single concert at the popular Coetzenburg sport terrain on Saturday 12 March 2016.

    Bittereinder sounds like rap but feels like Afrikaans when, in fact, they are both. Bittereinder are three relatively good-looking young Pretorian men who unimaginably overcome their respective quarter-life crises to produce a series of works that verges on the magnificent and borders on being inexcusably ridiculous. Bittereinder’s music rubs noses with the language that you speak at home, massages the shoulders of your favourite book, and French kisses your ideas about God.

    PHFat have had an incredible run in 2014 and 2015, with singles and video’s lauded as the best in South Africa as well as major performances at Oppikoppi and Rocking the Daisies. PHFat also received two MK Award nominations for Best Video and Best Live Act. The band released their latest single ‘Lights Out’ which saw the track receiving play listing from thirteen radio stations across South Africa including MFM, 5fm, YFM and GoodHope FM.

    GoodLuck - In just over four years GoodLuck have gone from knowing very little about electronic music to recording their sophomore album outside. In the desert. Using only the sun to power their infectious beats. Their list of achievements and conquests reads like an artists’ wish list: nine top 10 radio singles, five Number 1-hits, five SAMA [South African Music Award] award nominations, a top 10 iTunes Netherlands hit with 'Taking it Easy' and over 500 performances around the world. Yet, as their fans know, the artists who make up GoodLuck - Juliet Harding (lyricist and vocalist), Raiven Hansmann (keys and sax) and Ben Peters (producer and sampling) - are too down to earth to let the enormity of their success change who they are: “We are the nerds of the music industry!” Living out the adventure of their lives it seems hard pressed that such a moniker should be fitting to describe this phenomenal band, but their humility and approachability makes it surprisingly apt.

    Fokofpolisiekar, Matthew Mole and Dan Patlansky require no major introduction. Cape Town locals, Fokofpolisiekar is one of the most recognisable rock bands in South Africa, breaking through the language barrier by appealing to English and Afrikaans fans. Matthew Mole is currently the most iconic pop solo artists while Dan Patlansky is recognised as one of the top Blues guitarists in South Africa.

    Tickets are on sale now at R100 pre-sale ( or R150 at the gate.

    Show details:

    Date: 12 March
    Venue: Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch

    Tickets: R100 pre-sale ( , Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper)

    Line up:

    15:30 Spoegwolf 

    16:30 The Plastics

    17:30 GoodLuck

    18:30 Mathew Mole

    19:30 Dan Patlansky

    20:30 Bittereinder

    21:30 Fokofpolisiekar

    22:30 P.H. Fat

  • More on the cards for One Way Traffic in 2016


    Announced in December 2015, One Way Traffic is a  4 show Hip Hop & House tour that will cross South Africa between 30 January and 12 February will play host to incredible line-ups including Black Motion, Groove Afrika and Riky Rick and now the line ups will get even better. One Way Traffic concert goers will be able to see all their favourite artists for only R70.  Tickets are now on sale via

    Organizers, Hilltop Live and Homecoming Events are exited to announce the addition of even more amazing artists to the Gauteng Line-ups.


    Pretoria - Twins on Deck, DJ Josh, Snow Deep, Chuck Tailored, Kwesta, Kid Fondue, Julian Gomes, PH

    Johannesburg - Capital, Speedsta, PH, Chuck Tailored, MR X, Emcee

    TWINS ON DECK have been in the industry since 2010, leaving people in awe as they express their unique ability and restlessness behind the decks , the duo’s choice in music includes commercial house, deep house, funky, electro and progressive and fans expect to hear the twin’s singles “All on the Wall” as well as their debut single “For You” ONLY at the Pretoria leg!

    DJ Speedsta has become a household name in Gauteng. This Hip Hop DJ started out in the Vaal but soon realised that to make an impact he’d have to make a move.  And it was the best decision.  Since then, DJ Speedsta’s music career has flourished across multiple mediums.  Features on MTV Base and other TV shows, songs on high rotation on 5fm, YFM, MetroFM and more as well as releasing his debut album. DJ Speedsta will ONLY perform at the Soweto leg of One Way Traffic.


    One Way Traffic is brought to you by Hilltop Live in association with Smirnoff, MTV, MTV Base, Chevrolet and Homecoming Events.

    Tour Details


    Date: 30 January 2016

    Venue: Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

    Line up: Groove Afrika, Riky Rick, Lulo Cafe, DJ Josh, Twins on Deck, Chuck Tailored & Snow Deep, Chuck Tailored, Kwesta, Kid Fondue, Julian Gomes, PH

    Tickets: R70 from or Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores



    Date: 12 February 2016

    Venue: Zone6, Soweto

    Line up: Black Motion, Groove Afrika, Riky Rick, Lulo Cafe, Capital, Speedsta, Chuck Tailored, PH, MR X, Emcee

    Tickets: R70 from or Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores


    Follow us on social media to keep up to date. 


    Facebook official page: OneWayTraffic

    Twitter: @OneWayTrafficZA

    Instagram: OneWayTrafficZA


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  • The best in AFRICA to support Mumford & Sons


    It’s with great excitement that the rest of the shows line up is revealed to you.  With a rotating cast of support acts and an emphasis on African artist incorporation, we are proud to welcome:

    The Very Best 


    The Very Best is a collaboration between London-based DJ/production duo Radioclit and Esau Mwamwaya, a singer from Lilongwe, Malawi. Their music has been described as an Afro-Western mix of dance, hip-hop, pop, and the traditional music of Malawi.


    John Wizards 


    John Wizards is a South African band from Cape Town formed in 2010. They are currently signed to Planet Mu records. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist John Withers, vocalist Emmanuel Nzaramba, drummer and percussionist Raphael Segerman, bassist and keyboardist Alex Montgomery, guitarist Tom Parker and guitarist and keyboardist Geoff Brink. The band released its self-titled first album in September 2012, which includes the singles "Lusaka by Night" and "Muizenberg". The band's style has been described as a mix of R&B, soukous, afro-pop, reggae, South African house, Shangaan electro and dub.


    The band have toured extensively in Europe and the UK over the past few years, including festival appearances at Glastonbury, Primavera Sound, Field Day, Pukkelpop, Worldwide Festival, Latitude and Melt! Festival, as well as supporting Jagwar Ma on their UK tour in 2013.




    Beatenberg is a fresh new face in pop music from South Africa. Or rather, three faces, handsome and young and intelligent. The faces are of Matthew Field, who also has a beautiful voice and plays the guitar, Ross Dorkin, who has beautiful hands that play the bass, and Robin Brink, who has a beautiful life-force and plays the drums like a nutcase.


    Despite being in love with and schooled in 'serious music' like Beethoven, Debussy and John Coltrane, (Ross and Matthew studied music together at the University of Cape Town) Beatenberg is adamant that they are heard as 'pop music', which they believe is actually quite serious too.


    Songwriter Matthew says: 'It's about emotions, images and fleeting senses of things: the mad stuff that everyone feels and almost understands.'


    Baaba Maal 


    Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. He is well known in Africa and internationally is Senegal's most famous musician. In addition to acoustic guitar, he also plays percussion. He has released several albums, both for independent and major labels. In July 2003, he was made a UNDP Youth Emissary.


    Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking people, who live on either side of the Senegal River in the ancient Senegalese kingdom of Futa Tooro.


    Baaba Maal will have the honour of performing with Mumford & Sons during their performance.



    Running orders for each show will be released shortly.



    For more information log onto

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  • Mumford & Sons live in SA ticket ballot


    British rock group Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce that they will be releasing a number of tickets for each of their first ever South African live performances next year. Fans are able to register for the remaining tickets via a ballot this week.

    The band, arguably one of the most exciting live acts of their generation, broke all South African ticketing records back in September when they announced six shows for 2016 and sold out all 85,000 tickets in minutes. They are now offering the opportunity for all ticketless fans to register via from the 8th December, to be in with an opportunity to purchase official tickets, at face value to the show of their choice. It gives disappointed fans another, final chance to gain entry to some of the most highly anticipated live shows in this country for years.

    In association with Gentlemen of the Road and Hilltop Live, South African Mumford & Sons fans can register for their chance to buy face value tickets via between 8th and 13th December.  By registering, everyone has a fair chance to get hold of these remaining tickets.  On Monday 14th December, a generator will randomly draw out registered users, and these users will be able to purchase tickets to the show of their choice.

    For fans who aren’t randomly drawn from the generator, they will still stand a chance of being drawn to win a selection of amazing hampers of merchandise and albums from Universal Music South Africa, that includes the new Mumford & Sons album, ‘Wilder Mind’

    For more information on the sign up please head to or


    1. Fans register on

    2. When registration closes (13 December), a random generator will  select a number of registered users - these users will be emailed a unique voucher code that must be at Computicket.

    3. Users log onto / visit Computicket to purchase their tickets and will be required to enter your voucher code.  This code unlocks your reserved tickets.

    Please note:

    * There will be a 48 hour period where registered users will have the opportunity to buy your tickets. If within these 48 hours you do not purchase your tickets, your voucher code will be voided and these tickets will be sold to the next registered user picked from the generator.

    * Tickets are limited to 4 number per person registered

    * Tickets are not being allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Applications do not guarantee that you will receive a ticket through the ballot process.

    * Successful applicants will be notified by email (if the application was made online) and by the end of 14 December. At that time, successful applicants will be asked to complete the required transaction including all fees. Applicants must use the name and email address matching their ballot entry during the purchase process. Any mistakes or errors may result in the purchase being rejected and the application forfeited. The transaction to purchase tickets must be completed within 48 hours of receipt of notification of success.

    * Please check to see if your application has been successful; and check your spam and junk mail folders.

    * Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

    * If successful applicants do not complete their transaction within the specified time, their tickets will be forfeited and reallocated.

    * Successful applicants (and their guests) are responsible for their own costs including travel to and from the event, and accommodation.

    * Tickets are strictly non-transferable. 

    * Mumford & Sons, Gentlemen of the Road, Hilltop Live, their sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any telephone network or line, system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any application being lost or not properly registered or recorded.

    * Tickets may not be sold, traded, or offered for sale; and may not be used as a prize or for any other promotional or trade purpose by any organisation.

    * Applicants must supply full details as required and comply with all rules and regulations to be eligible for the ticket(s). No responsibility is accepted for ineligible applications, or applications made fraudulently.

    * The personal details you provide when entering the ballot will only be used by (the company contracted to collect application details, manage the application process, and the ballot on our behalf), to administer the ballot. Information will only be held for as long as is necessary to ensure full, proper and appropriate administration of the event, following the event and be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Thereafter information will be used by Mumford & Sons, Gentlemen of the Road and Hilltop Live until such time as opt out is actioned.



  • #OneWayTraffic with Black Motion, Groove Afrika, Witness The Funk and Riky Rick kick off 2016


    Shorter December holiday’s for students, tighter budgets for everyone, the ever increasing costs of, well, everything… Hilltop Live brings to South Africa, the biggest line up of Hip Hop and House for the least damage to your party moods and wallets.

    This year, a four-stop tour that will see #OneWayTraffic making its way to Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg, with a triple threat line up that includes Black Motion, Groove Afrika, Riky Rick, while Durban will be treated to local talents Witness the Funk and Aewon Wolf.

    Groove Afrika has become one of the up and coming names in South Africa's youth House culture. This djing duo has driven Cape Town’s party scene towards a whole new direction and have established a cult following in the process since their start in 2012.  The music duo Kgabo Senyatso, aka Ma Groovana and Kagiso Kalane, aka Don Pedro  and known for their video and single - Sin City.

    Witness The Funk is currently causing waves in the South African music industry with their break out hit single – Nomusa. This also marks the inroad of the Gqom trap sound into mainstream rotation, a sound that they championed themselves. Since forming in early 2015, this KZN based group have amassed over 35 000 followers and are dominating the local scene.


    Robert aka DJ Murder teamed up with Thabo aka Smol to form Black Motion in 2010. The two have been in the music production business for about 5 years or so. Their breakthrough came when they produced the hit single Banane Mavoko. Since then, they have been producing and performing alongside DJ Qness, Black Coffee, Djeff and DJ Oskido with their own tracks Rainbow, African Salsa, Fortune Teller, Talking to the Drums and more.

    Riky Rick's first taste of music was at a recording studio session with Bongani Fassie. It was by Bongani's side that Rick was inspired to make his own music. He released his first single Barbershop featuring Da L.E.S. and quickly rose to fame by the release of his hit single Nafukwa. He followed that up with Amantombozane (Remix) featuring fellow South African recording artists Okmalumkoolkat, Maggz, Kwesta, Ginger Bread Man, Kid X, Nadia Nakai and DJ Dimplez.


    Riky Ricks major debut single Boss Zonke was a major success, peaking at number 3 on the SA Top Ten list. That is when he released his fifth hit single Sondela which was dedicated to his real love, featuring Zano. The music video for Sondela featured his son, Pearl Thusi and Malik. In September 2015, Family Values was certified Gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa for shipments of over 20,000 copies. At the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015, he won the award for best video for his hit song Nafukwa.


    Tickets for all four shows will be R70 and are on sale from or from Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper stores nationwide.

    Hilltop Live presents #OneWayTraffic in association with Smirnoff, MTV and MTV Base, Chevrolet and HomeComing Events.

    Tour Details:


    Date: 30 January 2016

    Venue: Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

     Line up: Black Motion, Groove Afrika, Riky Rick, Lulo Cafe & more

     Tickets: R70 from or Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores


    Date: 12 February 2016

    Venue: Zone6, Soweto

    Line up: Black Motion, Groove Afrika, Riky Rick, Lulo Cafe & more

    Tickets: R70 from or Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper store


    Date: 5 February 2016

    Venue: 47th Avenue

    Line up: Aewon Wolf, Witness the Funk & more

    Tickets: R70 from or Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores

    Cape Town

    Date: 6 February 2016

    Venue: FW de Klerk Boulevard (previously Table Bay Boulevard)

    Line up: Black Motion, Groove Afrika, Riky Rick & more

    Tickets: R70 from or Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores

    Follow us on social media to keep up to date. 

     Facebook official page: OneWayTraffic

    Twitter: @OneWayTrafficZA

    Instagram: OneWayTrafficZA


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