Festivals in South Africa are growing, becoming more diverse and the culture of musical festival experiences is becoming a staple tradition for younger people to see their favourite acts perform on a big stage with thousands of other people
Yesterday, one of the oldest music festivals in South Africa, Oppikoppi, announced that they are taking a break for 2019 – which left a lot of the regular goers in a sad place after a tweet linking to the press release. According to Theresho Selesho, CEO of Matchbox Live and Owners of Oppikoppi, the decision to put the festival on hold this year was because; “in 2018 we experienced the rampant crime currently impacting events and festivals across South Africa.” says Theresho in the Press Release.
“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 goers by increasing ticket prices. We believe that in doing this, we will bring everyone a fresh new festival, ready to take music lovers forward for the next 25 years.”
So, what’s your take on the festival put on ice? Let us know in the comments below.