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04/10/2017

Dust, music and foxes — Shorthand Social

Dust, music and foxes

By Tegan Bedser and Nina Oosthuizen SABC News Online @SABCNewsOnline

"Only the cool kids have a bruise in the middle of their forehead ‌ from a speaker," assures an Oppikoppi festival-goer in earnest to his friend at a campsite during the music festival held in Northam, Limpopo at the weekend. Sounds like a brutal evening? Not one bit. Every day of the festival is a day to remember and Oppikoppi music lovers are made of sterner stuff. Despite facing extreme heat during the day, icy temperatures at night and camping in the bushveld dust, fans have kept returning to Oppikoppi over the course of 21 years for more. This long running festival attracts a diverse audience of young and old music lovers not only through the assorted range of artists and genres who play side by side on multiple stages, but for the camaraderie and embracing atmosphere, turning it into a community like no other.

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A music lover wears his commitment to the ‘Fantastic Mr Vos Vos.’ @oppikoppi theme. #OK21 10:59 AM - Aug 8, 2015 5

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This year's theme, “The Fantastic Mr. Vos Vos.”, is a play on words from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, Fantastic Mr Fox, and also pays tribute to another festival coordinator named Vos. The line-up featured a host of local as well as international artists that included The Curious Incident, Tatran, Brand New, Twin Atlantic and Gogol Bordello.

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"A good thing (as well as a bad thing) is that because we are quite a small band, we feel like drug dealers ... almost. How do we get our drug users and drug dealers? How do we get our next fix and how do we pay the next bill?" Cavey Roberts, The Curious Incident The Curious Incident. Video still: Nina Oosthuizen

Digital downloads have changed the music industry and international band The Curious Incident, who can't get enough of South Africa and have toured the country several times, are still navigating the new landscape. "We actually have to pay way more just to get onto those digital shops. We have to pay to get onto Spotify, we have to pay to get onto iTunes. You have to be on them." says frontman Cavey Roberts. "Now that we have an EP, a physical copy, [some] people prefer buying it face-to-face, but then others says that they want to download it on iTunes. "So, we're re-releasing our EP that was available in South Africa and now it's going to be released in the rest of the world in October." South African rock band, The Slashdogs, have developed innovative strategies to encourage fans to purchase hard copies with digital tie-ins. "At this stage, you don't need to record an album and put it out into the shops anymore. The previous album was released on an LP vinyl, but then we also sold them over the Net. At a gig or venue, the crowd could also buy little matchboxes with a code on them and a https://social.shorthand.com/SABCNewsOnline/nyixmf8LL/dust-music-and-foxes

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