Organisers of the popular OppiKoppi music festival held near Northam every year had bad news for festival-goers, when they announced that the 25th anniversary of the festival would not be taking place this year.
In a statement released today, the organisers said the decision to postpone the festival for the year, and only have the 25th anniversary next year “was made after discussions with all stakeholders … on the viability of the project this year and we have their full support and backing on the decision.”
The festival made headlines for all the wrong reasons last year, with reports of several revellers being robbed.
“Unfortunately, in 2018 we experienced the rampant crime currently impacting events and festivals across South Africa,” the organisers said.
“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 increase drastically.”