Aardklop 2003: ready to rock!

16 September 2003

Some of South Africa’s top musicians will be in action at the Castle Loud Oppiaarde Rock Festival from 23 to 27 September at the Potchefstroom University Rag Farm.

It’s an opportunity for music lovers to take in a wide variety of styles, incorporating not only Afrikaans performers, but top South African musicians, as well as a guest act from overseas.

The festival will, in an exciting addition, also feature a number of collaborations between artists, with some unusual combinations and interesting musical results.

One of the headline acts will be the eclectic group BOO!, who have returned to South Africa for a break from touring. They have been in Europe, where they have played in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, England and the Czech Republic to promote their new album “TNTLC’.

The French connection
Also making the journey from Europe is the jazz collective ARFI, who will be presenting “Stories of the Uncanny’, which is sponsored by the Alliance Françoise, the French Institute and the Goethe Institute.

“Stories of the Uncanny’ is a thriller filmed in 1919 which was lost for a number of decades before it was rediscovered by the Cinematheque de Paris and restored by the Kirch Group.

ARFI will be performing the live sound track to the movie, which features five short stories: In the first, “Horrible Nights’, a man and a young woman visit a hotel and the next morning, when he wakes up, she has vanished without a trace. In the second story, “The Black Cat’, a drunken man murders his wife and buries her in the wall of his basement with her living cat.

In the third story, “The Hand’, a man who murders his enemy is strangled by the ghost of the dead man, while in the fourth story, “The Suicide Club’, a police inspector visits a club where every night a member who draws the ace card must die. The final story presents a lighter side to things, when a marriage that is failing is revived after a stranger shows interest in a man’s wife.

Bigger and better
Aardklop 2003 will be even bigger than 2002’s successful production, and the programme has been expanded beyond last year’s. It was decided to include an international act for the first time, the aforementioned ARFI, while artists one would not normally associate with Aardklop, such as Mandoza and Zef Sketse, will also be performing.

Adding an exciting component to the festival was a request by the organisers for certain artists to work on collaborative projects. This has resulted in combinations such as Not my Dog (winners of the South African Music Association’s best rock album) playing with Mister Fat from Brasse van die Kaap; Albert Frost teaming up with exciting new Blues’ talent Dan Patlansky; and the Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes joining forces with Karla du Plessis.

The complete list of artists for OppiAarde 2003 is as follows:

  • Albert Frost and Dan Patlansky
  • Alta Joubert
  • Anika and Elrine
  • ARFI – Stories of the Uncanny (France)
  • Arno Carstens’ New Porn
  • BOO!
  • Brasse van die Kaap
  • Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes with Karla du Plessis
  • ddisselblom
  • Mandoza
  • Max Normal
  • Not my Dog with Mister Fat
  • The Narrow
  • Valiant Swart
  • Zef Sketse

Tickets for the Castle Lager OppiAarde concert are available at Computicket at R55 each.

For more information, phone 083 258 2595 or visit the Aardklop 2003 website, which has details on the full programme and the artists.

Source: Aardklop 2003