South Africa’s pre-eminent music festival is going down in August, and it’s going to be another big one! We here at Why Ed are already preparing ourselves by using pieces of wood as tent pegs and fitting Antartic ice blocks into water bottles. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi artists 7 questions about the festival, and also delving into past experiences. Their answers may serve you well in the quest to make your very own Oppikoppi experience one of the most memorable.

We took some time out of our festival preparations to ask Alastair Thomas a few questions about Oppikoppi 21: The Fantastic Mr. VOS VOS!

Alastair is the lead singer of Shortstraw; they are an indie-pop band from Johannesbug, South Africa. According to their bio: They make music that sounds like kittens meowing as they wake up. In case you have no idea who they are, does “You’re such a bitch in the morning!” ring any bells? Of course it does! Shortstraw will be one of the acts you don’t want to miss at Oppikoppi this year. Write that down!

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What’s the one thing you will never forget to bring to Oppikoppi?

Wet wipes and sunglasses.

Shortstraw will be playing a set at Oppikoppi – are there any pre-show rituals you guys go through before going on stage?

We like to have a few beers to calm the nerves and we all do our various warm-ups. Nothing too exciting.

Do you have any advice for people who are attending the festival for the first time?

Come with an open mind and a good attitude. And have a shot at the top bar.

What’s the most random question you’ve ever been asked at Oppikoppi?

“Do you know where the showers are?”

What has been your fondest memory of Oppikoppi?

Our show in 2013 on the Skellum stage at sunset was really special. Awesome crowd and Nic Preen (from Al Bairre) got to crowd raft during our set. Pretty sure he got a concussion.

What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever given you before or after a show?

Gad once got a bra with a bunch of weird messages thrown at him. It had a message for his dogs.

Any words for the people who complain about the line-up each and every year?

Open minds, people! The people who book the line up know what they’re doing. If you haven’t heard of a band that’s been booked before, you should probably give them a listen. And if you don’t dig it, move on.

We would like to thank Alastair for his time. Make sure you don’t miss Shortstraw when they take the main stage on 9 August at 19:00!