South Africa’s most celebrated music festival is going down in August, and it’s going to be one moerse festival! We here at Why Ed are already preparing ourselves by diving into Acacia trees and figuring out the mechanics of trying to take a dump in a onesie. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi attendees 7 questions about the festival, and sommer 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 Henno Kruger – founder, owner and editor – of Running Wolf’s Rant, a few questions about Oppikoppi 21: The Fantastic Mr. VOS VOS!

Out of all the years you’ve been to Oppikoppi, which one was your favourite? And just for interesting reading, how many have you been to?

This year will be 17th Oppikoppi. My first one was way back in 1998. I’ve been to the August festivals in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. I also went to the Easter editions in April 2006, 2007 and 2008. I’d have say that my favorite Oppikoppi was definitely my first one. It was also the first music festival that I went to and shaped me in more ways than any other music festival has shaped me as a person. I remember being moerse impressed when I saw that someone was able to finish a bottle of Tassies in less than 10 minutes at the first one (I did not think it was possible before that).

Have you ever picked up any injuries at Oppikoppi? If so, mind telling us what happened?

Surprisingly I’ve never gotten injured. I did lose my cell phone battery in 2006 though. That Samsung E330’s battery is probably part of the bushveld by now, but I’ve never seen any little cell phone batteries pop up on the farm, so I think we’re safe.

Henno kruger

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

My friend Charlie asked me to braai with him after showing me his tiny braai grill with a mouse sized lump of coals and one vienna on the grill in 2004.

Could you rock a mankini for the whole festival? If so, explain how you would pull it off.

Two words: Hell No!

Coffee, or another beer when waking up at Oppikoppi? Explain.

It depends on the level of hangover I’m experiencing. Most of the times I’ll start the day off with a beer, because that’s what real men do at 8 AM in the morning at Oppikoppi.

What song excerpt would you use to describe Oppikoppi?

“Vernietig jouself. Dis moeilik om die kettings af. Hulle maak dit aan ons binnegoed vas. Dis moeilik om die kettings af te breek.”

Who is the best Oppikoppi-wingman you’ve ever had? And why was he/she so good?

I’d have to say my friend Derick (who doesn’t go to Oppikoppi anymore nowadays). We were really dirty after a long night of partying in 2004 and he’s the one who got me running through the water pouring from the back the Oppikoppi water truck. If you have not showered for 3 days, that is one effing amazing feeling…

We would like to thank Henno for his time. If you happen to see Henno at the festival (or any other festival for that matter) be sure to give him a high five and a shot of tequila!