South Africa’s pre-eminent music festival is going down in August, and it’s going to be one hell of an event! We here at Why Ed are already preparing ourselves by trying to fit big chunks of ice into plastic bottles, and pitching tents in the branches of an Acacia tree. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi artists 7 questions about the festival, and delving into past experiences. Their answers – strange and freaky as it may be – 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 Peter Blackbeard, from Satanic Dagga Orgy, a few questions about Oppikoppi 21: The Fantastic Mr. VOSVOS!

With a name taken straight off a tabloid headline, it’s clear that Satanic Dagga Orgy don’t take themselves too seriously. The same, however, can’t be said for their approach to music. Drawing influence from pop music and punk rock, S.D.O‘s grooving folk jams fill the space between the two extremes and get the crowd bouncing along from the first chord to the last beat of the snare. Peter Blackbeard is their frontman and also the one with the majestic beard. Be sure to check them out when they make their Oppikoppi debut.

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

Choms. Most things can be bought, appropriated, borrowed or outright stolen. Friends, on the other hand, are priceless and can also help you obtain anything else you may need by buying, appropriating, borrowing or stealing it. But don’t steal okes.

Coffee, or another beer, or any other “substance” when waking up at Oppikoppi? Explain.

Wake and bake. It prepares you lungs for the dusty onslaught, and gets your mind right for the jols and beautiful weirdos you’re guaranteed to encounter throughout the day and night

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

Probably Lyle, the singer from Goat Throne. He’s amazing because he invented the Hug Attack, he’s super funny, super friendly, and big enough that no one even thinks about fucking with you. Also, he’s like the sun. If this makes no sense to you, find him at Oppikoppi, you will see.

peter Blackbeard

If you could describe Mordor/District 9 in one word, what would it be?

Prawny

What have you done so far to prepare for Oppikoppi?

We’ve developed minor drinking problems, started sourcing religious headgear, written a new song and hopefully we’ll be finished with our new EP before August.

Satanic Dagga Orgy will be playing a set at Oppikoppi, so are there any pre-show rituals/sacrifices you guys go through before going on stage?

Just the regular, a couple of newborn babies roasting gently over an open flame, a quart of virigin blood, and injecting dagga. Like any band really.

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

The whole festival?? Maybe if you didn’t take a kak it would work, but after 2 days those skid-marks are going to get serious. We would pull it off by getting a back, sack and crack wax before, therefore minimizing chafe and skid-mark issues.

We would like to thank Peter for his kak funny answers – kyk uit vir die manne by Oppikoppi!