Oppikoppi is om die draai! We can almost taste the dust. Have you cleaned your tent since the last Oppikoppi? And do you have your tickets yet? If not, click here. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi artists 7 questions about the festival and a few other random questions that you would like to know. We had a chat with the impressive Man as Machine.

Rumbling out of the burgeoning underbelly of the South African music scene, comes Man As Machine. A hard-rocking musical quartet made up of four of the most talented, hardest working musicians the South African rock scene has ever come to know.

If you could describe Oppikoppi in one song excerpt, what would it be?

“I love you, but I don’t know your name.”
-Alan Jackson

How would you prevent the Red Sea in your nose at Oppikoppi?

Buffs, scarves, gas masks are all good options. But that sand gets in everywhere, whether you want it to or not.

How would you explain to someone to difference between Kreef and Mordor?

Kreef is the calm eye in the middle of the storm… Mordor is, well, Mordor… Just imagine the wilderness of Mad Max.

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Would you be able to dance the whole night away at the Electro stage, if so, how would you accomplish it?

Dance? Away? Stage?… what???
Honestly, I haven’t tried. But Xavier, our bassist and resident disappearing act magician will possibly be discovered there in the same way Pokémon are.

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

Let’s be clear… no-one can really pull off a mankini. It’s just a glorified shoelace.

Hahahaha! Do you have any tips for people wanting to get lucky in the bushveld?

Don’t be silly, wrap your willy… and if you strike out on the first night, give up. Your pride will heal, but the infection might not.

Strangest thing you have ever witnessed at Oppikoppi?

A grown man, butt naked, crawling on all fours away from his friends, who were desperately trying to reclothe him, but he disappeared into the crowd in front of a stage.

We would like to thank Man as Machine for their time! Maak seker dat jy nie die orkes misloop as hulle Oppikoppi aan die brand speel nie!

Cover photo by Alexander Wolf