Oppikoppi is coming towards us at a moerse spoed, and it’s going to be a huge party in the bushveld. Have you checked double-checked your tent? Have you memorized the line-up yet? 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 William Welfare.

William Welfare is the English alter ego of the Afrikaans rock singer/songwriter Willim Welsyn. He’s also a writer, photographer and an entertaining podcast host.

Where’s the best place at Oppikoppi to take a “time out?”

The bonfire or the WatKykJy-camp at Kreefhotel or the Top Bar.

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

Breathe through your mouth.

Photo by Justin Lee

Photo by Justin Lee

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

“Two teaspoons full of sugar, four cups of dust. Paint your toenails red, shave your eyebrows if you must. Before you steal the wheels, don’t forget to ask. Realtime signifier, madness wears a mask.” 

(Video actually shot at Oppikoppi Bewilderbeast).

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

Before a show in Prince Albert a tannie once gave me an old typewriter and this one time after a show in Bloemfontein someone gave our bassist herpes.

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

Do those people actually exist? If they do, I don’t have any words for them. I’m moving on.

They do exist… What has been your fondest memory of Oppikoppi?

Sharing a piece of cheese backstage with Chino Moreno of Deftones and witnessing Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother jamming a Rolling Stones-cover with Valiant Swart at the Top Bar 3:22am. Luckily I had my camera with me to film it.

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

Mud-snot, bomskok-babalas, comedown at sunrise and a few thorns in my side. Nothing serious.

We would like to thank the William Welfare for his time. Be sure to check them out when they put up a fokken great show at Oppikoppi!

*Cover photo by Tril van Winkel