Oppikoppi is going down in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a great #jol a few hours from Snor City. Are you prepared? Is jy reg vir stof en goeie musiek? And do you have your tickets yet? If not, click here. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi artists 7 kief questions about the festival and even asking for a few hints and tips for first-timers. We had a chat with Hellcats! 

Hellcats are a live band. Their music is unashamedly raw and their live performance is full throttle energy. They’re a two-piece with a colossal sound, and audiences respond emphatically.

Where’s the better party; Kreef, the Hotels, or Mordor? 

We’ve never stayed at Kreef, but we usually stay Harambee and Klein Windhoek. The hotels have a lekker vibe to them and most importantly, their own bars which are cool when you get back from a long day of jolling and you can klap your last few brandy’s before you pass out into a coma. Mordor, on the other hand, is fuckin jol city when all the bands have stopped. We’ve often found ourselves just wondering into random campsites and making new friends with sometimes questionable characters. You’ll definitely have way more fun jolling in Mordor. That is until the sun comes up. The one year I woke up on day 4 of Koppi to some viciously drunk chick falling onto my tent and breaking it. I opened the tent to find this passed out woman on one side and two dodgy fuckers klapping rails off a cooler box next to my tent. You’ve gotta love Mordor, man.

Any pre-show rituals you have before a show?

Ag not really. We do dig to listen to music just to get into it. The louder the better, we’re not really picky with the genre. Like sometimes we’ll listen to Motorhead at full tilt in the car on the way to gigs and then sometimes we’ll blast Drake Hotline Bling while eating Mcdonalds in the parking lot.

What’s the one thing you will never forget to bring to Oppikoppi, other than instruments?

Sunglasses. ‘Cos fok, bright, man.

Which band would you most like to have a few beers with at Oppikoppi this year, and why?

Reason. Best act Alessandro saw at Oppi last year. Looks like he’d be rad to hang with.

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

This dude came up to us last year and asked: “What time are you playing so that I know what time to drop my MDMA”. That was hilarious. What made it even better was seeing the dude in the front row, like two songs into our set, completely losing his shit.

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

Al puked in his own hair once. Does that count? hahaha. Oh wait, last year I woke up at like 5 in the morning with the most gigantic pee on board, seriously, I was touching cloth. So, because I’m still quite dronk and don’t know my arse from my elbow, I walk straight out of my tent, barefoot. There are devil thorns everywhere, and I’m walking over them like they don’t exist – I am blind drunk and half asleep and need the worlds biggest piss, so I don’t even care. I eventually do my business and make my way back to bed. The next morning, I wake up with a blanket of devil thorns on my feet and very, very real pain. It took days to get those thorny bastards out of my delicate soutie feet, in fact, I still have little shards of thorns in my feet, a year later. Yussis. Eina. Maybe shoes would be the one thing I’d never forget to take to Oppi.

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

Kreef is Strawberry tequila. Mordor is Brandy.

We would like to thank Hellcats for their time. Be sure to check them out when they kick Oppikoppi-ass!