South Africa’s most celebrated music festival is going down in August, and it’s going to be one hell of a makietie! We here at Why Ed are already preparing ourselves by showering in freezing cold water and wearing bandanas around our mouth holes. 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 Jarryd Wood, head honcho of The Grind Radio, a few questions about Oppikoppi 21: The Fantastic Mr. VOS VOS!

Jarryd Wood is the founder and station manager at The Grind Radio. He started The Grind Radio back in 2013 on 1 August. Grind Radio went live at Aandklas 14 April 2014 and have now moved to Arcade Empire which they launched on the 9th of July and had their launch party 11th July.

Out of all the year’s you’ve been to Oppikoppi, which one was your favourite?

This year will be my 11th Oppikoppi, and they have all been great. My stand out Oppikoppi though was “Way Of The Dassie”. That was the first year Oppikoppi brought big internationals, Violent Vemmes, Jimmy Eat World and Groove Armada played. Was a real party.

Whose performance are you looking forward to the most this year? And why?

Gogol Bordello – their music is awesome and a great band to have at Oppikoppi. I think their vibe is going to get the party started.

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

Hahaha, Nah. I don’t have the balls for that. If I had to, though – Slops, sunglasses and a trucker hat. Keep it real common. Probably grow a moustache for the festival as well.

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

Be more sober than the next guy.

If you could have one superpower for Oppikoppi, what would it be and why?

Probably to fly. I’ve spent many hours walking around Mordor trying to find my tent (80% success rate. Making new friends in a tent in the morning is fun.) I think flying around might just help me find my tent a lot easier. Would also make getting to and from the stages a whole lot easier.

If you had no choice but to participate in the naked mile this year, what would your fool-proof plan consist of for winning the event?

I’m going to assume that I still have my superpower. So that’s pretty easy then.

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

Coffee first – the nights are cold and the hangovers brutal. Warm up with a cup of coffee and then back on the train.

We would like to thank Jarryd for his time, be sure to listen to The Grind Radio, for all your music needs!