With Oppikoppi Odyssey approaching at rapid speed, and with tension building all around us, we can only get excited as hell for the festival! It’s around the dusty corner, and prawns from in and around South Africa are already busy stocking up and giving their livers a pep talk. With this in mind, we thought we should ask a few Oppikoppi festival-goers a couple of questions about the festival, and delve into some of their past experiences. Baas de Beer is the man with the Man-stache who will be talking your ears off on stage before the bands entertain you. According to folklore, he has braved the Oppikoppi hill 14 times in one night. Dit wil gedoen word! We asked him a few questions about Oppikoppi. 1. If you could describe Oppikoppi in one song excerpt, what would it be? ? – “stuur my dan waarheen al die dose gaan stuur my hemel toe ek dink dis in die platteland dis hemel op die platteland” -FPK 2. Kreef Hotel, or District 9? Explain. – District 9 forever! I’m sure that as I grow older the concept of something more luxurious might seem appealing, but in the words of Monty Python’s Spamalot: “I’m not dead yet”… So until that day, I will keep on experiencing Oppikoppi the way it was meant to be: Dirty, dusty, random and in Mordor. 3. Do you have any advice for people who want to have sexy-time after 2 days of hard drinking? – Don’t. Just, don’t… But now that you have been warned, find some way to incorporate wet-wipes into your foreplay. 4. Who is the best Oppikoppi-wingman you’ve ever had? And why was he/she so good? – I have to say Henno Kruger was my best tour guide at my first Oppikoppi, seeing as he’s been to a million of them… But when you say wingman I assume you mean your ego-bro, helping with a lady-hook-up. In that case, I have to thank the random stranger at the top bar who bought a round of shots and told me I should go give one to a pretty lady and say it comes from me. So, Mr Random Wingman, I salute you. 5. What’s the one thing you will never forget to bring to the festival? Be creative! -If you’ve been on the internet for longer than 20 minutes pre-Koppi, you would have read everyone’s posts listing ice and wet wipes and all that. One thing nobody seems to mention, is cable ties. Cable ties are awesome, and very handy. Tent falling apart? Cable-tie it. Decorate your camping area? Cable tie everything to everything. Belt-buckle broke? Cable-tie it. Asthma attack? Well, no, cable ties won’t be useful here. But you get the idea. 6. Have you ever picked up any injuries at Oppikoppi? If so, mind telling us what happened? – Haha, cowboy rash. Worse than all the thorns, blisters and sore muscles put together. Prevent it at all cost. 7. Will there be another #TweetUp at Oppikoppi this year? If so, could you drop the deets for the people who want to join? – Yes, that is the plan. We’re organising an informal thing, nothing major… just back to the roots of old-school tweetups. Details will follow on twitter soon, so keep an eye on @BaasDeBeer @hennokruger and @WhyIamEd Photo by Justin Lee Photography We would like to thank Baas for his time and advice regarding Oppikoppi! Oppikoppi will be from the 7th to 9th of August this year. If you happen to spot Baas at the festival, give him a high five, and be sure to buy a few tequilas for him. Christo de Beer Amen to the tequilas!