South Africa’s pre-eminent music festival is going down in August, and it’s going to be another big one! We here at Why Ed are already preparing ourselves by using pieces of wood as tent pegs and fitting Titanic vibe ice blocks into water bottles. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi artists 7 questions about the festival, and also 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 had a lekker chat with Ray from ShutUp! It’s Sunday. What’s the most random question you’ve ever been asked at Oppikoppi? Hey dude, have you seen my sister’s boyfriends’ friend, he’s got my booze! Who is the best Oppikoppi-wingman you’ve ever had? And why was he/she so good? Definitely our Sound engineer, Ashley Gaisford. He is a taken man so he always just says: “Listen, lady, I’m just a sound guy, but this man plays in a band!” What has been your fondest memory of Oppikoppi? Ah, we’ve been to many Oppikoppi’s and two stand out really. When our guitarist caught Matt Greiner’s (August Burns Red) drumstick, and the best one; when we jammed our first Oppi in 2017. What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever given you before or after a show? Back in 2010, we played Intervarsity in Bloem and a fan threw his pink speedo on stage! Our guitarist played with it wrapped around his head for a few songs. Which band would you most like to have a few beers with at Oppikoppi this year, and why? Slippery When Wet, just to find out what the odds are of slipping when it’s dry! Haha sorry, Kieron. Oh, and to smash some Jaggies with them, obviously! Do you have any advice for people who are attending the festival for the first time? It’s a simple one really. Drink enough water and stay hydrated. We opt for whiskey and water as our go-to drink, because you stay hydrated while you’re working on your hangover (which is the not as bad then anyway) If you could have one superpower for Oppikoppi, what would it be and why? That’s an easy one, a hygiene cloak to stay dust free. That’ll sure save some time and money on cold showers and wet wipes! Catch us on the Bruilhof stage Thursday, 11 am. We would like to thank Ray for his time. Make sure you don’t miss ShutUp! It’s Sunday when they klap the stage!