A quick pre Oppikoppi chat with Monkeys in Boots

In case you did not know, Monkeys in Boots are a Folk Rock / Bluegrass / Blues band from Pretoria, South Africa. They consist of two guitarists (Luan Fourie and Morne’ Erasmus), a bassist (Fish Archer), a drummer (Justin Snyman) and a violinist / keyboard player (Frederik Nagel). Monkeys in Boots were formed in 2012 and have been making waves in SA Music scene over the last few years.

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They’ve played memorable sets at Otterlake Easter Festival and STRAB and all over Pretoria and were recently announced for Oppikoppi 2016. I’ve seen these okes play a few times and I have to say that it’s always a jol and that I’m really looking forward to their set at this year’s festival.

I recently had a chat to Monkeys in Boots about Oppikoppi and a few other things. This is what they had to say:

When you think of Oppikoppi, what exactly comes to mind and why?

All of South Africa’s festival lovers in one place. Lots of Dust, Beer, Chow and LEKKER Music. Why you ask? Oppikoppi caters for one hell of a time and if you haven’t been there, it will most definitely give you some wonderful memories to look back to.

This is the first time that you’ll be playing at Oppikoppi, what exactly is going through your mind?

We’re overwhelmed with excitement… You know that feeling after a long week of work and traffic when you get home on a Friday and open a cold one? Yeah, pretty much that feeling, times ten.

What is your favourite quote about Hillbillys?

“My wife and I got divorced but she said she will still be my sister.”

What are your thoughts about the current state of SA Music?

We’ve always been proud fans and supporters of local music and we’re ecstatic that it’s growing at such an incredible pace. It seems that it has become a culture of it’s own and we’re very happy to be a part of it.

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What can people expect from your set at Oppikoppi this year?

Energy, Dancing, Party Vibes and a lekker atmosphere. We have some new unheard material that is purely intended for Oppikoppi so we’re amped for that!

I’d like to thank Monkeys in Boots for this interview and I’d like to mention that I’m definitely catching their set at Oppikoppi this year. Catch them live at the festival, you won’t be disappointed.

General Admission tickets for Oppikoppi cost R850. Get yours now or you’ll be paying R950 for a late ticket.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone
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