Police on high alert for drugs at Splashy Fen

2013-03-29 00:00

DRESS for all seasons and leave the drugs at home. That’s the advice to Splashy Fen revellers this year.

Police yesterday warned that they would be on high alert for drugs at the annual event, which kicked off at Underberg yesterday.

Established in 1990, the five-day event is the oldest music festival in South Africa, featuring performances by 80 artists on two stages, more than 50 electronic dance music artists and several DJs performing at the Uber Cool Dance Valley and River Stage.

Mandy Carlo, a Splashy Fen organiser, said they were expecting a bumper crowd of between 8 000 and 10 000 people this year.

She warned that the weather forecasts for the weekend so far had been inaccurate and that festival- goers should dress for four seasons in one.

She said the layout this year was very different, and it would be the best and easiest festival to navigate.The heart of the festival would be easily accessible with 40 craft stalls and 20 food stalls.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan warned festival-goers: “The South African Police Service will be monitoring the movement of drugs as well as the abuse of alcohol around Splashy Fen.”

She said there would be a strong police presence and tight security at the event and on neighbouring farms “to prevent break-ins and thefts”.

Jeevan said vehicle checkpoints would be set up and a large security contingent had been deployed at Splashy Fen to police the event.

“There will not be any special allowances for narcotics at this year’s festival,” she declared.

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