Splashy Fen: festival to be bigger and better this year

2010-03-31 00:00

AFTER 21 years, the Splashy Fen organisers have got the running of the five-day event down to a fine art.

Although the layout of the festival will look familiar to Splashy veterans, a few of the facilities have been tweaked for the better.

According to festival organiser Mandy Carlo, “the main Grant Erskine marquee is up and bigger than ever, the second stage is also up and is covered this year”.

Although Splashy Fen was surprisingly dry last year, Carlo said the organisers do not want to risk leaving the second stage open in case of rain.

The Versus tent, which was a first last year, has been moved up the hill from its previous location, and “is also bigger this year and will host the daily comedy shows,” said Carlo.

And it seems bigger is better; the main bar has also been extended and fenced in. The bar, which is run each year by the Sani 152 Round Table, will be under the watchful eyes of the Berea and Toti Round Tables.

A second bar will also feature this year, located in the lower camping area.

Another new feature this year is the Eco Village, which Carlo said is almost fully set-up.

The Eco Village will boast a Corner Café (a popular restaurant and coffee shop in Durban), with another Corner Café situated in the lower campsite.

These stalls will be fully eco-friendly, with most of the ingredients used by the café being organic and farmed within a 100 km radius of the festival site. And in keeping with the “green theme”, all the cups, bowls and eating utensils used in the Eco Village will be bio-degradable.

Carlo says the response to the festival this year has been amazing. “We had the highest Early Bird ticket sales ever this year, which is great as it shows a keen interest.”

Last year there were 6 500 to 7 000 paying festival-goers, with about 9 500 people at the festival in total.

“We are hoping to equal these figures this year,” said Carlo.

 

 

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