Splashy Fen more family friendly

2011-03-22 00:00

SUPPORTED by East Coast Radio and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, the 22nd Splashy Fen Music Festival is to be held during the Easter long weekend (April 21-25) with more than 90 top live music acts on two stages.

Included on the bill are the likes of Vusi Mahlasela, Boo!, Karen Zoid, Ard Matthews, The Rudimentals, Valiant Swart, Jack Mantis Band, Aquarian Quartet, Margaret's Daughter and Good Luck, the hugely popular Cape Town electro-swing outfit.

The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters are Splashy Fen's honoured featured act for 2011.

For blues fans, there's Natasha Meister, the Redhand Blues Band, Joshua Grierson and The Town Criers, Boulevard Blues and the maestro himself, Dan Patlansky.

As is now a tradition at Splashy, music clubs from around the country will be represented by more than 30 acoustic acts. Three up-and-coming Durban school bands — New Hysteria, Toxic Candy and Black Math — will also be given a chance to shine when they kick off the festival on Thursday, April 21.

Something new at Splashy Fen this year is the Freestyle Tribal Village. Situated in a separate tree-shaded area, this colourful tipi village will be home to creators of authentic handicrafts, as well as live music and daily drum circles.

Also making its debut is the Hooters Comedy Tent, featuring a showcase of the hottest, funniest and most original stand-ups on the South African circuit.

There will be outdoor activities for the whole family, an extensive craft market featuring over 50 stalls, a wide variety of food and drink outlets, as well as a separate family campsite and Kreef Hotel's tented accommodation.

Splashy Fen is now more family-friendly than ever before and boasts a Children's Centre, open from 9 am to 4 pm.

Held on a farm near Underberg in KZN, Splashy Fen was established in 1990 and is the longest-running music festival in the country.

Tickets are available from Computicket and selected Game stores.

For more information and the full programme, visit www.splashyfen.co.za or call 031 563 0824. — Supplied

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