Splashy Fen’s 20th grows in variety

2009-04-08 00:00

MUSIC fans will be heading to Underberg this Easter weekend for the 20th annual Splashy Fen Music Festival.

Over four days starting today, more than 90 bands and singers will perform on the festival’s two stages.

Among the big names supporting this year’s event are Goldfish, Watershed, Syd Kitchen, Dan Patlansky, Squeal, Sugardrive, Hot Water, Stealing Love Jones, Tony Cox, Nibs van der Spuy, Chris Chameleon, Madala Kunene, The Rudimentals, Shawn Phillips, The Simon van Gend Band, Cofield Mundi, Avatar with Steve and Tara Fataar, Guy Buttery and Sheep Down.

But music isn’t the only reason to get to Splashy — other drawcards include a host of fun outdoor activities for the whole family, from swimming, tubing and fishing to hiking, paintball, horse trails, nature walks and visits to nearby tourist attractions. There is also a children’s entertainment programme and créche run by Ocean View Montessori School.

A new annual tube race will be introduced this year, so make sure you pack a tube and other inflatable objects. Prizes will go to the winner and the most imaginative entrant.

Taking part in Splashy also means joining the thousands of other festival-goers who stay in tents over the weekend — but if that’s just not your style, then there’s always the tent “hotel” option, where you can enjoy hassle-free camping at reasonable bed-and-breakfast rates.

Kreef Hotel’s tented camp offers ablution facilities, parking, porters and 24-hour security, a breakfast and a cellphone and laptop charging service. Visit www.kreefhotel.co.za

Visitors can also look forward to a colourful choice of arts and crafts and a wide selection of food outlets. Another new addition is a bigger beer garden and bar area, operated by the Sani Round Table, with profits donated to charity. ATM facilities available around the clock.

Tickets from selected Game stores (R400), Computicket (R450) and at the gate (R500). Visit www.splashyfen.co.za

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