Thousands turn out for Splashy Fen

2011-04-25 00:00

THE 22nd annual Splashy Fen ended well with clear weather over Saturday and Sunday and an attendance of over 8 000 people during the Easter weekend, according to festival organiser Mandy Carlo.

“We’ve had people arriving since Monday and the festival had been thankfully incident free,” said Carlo.

This year’s festival included the freestyle tribal village and the addition of the Hooter’s comedy tent.

Another addition to the festival was the half-pipe from Indigo Skate Camp, based in Inchanga.

“Skateboarding should be represented as much as music is and you always want to move your body at a festival so skateboarding is a good way to do that too,” said Dallas Oberholzer.

“It’s great to be here at a music festival and to be skateboarding here at the same time,” said skateboarder Thabani Ntshangase from Inchanga.

“The Indigo Skate Camp plans to tour after Splashy Fen where we plan on setting up along the Comrades marathon route in the Valley of a Thousand Hills area,” said Oberholzer.

Patrons of the festival enjoyed themselves — even if some could not remember much.

Gareth Sykes of Pietermaritzburg said cheerfully :“I’m trying to think, but just nothing’s coming.”

Minette Stevens from Durban said: “It’s the best thing ever.”

However, Lloyd Blackbeard from Pietermaritzburg thought this was not one of the best years.

“The lineup was pretty average, I preferred last year’s one where Jack Parow was on, that was amazing.

“But I also liked the City Bowl Mizers too. I’m coming again next year for sure.”

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