8 000 people celebrate at muddy Splashy Fen fest

2008-03-23 00:00

This year’s early Easter brought a torrent of rain over the Splashy Fen weekend, which pushed over 8 000 visitors and music fans to the limits of their endurance, but the diverse line-up of artists kept everyone in good enough spirits to splash about in the mud.

Butternut soup, glühwein and kegs of beer were the hot favourites on sale at this year’s event, but gumboots were in greatest demand. Seeing as the supply was so low, prices skyrocketed by about 200%.

Roads were no longer an appropriate name for Splashy’s mud baths, and promotion specialists used the setting to create a wrestling arena in which participants won T-shirts and items such as stickers for their brave efforts.

Getting into the venue was a nightmare on Friday, with over 600 cars trying to make their way down a slippery road with only one lane, forcing officials to turn back motorists trying to leave.

Splashy Fen director Peter Ferraz said it was a problem that will never happen again.

“We put down four loads of shale earlier in the week and a huge thunderstorm tore it up, turning the road into a mound of porridge. Quad bikes were able to assist in pulling cars out, but it was a big strain,” he said.

“We plan to strengthen the road for next year’s 20th Splashy and we will make the road big enough so cars can travel in both directions.”

A crime syndicate was also bust. “A man who paid to get in and then set about his plan to steal from tents was caught red-handed and turned over to the police,” said Ferraz.

Ferraz said he had his best Splashy ever.

“The music has come of age,” he said. “Radio stations, record labels and TVs should wake up and realise the incredible talent that comes out through this event.”

In three days’ time, the farm of Splashy Fen will look like no one had ever been there, said Ferraz. Even the mud will have disappeared.

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