Great line-up at this year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival

2012-03-23 00:00

THE tranquil Underberg farm on which the annual Splashy Fen Music Festival is held will soon transform into a tent town when thousands of people from around the country descend on the southern Drakensberg this Easter (April 5 to April 9) for four days of great music in a spectacular mountain setting.

Excitement has been building since the announcement of this year’s line-up, featuring Van Coke Kartel, Zebra & Giraffe, The Graeme Watkins Project, Jeremy Loops, Arno Carstens and Albert Frost, Tidal Waves, The Black Hotels, Dan Patlansky­, The Rudimentals, Lark (Electro), Madala Kunene, John Ellis, Gary Thomas, Shadowclub, Mr Cat and The Jackal, Gangs of Ballet, The La Els, December Streets, City Bowl Mizers, P.H.Fat and Niskerone, among many others.

The line-up not only includes more than 80 of the finest live acts the country has to offer, but will also showcase more genres than before. Expect ska, reggae, folk, anti-folk, acoustic, drum and bass, electronica, jazz, blues, maskandi, Indian classical and everything in between.

According to festival organiser Pedro Carlo, of all the genres, the one most strongly represented is rock, served up in a number of different ways — from rockabilly and bluegrass to alternative rock, melodic punk rock, instrumental progressive rock, and a new wave of rock ’n roll.

“Splashy Fen is all about having fun, and we wanted to reflect that in our line-up this year, which could well be our most exciting,” says Carlo­.

Aside from the music, there are also loads of fun family activities — river­ tubing, paintball, zip-lining and a 12-metre slide as well as a craft market and retail area, numerous food and drink outlets, children’s entertainment and a separate family campsite, not forgetting the wonderful experience of being in the great outdoors, in the heart of the southern Drakensberg.

Supported by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, Splashy Fen has something for everyone.

For many it’s become an annual tradition, and if you’ve never been before, it’s something to be experienced at least once in your lifetime.

Tickets cost R500 at Computicket and include camping for the entire festival.

Children aged four to 11 pay R125 and children under four get in free.

The gates open at 7 am on Thursday, April 5.

No under 18s without parental supervision.

For more information and the full programme, visit www.splashyfen. or contact 031 563 0824.


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