Join the great Easter Gig-Hunt

2008-03-15 00:00

Decisions, decisions. Splashy Fen or My Coke Fest? The Strings and Skins Trio (featuring Hadjiyorki Georgiades, Ashish Joshi and Steve Newman) or John Roff at the Bot Gardens? These are the dilemmas facing music lovers in KwaZulu-Natal over the Easter weekend on March 21 to 24.

Splashy Fen, as the big local attraction, has a crème-de-la-crème line-up of some of South Africa’s finest musicians and emerging musicians. For R300 (tickets at Game stores), Splashy Fenners get to camp out in the southern Drakensberg and witness the likes of Tree63, Goldfish, The Rudimentals, Miriam Backhouse, Dan Patlansky, Plush, Gonzo Republic, Redflecks (U.S.A.), Kidofdoom, Southern Gypsy Queen, Syd Kitchen, Josie Field, Avatar, Crossingpoint, New Loud Rockets, Napalma and The Arrows. Add on petrol, food and beverage costs and the tally looks set at around R500 — that’s if you’re resourceful and pool together with some mates. All the information is on

Against the lure of nature is the lure of the big cities — alas not Durban, but Cape Town and Johannesburg — where My Coke Fest takes place on the same weekend. For those besotted with international rock music, the line-up is irresistible. The draw cards include the likes of superstars 30 Seconds To Mars, Korn, Muse, Chris Cornell, Kaiser Chiefs and Good Charlotte. South African bands for Johannesburg include Lonehill Estate, Crash Car Burn and Wonderboom, while Cape Town gets Shy Guevarras and Van Coke Cartel. Prime Circle is the only SA band playing at both venues. General admission is R400, while students get in at R330. If you’re planning on going, the organisers have very strict guidelines as to what can be taken in, or rather, what can’t be taken in. “No cameras, no cooler boxes, no bottles, no drinks of any sort, no alcohol, no chairs, no weapons, no studded arm bands, no studded jewellery of any sort, no umbrellas of any sort or any recording equipment allowed,” say the organisers. They have assured the public that there will be many more food and beverage stalls than last year to lessen the queues. For the low-down, visit

The Strings and Skins Trio is worth a visit on Saturday, March 22. North coast music lovers will be gathering at the launch of a new outdoor live music venue on Claremont Farm in Salt Rock. Greg and Jane Forsythe, previously owners of the Ballito Cinema which was the scene of some great live music events, are running the outdoor venue at Claremont Farm. The Strings and Skins trio consists of Hadjiyorki Georgiades, Ashish Joshi and special guest Steve Newman, no stranger to local music lovers. Tickets are R70, and there will be food and a cash bar, with the music kicking off at 8pm, but organisers encourage you to go along earlier and soak up the vibe. Bookings at 084 800 0431, and take along a blanket.

For the least adventurous travelling types, you can always count on some action within Pietermaritzburg. On Saturday, March 22, John Roff, famed as a musician for his bamboo flutes, will be performing at the Botanical Gardens’ Strelitzia Room Restaurant from 9.30 am until 11 am, and visitors can come and go for as long or as short as they like. There is an entrance fee into the gardens but no charge for the instrument recital. Roff will play and demonstrate a range of fascinating instruments, including bamboo flutes, a kiaat xylophone, log didgeridoo, kalimba, karimba, ocarina, jaw harp, psaltery and several others. For any inquiries, give Roff a call at 083 662 2306.

Decisions, decisions … but whatever you decide, take some photos, visit, and send us your Easter weekend photos so those who didn’t get there can share your experience.

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