Over 80 artists making a pilgrimage to Splashy

2010-02-27 00:00

MORE than 80 artists will be performing at this year’s Splashy Fen music festival, near Underberg, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.

Many of the faces who have helped to make Splashy a world-class festival will be there, including veteran Syd Kitchen, who will be jamming alongside the cream of South Africa’s rising new talent over the Easter weekend, from April 1 to 5.

This year’s line-up includes all-girl vamp-rock band Cortina Whiplash, the show-stealing Celtic fusion outfit Haggis and Bong (bagpipes and all), and Jo’burg rockers The Shadowclub performing on the Grant Erskine Marquee stage.

Also on the bill are Southern Gypsy Queen, Prime Circle, Plush, Cape Town dance trio Goodluck, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ard Matthews, Straatligkinders — the multi-award winning rock powerhouse from Potchefstroom — Indie pop sensations New Holland, and ska-punk veterans Hog Hoggidy Hog.

Making his Splashy Fen debut is Afrikaans comedic rapper Jack Parow, from Bellville in the Cape, whose hit single Coo­ler as Ekke has taken YouTube by storm. The notorious Fokofpolisiekar and electro-rock outfit Die Heuwels Fantasties are sure to make their mark on this year’s festival.

Fans of African-influenced roots music can look forward to performances by Jozi reggae-rock stalwarts Tidal Waves and Capetonians Hot Water with their funky, bluesy Afro-rock; Zululand’s David Jenkins, who plays a fusion of maskandi and bluegrass, and Bongeziwe and The Fridge who offer urban folk music, soul, hip-hop and mbaqanga. There will also be performances by choirs and dancers from the KwaSani are­a as part of Splashy’s Underberg Community Showcase.

Other artists to look out for include Durban’s Tree Houses On The Sea (T.H.O.T.S.) with their experimental hip-hop, Spitmunky with their fresh electronic rap, and blues artists like Jack Rabbit Slims, Redhand Blues Band, the Albert Frost Trio and Dan Patlansky.

An exciting development at this year’s festival is the expansion of the second stage, dubbed the Splashy Fen Stage, which will be covered with a marquee and offer more space for bands and fans.

The evenings will offer a blistering line-up that includes funk ‘n soul monsters Voodoo Child, Catlike Thieves and the California-based rock outfit, Horse the Band, performing on Sunday, April 4, as part of their upcoming Reigns in Africa tour.

Other bands to watch out for are No One’s Arc, with their distinctive brass-infused sound, Holly and The Woods, True To Adopted, The Meditators, Zoe, Sheep Down, The Sick Leaves and Newtown.

Tickets are R425 at Computicket and selected Game stores, or R550 at the gate.

For more information, visit www.splashyfen.co.za or phone 031 563 0824.

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