Splashy Fen: Revellers enjoy a weekend of muddy fun in rain and some great music

2013-04-01 00:00

THIS year’s Splashy Fen lived up to its name with a downpour starting on Friday night which cooled the Underberg Valley down after a scorching week of sunshine.

The rain came back with a vengeance on Saturday night, leaving many Splashy revellers drenched, but it did not dampen spirits as people took to the various tents to stay dry, drink and listen to music.

The only casualties were clean clothes and people’s egos, as they slipped and slid their way to and from their tents.

Some of the highlights this year were the aerial displays of the Red Bull stunt planes who treated the festival to various low-altitude air displays during the day, and a showering of Easter eggs yesterday morning above the family tents.

The rain did, however, slow the schedule down as a main electric cable was submerged in the Splashy Fen Marquee which was shut down completely.

The main beer tent became the host for all artists who were meant to perform in the marquee, including the Easter Sunday comedy fest.

Fortunately for those who chose to leave early yesterday, there was a break in the weather. There were, however, many revellers whose cars needed to be towed out of the thick mud.

Food and beverage stall holders were pleased with the overall turnout at the event, with one beverage stall, The Mobile Café, selling over 2 000 warm drinks on Saturday alone. The craft market did not share the same success as many crafters were affected by the rain.

New to the festival this year were many “chill” areas, such as the smokers’ lounge, a hammock stand, and a phone-charging station, which included couches and bean bags for revellers.

Paramedics reported that there were no serious incidents and that there was nothing out of the ordinary for a music festival.

The festival was a major success, with many revellers wanting to return next year.

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