Sun shines on record 9 000 Splashy fans, musicians

2009-04-12 00:00

Sun, glorious sun; musicians old and new — the 20th anniversary of Splashy Fen this weekend will go down in history as the most successful year of the event, with the organisers satisfying every need of the record-breaking 9 000 crowd and no major incidents being reported to mar the occasion.

It was particularly rewarding for the founder and director of the event, Peter Ferraz, who said he was able to listen to most of the music for a change.

“When I first started Splashy, I could hardly talk to people — I was always running around fixing things,” he said.

“Because my stresses have been outsourced to an excellent management team, I can enjoy the event more. I was able to hear more of the bands than ever before and I thought they all played out of their skins,” he said. “They’ve all excelled.”

A particular crowd pleaser was Cape Town-based electronica group Goldfish, who managed to fill the main marquee to such a point that condensation began dripping on to the entranced audience. Event manager Pedro Carlo was seen at the soup tent after the event. “I’ve never seen so many people in there before. I think next year we’ll have to make it bigger to fit more people in,” he said.

The sun was certainly a change from last year’s mud fest, and the organisers were lucky with their gamble in having one large tent and another open-air stage.

“It was a gamble having one of the stages in the open, but it paid off,” said Ferraz.

Living up to its name a little too extravagantly as a festival to launch budding new artists, Splashy hosted Customized, a band of five children, who haven’t yet cracked their teens. But the act was enthusiastically received.

“Splashy depends on the audience — with the hope that they support the bands well and don’t get into any trouble — and its team of organisers and musicians, who ensure the event is a first class event,” said Ferraz.

“And it’s great to see it work so phenomenally well.”

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