Splashy Fen 2008

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Expect a showcase of not only the best in folk, blues, rock, indie and electro dance, but also some of the most exciting new acts to come out of South Africa in a long time.

Included in the four-day programme of over 80 artists are the likes of Tree63, Goldfish, The Rudimentals, Miriam Backhouse, Dan Patlansky, Plush, Gonzo Republic, Redflecks (U.S.), Kidofdoom, Southern Gypsey Queen, Syd Kitchen, Josie Field, Avatar, Crossingpoint, New Loud Rockets, Napalma, The Arrows and many more.

Snuggling up under the Southern Berg stars

The long-standing tradition of staking out a site, setting up camp and settling in for a weekend of fun and fellowship means the general camping areas will no doubt continue to be the first choice for many festival-goers. As always, entrance to these campsites is included in the ticket price and campers can also look forward to improved ablution facilities.

Family campsite

Many Splashy ‘veterans’ now have spouses and children in tow, making the centrally-located, cordoned-off family campsite an option well worth considering. It carries a R100 per vehicle surcharge (payable on arrival), but don’t forget that entry for children under 12 is free. Also situated in this area is the children’s marquee and entertainment zone, with a full programme of daytime amusements plus an evening child-minding service.

Kreef Hotel

Anyone mistakenly put off at the thought of ‘roughing it’, will be pleased to know that Kreef Hotel will be back at Splashy again this year, offering a hassle-free, comfortable camping alternative. After all, what could be easier than checking in to a pre-pitched and spacious tent, complete with mattresses and linen, to enjoy all the expected amenities of a ‘regular’ B&B at very affordable rates?

Visit www.kreefhotel.co.za for bookings and more information.

Smart Choice

No camping options allow any form of glass – it may be more ‘green’ than plastic (which is easily cleared up after the event), but broken bottles and the like are not only an immediate danger to festival-goers but also a long-term hazard to the livestock whose grazing pastures are being ‘borrowed’ for the long-weekend.

Other attractions

Aside from all the great music and fun outdoor activities on offer, festival-goers can also look forward to a bigger and more colourful Craft Market and an even more extensive selection of appetising treats in the Food Court.

Whether buying or just browsing, Splashy Fen’s ‘new-look’ Craft Market offers the widest-ever choice of original handcrafted wares, ranging from aluminium flutes and other musical instruments to pottery, basketry and fine-art, funky local clothing lines, jewellery and accessories. There will also be décor items for the home and garden, hammocks, solar-powered camping gear, goods crafted from pewter, silver, leather, crystals and recycled materials, plus authentic Native American arts, crafts and teepees, complementary health therapies and the opportunity to see one of SA’s top graffiti artists in action. And rest assured, Saswitch-enabled ATM facilities will be available around the clock for when the shopping bug bites!

Catering for all tastes

Prepare to be spoilt for choice in the Food Court, which is guaranteed to cater for all tastes with a range that encompasses everything from Chinese stir-fries to pastas, pizzas, vegetarian dishes, falafel wraps, potjiekos, seafood, Indian cuisine and meals for the health conscious. Some of the country’s biggest names in fast food will also be there, as will the bacon-and-egg rolls and butternut soup that have become firm Splashy favourites over the years!

Another welcome addition is a bigger and more extensive beer garden and bar area, operated once again by the Sani Round Table. As is the case each year, a percentage of proceeds will be donated to local charities, an exercise in which Splashy Fen organisers have long been proud to participate.

Tickets are available at Game stores (R300), Computicket (R350) and at the festival gate (R400). The price includes camping for the entire long weekend and entrance for children under 12 is free. For more information and the latest festival news, visit www.splashyfen.co.za or contact Pedro at 082 892 6176.

PROGRAMME: GRANT ERSKINE MARQUEE

Thursday 20 March

18:00 Maisha

19:00 Lizé

20:00 Angus Burns

21:00 Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters

22:00 Splayed Ferrets

23:00 Black Cat Bone

Friday 21 March

12:00 Aden & Burning Soul

13:00 Boon

14:00 Shomon

15:00 Elizabeth

16:00 Splashy Fen Song Winner – Don Clarke

16:30 Miriam Backhouse (featured artist for 2008)

18:00 Zoe & Somebody’s Child

19:00 Syd Kitchen

20:00 Dan Patlansky

21:00 Plush

22:00 Spitmunkey

23:00 Goldfish

Saturday 22 March

12:00 Tim Pepper

13:00 Justin Taylor

14:00 Roly Struckmeyer

15:00 Cabins in the Forest

16:00 Vana

17:00 Guy Buttery

18:00 Josie Field

19:00 Johnny Dopper & the Rubber Soles

20:00 The Arrows

21:00 The Rudimentals

22:00 Southern Gypsey Queen

23:00 Tree63

Sunday 23 March

09:00 Underberg Zulu Dancers

Udumo Gospel Choir

12:00 Derrick & Haylea

13:00 Fox Fyre

14:00 Aaron Nel & The New Groove

15:00 Zephyr

16:00 The Bandits

17:00 Avatar

18:00 Munkinpure

19:00 New Loud Rockets

20:00 The Beams

21:00 Redflecks

22:00 Kidofdoom

23:00 DJ Veranda_panda

DJ Lapse

The Social Workers

Seake

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PROGRAMME: SPLASHY FEN MARQUEE

Thursday 20 March

18:00 The Goubutt Soldiers

19:00 N.I.P

20:00 Captain Stu

21:00 Sibling Rivalry

22:00 His Dying Wish

23:00 Bhora

Friday 21 March

09:00 Open Mic Registration

10:00 Open Mic Session - Starts

13:00 Open Mic Session - Closes

14:00 The Otherwise

14:45 Barkley Blazer

15:30 We Stole Snowy

16:15 Magic Of Pegasus

18:00 Aidan Cornhill

19:00 The Kings Of Vegas

20:00 Sheep Down

21:00 Japan & I

22:00 The City Bowl Mizers

23:00 Crossingpoint

Saturday 22 March

09:00 Open Mic Registration

10:00 Open Mic Session - Start

13:00 Open Mic Session - Closes

14:00 The Cokestrokes

14:45 The Uncut

15:30 The Pretty Blue Guns

16:15 Your Name In Neon

18:00 Fire Through The Window

19:00 Gonzo Republic

20:00 Habit To

21:00 Voodoo Child

22:00 The Kiff

23:00 Napalma

Sunday 23 March

09:00 Open Mic Registration

10:00 Open Mic Session - Starts

13:00 Open Mic Session - Closes

14:00 Pocket Change

14:45 Manuvah To Land

15:30 Love On Rollerskates

16:15 Go! Go! Bronco

17:30 DéMonique

18:00 The best of the Open Mic Sessions

20:00 Gently Scar’d

21:00 Seth

22:00 The Meditators

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