It’s hard to believe – but things have just gotten hotter in Durban, as Splashy Fen Music Festival announces their 2020 Main Stage line-up. And it’s a goodie! Obviously.
Festival organisers Impi Concept Events hosted an intimate gathering for ticket holders and sponsors at the Kingston Beach Club in Durban for their exclusive launch party; an annual event where the Splashy Fen Main Stage line-up was announced. Streaming live to the festival’s social media channels, the team revealed the first 14 acts – consisting of both international and local musicians – who will take to the Splashy Fen Main Stage across the 4-day music festival.
With less than 2 months to go until the 31st edition of South Africa’s friendliest festival, you can be sure that the Splashy Fen farm is already a hub of activity as organisers prepare for another fun-filled experience for fans of all ages. And of course, there is music for every taste too.
“We spend months and months considering the right direction for our musical line-ups,” says Stu Berry, Festival Director. “So it’s always a big deal when it comes time to make the announcement to our fans. Last year, 5 000 Splashy Fenners completed an event survey, in which 92% of people questioned, indicated that their attendance at Splashy Fen was NOT due to the headliner acts, but rather that they trust the Splashy brand to always bring good music, and the nature of the stage performance was much more important to them than a band with top-charting hits.”
“So this year, we have focused our energy and line-up curation on musical acts that will connect with our fans through not just their talent, but through their energy and emotion too. Acts like the critically acclaimed Ndlovu Youth Choir, Mi Casa and Goodluck are just some of our South African artists who tick all the boxes. And we’ve got a handful of international acts too, who we are confident will leave a lasting impression.”
Multi-platinum artist Coleman Hell will be the first international act to hit the Splashy Fen Main Stage on Friday the 9th of April, along with Mali Zulu, Josh Wantie, The Steezies and South African dance favourites Goodluck.
Bad Peter will open the show on Saturday afternoon, followed by American artist Shakey Graves, the acclaimed Ndlovu Youth Choir, musical showstopper The Jagermeister Brass Cartel and one of those most high-energy acts in South Africa; Mi Casa.
Back by very popular demand, Australian Duo The Pierce Brothers will be blowing up the Splashy Fen Main Stage on Sunday evening, along with England’s Frank Turner and South Africa’s very own Rubber DUC and Desmond and the Tutus.
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINER ARTISTS
SHAKEY GRAVES – His family know his as Alejandro Rose-Garcia, but to the rest of the world, he is the talented, artistic and indie-inspired Shakey Graves. He has been categorised as an Americana singer/songwriter, thanks to his traditionally rooted songs, fluent acoustic-guitar picking, Texas roots and his trusty cowboy hat. He was named Best Emerging Artist at the 2015 Americana Awards, and finally, he will be gracing the Splashy Fen Main Stage as one of the festival’s few international acts.
FRANK TURNER – He may be an English punk and folk singer-songwriter, but it is Turner’s artistic ability to tell stories through his music that makes him an act not to be missed at this year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival. All of Turner’s eight studio albums mix and match his raw musical talent with a spirit of storytelling that creates a vibe much like the title of his first solo EP: Campfire Punkrock.
COLEMAN HELL – The multi-platinum, Juno Award nominated singer, songwriter and producer Coleman Hell is headed for the rolling foothills of Underberg, all the way from Canada… and there is no doubt that fans will go wild when he takes to the Main Stage to perform breakthrough hits like “2 Heads” and “Fireproof”. His debut album, Summerland, achieved gold status in his native Canada and spawned two multi-platinum singles (mentioned above), as well as a host of additional accolades.
THE PIERCE BROTHERS – If you were one of the lucky ones who got to see Australian duo The Pierce Brothers blow up the Splashy Fen Main Stage in 2018… and if you haven’t already booked your #splashy2020 ticket – we bet you will now! From their early days of street busking in Melbourne, to their inaugural and unforgettable performance at Splashy Fen in 2018, followed by a host of festival headlines and world tours… the Pierce Brothers are back! Need we say more.
The multi-instrumentalist twin brothers have been shaking dance floors with their irresistible energy and world-class live stage performances, bringing a collection of folksy blues to fans across the globe. Splashy Fen is ready for their high energy and cannot wait for what is bound to be a firm favourite.
What?! You haven’t bought your ticket yet?! Best you head over to the Splashy Fen website for all the important bits and bobs on how to book tickets, what to pack, where to camp, who to watch and more.
South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 9th of April to Monday the 13th of April 2020. Tickets are limited to 9 000 and available from www.splashyfen.co.za
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We are giving away x3 tickets over the course of 3 months to Splashy Fen Festival 2020!
To win yourself a ticket, drop us a comment below telling us which music act you’re most looking forward to seeing?
TAPAS OYSTER BOX STYLE
With nobody travelling internationally at the moment The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his culinary Team, decided to take guests to exotic places through their food instead. So the Flavour-cation concept was born. Through a variety of food experiences ‘flavour vacations’ are put together to showcase exciting new tastes… literally on our doorstep.
With the Tapas menu (Spanish word for small savoury dishes), each item, has a main ingredient and everything else on the plate contributes to the overall taste sensation. “We looked at what is popular with diners,” says Chef Joseph, “such as oysters, prawns, sharing platters etc. and then added our own taste profile and flair to each dish, to give it an Oyster Box twist. The babotie spring rolls are an example; our steamed buns are baked in-house; the Oysters harvested from our own beds and the pear chutney and hummus cooked from scratch.” The menu also offers ample choice for Vegetarians.
Tapas will be on offer in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars until the end of November, with new and exciting dishes being added to the menu on an ongoing basis, so that our guests always have something new to look forward to.
Alongside the menu, a wide selection of wine, beer, Champagne and sparkling wine is on offer. A special mention should be made of the House Wine Selection, from our internationally-acclaimed sister winery, Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Known for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and renowned Pinot Noirs.
The TAPAS Menu is served in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars from 12:00-19:30 daily.
Booking is essential on 031 514 5000 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGH DAYS & HOLIDAYS AT THE OYSTER BOX
Plan ahead for the winter holidays in South Africa’s warmest province and celebrate the festive season early at The Oyster Box.
There’s something for everyone this July.
– There’s no doubt that Christmas 2020 was a fairly low-key event compared to the usual festivities The Oyster Box is known for. To make up for it, their food and beverage team is promising more fun and festivity during the month of July, than we’ve seen for a while…AND it includes a Christmas celebration…Yes, in July!
They are also going ‘glam’ in true Oyster Box style, for one of the country’s most prestigious horse-racing events, The Vodacom Durban July.
So, get your hat on and don’t miss the chance to join us in this ‘sport of kings’ event on Saturday 3 July.
Treat yourself to our legendary Crayfish and Prawn Cocktail and a complimentary glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel from Monday to Sunday, 12h00-19h00 in The Oyster Bar at R390.00 per person.
Celebrate the Vodacom Durban July at The Oyster Box – 3 July 2021
Let Executive Chef Kevin Joseph bring the Vodacom Durban July to you this year, with all the elegance and style you’d expect on the big day! Dress to the theme, get to know more about the jockeys and their mounts and stand a chance to win a variety of prizes during the course of the day.
Pick the most Winners and stand a chance to win a night’s stay at The Oyster Box. Drinks and luxury canapes on arrival in the Durban July Room from 11h00, followed by a traditional braai and accompaniments on the Lighthouse Bar Terrace from 13h00. A bottomless gin bar will be available with a DJ keeping the punters’ spirit’s up.
From Monday to Sunday 5-31 July, The Oyster Box Christmas in July Ski Lodge is back in the Lighthouse Bar, from 12h00-19h00 daily. With Live music on a Saturday and Sunday at lunchtime with Rob Warren performing Christmas and contemporary rock , the nostalgic atmosphere of a mountain ski-lodge is brought to you Durban-style. Choose between one of our three gourmet Christmas Subs (Gammon, Turkey or Roast Beef), served with a Ciroc Christmas cocktail at R250 per person.
On Wednesday 7 July, the Rebels of Black Elephant Vintners & Co, pair 13 of their wines with a musical soundtrack of their lives. Strong supporting line-up provided by Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Team, from 18h00-21h00 in the Oyster Bar. Cost is R590.00 per person.
One of Durban’s most respected Cocktail Mixologists, Haroon Haffajee brings his innovative magic to the Wonderful World of Whisky at The Oyster Box on Wednesday 14 July 2021. Drinks in the Oyster Bar on arrival at 18h00, with dinner in The Grill Room from 18h30. The four-course sensory experience will feature whiskies from the Diageo World Class portfolio, paired with Haroon’s inimitable style, at R690.00 per person.
Finally…a chance to celebrate the Festive Season that wasn’t!! Join us for a traditional Christmas in July lunch on Sunday 25 July 2021 on the Ocean Terrace from 12h00-15h00. With live music by Leon, a visit from Santa and entertainment for kiddies, you’re in for a fun time. Adults are R690.00 per person and R350.00 for Kids under 12 years.
The monthly Wine Wednesday food and wine evenings are back, with different South African wine estates hosting the monthly dinner, in conjunction with Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Brigade. The evening kicks-off at 18h00 in The Oyster Bar with canapes (first course) and a welcome drink at individual tables. Guests move to The Grill Room at 18h30 for dinner, with an explanation from the Chef about the Menu and comments from the Farm representative on the various pairings, throughout the evening. Wines from the featured estate will be available to order on the evening.
July’s event on Wednesday 28 July features French-style wines from Morgenster Estate and a French-inspired menu courtesy of The Oyster Box. Family-owned and family-run, Morgenster has a long history dating back 300 years. Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, the property produces award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil.
EXCEPTIONAL DINING AT THE OYSTER BOX
* High Tea in The Palm Court – Inspired by the hotel’s original architecture and with chandeliers purchased from the Savoy Hotel in London, High Tea at The Oyster Box is a lengthy, leisurely affair. Live piano music provides the perfect backdrop to tea. High Tea is served daily at the following times: Mondays – Fridays from 14h30 – 17h00. Saturdays and Sundays, 12h00-14h00 & 15h00-17h00. Cost is R390.00 per person.
* Legendary Breakfast in the Ocean Terrace – With al fresco tables offering panoramic Indian Ocean sea views and regular sightings of passing whales and dolphins, the generous breakfast buffet which includes fresh Oysters and Sparkling Wine, is the perfect way to start your day. Breakfast is served from 07h00-10h30 daily at R450.00 per person.
*The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace – Continues to attract fans from far and wide. Set in the Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean, the impressive curry selection, of at least 11 curries daily, includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs…each curry is a masterpiece in itself. The Curry Buffet is open for lunch and dinner from 12h00-20h30 at R390.00 per person.
Versatile muso Leon, provides Live Music from Thursday to Saturday evening and on a Sunday at lunchtime.
Due to current covid protocols, reservations are essential. Dinner bookings are available from 17h00-19h30 and Lunch bookings from 12h00-15h00.
For enquiries and to book for one of the events, contact Restaurants on (031) 514 5000 or by e-mail on email@example.com
Cake & Prosecco Class at Old Town Italy
Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at our adored Old Town Italy stores 🎂
Start your morning at 10am, where you will learn a series of cake decorating techniques while sipping on refreshing Prosecco 🥂
This class includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.
See upcoming dates below:
5 June – Marble Buttercream
Price: R650 per person
Limited tickets available at each store
Enquire in store or contact us directly to book & find out more info:
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