With just over a month to go before South Africa’s friendliest festival Splashy Fen kicks off in the rolling foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, fans are booking their tickets at a pace of fury in anticipation for another sold-out festival this year.
With the recent announcement of the full 2020 festival line-up, there has been a buzz around the number of local talent that will be playing at Splashy Fen Music Festival this year.
“We spend months curating a unique line-up that appeals to our fans,” says Stu Berry, Festival Director. “And while we’re thrilled to be bringing 5 stellar international acts to our stages this year, we’re also very proud to remain whole-heartedly invested in the superb local talent that South Africa has to offer. In fact, more than half of this year’s acts come from KZN.”
In its early days, the festival genre focused heavily on folk and light folk-rock with the inclusion of traditional music styles such as mbaqanga and isicathamiya. Over the years, this offering has grown to include hip hop and pop music and in very recent years, electro jazz.
From local Underberg legends, to South African favourites, up-and-coming musos and international hotshots, there really is something for everyone to look forward to this year, with over 100 acts performing across 5 unique stage areas. Check out our review from past Splashy Fen here.
THE SPLASHY FEN MAIN STAGE:
The Splashy Fen Main Stage kicks off on Friday the 10th of April, and will have
the crowds on their feet all night and all weekend. Mali Zulu, Coleman Hell, Goodluck, Mi Casa, The Ndlovu Youth Choir, Frank Turner, Bad Peter, Shakey Graves, Rubber DUC and The Pierce Brothers are just some of the acts to catch; as well as the brand new Splashy Spectacle – a music, sound, lighting and experiential display to wow fans of all ages.
THE CORONA RIVER STAGE:
A firm favourite, the Corona River Stage is bigger and better than ever before and fans can make their way down to the refreshing waterside – via the new Corona bridge – from 10h45 on Friday the 10th of April. 4am, The Betsie Beers, Flying Bantu, Zebra, Faraway George among others, will entertain river frolicking festival goers until late on Sunday afternoon. Fans can also look forward to what is fast becoming a River Stage tradition, with a Surprise Set, where the stage is handed over to a particular artist/act from the festival’s line-up. Fans only know who is performing when they take to the stage.
THE ACOUSTIC STAGE:
In the heart of the Splashy Fen Food Court Area is the Acoustic Stage. Join Freddy-L, Steve Umculo, Down South, Bianca Sontoro, Mbijana Sibisi, Sol Natives, Coby Grant, and friends from 11h30 on Thursday the 9th to 21h00 on Sunday the 12th of April. Lounge around on hay bales with friends, old and new; enjoy a selection of over 30 food vendors and soak up the great sounds of every music genre out there. From acoustic harmonies to ukulele solos, and a dedicated Legends of the Fen set, run by Splashy Legends themselves, Don Clarke and Dicky Roberts.
“When Impi Concept Events first approached us in 2016 to run a stage at Splashy Fen, the objective was to showcase and in turn, celebrate the ‘legendary’ musicians who had played at Splashy regularly over the years,” says Clarke.
“Of course, we jumped on board, and since then, have worked tirelessly to craft a line-up that attracts the more mature festival goers. After three successful years with the likes of Steve Fataar, Brian Finch and PJ Powers making an appearance; we are pleased to note that the average attendance age of Splashy Fen is on the increase.”
This year, the Legends of The Fen showcase starts at 12h00 on Sunday the 12th with the exceptionally talented Rorke; Qadasi & Maqhinga at 13h15; The Songtellers & The Escape Goats at 14h30; Auldfield at 15h45 and Clout, who will entertain the crowds from 17h00.
THE TREEHOUSE STAGE:
The Splashy Fen Treehouse Stage is a magical space of creativity and whimsical wonder. A hand-made wattle stage lies hidden under the canopy of the Splashy Fen forest and has become a popular platform for budding musicians to showcase their skills.
Music performances start from 3:15 pm on Thursday the 9th through to Sunday the 12th of April, so come and enjoy music from Lindo M, Angel Mazibuko, The Kickstands, Gav Ferguson, Matt Gardiner, and more! Throughout the 4-day festival, you’ll also be treated to a series of Belly dancing performances, Digeridoo and Flow workshops, and an exciting new chill-out zone with a twist!
THE COUNT PUSHKIN ELECTRIC BOMA:
And for those who like to party the weekend away, the Electric Boma has it all: great music, quirky décor and party starters. Catch Sennora, Ryan Murgatroyd, Ty Stoltz, Melodica, Knott, Vimo and loads more from 19h00 on Friday the 10th to midnight on Sunday the 12th.
They’re selling like hotcakes… so be sure to grab yours today! 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
email@example.com | 031 566 5008
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