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.
SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL IS READY FOR YOU
Splashy Fen has 4 unique stage areas, over 150 local musicians, yoga, trail running, drumming, belly dancing, and didgeridoo classes, campsite flag competitions, a local SA day, a creative craft market, and inviting food court, silent disco, pop-up parties, dedicated kid-zone, art in the forest, cocktail viewing deck, Easter egg hunt, Sunday Easter service and so much more… not to mention fresh open air, star-speckled campfires, and glorious mountain views… all surrounded by a bunch of like-minded people who are grateful to be back on the Splashy Fen Farm after two years of being away.
The countdown to Splashy Fen is finally over!
This time next week, festival-goers will be lapping up the fresh mountain air as they embark on a 4-day sensorial experience at the 31st edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival. Local duo Liam and Jane Magner of Veranda Panda are two such fans, who have been eagerly awaiting their return to Splashy Fen.
“Splashy Fen is a part of who we are now,” says Liam. It’s a kind of annual pilgrimage that helps us to reset, re-think and centre ourselves. Personally, my first Splashy Fen was an incredible experience. I remember being struck by the sense of freedom, kindness, and community. In recent years the festival has really managed to rekindle that spirit.“
When asked, as artists, how the pair coped through the early Covid months, they too were shaken to their core but have used the experience to adapt and find positivity in their challenges. “The whole experience has been horribly divisive and has definitely left the world with a hangover of mistrust and fear. We suffered financially in the first year as we lost every single performance job over the space of two weeks. We are grateful to have had other revenue streams, but it took us a while to adapt. However, we have changed for the better. Living through chaos, and coming out the other side, has helped us see things more clearly.”
Fans can catch this electrifying Durban act and listen the some of the great new music they have been creating, at 20h30 on Friday night at the Corona Splashy Fen Main Stage. Other acts to catch on Friday night in the impressive dome marquee include Mali Zulu, 4 AM, Steve Umcolo, a heart-warming Johnny Clegg Tribute, and Mango Groove.
“We cannot wait to see Good Luck, Mango Groove, and Sean Koch this year,” says Magner. “But also, hanging out, laughing, relaxing, and meeting people is the part that we love the most. We have always been a fan of the energy between people there. Something magical happens under those mountains and for a few days, people are good to each other. We can’t wait.
Fans can take advantage of Splashy Fen’s brand new App. Log on and see who is performing when and where, find your friends, and build your own festival experience with reminders, updates, live tracking, and interactive community chats. The App is FREE to download here or visit http://woov.to/splashyfen
South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from next Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and tickets are still available online or at the gate.
Buy Tickets Here or visit https://splashyfen.howler.co.za/events/splashy-fen-2022-e8fc
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DURBAN’S FIRST DAY CLUB OPENS ITS DOORS!
This past week brought another first for Durban with the grand opening of Cuba Premium Day Club (situated in SHOP 1, Moses Mabhida Stadium). Embodying the cities ‘fresh and cool’ scenery, the opulent day club establishes a fine social scene from mid-day to the evening.
The line-up was hot as durbanites were treated to performances by one of the pioneers of Amapiano, DJ and producer Kabza De Small, the ‘Adiwele’ hit maker – Young Stunna, as well as Touch of Soul, Stanky DeeJay and Gqom duo Distruction Boyz, just to name a few.
“From Thursday – Sunday, 13h00 – 00h00, patrons can expect premium cuisine in a luxurious setting as well as high levels of service whilst enjoying the sounds of first-class selections of music maestros.” Says Zweli Dlamini – General Manager.
Cuba is situated in Durban’s most prestigious stadium, Moses Mabhida.
This is a unique concept for an all-day entertainment experience.
The Day Terrace makes for a perfect 5-star breakfast setting on weekends and as the day transitions to dusk, watch this space turn into an experience of its own.
Premium Lounging is the second part of this incredible venue. Dine and Lounge in style as you experience the highest level of service, whilst enjoying the sounds of our first-class selection of music maestros.
Embodying Durban’s ‘fresh and cool’ scenery, our day club establishes the social scene from the morning to evening.
Their luxurious setting forms an idyllic platform for story-telling and at times will simply be a place to exhale and be spoilt by the sublime offering on hand.
Cuba have a selection of fine dining cuisines that are inspired from around the world. Our dishes are made with the finest and freshest ingredients.
Friday – Sunday 13h00 – 00h00
DURBANS FIRST DAY CLUB!
For more information or reservations, please visit www.cubadayclub.co.za
THE COUNTDOWN FOR SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL HAS BEGUN
The show will go on… in the rolling foothills of the Drakensberg as fans eagerly count down the days until the 2022 Splashy Fen Music Festival kicks off, after a 2 year covid-induced break. And as is to be expected, plans are well underway to ensure that festival goers get to enjoy the very best of local music talent, a beautiful outdoor environment, and a chance to be around like-minded people all longing for a sense of freedom and normality.
South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and a stellar line-up of local musicians has been released to get fans even more excited for a long-weekend of LIVE entertainment.
“It has been absolutely devastating to have missed out on two years of hosting Splashy Fen Music Festival”, says Splashy Fen Festival Director Stu Berry. “Not just for our fans, but for the musicians and artists who have had to struggle without work for so long. This is why this is a particularly special event for us, as we work together to reignite the LIVE music scene and to prioritise our local artists in the process. To say we are excited for the Easter long weekend is an understatement.”
Thursday will kick off the festivities with a selection of musicians across the 4 unique stage areas. Fans can look forward to the sounds of the Honeymooners, Mahala, Holy Funk, Isigqisasekhaya, and Freddy-L on the Acoustic Stage. The Treehouse Stage will host Lindo M, Angel Mazibuko, The Kickstands, and more; while The Main Stage area will be quiet on Thursday, but only for those not wearing the Silent Disco headsets blasting a selection of golden oldies and latest dance releases.
Friday’s line-up will include Hayden Rattray, Nipho Hurd, Jason Gladwin, Faraway George, Zen Garden, and more on the Acoustic Stage; Shawn Miller, Dawn Morey, David Fisher and a selection of DJs at the funky Treehouse Stage; while the River Stage will blast the sounds of Tanner Wareham, Out Cry and South Wolves from 10h45, and the Main Stage festivities will kick off with Mali Zulu, 4AM, Steve Umculo, Veranda Panda and the legendary Mango Groove.
The Main Stage will open with Abaqgqobi on Saturday afternoon from 5 pm, followed by Martin Gill, Neon Dreams, the Jägermeister Brass Cartel, Goodluck, and all-time crowd-pleasers Mi Casa. Fans can also catch 4AM, The Kickstands, Faraway George and Full Swing at the River Stage from 10h45; Seth & Reece, Tiaan the Muzo, Gav Ferguson, Matt Gardiner, and Jared Volschenk on the Treehouse Stage; and South Bear, TATUM, Apollo Motel, Rowan Stuart and more on the Acoustic Stage in the Food Court area.
The final day of the festival will not disappoint, with a jam-packed line-up to remind fans why LIVE music and entertainment are so good for the soul. Catch Kat & Kirst, Upbeat Demeanour, Musa Mashiane, and more on the Treehouse Stage from midday; wander over to the Acoustic Stage for some Rorke Hunter, Braxton Hix, Qadasi & Maqhinga, Robin Auld, and Sol Natives, head down to the river for a refreshing dip while enjoying the sounds of the Bradley Grey Band, The Mavericks, Crystal Park and Zebra, then back up to the festival site for some Main Stage awesomeness with Bad Peter, Sean Koch, Rubber DUC, Desmond and the Tutus and Jeremy Loops.
A very limited amount of tickets are still available on the Splashy Fen website: www.splashyfen.co.za. No day visitors will be allowed to the 2022 festival, and Covid protocols will be announced to ticket holders in the weeks leading up to the festival. For any additional information, please email the team at email@example.com.
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