SPLASHY FEN 2020 Festival Line-up
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