Easter 2019 will be Splashy Fen Music Festival’s 30th Edition, and what better way to get the major celebrations underway than with the release of a star-studded local and international main stage line-up.
This week, Festival organisers Stu Berry and Andrew van Rensburg of Impi Concept Events, took to the stage at an intimate launch party in Durban to announce the exciting Main Stage line-up for the 2019 Festival. Streaming live to their social media channels, the team revealed the first 11 acts – consisting of both international and local musicians - who will take to the Splashy Fen Main Stage across the 4-day music festival.
American rock band Wheatus will be making their debut in South Africa, along with musical magician Youngr from England and one-man band from Australia Kim Churchill. With a well-planned mix of eclectic folk jazz, electro-pop melodies and good old American punk rock, it’s a line-up that has something for everyone. And we’re only just getting started!
With just over three months to go until the 30th edition of South Africa’s friendliest festival kicks off in the beautiful rolling hills of Underberg, preparations are well underway for another fun-filled experience for one and all. Also set to entertain fans on the Splashy Fen Main Stage is Australian-born Juzzie Smith and a host of South African favourites such as Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Goodluck, Hot Water, Shortstraw, Desmond & The Tutus and Wonderboom. While Splashy Fen is now attracting big international names, the festival will continue to focus on partnering with KZN and SA artists at every opportunity.
WHEATUS - With a debut album that’s more than 17 years old, the well-known rock band from America have become synonymous with their timeless hits Teenage Dirtbag and A Little Respect. Easy lyrics, beats you can bop, mosh and dance to and a typically larger than life on-stage presence, they’re one to look out for at this year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival.
JEREMY LOOPS - From cult live act status in his hometown Cape Town, to a chart-topping album domestically, and a number of world tours; Jeremy Loops is nothing short of a world-class international artist. And he’ll be back at Splashy Fen this year, with his foot-stomping, beatboxing, looping antics… and fans can’t wait.
KIM CHURCHILL - Intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth… this is what Splashy Fenners can expect from Australian born Kim Churchill. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter once spent 18 months working on an album, only to scrap it moments before it was due for release. His reasoning? It “didn’t feel right”. So, Churchill picked up his guitar and wrote a second version of the album in one frenetic week. He then spent two months piecing together the new recordings with his producer in a garage in Western Sydney. The results? The ‘Weight_Falls’ album - a kaleidoscopic collection that is bound to take both fans and critics by surprise.
For more information of the 30th edition of Splashy Fen, visit the new Splashy Fen website, complete with 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 18th of April to Monday the 22nd of April 2019. Tickets are limited to 8 000 and available from splashyfen.co.za.