With 5 weeks to go until South Africa’s friendliest festival kicks off in the rolling hills of Underberg, the Splashy Fen team are excited about another epic line-up of music, activities and experiences for the 4-day festival.
Having recently presented the Main Stage line up for the 30th-anniversary event, the full line-up now includes over 100 acts performing across 5 unique stages. 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. Visit the Splashy Fen social media pages to check out when your favourite acts are performing.
THE TREEHOUSE STAGE:
The Splashy Fen Treehouse Stage has been a magical hit since its inception in 2017. A hand-made wattle stage hidden under the trees in the Splashy Fen forest has become a popular platform for budding musicians to showcase their skills. The vibe is laid back, the décor is whimsical and other-worldly and the vendors trading in this area offer a range of esoteric products and services.
Music performances start from 3:15 pm on Thursday the 18th of April; so come and enjoy music from Dawn Morey, The North and South, Gavin Ferguson, Blessing Tangban, Nipho Hurd and Chad Jubber, to name a few.
Throughout the 4-day festival, you’ll also be treated to a series of Belly dancing workshops and performances, Digeridoo and Flow workshops, and the Art-Go-Round interactive billboard – all an annual occurrence at the Treehouse Stage that makes Splashy Fen an experience of participation, something Impi Concept Events, the festival management team, have worked very hard to create.
“As a business, we are passionate about the South African music scene.” Says Creative Director, Andrew van Rensburg. “But what we’ve come to learn since we first took over the iconic festival in 2016, is that people come out to Underberg to enjoy more than just the music. Families big and small, groups of friends young and old… there are all types of people on site across the Easter long weekend and it’s our mission, and pleasure, to provide pockets of experiences for them all.”
THE ACOUSTIC STAGE:
Another firm favourite, and surrounded by over 30 delish food vendors in the Splashy Fen Food Court Area, is the Acoustic Stage. Join David Fisher, Bad Peter, Freddy-L, Hayden Rattray, Rowan Stuart, Lanky Jake, Hollowbody and more across the 4-day festival. Pull up a hay bale, order your lunch and stay ‘til dinner enjoying the great sounds of great talent with friends old and new.
From acoustic solos to bongo-playing harmonies and electric jazz set from Durban favourites Veranda Panda, and a Splashy Legends line-up hosted by locals Don Clarke and Dicky Roberts and featuring none other than South African icon PJ POWERS.
THE SPLASHY FEN MAIN STAGE:
The Splashy Fen Main Stage kicks off on Friday the 19th of April and is set to have the crowds on their feet all night and all weekend. Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions, Jeremy Loops, Wonderboom, Kim Churchill, YOUNGR, Mi Casa and Splashy Fen’s main headliner act, Wheatus are just some of the acts to catch.
THE CORONA RIVER STAGE:
Fans can look forward to another stellar line-up at the Corona River Stage from Friday morning. The Mavericks will open the festivities down on the popular river banks, followed by Sutherland, Minananzi Mbira, The Kickstands, The Steezies and more. 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 acts from the festival’s line-up. If the 2018 Surprise Set is anything to go by, you do not want to miss this!
THE RED SQUARE ELECTRIC BOMA:
For those fans looking to dance the night away, the Red Square Electric Boma is a hive of great music, quirky décor and party starters; catch Slim Beats, Royal Love, Huckleberry, Craig Rude, Kyle Deutsch, Crazy White Boy and East Coast Radio’s Bongani Mtolo, plus more.
“Dubbed one of South Africa’s most popular radio personalities and DJs, Splashy is proud to host Bongani Mtolo as part of our partnership with East Coast Radio,” says Stu Berry, Festival Director. “Having both Bongani playing at our Red Square Electric Boma as well as East Coast Radio broadcasting LIVE for their Drive Time Show further entrenches the fact that Splashy has such an extensive reach and appeal; all types of people, all types of sounds, all weekend long.”
The 30th edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival takes place on the Splashy Fen Farm, over the Easter long weekend from Thursday the 18th of April to Monday the 22nd of April. Only 1 700 tickets remain for the 30th edition of Splashy Fen Music Festival – so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment – visit splashyfen.co.za to get your tickets if you already don't have them.