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TREE63 FOR SPLASHY FEN 2008 (article first published : 2008-02-22)

Hot on the heels of yet another internationally-acclaimed album release, local rock icons Tree63 will be in South Africa next month and will perform at Splashy Fen 2008, which runs over the Easter weekend from March 20 to 24.

Tree63 last visited South Africa early in 2007 when their triumphant Tour the Beloved Country saw the band playing to over 23,000 fans at just eight shows. Their upcoming performance at Splashy Fen will also be a homecoming of sorts, as it’s been five years since they took to the stage at this annual music festival held near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal.

Tree63 will join an awesome line-up of over 70 established and up-and-coming artists, including the likes of Goldfish, Dan Patlansky, The Rudimentals, Kidofdoom, The Arrows, Guy Buttery, Syd Kitchen, Crossingpoint, Southern Gypsey Queen, New Loud Rockets, Gonzo Republic, Johnny Dopper & the Rubber Soles, Fire Through the Window and Habit To, as well as folk singer/songwriter Miriam Backhouse (aka Mim Erasmus), who is the featured artist for 2008.

The longest-running music festival in the country, Splashy Fen also offers a range of fun outdoor activities for the whole family, arts and crafts, assorted food and drink outlets, children’s entertainment and child-minding services, plus a separate family campsite and tent hotel. Splashy Fen has something for everyone; in fact there’s nothing else in South Africa quite like it!

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) has once again added its support to the festival as part of its ongoing efforts to drive tourist volume into the province and boost the number of visitors to the scenic Drakensberg area. “Key events like Splashy Fen increase awareness of KwaZulu-Natal as a ‘must visit’ destination, helping to build the image of the province and ensure that visitors return again and again,” said TKZN CEO, Ndabo Khoza.

Tickets are available at selected Game stores (R300), Computicket (R350) and at the festival gate (R400). The price includes camping for the entire long weekend. Entrance for children under 12 is free. For more information and the latest festival news, visit www.splashyfen.co.za or contact Pedro at 082 892 6176.




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