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SOUTHERN CROSS FESTIVAL (article first published : 2000-03-8)

Top Texan singer-songwriter and guitarist Shawn Phillips will kick off his 30th anniversary tour at Southern Cross. Phillips, who is credited with having introduced the sitar to pop music via George Harrison of the Beatles, will headline the festival on Friday night (solo) and Saturday night (with USA hotshot guitarist Van Wilks). Another highlights will be a performance by Ginger Baker and his new South African band. MC for the weekend's entertainment will be Barney Simon.

On Friday (March 24), the music starts at 18h00 and continues until 01h45. On the programme are: Adult Art , Liquid Sky , Ichabod , Famous Curtain Trick , Shawn Phillips , Butternut , Cinnabar, Steve Fataar & Ken E and Fruitfly Navigators

March 25's line-up sees entertainment right through from 09h00 to 01h45. Those performing are: Mim Erasmus & Puppets, Jack-In-The-Green, Fiona Tozer & Alien, Plastic Ocean, Halcyon, 3rd Streme, Dave Marks, Allan Judd & Dan Choirboli, Sunways, Steve Newman, Duncan Faure, Switch, Ginger Baker and his new band KZNQ, Syd Kitchen & Amakool, Shawn Phillips & Van Wilkes, The Tim Wells Band (who have recently released their debut album Fallen Through The Cracks), Jane Doe and Slugs Of War.

On March 26 the day's programme runs from 08h45 to 14h00 and features Interitmo Drummers, Theo Coetzee, Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, Salty Dog, Robin Auld, Richard Walne Band, Mike Smith (flying back from Australia for the festival), and the Wills Blues Band. The festival will close with a finale when all musicians will perform the number titled Southern Cross

For those not fully into the music, there are other attractions such as mountain climbing, abseiling, fly fishing or microlighting. The adventurous can go tubing down the rapids of the currently fast-flowing Mooi River with confidence as the Winkelspruit Lifesaving Club will be on duty the whole weekend! Game viewing can also be arranged and there will be pony and tractor-trailer rides for youngsters as well as a fully supervised crèche.

There will be food and flea market stalls, a fully-stocked bar and beer-only sales islands. Camping facilities include flushing toilets and hot showers, Telkom are installing card phones and Vodacom will ensure that there will be Vodacom cell coverage on the farm. Security and paramedics will be on duty 24-hours a day.

Tickets R180pp from TicketWeb or R190 at the festival gate with concessions to Folk Club members and for block bookings. Entry is free to children under 16 accompanying their parents.

Directions: Bypass Mooiriver toll plaza and take the Mooiriver/Greytown exit. You need to get onto R622, which goes past Sierra Ranch. Travel 17,5 km and take the Middelrus turnoff. Keep going on this Grade 'A' dirt road (ignore D508, D509, and D55) and take a right onto D371, then right again onto D750. Go through the gate control and the farm is just over the main bridge.)




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