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SPLASHY FEN 2007 (article first published : 2007-02-24)

A number of top artists have been confirmed for this year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival, which takes place over the Easter weekend (April 5 to 9) on a farm near Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal.

Established in 1990, Splashy Fen is the longest-running music festival in the country and each year brings thousands of people together – from across South Africa and even from abroad – for what has become the ‘ultimate outdoor experience’.

This five-day event offers a multi-genre line-up of some of the country’s hottest established artists and promising newcomers to the music scene, as well as a variety of fun outdoor activities for the whole family. And with several new accommodation options and improved facilities being introduced, it’s clear that Splashy Fen 2007 is geared up to be the best yet!

The Grant Erskine Marquee aims to offer a programme to appeal to the broadest audience possible. Just some of the artists lined-up for this year’s festival are: Chris Chameleon, The Parlotones, Tony Cox, Lark, Sitter, Jack Hammer, DNA Strings, Tidal Waves, Rory Eliot, Bed on Bricks, New Academics, Southern Gypsey Queen, SpoonFeedas and Craig & Vaughan's Bagpipe Emporium.

The Splashy Fen Marquee, on the other hand, will cater more for hard rock and alternative music fans, featuring acts like The Hellphones and Taxi Violence. Thursday and Friday nights will be hosted by Durban’s premier live music venue and nightclub, Burn, with a line-up that includes LA Cobra, The Kiff, Myepic and Habit To among others.

The popular SAI/SAMRO Free Stage will also be back again this year, providing a platform for as-yet-undiscovered artists, who will enjoy access to full backline equipment and professional sound engineers. The best of the SAI/SAMRO Free Stage will then go forward to a final where the winner will be offered a prime slot in 2008.

Other attractions range from river rafting, hiking, horseback trails and paintball to drumming circles and workshops, an extensive arts and crafts market, a wide assortment of food stalls and the ever-popular African Rainbow Village with its complementary therapists. Youngsters are also catered for, with fun activities to keep them amused during the day and a child-minding service available from 19h00 to 22h00 each evening.

In addition to an on-site ATM, hot showers and upgraded toilets, festival-goers will this year also be able to hire luxury motor-homes or book into a new ‘tent hotel’ on a bed and breakfast rate. For the first time, there will also be a special cordoned-off family campsite.

Tickets at selected Game stores in KZN (R285), Computicket (R310) and at the festival gate (R350). Entrance is free for children under 12.

For the latest festival news, full programme details or information on where to stay, contact Pedro at 082 892 6176 or visit www.splashyfen.co.za




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