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SPLASHY FEN SONG (article first published : 2008-02-10)

The organisers of South Africa’s longest running and most renowned music festival, Splashy Fen, are looking for the ‘ultimate song’ to capture the spirit of what has evolved into the ‘ultimate outdoor experience’. Why? “Because we want something really special to drive the massive 20th anniversary Splashy Fen celebrations planned for 2009,” says festival manager, Pedro Carlo.

“What we’re after is a new, acoustic-driven song that’s radio friendly and no more than three-and-a-half minutes long: it can represent any genre of music, which means that the competition is open to everyone.”

Since its inception in 1990, Splashy Fen has provided a platform for close to 1,500 artists and helped to kick-start many a successful music career. If just a small percentage of these artists draw on their experiences at Splashy to come up with a song that epitomises what this unique festival is all about, then the number and calibre of entries should be high indeed.

The winning band or solo artist will re-record their song at Face Studios in Westville, then see it released – with design and artwork sponsored by Kablooey Studios – in time for Splashy Fen 2008, where they’ll perform it live on the main stage and shoot a music video. Other prizes include free website hosting by SAI Futurenet and a Yamaha jumbo body acoustic guitar (CPX500) with built in pick up and tuner sponsored by Yamaha and Music Inc. The ‘ultimate song’ will also form part of the year-long publicity campaign leading up to the milestone 20th anniversary edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival.

The closing date for entries was February 8. For more information, visit www.splashyfen.co.za or call Pedro on 082 892 6176.




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