MUSIC, MERRIMENT AND MORE
The Splashy Fen crew have been hard at work
over the last few months, preparing for the 2018 edition of South Africa’s
Friendliest Festival. And fans old and new, will not be disappointed.
With one month to go, the full artist line-up has been released with the
likes of Chico Muyo, FREDDY – L, Rusty Red, Don Clarke & Dicky Roberts, Mali
Zulu, Monark, Jerry and the Bandits, Rubber DUC, Bowling for Soup, Mango
Groove, Hot Water, GoodLuck and Ard Matthews gracing the stages of the 28th
Splashy Fen Music Festival. With over 300 hand-picked artists, across 5
unique stages, over 4 days, fans do not want to miss out on this one. Adding
to that, and in keeping with Splashy Fen’s self-imposed responsibility to
expose, develop and promote local artists, of the 320 musicians that will be
performing at Splashy Fen this year, 302 are South African. In addition, the
2018 Splashy Fen will host the largest number of KZN born artists in its
27-year history, with 46% of all musicians hailing from KZN.
Splashy Fen management have made a strategic effort to cap the number of
tickets available this year, making only 7 000 tickets available to fans.
“We want everyone who attends Splashy Fen to feel a part of the culture.”
Says Andrew Van Rensburg, Splashy Fen Creative Director. “We are adamant in
providing a high-quality experience and a high level of service. Capping the
number of available tickets at 7 000 is a commitment that shows we are less
interested in ticket sales and more passionate about creating the best
possible experience for everyone.”
Some exciting things to look out for at the 2018 Splashy Fen Music Festival
THE SPLASHY BUS
Introducing the Splashy Bus, powered by Zeelo. The Splashy Fen experience
just got a whole lot better, and easier, for fans, who can now leave their
cars behind and join other party-goers on a car pool of a different kind.
The Splashy Bus will collect travelers from two central points, in Durban
and Pietermaritzburg, and transport them up to the festival, and return, all
for only R300. It also adds to the festivals efforts to reduce their carbon
footprint, with fewer people travelling in separate cars. Grab your friends
and book a seat now: www.zeelo.co.za/rides.
PRE-ORDER DRINKS SYSTEM
Pre-order your campsite alcohol for collection at Splashy Fen,
using the MiTreat App. Available through the Google Play Store or the Apple
iStore, the MiTreat App lets fans order and pay for their campsite drink
selection before they arrive, and collect the goods on site for the first
two days of the festival – hassle free and convenience at its best. This
initiative is a new “events” category on the MiTreat App that will be
launched at the 2018 Splashy Fen, so be sure to give it a go. For more
information visit the Splashy Fen website.
FIRESTONE KARAOKE KOMBI
2018 will see the Firestone’s Karaoke Kombi take to the road for its first
full year of fun and music, stopping off in Underberg for the 2018 Splashy
Fen Music Festival, and we cannot wait. The activation involves two Kombis –
one a classic 1972 VW Brasília kombi and the other one brand new – converted
into mobile karaoke studios. Fittingly, the Brasília kombi is host to the
large catalogue of old-school songs, while its newer sibling features the
best of new school karaoke songs.
Each kombi is equipped with microphones, a sing-along TV-screen and
speakers, which allow guests to jump in, close the doors behind them and
sing to their heart’s content. Behind the scenes, a team of audio
technicians record each performance and upload it to social media, before
sharing it via mobile message with the singers and their friends. At Splashy
Fen, everyone has a chance to perform for their biggest fans.
“Splashy Fen is a happy place. We’re working around the clock to make sure
of it, so that fans can enjoy a weekend filled with adventure, great
entertainment and so many opportunities to make amazing memories”, says Van
“We’re really excited about all the new things we have added this year.
We’ve built a series of new showers, we’ve got exciting things happening
down at the new Corona River Stage, there’s a larger-than-life hand-made
look-out tower constructed by the talented artist Kim Goodwin, our transport
offering on The Splashy Bus offers fans an amazing alternative to driving up
to the festival, and our Battle of the Fen competition gives a local artist
the opportunity to fight it out for a spot on our main stage. We’re all
about creating ‘that’ Splashy Fen experience. And we believe it is what puts
the festival right up there, on a global ranking level.”
In addition to winning a 2017 Lilizela Tourism Award in recognition for
contributing over R35 million to the KZN community, 2018 sees Splashy Fen
ranked as one of the Top 5 things to do in March by American Express
Essentials. On the same platform, the festival has also made the list of the
300 Best Festivals on Earth, a status that puts Splashy Fen up there with
other global festivals.
South Africa’s oldest music festival will take place over the traditional
Easter weekend from Thursday the 29th of March to Monday the 2nd of April
2018. Festival goers will be able to experience a long weekend in the
picturesque setting of Underberg, taking in the natural amphitheaters,
beautiful mountain views, winding rivers and expansive camping fields, all
the while celebrating art, life, music and each other in true Splashy Fen
style. Tickets are available at www.splashyfen.co.za.
Issued on behalf of:
Impi Concept Events
Kendall Snyman: Public Relations Officer, Splashy Fen Music Festival.
+27 73 516 2308
For more information go to www.splashyfen.co.za.