EXPECT MORE AT SOUTH AFRICA’S FRIENDLIEST FESTIVAL
This Easter, the rolling foothills of the Southern Drakensberg mountains
will come alive with the sounds of 7 000 happy campers, a host of musical
talent from across South Africa and activities for the whole family to
In its continuous efforts to not only be South Africa’s friendliest
festival, but one which encourages participation and interaction, Splashy
Fen is proud of its long list of family-themed activities and entertainment
for fans over the Easter long weekend this year. From yoga to belly dancing,
drumming workshops, trail running, river frolicking, face painting, fashion
shows, art and music from all genres, there really is something for every
kind of fan, of every age, race, culture and gender.
2017 saw the introduction of the festivals first art installation, The
Rising Earth Pod, a wondrous creation by KwaZulu-Natal artist and sculptor
Kim Goodwin. Kim created an impressive towering structure on the banks of
the Splashy Fen river by weaving and manipulating Wattle, an invader plant
material found in nature. “I challenged myself with this concept,” says
Goodwin. “I wanted to create something that looked like something you would
see in a microscope or through a telescope. Something we don’t necessarily
recognise. It creates a sense of wonder and I’m drawn to that. As are
Having conceptualised and built structures at the well-known Afrika Burn
Festival in the Karoo, Goodwin says that this year, fans can look forward to
something a little more interactive. “We are building a slightly scaled down
version of a piece we did in the Karoo recently. Because there is so much
work and time and effort that goes into creating one of these structures,
when we recreate it as a smaller version of itself, we really get an
opportunity to focus on perfecting it.”
By no means a small installation, the 3-metre look-out temple that is near
completion on the Splashy Fen Farm, will offer Fenners a new perspective.
Made in nature, using only nature as a primary building material, the temple
showcases the beauty of the festival and its magical surroundings.
Splashy Fen isn’t simply a showcase of acclaimed musicians and artists, but
a platform for everyone and anyone to share their passion, learn new skills
or simply enjoy watching others do so. The Treehouse stage is another of Kim
Goodwin’s creations made out of Wattle and has become an area synonymous
with creative freedom and hippy-style happiness. It’s an area that attracts
more and more fans with its offering of activities that encourage creativity
and participation. Not to mention décor that is out of this world.
Art-Go-Round, a creative art concept, will give fans the chance to add their
creative mark to a 4 metre canvas throughout the festival. In addition, Yoga
sessions take place every morning at 9am. Hulla-hooping, fire breathing and
day and night time Poi displays can be seen throughout the festival, as well
as face and UV body painting, henna, hair wrapping and other activities.
Drumming sessions take place every morning and evening, belly dancing and
Digeridoo workshops, fire breathing and dancing around the Acoustic Stage
bonfire, a competition for the most creative camp site flag and not to
forget, the ever-popular Splashion Show with the amazing prize to the
Seychelles, courtesy of Air Seychelles and Eden Island.
A group of qualified professionals head up the Splashy Fen Kid Zone. To
ensure the utmost safety of the children, the area will be cordoned off and
parents will sign their children in and out. Children of all ages can enjoy
sensory, educational and fun activities such as reading, coloring, face
painting, construction areas filled with building blocks, a game zone filled
with play equipment like hula hoops, beanbags and balls and of course, a
traditional Easter egg hunt.
Over 300 acts across 5 unique stages, and you’re bound to discover new
favourites, enjoy old classics and get to know the great musical talent that
South Africa has to offer. The Steezies are an example of such talent, as a
product of South Africa's multicultural musical paradigm. Their songs boast
isiZulu hip hop and South African style guitar alongside funk melodies; and
European trumpet lines within Afro song structures. Fans can catch The
Steezies at 12pm on Saturday the 31st of March at the Corona River Stage.
Other acts to appear on The Corona River Stage include Jerry and the
Bandits, Mali Zulu, Georgetown and Easy Freaks on Friday 30th March, Charlie
Finch, Gus Brown Band and a surprise set on the Saturday 31st March and 4AM,
Stone Jets, Josh Wantie and Monark on Sunday 1st April.
The Budweiser Main Stage will commence on Friday the 30th and will showcase
the likes of Abaqgobi, Rubber DUC, Hot Water, Mango Groove, Napalma, Stone
Palace, Perez, Prime Circle, Bowling for Soup, Veranda Panda, Ard Matthews,
Matthew Mole, Pierce Brothers, Desmond and the Tutus and festival
The Acoustic Stage will see Chico Muya, FREDDY-L, Crimson House, The
Kickstands, Alex Cavan, Lindo M, Mike Wagner, Hayden Hack, Seb Goldswain,
Qadasi, Jessica Martins and many more take to the stage, starting at 2pm on
Thursday afternoon through to late Sunday evening.
The Treehouse Stage has a jam-packed line-up that includes Gemma Early,
Chadwick Jubber, Rusty Red, Martin Gill, Werner Bekker, Dawn Morey, Nish
Pillay, Shannon Connolly, Zacas and more.
The Red Square Electric Boma is a music and dance treat for those who love
to party. Catch Ty Stoltz, Knott, I am Rogue, Ryan Murgatroyd, Bhashkar and
Royal Love on Friday 30th March. Hendrik Joerges, Amigo & Tim Lewis, Craig
Rude, G-Major, Asante and Ph Fat on Saturday 21st March, and Sennora &
Kritik, Slim Beats, Groove Two Us, Huckleberry, Jayy Jabs and Chunda Munki
on Sunday 1st April.
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. Tickets are limited and still available at
For more information go to www.splashyfen.co.za.
For more information please contact:
Splashy Fen Media Liaison
073 516 2308