13 APRIL – 16 APRIL 2017
Splashy Fen has evolved into one of South Africa’s premier music festivals.
From its early beginnings back in 1990, Splashy Fen has evolved into one of South Africa’s premier music festivals which nowadays sees thousands of people making the annual pilgrimage to Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal for what is regarded by many as the ‘ultimate outdoor experience’. With its unique vibe and character, this much-loved event has endured for over a quarter-century to become the longest-running annual music festival in the country. It was started back in 1990 by Bart Fokkens, and the now late Peter Ferraz, a festival and idea that was born around the dinner table with a bottle of wine.
Splashy Fen, named after the farm upon which the festival takes place, is a perfect setting for a music festival. Natural amphitheaters, great acoustics, breathe taking mountain vistas, winding rivers and large level fields for camping.
Originally held over 2 days, its original aim was “to have a really good time with a few musicians playing around campfires, joined by some truly passionate music-lovers.” No one was more surprised than Peter & Bart when instead of the anticipated attendance of 200, they attracted 1 200 enthusiasts, who camped under the stars and listened to artists like Tony Cox, the Silver Creek Mountain Band, Plagal Cadence and Syd Kitchen.
Infrastructure was rudimentary – a make-shift stage, a tractor-powered generator (there was no Eskom then) and a few portable toilets. According to Peter, power was provided by an ancient little tractor driving an erratic farm generator. “Every so often the music would stop for 20 minutes while the tractor was refueled, but nobody complained. The foundations for today’s mellow Splashy vibe were laid right then and there.”
A late snowfall on the final day of the festival also failed to act as a deterrent, but later saw Splashy’s positioning on the calendar change to early May and more recently to the Easter long-weekend.
Despite all this, the pioneering Splashy Fen Music Festival was so successful that another was organized the following year, and the year after that – and so began the saga of an event that has become an integral part of the South African music scene.
SPLASHY FEN FARM, UNDERBERG, SOUTH AFRICA
Your festival ticket includes 4 nights general camping. Those wanting to arrive on Wednesday and setup will be allowed to access the site from 11h00, and will be charged R100 per person at the festival gates. R50pp per night for kids u12. Those intending to use the family camping will be charged R300 per vehicle to cover extra cost of fencing and security over the period of the festival.
All campers must be off site by 14h00 on Monday 28th March.
THE LITE OPTION: R2280 (INCL VAT)
Two people sharing, 4 nights. This includes 2 single mattresses, on the tent floor. You’ll need to bring your own bedding. We’ll provide a light in the tent. Access control and general camp lighting will be provided.
FULL HOUSE OPTION: R4950 (INCL VAT)
Two people sharing, 4 nights. This includes beds, bedding, towels, power point in the tent, lamp in the tent, toilets and hot showers exclusive to Harambee guests, lounge area and buffet breakfast every morning.
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